University of Glasgow

Why Study Here?

  • The University of Glasgow welcomes 26,000 students from over 140 different countries, so you can make friends with people from all over the world.
  • The university is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • A member of the Russell Group of major research-led universities in the UK. This commitment to remaining at the forefront of discovery is of vital benefit to our students, as you will receive an education led by academics working on the latest developments in their field.
  • The university has an excellent Careers Service, which can help you make the most of your choices. Services include opportunities to meet global recruiters on campus, work experience placements and mock interviews.
  • The university welcomes 26,000 students from over 140 different countries, so you can make friends with people from all over the world.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • For applicants whose first language is not English, the university sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. If your qualifications are not listed here, please contact the Recruitment and International Office. Please note that some schools might have additional requirements. Full details are on our website.
  • General English language requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (with no sub-test less than 6); ibTOEFL: 92 (with no sub-test less than 20); Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): B minimum; or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C minimum; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE minimum score of 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • The university accepts evidence of satisfactory language level from the Language Centre pre-sessional courses and other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses.
  • The university also offers pre-session English language courses enabling students to bring their English up to entry level for university study.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £15,250 £15,250
Mixed - -
Laboratory £18,900 £18,900
Clinical £33,950 £37,500

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • There are a number of scholarships offered particularly to international students.
  • Use the scholarships search facility on our website to source a full list of the scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate international students.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • The International Student Support team organises orientation programmes in January and September each year for new international, Erasmus and study abroad/exchange students. 
  • The orientation programmes include various information sessions and social events to help students settle in to university life as smoothly as possible. 
  • Also, from beginning to mid-September, students can seek advice at the Welcome Desk at the Fraser Building. The Welcome Desk is open Monday–Friday from 8am to 5pm. Outwith these hours, students can contact staff at the Gatehouse, which is open 24 hours a day.
  • Moreover, the University of Glasgow Welcome Team will help international students when they arrive at Glasgow Airport and direct them to the free transport service provided by the university.

Accommodation for International Students

  • The University of Glasgow has a number of undergraduate and postgraduate residences. All halls of residence have an internet and phone points, laundry facilities, bike sheds, car parking, security guarding, CCTV surveillance, and wardening staff.
  • The self-catered undergraduate residences are Cairncross House, Murano Street Student Village, Queen Margaret Residences and Student Apartments. The only catered residence is Wolfson Hall.
  • The university postgraduate halls are Kelvinhaugh Gate, Lister House and Maclay Residences. They all are self-catered.
  • Both Kelvinhaugh Street and Winton Drive halls accommodate undergraduate and postgraduate students in designated blocks. They are both self-catered.
  • There are also three self-catered residences for students studying at the University of Glasgow’s campus in Dumfries.
  • International students are guaranteed accommodation as long as they apply for accommodation before the deadline of 22 August in their year of entry. Applications for accommodation must be submitted after having accepted a conditional or unconditional offer from the university.
  • The university tries to spread international students evenly across the halls, whenever possible, to ensure that they are both a great place to start off your university career and the perfect environment to make friends.
  • The halls are located close to the university, with an average walking time to campus of 5–20 minutes.
  • The accommodation contract spans from September to June so that students can stay in their rooms over the Christmas and Easter vacations. Students wishing to stay in university accommodation over the summer break can apply for a summer extension from February/March onwards, but may need to move to a different room/residence as not all halls are available over the summer.
  • Halls available over the summer period generally are: Kelvinhaugh Gate, Kelvinhaugh Street, Lister House, Murano Flats, Queen Margaret, Winton Drive, and Maclay. Short-stay accommodation is available in Cairncross House and Kelvinhaugh Gate.
  • The weekly rates (per person) are £93.10 for a shared room, £105.70 for a single room, £127.89 for a single en suite room and £137.90 for a large single ensuite room (2013–14).
  • Please see our website for more information, where there is also a comparison of the various accommodation facilities and a map showing the locations of university accommodation.

Organisations for International Students

  • International Student Support (ISS) provides a dedicated advisory service for international students on non-academic and welfare matters such as immigration, employment, finance and any other concerns students may have.
  • The International Family Network provides support to international students who plan to come to Glasgow with their family members.
  • Ask a Student. Receive invaluable advice and information from current students on anything to do with studying and living in Glasgow.
  • The Language Centre supports students whose first language is not English.
  • Student Learning Service provides advice and guidance on academic skills to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students.
  • The University Chaplaincy provides pastoral and spiritual support for students of all faiths and none.