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Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow Caledonian University was formed following the merger of The Queen’s College and Glasgow Polytechnic. It is now one of the largest universities in Scotland with nearly 17,000 students. Although the entire campus is self-contained, it is situated in the heart of the lively city of Glasgow.

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Glasgow Caledonian University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

  • Rankings

    Glasgow Caledonian University has been ranked 4th in the UK for learning experience and has recently been named one of the world’s top universities by The Times Higher Education World Rankings. In 2024 it has been ranked 70th overall in the UK.

  • Employability

    The University has an impressively high employability rate, with 95% of graduates finding work or acceptance into further study within six months of graduating. The careers service is also dedicated to helping students develop skills such as communication and problem-solving which are crucial in the workplace.

  • Fees

    For Scottish students, the fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once they have been confirmed. Students from the rest of the UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of their three or four-year course. For EU and international students, the fees vary depending on the course.

  • Bursaries

    Glasgow Caledonian University’s generous scholarship package offers £2 million per year to students. This may come in the form of funded scholarships, bursaries towards studying costs, reduced tuition fees or loyalty rewards.


Glasgow Caledonian University offers a range of accommodation options based in Caledonian Court, the on-campus residences. For alternative options, have a look at AFS’s suggestions of private accommodation options.

Students' Union

At Glasgow Caledonian University, all students are automatically a member of the Student’s union Association, meaning everyone has the ability to get involved. The Student’s Union strives to give every individual an outstanding university experience and assist them in any way they can.

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Famous for

Glasgow Caledonian University is known for being one of the most modern universities in the UK and is well renowned for its excellent links with industry. The University if the largest provider of NHS staff in Scotland and is the only university in the country to offer optometry degrees.


Glasgow Caledonian University has recently climbed 21 places in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, moving from 96th to 75th out of 131 universities in the UK.

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"The largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has become a true hub of culture, student bars, music, food, and arts. Students will quickly learn that the city has a personality of its own".

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