Fall, Spring, Academic Year
Glasgow, United Kingdom
• Clear Interest and Commitment
• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity
• Minimum 3.0 GPA (flexible, depending on circumstances)
• Good academic and disciplinary standing
• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time of application
• Acceptance by host institution
March 21 for Fall 2017 and Academic year 2017-2018
Check the 'Costs' section under the Application tab.
The reciprocal exchange program between the University of Iowa and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland allows undergraduate students to spend a semester or academic year fully integrated with their Scottish peers in student housing and attending regular classes.
Under the reciprocal exchange agreement, University of Iowa students pay their regular UI tuition and fees to participate in this program. Room and board is comparable to Iowa costs in the Mayflower residence hall. Added expenses include airfare, a UI administrative fee, and similar costs as described in the Costs section of our website.
The University of Strathclyde was founded in 1796 as a place of 'useful learning', and soon became Scotland's leading technological institution. Major 'departments' at Strathclyde are referred to as 'Faculties'. The http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/studywithus/undergraduate/ Faculty of Engineering is very strong, as is the http://www.strath.ac.uk/business/undergraduate/international/incoming/informationaboutclasses/ Strathclyde Business School.
The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences also offers a broad range of classes, making Strathclyde a good destination for almost any student.
Popular departments for University of Iowa students include:
You can find more information about the academic environment at Strathclyde on their Academic Information page.
Take a look at the course options open to study abroad students by exploring the University of Strathclyde’s online Class Catalogue.
Take a look at Strathclyde’s Guide to choosing classes website for more information.
Students usually take between three and five courses each semester, earning between 12 and 18 semester hours of transfer credit for each semester.
Students must take 40 of the 60 Strathclyde credits they earn out of a single department. They can choose the remaining credits from the same department, or from any other department.
University of Iowa students are not permitted to take courses offered through the Psychology department, and courses offered through the Chemistry department are only available to students studying at Strathclyde for the full Academic Year.
As a study abroad student, you are required to undertake the same form of assessment as the local students do in order to earn transfer credit at the University of Iowa.
The grading system in the U.K. is significantly different from the U.S. system. Grades are given as 'marks', and a score of 60% is typically considered a high mark. UI does not convert British marks into U.S. letter grades. While you WILL receive academic credit for the courses you take in the U.K., you will NOT receive a typical A-F grade.
However, this does not mean that you are taking courses on a Pass/Fail basis. In order to receive credit for the course, you must receive a passing grade in the British system and, in the future, when official transcripts of your college work are requested, you will need to provide both an Iowa transcript and the British academic record – your British grades will be clear and will influence future scholarship application and graduate school admissions decisions.
Strathclyde will send Fall semester transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of February, and Spring semester/Academic Year transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of July. Students can expect their grades to be applied to their UI grade reports within several weeks after they arrive to the University of Iowa.
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and has a bustling arts and entertainment scene. On campus, the University of Strathclyde Students Association is home to clubs & societies, a sports union, musical ensembles, and volunteer organizations.
Dates for the Fall 2017 session: (Dates are subject to change)
September 9, 2017 - Arrival/Accommodation Opens/Program Begins
September 11 - Welcome meeting
September 11 - 15 - Welcome Week/Registration period September 18 - Classes begin September 18 - December 4 - Fall classes in session
December 4 - December 15 - Revision and Exams December 15, 2017- Fall session ends
Dates for the Spring 2018 session (Dates are subject to change)
January 7, 2018 - Arrival/Accommodation Opens/Program Begins
January 8 - January 12 - Welcome Week/Registration period January 15 - April 1 - Spring classes in session
April 2 - April 13 - Spring vacation
April 16 - April 20 - Revision week
April 23 - May 18 - Exams
May 18, 2018 - Spring session ends
Cory Petersen, Senior Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802
Strathclyde was founded over 210 years ago by a visionary professor who wanted to provide education to the working men and women of Glasgow, dubbing the University of Strathclyde 'a place of useful learning'. Although it began as a technical institution, and still boasts an excellent College of Engineering, business and the humanities are also strong at Strathclyde. The main campus is located in the city center of Glasgow, making it a truly urban educational experience.
With 598,000 inhabitants, Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, and one of the largest in the UK. The city has long been key to the cultural and industrial growth of the UK, and the city’s urban renewal projects over the past 20 - 30 years have maintained Glasgow as a vital, edgy, modern hub of art, music, theatre, shopping, and architecture. Glasgow’s subway system makes getting around the city, and the rest of Scotland, easy. Access to the Scottish Highlands is good -- only about an hour away. It is also possible to visit the western islands and really get away from the world. If you'd like to travel a bit further away, Glasgow also has an international airport that connects to the rest of the region, and allows for direct flights to and from the US.
The 'United Kingdom' (UK) refers to the four countries of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is in contrast to another common name, 'Great Britain', which excludes Northern Ireland. The UK Exchange program offers exchange with universities in England and Scotland. Life and culture in the UK is different from that in the US. Experiencing this rich tradition is what the UK Exchanges are all about!
