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Study in Scotland

In times of economic change, competition increases and higher education institutions and employers seek individuals with the best credentials and skills. A degree from an overseas, English-speaking university can be a big advantage. Plus, international experience is highly valued by employers of multinational companies and firms that do business all around the world.


Taking the First Step

If you’re not a native speaker of English, you will need to show you can use and understand English at university level. Schools rely on English-language proficiency tests like the TOEFL® test, IELTS, CAE to measure applicants’ English language abilities.

Studying in Glasgow

By studying abroad, you expand your choices to include the world’s top higher education institutions, as well as the opportunity to take courses you may not find anywhere else. You will also have a chance to experience new languages, cultures and lifestyles.

Glasgow is a multicultural city; the biggest city in Scotland and the fourth biggest city in the United Kingdom. The history of the city stretches back to the of earliest times. Stone Age canoes unearthed along the banks of the River Clyde suggest early fishing communities.

Celtic druids were among the first identifiable religious tribes to inhabit the area. It’s likely they would have traded with the Romans who, circa 80AD, had a trading post in Cathures, the earlier name for Glasgow. In 143AD the Romans erected the turf-built Antonine Wall stretching from the Clyde to the Forth to separate Caledonia to the north from Britannia to the south, but the wall was soon abandoned. In 380AD St Ninian, the great Christian missionary, passed through Cathures, consecrating a burial ground, but beyond then little is known until the arrival of St Kentigern in the 6 th century . St Kentigern settled in Glasgow (or Glas Cu, generally construed as “dear green place”) in 543AD following exile from Culross where his miracle powers had aroused jealousy among his monastic brothers.

In Glasgow, he established his Christian church on the banks of the Molendinar Burn, a tributary of the Clyde, where Glasgow Cathedral now stands. Such was his great popularity among his ecclesiastical community he was named Mungo meaning “dear one”

Legend has it St Mungo performed four miracles in Glasgow, commemorated on the City of Glasgow’s coat of arms, depicting a tree with a bird perched on its branches and a salmon and a bell on either side.

When Mungo died on 13 January 603, he was buried in his own church, close to the spot where the only two known Glasgow martyrs of the Reformation were later burned at the stake. Between Mungo’s death and Glasgow’s establishment as an Episcopal see in 1145, little is known of the city’s history.

The University of Glasgow (Scottish Gaelic: Oilthigh Ghlaschu, Latin: Universitas Glasguensis) is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. The university was founded in 1451 and is often ranked in the world’s top 100 universities in tables compiled by various bodies. In 2013, Glasgow moved to its highest ever position, placing 51st in the world and 9th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings.

Studying Abroad is Life-Changing

  • A 50-year study of 3,400 students shows that “studying abroad is usually a defining moment in a young person’s life and continues to impact the participant’s life for years after the experience.” (1)
  • 82% said that “they acquired skill sets that influenced their career path.”
  • 70% stated that “it ignited an interest in a career direction that they pursued after the experience.”
  • Studying Abroad Helps Your Career

    A study by the Australian government showed:

    – Many employers state that having studied abroad helps job candidates stand out.(2)
    – Employers view studying abroad as evidence of the ability to adapt to new environments
    – It demonstrates exposure to new ideas, philosophies and cultures.

    1 Institute for the International Education of Students: The Benefits of Study Abroad

    2 2006 QETI and IEAA. The Attitudes and Perceptions of Australian Employers Towards an Overseas Study Experience.