A historic university in the world's friendliest city.
Adam Girsault, International Admissions Consultant
The University of Glasgow is the 4th oldest university in the English-speaking world and has had a transformative effect on society through its teaching and research since its founding in 1451. The University has produced and inspired figures such as the father of economics Adam Smith, television pioneer John Logie Baird and engineer James Watt, who gave power to the industrial revolution. Welcoming students from around 140 different countries each year, this diverse university of 29,000 undergraduates and postgraduates provides a modern learning environment across 3 campuses in the world’s friendliest city.
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Academically, the University of Glasgow performs at a very high level. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and ranks as the 67th best university in the world, according to QS World University Ranking 2020. Glasgow performed impressively in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, increasing its percentage of world-leading research to 31%. Glasgow has an annual research income of more than £179 million and has decided to undertake a £1 billion estate investment for the expansion of teaching facilities and campus research. Ranked in the top 10 in the UK in subjects such as Accounting and Finance, Computer Science, Law and Nursing, Glasgow really is an impressive and perhaps unexpected academic force in the world of universities.
Glasgow is home to one of the most stunning and historic university campuses in the world. With more than 100 listed buildings, as well as more than 90 parks and public gardens, the city has more green space per head of population than anywhere else in Europe! The University’s main campus, known as Gilmorehill, is located just 2 miles from the city centre in the city’s West End. It is on this leafy campus that many university students reside. Recent investment has led to the creation of a new Learning and Teaching Hub in the heart of the West End campus. Underground metro routes mean that students can reach the bustling city centre from campus in under 10 minutes.
Student life at the University of Glasgow is vibrant thanks to the vast array of social events that the city has to offer. Glasgow is after all first in the UK to be named a UNESCO City of Music, and plays host to no less than 130 music events each week. These may vary from live performances from global superstars to local indie bands and stand-up jazz nights. The obvious love for music that the city possesses goes seemingly hand-in-hand with the strongly established ‘pub culture’ and nightlife. In total, Glasgow is home to over 700 pubs, wine bars and nightclubs. It would not be a stretch to draw comparisons with cities such as London in terms of its liveliness. After all, Glasgow is the 3rd largest city in the UK with over 620,000 inhabitants!
What is clear however, beyond the many nightclubs and social events, is the deep connection that students feel for the city of Glasgow. There is a true affinity between people and place. One student – Aike– who does History of Art and Theatre Studies at the university, says: “My overall university experience has been really positive and probably life-changing. I have had so many opportunities through studying at Glasgow University, as well as met incredible people and learned so much. I have fallen in love with Scotland and Glasgow in particular”. It seems clear that the University truly does become a place that students are happy to call home!
How do I apply?
For students wishing to apply to Glasgow, strong academic results and rigorous preparation are needed.
What are the different stages of the application?
There are several steps:
Apply on UCAS
Receive a conditional offer
Meet requirements from your offer
Confirm your acceptance
The details of these steps are covered below and on the University’s website.
How to begin an application:
Candidates apply via the British online platform UCAS, and upload a letter of motivation (Personal Statement), their predicted exam marks, and a letter of recommendation from one of their teachers. Students may only submit one Personal Statementfor all the universities they apply for (maximum of 5 choices). The Personal Statement, no more than 4,000 characters, should explain why students want to study their chosen course, what aspects particularly interest them, what steps they have already taken to engage with the subject (reading, conferences, internships etc), and, if possible, what aspects they are looking forward to studying.
Conditional offer and acceptance:
If students succeed in all these stages, in January they will receive a ‘conditional offer’ of admission. This means that they will be accepted if they attain the required marks (most often a high grade in your end of high school studies, and in a standardized English exam: 7.5 in the IELTS for example).
When is the right time to start preparing for the University of Glasgow?
It is strongly recommended that students begin preparing from the end of Year 11 or beginning of Year 12. If possible, start any reading and thinking about what to write about in a Personal Statement as early as possible. Some candidates, particularly those with a weaker level of English, need to consider preparing even earlier. See this link for useful information for international candidates.
It is recommended that students try to find aspects of their chosen course that genuinely interest them and to think deeply about why they wish to study this subject – after all, students are applying to study this subject full time for at least 3 years.
Is it possible to visit the campus?
An upcoming open day is 19th October 2019. For more information, see this page.