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  • Locations: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: CU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Glasgow is a finely preserved Victorian city near the Scottish highlands and some of the finest hill-walking and mountain country in the British Isles. It is a surprising city in that although its origins pre-date the building of the city's cathedral in the 1100's, what most visitors find interesting is not the city's medieval heritage, but in fact the city's Victorian legacy of ornate buildings of cream and pink hues. The Highlands and Scottish lochs are just an hour north and west of the city. Castles ? both ruined and inhabited ? abound in a magnificent setting of heather covered-rolling hills and rugged mountains. Glasgow's population is about 750,000 and the city has a well-earned reputation for friendliness to visitors. It has gained prominence as a world-class cultural center, having been voted Europe's "City of Culture" in 1990. Glasgow is home to the Scottish National Opera, the Scottish Ballet, and two orchestras ? the BBC Scottish and the Scottish National. For lovers of fine art, Glasgow's resources are exciting. There are excellent art galleries in the city showing works of established artists as well as of young talent, some of whom were trained at the Glasgow School of Art. The famous Burrell Collection features an array of art from a wide range of media and periods, and has become Britain's most popular tourist attraction outside of London. The new Gallery of Modern Art and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are within easy walking distance of the School. Glasgow is also well served theatrically with two professional theater companies and numerous theaters for live performances as well as art films.


The University of Glasgow was founded by Papal Bull in 1451 and is Scotland's second oldest university after St. Andrews. With 16,500 students, it is one of Britain's largest and most comprehensive universities with eleven Faculties, nine of which accept visiting students: Arts, Social Sciences, Biomedical & Life Sciences, Computing Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Physical Sciences, Engineering, Divinity, Education, and Law and Financial Studies. The campus is relatively compact and it takes about seven minutes to walk across. The University of Glasgow has one of the oldest and most extensive libraries in Britain, with valuable collections of books, manuscripts, coins, paintings and other items of scientific and cultural interest, all used in university teaching. There are about 1.5 million volumes in this and departmental libraries, most of them on open shelves. Student life at Glasgow is like the city itself, easygoing and friendly. Many students with widely varied backgrounds and interests ensure that something is always going on socially. There are four major student bodies ? a representative council, two unions, and an athletic club with 42 different sports sections which cover everything from individual fitness to intramural and varsity teams. The University supports the lively sports program with excellent facilities. Between them, the student unions provide a wide range of entertainment and recreational facilities including discos, coffee bars, restaurants and bars. They bring in top performers for concerts and dances. Both unions have produced many fine debaters in a particularly strong tradition of debating.


The basic teaching method in the Arts and Social Sciences is the formal lecture, supplemented by group tutorials. For some upper level (3rd and 4th year) classes, the group tutorials, where discussion and student participation are encouraged, displace formal lectures. Writing essays and obtaining individual advice on essay work is a vital part of the learning process at Glasgow and students are expected to work more on their own than is customary in the U.S. Students are expected to submit essays, and other forms of assignments, and for those who attend for the full year or spring two-term session, to take the final examinations in May/June along with regular degree candidates. Visiting students may choose almost any class from those listed in the Undergraduate Catalogue.? The classes chosen can be in three different subjects or in one subject. The main restrictions are timetabling ones and, in the case of level 3 and level 4, the necessity of having an appropriate academic background. Choices can always be modified after arrival in Glasgow if initial selections end up being inappropriate. Junior Year Abroad students are normally expected to take courses in their major or related fields at the 3rd or 4th year level. ?

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The Service-Learning Programme combines academic study with volunteer service and is designed specifically for overseas students. The programme gives you the opportunity to gain insight into the theoretical, ideological and historical framework of welfare in Britain.

It will begin with the historical development of state provision of welfare to illustrate the growth of collectivism. The British welfare state will then be critically analysed from an anti-collectivist perspective. This will be followed by an evaluation of New Right ideology and its influence on public policy, including more recent New Labour policy. Communitarian values and the issue of citizenship will also be examined. In addition, there will be an exploration of the concepts of equality, social justice and liberty as perceived from different perspectives.

This series of lectures and seminars will provide a theoretical context for your community service. A key text and other readings will be used as a basis for critical reflection on your experiential learning.


Courses are available in the subject areas listed below. Students should consult the University of Glasgow Study Abroad Course Catalogue for individual course listings and descriptions. In the following list, departments with an "*" received either a 4 or 5 out of 5 in the Research Assessment Exercise conducted in 2001 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Departments with "**" received a 5*. Rankings depend on how much of the research work is judged to reach national or international levels of excellence. Students are encouraged to consider applying to departments with 4, 5 or 5* rankings.

Departments: *Accounting & Finance, Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Economics, *Anthropology, *Archaeology, *Biomedical and Life Sciences, *Celtic Studies, Central & East European Studies, *Chemistry, *Civil Engineering, *Classics, *Computing Science, *Earth Sciences, *Economic and Social History, *Economics, *Electronics & Electrical Engineering, **English Literature, *Film and Television Studies, Forensic Medicine & Science, *French, *Geography & Topographic Science, *German, Hispanic Studies, *History, *History of Art, Italian, *Law, *Management Studies, *Mathematics, *Mechanical Engineering, *Music, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, *Philosophy, *Physics & Astronomy, *Politics, **Psychology, *Scottish Literature, *Slavonic Languages and Literature, *Social Policy & Social Work, *Sociology, *Statistics, *Theology and Religious Studies, **Urban Studies

Pre-sessional Courses: Two special classes are usually offered in September which when taken with further classes (normally three) in Term 1 makes up a semester course worth 15 - 16 U.S. credits : The Birth of Post-Modernity: Emergence of the European Mind, Creative Responses to Short Literature, Scottish Studies, Science and the Environment in Scotland


Students are expected to take three classes and within certain limits can take them at levels 1, 2, 3, or 4. Some classes are split into modules and this allows great flexibility. Three classes might seem a small number by North American requirements but it must be remembered that if a class is split into modules, a module may be comparable to a North American class. A standard course load should involve some 12 hours of formal instruction a week, added to which will be extensive independent reading and, in some classes, several hours of laboratories to attend. Departmental advisors and the Study Abroad Coordinator will help students after arrival to fine tune the course load and communicate with home campus advisors about suitable course load expectations. However, when making an initial selection of classes from the Undergraduate Catalogue, students should keep in mind that a full year's work is equivalent to 120 SCOTCAT credits. A normal course load for the single fall term would be 48 SCOTCAT credits, and for the two-term spring semester ? 60 SCOTCAT credits.


Glasgow number grades are reported and are converted to Penn grades according to the following recommended equivalencies: 16-20 = A, 14-15 = B, 12-13 = C, 10-11 = D, 0-9 = Fail. As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Cornell transcript but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average.


Spring 2007
early January? - early June
Fall 2007
mid-September? - mid-December


Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students. Visiting students are guaranteed a place in University housing provided they apply by the due date. There is a wide range of different types of student halls and houses at a variety of prices: some with meals and some self-catering, some with single rooms and some with doubles. Students are advised that it is unlikely that all of the services to which they are accustomed at Cornell will be available (i.e. phones in rooms, ethernet connections). Students may also consider renting an apartment in the private sector as many upper level degree candidates do, but this can be done only after a student arrives in Glasgow.


Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.