Office of International Programs
Thank you for your interest in our study abroad programs! The goal of this page is to help you better understand the Glasgow study abroad program and highlight distinguishing features and components that will interest you as a parent. More detailed and updated information is given to your son or daughter in information sessions, academic reviews, workshops, and pre-departure orientations. Once you read this information, we strongly encourage you to discuss this with your son/daughter first. Please know all information is given to the students, and we ask students to share all of this with you.
Sending students abroad is a partnership that includes students, parents, university personnel, and our overseas partners. We realize that you will have questions, and if our website or your son/daughter cannot answer those questions, we will be happy to discuss the study abroad process and program information with you. Please keep in mind that due to the FERPA federal regulation (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act), we will not be able to discuss specific information regarding your son/daughter; however, if your son/daughter is willing to sign a waiver form indicating the specific information to be shared with you, we will be more than happy to discuss specific matters regarding your son/daughter.
We hope you find this information helpful in assisting your son/daughter to accomplish his or her goal of learning, living, and serving abroad. We look forward to working with you and your son/daughter.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and was declared a UNESCO City of Music in 2009. Glasgow is a vibrant city with a rich history. Aside from its music scene, it is also known for its architecture and ship building.
Loyola Honors students can study abroad at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. The program is available for a single semester and is only available to students who are members of the Loyola Honors Program. Unfortunately, no exceptions can be made. The fall semester runs from early September through mid-December and the spring semester runs from early January through late May.
Our students study abroad in Glasgow through the Principia Consortium, which is a group of American colleges. Each college sends students from their Honors programs.
Travel to Glasgow
Students will fly to Glasgow together and return on the same group flight. They are welcome to change their travel date on either end, but it will be at their own cost. Loyola does not pay for any flight deviations or tickets changes at all. If a student wishes to change their ticket, they must contact our travel agent at Frosch Travel, 410-433-9300.
The airline tickets for the group are electronic. The students will receive an email confirmation from our travel agent once ticketing is complete. They should print it out and bring it to the airport just to be safe, but their passport is technically all they need to check in. The group will meet at the Newark Liberty International Airport. It is important that everyone is there on time. Once they arrive at the airport, they do not need to wait for the rest of the group to check in. Please make sure your student checks in as soon as they arrive and then proceeds through to security.
The group flies on United or British Airways and all their policies and baggage regulations are subject to change. Please get the most updated information on the United Airlines website or British Airways website.
"Liquids, gels and/or aerosols are permitted through security checkpoints. Items must fit in one clear, re-sealable quart or liter-sized plastic bag, in containers of 3.4oz/100ml or less. Plastic bags must be completely sealed and will be x-rayed at the security checkpoint separately."
The following items are allowed, but must be presented to officials at security checkpoints if they are not contained in clear plastic bags or are of greater volume than 3.4oz/100ml in the U.S. or 100ml/3.3oz in the EU:
- Baby formula/milk, including breast milk, and baby food in containers if a baby or small child is traveling.
- Medications (liquid, gel or aerosol) Liquids, juices or gels for diabetic passengers who indicate a need for such items to address their medical condition. (A letter from your physician is not necessary).
- Passengers are permitted to take liquids, gels, and/or aerosols purchased in the boarding area onboard the aircraft. This includes all duty free items.
The University of Glasgow has an international students’ office and our students will get all their support directly from them. They can assist our students with everything from class registration to homesickness to wellness and health issues.
The students will arrive in Glasgow a few days early for an international student orientation. They will be picked up at the airport by a bus and will be taken to their dorms.
Please remember that Scotland is currently five hours ahead of eastern standard time. It may be difficult for your students to contact you immediately upon arrival. I know that you will be nervous and apprehensive, but please give them time to get their bearings, find a phone card or the internet, and contact home. The phone system works differently than ours and the internet will not be set up for them to use on campus right away. Remember that no news is good news! The students are generally very excited and busy adjusting to a new life in their first couple of weeks so contact may be less frequent at first. It would be smart to determine a good time to talk with your student once they know their schedule so that you don’t lose contact.
The Principia Consortium is a group of American colleges and universities that send students from their undergraduate honors programs to the University of Glasgow. Only one institution from each U.S. state is allowed to belong and this is the current list of schools participating in the consortium:
- Albion College
- Augsburg College
- Augustana College
- Berry College
- Birmingham Southern College
- Carson Newman College
- Centre College
- Christopher Newport University
- Clarke College
- Converse College
- Creighton University
- Gonzaga University
- Heidelberg University
- Loyola University Maryland
- Loyola University at New Orleans
- McDaniel College
- North Central College
- Regis College
- Rutgers University
- University of Wyoming
- Westminster College
Students at the University of Glasgow generally take three classes. The Scot-credits are usually 20, which is equivalent to 5 American credits. Therefore, if a student takes three 20-credit courses (for a total of 60) then it comes back as three 5-credit courses (for a total of 15 American credits).
All students in the Principia Consortium are required to take the Scottish Enlightenment course, which is a total of 20 credits and is approved to transfer back to fulfill two unrestricted seminars at Loyola. Students can also choose the option of having The Scottish Englightenment fulfill one unrestricted seminar and then one restricted seminar with the addition of a research paper. Consult the director of the Honors Program at Loyola to discuss this option if chosen.
