The University of Glasgow is ranked in the world's top 100 universities (QS World University Ranking 2020), and welcomes students from over 140 countries worldwide. The University of Glasgow is one of 23 universities that have been chosen by the Home Office to take part an extended pilot scheme that looks at streamlining the process for international master's students wanting to study in the UK.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

7,720 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • Before students arrive, the university's International Student Support team offers advice on any concerns, including immigration, working regulations and finance.
  • The Orientation and Welcome programmes for all international students run in September and in January.
  • A Welcome team is at Glasgow International Airport to greet new arrivals in September, and a Welcome Desk offering assistance is available on campus.
  • Social activities and opportunities to explore the local area are also available to help students settle in.

English Language Requirements

Below are the standard minimum English language requirements for entry to the University of Glasgow. Some degree programmes have additional requirements; please refer to the university website for course-specific details. 

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (with no sub-test less than 6); or TOEFL iBT: 92 (no sub-test less than 19); or IGCSE: English language B minimum. For equivalent tests accepted, please refer to the university website.
  • The university provides courses to help students reach a proficiency level equivalent to the required IELTS score through its English for Academic Study Unit.

Accommodation for International Students

  • All international students who apply by the deadline are guaranteed accommodation (subject to the university's admissions policy). Please refer to the university website for details.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • International scholarships: for new undergraduate international students, awarded as a full tuition fee waiver of the final year of study or the equivalent awarded as a tuition fee discount over four years.
  • A number of scholarships are available to international (non-EU) students starting a postgraduate taught master's, in the form of tuition fee discounts of between £5,000–10,000.

Ongoing Support

  • International students benefit from the university's International Student Handbook. This contains information ranging from important immigration regulations to instructions on how to claim a VAT refund, and contact details of the many services available to support international students throughout their stay.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance