University Guide

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world, making it one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. The university currently has nearly 31,000 students from over 140 countries worldwide.

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The overview

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

  • Rankings

    The University is among the best as it is ranked 10th in the UK and 87th in the world by Times Higher Education 2024.

  • Employability

    95.9% of the University of Glasgow’s students are in employment or further study within a year after graduation. The University’s Careers Service has links with 10,000 employers and close contacts with major graduate employers in the public, private and nongovernmental sectors.

  • Fees

    For Scottish students, the tuition fees are £1, 820 per year. Fees for English, Welsh and Northern Irish students are £9,250 per year. International student fees vary depending on fee status and programme, ranging from £19,350 for law and the arts to £49,950 medical and veterinary sciences. More information can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    The University of Glasgow offers a range of prizes, bursaries and scholarships. These are either awarded by recommendation or through individual application. Details on different schemes can be found here.


Students are guaranteed accommodation if they are studying at the university full-time, offering either 39- or 52-week contracts. Access to one of the UK’s finest sports facilities is included in accommodation fees. A variety of flat and room types are available and AFS also has a selection of private accommodation available.

Students' Union

The University is unique as it boasts two student unions: Queen Margaret Union and Glasgow University Union. The legendary music venue has hosted Nirvana, Queen and many more. The Unions are a great way to discover new passions, meet like-minded people and boost employability.

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University of Glasgow Students' Union
University of Glasgow Students' Union

Famous for

The University of Glasgow is famous for its medicine and veterinary medicine courses and is one of the twenty-four Russell Group universities.


The University of Glasgow is at the heart of the COVID-19 research response in Scotland with scientists working on a number of vital projects including vaccines and virus behaviour.

AFS says

“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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