Students should have a free elective available back at Loyola as it is frequently used up in the credit transfer. Classes are much larger than at Loyola and are taught in the style of lectures as opposed to seminars. There is more focus on independent learning and students will often take classes that only have a final exam, or sometimes also a mid-term exam for their final grade. The academic style is very different than that of the United States.
Length of Stay
This program has a fall semester and a spring semester. The fall program runs from early September through mid-December. The spring program runs from early January through mid-May. Students are not allowed to leave the spring program early to return home for summer internships and jobs. Instead, they should prepare to take all exams onsite in Glasgow.
Insurance and Health
Loyola requires that each student submits to us a copy of the front and back of their U.S. health insurance card. We also ask for proof of international coverage from the U.S. policy (either a letter from the insurance company or you can print the international policy description from your policy manual online). We are only asking for proof of overseas coverage for Loyola’s liability purposes. If your policy does not have any type of overseas coverage (not even the basic emergency basis), then it will be essential to purchase supplemental insurance.
American students studying abroad in the UK are required to apply for a Student Visitor Visa. The visa is an additional cost to the students, and they should budget for that. The current cost as of July 2015 is $150 USD. The students will pay for this approximately 60 days before departure.
Students fill out all necessary paperwork at a workshop held on campus the semester prior to departure. The application is then mailed to the British Consulate General of either New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, depending on where a student permanently lives.
The visa process is complicated and the steps are very time-sensitive. Therefore, it is imperative that students follow ALL instructions on applying for the student visa very carefully. If any step in the process is missed or followed incorrectly, it could result in being denied a visa to enter the country.
More information on the student visa process can be found online.
Students live on campus in Kelvinhaugh Street Apartments. Student residences on Glasgow’s campus are primarily for freshmen students and international students, so our Loyola students need to keep in mind that they will typically live with flat-mates and dorm-mates that are much younger than them.
Students must apply for and then accept their housing contracts. Failure to do so by the appropriate deadlines may result in no available housing for our students, thus disabling them from studying abroad on the program.
Loyola students can request one other Loyola student to live in their flat with them. However, students are given individual bedrooms and so there are no roommates.
Students may use their smartphones overseas. It is recommended they do not purchase an international cell phone plan until they arrive in Scotland. Former students have highly recommended Skype and SkypeOut in order to keep in touch with friends or family back home. Additionally, many students will buy very cheap UK cell phones that have a 'pay-as-you-go' plan and they can top up for free texting each month. This local phone is the best way to keep in touch with Scottish flat-mates, other Loyola students, and local people in the Glasgow community.
Costs are listed below. The average expenses for a Loyola student in Glasgow are about $3,500 per semester. When the students add European travel to their budgets, the average raises to about $6,000 per semester.
Students are responsible for their own meals. Students do have access to a large mini-fridge. Each floor has its own equipped kitchen with microwave, toaster, stovetops, oven and freezer. Students can purchase kitchen items and food quite easily from stores in downtown Glagsow, which is walking distance from their apartment buildings.
It might be a good idea to open a Bank of America checking/debit account for your student if they don’t already have one. Bank of America is partnered with Barclays in the UK. If your student has a Bank of America account, they can use Barclays ATMs, and branches lessen international fees.
Students going for the full year, or who wish to hold a part-time job also have the option to open up a UK bank account.
Other ATM and debit cards should work in all ATM machines. It is wise to keep your student’s money in their debit account and have them pay with that whenever possible to avoid ATM fees and to get the best exchange rate of the day. This also makes it easy for you to transfer or deposit money into their account for them if necessary. Students should be aware that our American credit cards and ATM cards do not have a 'chip & pin,' which is needed for most UK transactions. Therefore, it is recommended to pay with cash while in the UK.
We have advised students to contact their banks and credit card companies to inform them that they will be out of the country so that their accounts aren’t frozen once international activity occurs. While doing so, they should also check to see what international fees are incurred when using each of their cards i.e. ATM withdrawal fees, currency conversion fees, etc. Also, you should check to see if your student’s bank is partnered with any banks overseas. The current exchange rate is 1 USD = .639 GBP.
Students’ expenses in the United Kingdom will vary greatly depending on how much they travel, shop and go out at night. Most students will schedule trips over to the European continent as often as they can afford. The range for how much students spent overall last semester was $3000 – $6000 USD. That is all inclusive of entertainment, traveling, food, shopping, and textbooks. It is a large range, but again, will depend on how much your student travels, drinks and eats in restaurants.
Criteria for Acceptance and Application Requirements
For the Loyola study abroad program in Glasgow, students must first and foremost be a part of the Loyola Honors Program. Secondly, they must have a minimum 3.0 CQPA. They should apply to Loyola’s Office of International Programs by December 2 of their sophomore year, in order to be considered for fall or spring semester spots in their junior year. Disciplinary records from the school’s office of student life are taken into consideration when reviewing applications. Students should mark down second and third choices in the event that we cannot offer them a spot in the Glasgow program. There are 10 available spots each semester.