University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow MapWelcome to Glasgow! The University of Glasgow is a leading university located in Scotland’s largest city.

  • Fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world
  • Over 25,000 attend the university
  • Notable alumni include economist Adam Smith and Scotland’s current First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
  • UCEAP students have the unique opportunity to enroll in select classes at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art and Scottish Bagpiping Centre.

Find out more about:

  1. The Campus
  2. The City
Campus Life
Students at South Front-Glasgow, photo courtesy of University of Glasgow
Photo courtesy of University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow continues to maintain its prestigious reputation as a well-established research-led institution, not only within the UK, but internationally. Welcoming students from over 120 different countries, the campus has a dynamic, international vibe and is a melting pot of ideas and innovation. Glasgow’s beautiful, historical campus, located just a few miles from the city centre’s West End, features more than 100 listed buildings that together make the university one of the most stunning architectural displays in the city.

As a student at the University of Glasgow you’ll have access to state-of-the art sport facilities and two established student unions on campus. The Queen Margaret Union (QMU) has a notable reputation as a live music venue and you’ll find an array of exciting events hosted by both student unions each term. For those looking to stay active, Glasgow won’t disappoint! Sports and recreation play a major role in the student experience and construction is currently taking place on a £13.4 million sports and social facility extension project within the university’s Stevenson sports complex. The university also offers over 120 student clubs and societies to get involved with whilst abroad, including everything from Debating to Dance Soc!

Top Five Things to do whilst at the University of Glasgow
1. Spend an afternoon exploring the shops on Buchanan Street, known to locals as the “Style Mile”
2. Check out a comedy gig at The Stand
3. Visit the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery (Scotland’s oldest public museum) which is located right on campus
4. Catch a performance by one of the many international mega stars who perform at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena each year
5. Cheer on Scotland’s National Soccer team during a match at Hampden Stadium

 The City
Glasgow campus, courtesy of University of Glasgow
Photo courtesy of University of Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is known as its cultural capital. From operas and orchestras to shopping and the Science Centre, the city is filled with an array of activities, attractions and venues to explore. Combining the sophistication and excitement of a large, international city with the comfort, friendliness and charm of a smaller town, Glasgow is a vibrant and authentic destination! Live music is a major part of the city and, as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow plays host to around 130 different music events every week. In addition to its thriving music scene, Glasgow is also home to over 90 parks and public gardens and has more than 30 museums and art galleries to explore-many of which are free to enter! Located just next to the University of Glasgow main campus is the newly refurbished Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the most popular free-to-enter attraction in Scotland and the most visited museum in the UK (outside of London.)

Glasgow has both a bus and an underground local transport system, so making your way around the city is fast, convenient and easy! Destinations such as Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands are easily accessible from Glasgow and trains and ferry services make exploring Scotland’s west coast islands very easy as well. In addition, Glasgow International Airport, Glasgow Prestwick International Airport and an efficient and frequent rail line offer easy connections to the rest of the UK and the world.

Want to find out more about what it’s like to study abroad at the University of Glasgow? Watch this video by UCEAP student Joan, who spent her Spring 2015 abroad in Glasgow!

Interested in studying abroad at the University of Glasgow? Click here to find out what the programme has to offer.

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