Studying in Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland is home to several renowned and well-respected universities, including the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, and Glasgow School of Art.

Glasgow is one of the more affordable cities in the UK for international students, with lower tuition fees and living costs compared to other major cities (Approx. $31,000./year US$). Throughout the course of the year, Glasgow is known to have an extremely vibrant Art and music scene with lots of festivals and performances. Glasgow is also an intensely international city attracting over 185,000 students to its colleges and universities.

Away from the city of Glasgow there’s easy access to the Highlands, lochs, and other outdoor activities in scotland.The transportation system in Glasgow is exceptional and there are three international airports within 45 minutes of the city center.

We will highlight the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University.

University of Glasgow:

  • Exceptional Life Sciences (great medical and veterinary school prep) – top 45 in the world
  • Social Sciences and Management is also very strong
  • The top two areas of study are Life Sciences and Engineering:
  1. Aeronautical Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
  3. Mechatronics
  4. Electrical & Electronic Engineering

An undergraduate or Honours degree normally takes a full-time student 4 years to complete.

Bachelor’s Degrees (Honours):

  • Bachelor of Accountancy (BAcc)
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • Bachelor of Divinity (BD)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng)
  • Bachelor of Finance (BFin)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (BN)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine & Surgery (BVMS)
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc)

The University of Strathclyde offers over 200 undergraduate degree programs across its four faculties – Science, Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Strathclyde Business School.

Some key highlights of the undergraduate offerings:


  • Highly ranked programs, including Civil Engineering (#3 in UK, #1 in Scotland), Medical Technology and Bioengineering (#3 in UK, #1 in Scotland), and Mechanical Engineering (#9 in UK)
  • Diverse range of traditional and interdisciplinary engineering degrees, including joint programs with business, management, and international studies
  • 4-year BEng/BSc and 5-year MEng degree options available

Business and Finance:
Accounting, business, and finance programs with options to combine with other disciplines like economics, law, marketing, and more.

The University of Strathclyde is known for work placements, particularly in the industrial and technology fields, internships, and international study. The University embraces experiential learning in all areas.

Sciences and Humanities:

  • Programs in areas like chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, languages, social sciences, and more
  • Like many US universities, Strathclyde has a flexible curriculum that allows students to explore different subjects before specializing.

Strathclyde was named University of the Year in 2019 by Times Higher Education and is consistently ranked among the top universities in the UK.

About The Author

Kim Chorosiewski, Ed.D., CSCS, CMAA