University of Glasgow


Quick Facts

  • Top 1% University, 12th in the UK and 62nd the world (QS 2015/16).
  • Founded in 1451, the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and a member of the prestigious Russell Group with Oxford, Cambridge and LSE.
  • Notable alumni include,  Adam Smith –“father of Economics”, Dr. David Livingstone – Missionary, Thomas Reid – Philosopher, and James McGill – founder of McGill University.

Established 560 years ago, Glasgow is Scotland’s second oldest university, the UK’s fourth oldest, and an important pillar of Scotland’s biggest city. As well as excellent teaching and a worldwide reputation, students enjoy a compact campus at the heart of the city’s stylish West End. A flexible system of study means that those who aren’t studying for a professional degree can make the final decision about their honours subject/s at the end of the second year.

There’s an unusually high proportion of local students: almost half come from west Scotland. Among the rest are representatives of 126 other countries. Glasgow is a confident and dynamic city that has reinvented itself in recent years. In 2009 it was named the UK’s first Unesco City of Music, and will host the Commonwealth Games in the summer of 2014. Facilities for shopping, entertainment and cultural pursuits are excellent, and there is dramatic countryside nearby.

Glasgow and Canada
Currently has 65 Canadian students studying at undergraduate level and 60 at graduate level. The connection between Canada and Scotland extends far beyond Ogopogo and Nessie.  With Nova Scotia and the other Maritime Provinces providing sanctuary to Scotland’s historic highland clearance, it is no surprise that Canada now boasts a very strong Scottish cultural identity.  With Canada’s first Prime Minister coming from Glasgow, we are anticipating great things from our Canadian graduates!

Canadian students have attended the University of Glasgow since the early 1880s. Many Glasgow academics have had strong links with Canada, including James McGill, founder of McGill University, who studied at Glasgow University in the 1750s. There are currently around 100 degree-seeking students from Canada at Glasgow, studying at all levels and across all faculties.

The University of Glasgow is in partnership with many of the leading Canadian institutions, including:

  • Dalhousie University
  • McGill University
  • Queen’s University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Quebec
  • University of Toronto

Colleges and Schools
Glasgow University’s academic structure is based on 4 Colleges containing a total of 32 Schools or Institutes. 

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The University of Glasgow offers a wide range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 25,000 students and 6000 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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The University guarantees accommodation to all students who have firmly accepted an unconditional offer or met the conditions of a conditional offer for a full-time degree programme, who don’t already live within reasonable daily commuting distance, and who have submitted an application for residence before 22 August. This means that most first-years live in university accommodation.

The impressive library has more than 2.5m items on 12 floors and long opening hours (7.15am to 2am daily). The Fraser building, a multimillion-pound development provides an integrated approach to student services. Excellent sports facilities, too.

Travel within Glasgow is made easy by an underground system that connects the university to the city centre in about 10 minutes. As well as bus and overground train services, two train stations and good road links, there are also two airports nearby.

Living in Glasgow
As Scotland’s largest city and is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people. Glasgow offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars.

Vibrant and energetic, Glasgow enjoys a year-round buzz with an arts scene that regularly produces cutting-edge productions and attracts high-profile exhibitions that led to the city being crowned European City of Culture in 1990.

Glasgow was also the UK’s City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and its architecture is an attraction in itself. The city centre has countless impressive Victorian structures and then there are the unique masterpieces of one of the city’s most celebrated sons, the legendary architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The city has a long-standing reputation for its live music scene and is very well off too in terms of city parks.