University of Glasgow

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

This program is open to College Scholars (honor students) only.

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

This program is limited to three participants per academic year. Additional fees may apply.

This program in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, is open only to North Central’s College Scholars. Twenty years of regeneration have transformed Glasgow into a European “capital of culture,” now considered the best British city for live music outside of London. The university, with 26,000 students, is ranked in the top 1 percent of universities in the world and is rated third in the U.K. for international student satisfaction.

Students have access to a wide range of classes, including a course in the Scottish Enlightenment created especially for this program. They also are eligible to enroll in a pre-med anatomy course, as well as black-and-white photography, life drawing or clay sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art, and a Scottish bagpipe class at the National Piping Centre. Other popular departments for study abroad students include political science, physics, business, literature, art history and film.

The R. Harper Brown scholarship through the Chicago Scots Organization, as well as £500 scholarships through BUTEX, a U.K. higher education membership organization, are available for students in this program.

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Students earn 12-15 credits depending on courses selected.

To view the list of courses available to study abroad students at the University of Glasgow, please click here.

To view the list of Principia Consortium courses available to study abroad students, please click here. These courses include anatomy, chemistry, biology, and physics courses for pre-med students, as well as, courses at the Glasgow School of Art and a bagpipes course.

Housing and Meals

Students live in on-campus residence halls in self-catered rooms. Students receive housing information once they have been accepted by the University of Glasgow for study abroad. Students apply online for their housing and select their preferred residence hall. North Central College students who have studied abroad the University of Glasgow in the past recommend the residence hall, Cairncross House. Cairncross House is a 15 minute walk to the University of Glasgow campus. Students must submit their housing applications on time and adhere to all University of Glasgow deadlines for their housing preferences to be considered.

Meals:  not included in program fees. Students prepare their own meals in a kitchen shared with other Glasgow students who live on the same floor in their residence hall.

 For additional accommodation information, please click here.

Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Universidad Viña del Mar) pay North Central College tuition plus a $4,000 program fee. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. This program fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.