Glasgow is one of the leading cultural, financial and research centres in the United Kingdom, and an attractive academic study destination. Studying in Glasgow will allow you to pursue a degree in a variety of disciplines, obtain esteemed credentials and improve your employability. Enjoy your study abroad experience, while exploring the historical places, the stunning architecture and the bustling nightlife in Glasgow! Join a study programme in a city that’s lively, sometimes random and full of pleasant surprises, sure to give you a stimulating rewarding experience abroad. Glasgow is the third largest city in Great Britain, and is a seaport situated on the River Clyde, with a population of over 1.2 million inhabitants. It is consistently ranked in the top 100 of most livable cities in the world.
Glasgow has been one of the fastest growing cities in the UK in its rate of job creation. The city benefits of a thriving business sector and became one of the world's pre-eminent centres of chemicals, textiles and engineering.
Universities in Glasgow offer careers services for students and have links with hundreds of recruiters in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors. Large employers and companies based in Glasgow include: Lloyds TSB, Albion Motors, Tesco Bank, JP Morgan, Ply-Tech Corporation, Baxter’s, Deloitte, Accenture, the Edrington Group and many more. You’ll not have to look very far to find rewarding industry-relevant internships offered by companies engaged in partnerships with universities in Glasgow.
Glasgow is a captivating city that will provide you with a long list of different things to do and interesting places to visit, during your leisure time.
First off, Glasgow is a city teeming with arts and music, having been awarded UNESCO city of music status and hosting around 130 music events weekly. Art places to visit include: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the Burrell Collection, the Mackintosh Ten, the Gallery of Modern Art or the House for an Art Lover.
Other landmarks you should not miss in Glasgow are: the Glasgow Necropolis, the Stand Comedy Club, the Glasgow Science Centre, St Andrew's Cathedral, the People’s Palace, the Winter Gardens, Kelvingrove Park, the botanic gardens, Kibble Palace and the Loch Lomond Aquarium.
Glasgow is consistently voted as one of the best places to shop in UK, from the high street chains and chic boutiques to second hand shops. Good places for shopping in Glasgow include: the Buchanan Galleries, St. Enoch Centre, the Barras market, or Argyll Arcade.
A city that enjoys sports, Glasgow has major international sporting arenas and offers many opportunities for practicing and watching football, rugby, ice hockey, swimming, basketball, cricket, etc.
Some of the most crowded students’ clubs in Glasgow include: the Sub Club, Bamboo, the Garage, Stereoe, Missoula, SWG3 or La Cheetah.
Glasgow has magnificent links into the highlands and islands for you to get around.
Glasgow is one of England’s most diverse cities, hosting a large percentage of ethnic minority groups, and receiving annually thousands of visitors and international students. Some of the most populous communities are formed by Pakistani, Africans, Chinese, Indians, Bangladeshi, as well as by European expats, including Polish and Italians. Most students agree the highly international environment in Glasgow has greatly influenced their perspective on the world and introduced them to many career opportunities that opened up their future.
The weather in Glasgow can be quite changeable, matching the proverbial “four seasons in one day”. Summers are warm and begin in mid-June, with an average temperature of 19°C (67°F). Winters are typically cold and begin at the end of October; average temperatures range from 1°C (35°F) to 7°C (45°F).
Accommodation wise, student hall residences provided by universities include various options, like single rooms, en-suite rooms, studios and one/two/three bed flats, and most of them are self-caterings. Prices for university accommodation range from 350-650 GBP/month.
You can also rent an apartment within the famous red sandstone tenements in Glasgow and share rooms with other students. The average prices for a three-bedroom apartment outside the centre are between 300-400 GBP/month (including utilities).
Another housing option chosen by international students are homestays. The costs for homestay varies greatly from 200-800 GBP/month, depending on the location and the benefits included.
Glasgow is certainly not among the most pricy large cities in UK. The average cost of living should take you to 700 GBP per month, including accommodation, food, and leisure expenses.
Food is cheaper if you buy bigger packets, and many supermarkets in Glasgow sell their own brand products. For groceries, you will need a minimum food budget of 169 GBP per month.
Glasgow Caledonian University has become one of the largest universities in Scotland with over 20,000 students. The campus is self–contained and situated right in the heart of the lively city of Glasgow. A distinctive, inclusive and forward-looking university, GCU is committed to its social mission to promote the common good. It has become an international centre of excellence in higher education, promoting employability and global citizenship in our graduates.
Is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities. Includes among its alumni, the father of economics Adam Smith, Scotland’s architect of devolution Donald Dewar and renowned physicist and engineer Lord Kelvin.