Summer Research in Glasgow

University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Summer Research in Glasgow

  • Location


  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

    Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the second oldest university in Scotland, fourth oldest university in the UK, and ranked within the top 100 universities in the world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities along with Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Oxford, and King's College London. The University of Glasgow is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). You can take courses in business, Scottish culture and literature, pre-medicine, theater studies, social and political science, cultural studies and languages, geography, arts and media, and computer science. When you are not in class, you can stretch your legs at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park or Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park nearby.

  • Term

    Summer 2 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 20, 2024 - Aug 03, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 05, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 10, 2024

  • Credit

    24 Scotcat Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The University of Glasgow welcomes students from over 120 countries worldwide and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities. In this six-week summer course, you will work with academics at the University of Glasgow to complete an independent research project in Psychology, Chemistry or History. Your project will see you using the university’s outstanding research facilities to learn new, practical skills and techniques and gain experience of analyzing data. You will attend research seminars, develop your research skills and knowledge, and immerse yourself in the International Summer School research community.

All courses are taught by local University of Glasgow professors, where you will attend class alongside British and other international students. The University of Glasgow is a traditional, U.S.-style campus located in the bustling west end of Glasgow. The world-leading university is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Washington Accord (WA), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

All applicants must have at least sophomore standing (second-year) at their home university.

All applicants are required to submit an official transcript, an academic letter of recommendation, and a personal statement along with the application.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Scotcat Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

5 - 6

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

8 - 9

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • Students select one of the following independent research projects below to pursue for the duration of their program.

Course Credit

  • Courses are worth 24 Scotcat credits. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university.

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below and in the University of Glasgow course catalog. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Glasgow module level classifications of a 1, 2, 3 or 4 level, which correspond with the four year bachelor's degree cycle. Courses classified as level 3 and level 4 are considered upper division and recommended for juniors and seniors with 3000- and 4000-level of experience in the subject. These Glasgow and ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from the University of Glasgow will reflect ECTS and Scotcat credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


University of Glasgow
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Hannah Hamilton

Program Manager, Scotland


Elena White

Resident Director, Scotland

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the British lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average tourist. Uncovering the uniqueness of your surroundings will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most locals do, via the underground (aka the Tube), the overground, public bus, or walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding. 

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


The Glasgow residence halls are located on campus and throughout the West End and City Centre of Glasgow. ISA does not have control over which dorm you are assigned to by the university. Dorms have shared kitchens on each floor; laundry facilities are typically available for an additional cost. You will pay a $300 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.



Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



Stirling Castle

Stirling is affectionately called 'the Gateway to the Highlands.' You will explore the history behind the people of this proud region of Scotland, taking a guided tour of Stirling Castle and the city surrounding this strategic fortress. Today, Stirling is economically powered by a mixture of tourism, local government, higher education, retail, and financial services.


Travel into the historic Waverly Train Station in Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh. Learn about the history of the Royal Mile and the Old Town of Edinburgh, and stop off at chic coffee spots and local independent shops on your way to Edinburgh Castle, set atop Castle Rock. Enjoy the rich history inside Edinburgh Castle before heading back into the old town to see for yourself some of the inspiration for the famed Harry Potter franchise. 


Included in your trip to Skye are several stops in the iconic highlands of Scotland. The natural beauty of the highlands is evident from the beginning of your journey. Starting in Glasgow, you will travel across the highland boundary fault , encountering Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest freshwater loch (i.e., Scottish for lake). From Loch Lomond, you will travel further into the highlands, crossing Rannoch Moor. Then, you will explore Glen Coe, and have a stop in Fort William for lunch, having worked up a healthy appetite.

Cultural Activities in Scotland

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore culture of Scotland in and around your host city. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Scotland special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included lawn bowling at Kelvingrove, a Whisky Distillery tour, a Luss hillwalk, visits to the Barras Market, walking tours of the Central Station Underground, and a visit to Pollock Country park to see the Highland coos (cows)!


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