• The UK uses the British Pound as its currency.
• Communication from the UK is easy. Cell phones are relatively inexpensive, the internet is easily accessible, and post offices are plentiful.
• British food is unique! Try fish and chips, bangers 'n mash, steak pie, Indian curry,'neeps and tatties, haggis and more!
• The UK is a relatively safe environment. Police are helpful and visible. Emergency services are reliable. Pharmacies, called 'Chemists', are common and carry a wide variety of medicine and other essentials.
• The UK has a temperate climate, influenced by the ocean that surrounds it. It is never too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. Rain is common most of the year. Make sure to take plenty of warm clothes and waterproof shoes.
The University of Strathclyde offers accommodation in student housing. Student housing in the UK tends to resemble the style of Mayflower Residence hall, with 4-6 students sharing a 'flat' with common kitchen and bathroom facilities and individual single-person rooms, however variations to this style are available. Meal structure varies according to each student's preference and residence.
You can find more information about the housing options at Strathclyde on the university's Accomodation page.
Students will make their own travel arrangement with support from the Study Abroad office and the International Student office at Strathclyde.
Glasgow has a good public transportation system. Buses, trains, and taxis are easily accessible, and the campus, and much of the city, is pedestrian friendly.
In general, travel within the United Kingdom is very well organized. Busses, and taxis (and subway systems in larger cities) make getting around town quick and easy. Trains and busses also interconnect every city in Britain, making inter-city travel easy, fairly cheap and as quick as possible. You are never far from interesting places such as London or Ireland. Ferries and bargain airlines also allow you to reach many destinations in mainland Europe very inexpensively.
The University of Strathclyde Exchange program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:
Applications for the Spring 2018 will be available by August 2017.
Applications are due on March 21 for the Fall 2017 and Academic Year 2017 - 2018 sessions.
University of Iowa students pay their regular University of Iowa tuition and mandatory student fees, and then study at our partner university without further tuition payment.
International student orientation, and some cultural activities are provided by the host organization at no additional cost to University of Iowa students.
Students are responsible for paying for all of the following items in addition to their normal University of Iowa tuition and fees:
University of Iowa study abroad administrative fees are included for all participants. They are based on tuition set by the Iowa Board of Regents. Please check the Costs of Study Abroad page for more information on these administrative fees.
The Fall 2017 cost sheet can be found below. A cost sheet detailing all estimated costs for the Spring 2018 will be posted here by mid-fall 2017.
The cost sheet captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to U.I. as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary from individual to individual. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.
Interested students should make an appointment with Cory Petersen, the program coordinator for the University of Strathclyde exchange, to determine whether this program is a good fit, and discuss the application process.
The application process consists of three steps:
Applicants are notified of their official acceptance status by the University of Strathclyde University by late October/early November for the Spring session, and by late March/early April for the following Fall/Academic Year.
Please call the Study Abroad office (1111 University Capitol Centre) at 319-335-0353 to set up an appointment, or email Cory with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Study Abroad office at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa (amounts based on Fall 2017 fees- fees may be adjusted for future sessions).
Note: In rare cases of withdrawal due to injury, illness or other significant and verifiable extenuating circumstances, a financial appeal process exists to consider the financial aspects of late withdrawal. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.
|Date of Withdrawal||Student Financial Responsibility|
|Between confirmation and 45 days before program start date||$500|
|Between 44 and 30 days before the program start date||$1,000|
|Between 29 and 15 days before the program start date||$2,000|
|Less than 14 days before the program start date||1) 100% of Study Abroad Administrative Fees ($400), 100% of UI Tuition and Fees|
In general, financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) received to attend the University of Iowa may be applied toward the cost of studying abroad as long as the student is making satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. In most cases the Office of Student Financial Aid can adjust financial aid to cover additional costs incurred by study abroad. Moreover, students are encouraged to apply for scholarships based on need, merit and/or diversity that are awarded by Study Abroad. Complete information is available on the Funding Your Study Abroad Experience page.Before applying for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of our website for valuable tips on making a successful application.
For help writing scholarship essays, please contact the UI Writing Center.
The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. Take a look at the following links for Semester or Academic Year scholarships offered through our office:
1- Need-Based grants (For students in good academic standing, and who current year FAFSA has been processed by UI Office of Student Financial Aid)
2- Stanley Merit-Based Scholarship (See web page for details)
3- International Student Study Abroad Scholarship (See web page for details)
4- Diversity Ambassador Scholarship (see web page for details)
5- Iowa Abroad Scholarship (For Iowa-resident students who began studying at the University of Iowa in Fall 2015 or later- see web page for details)
6- Bijou Horizons - FilmScene (see web page for details)
(Note that when searching for financial aid from organizations outside of the University of Iowa, it's always best to be safe. Be sure to take a look at these tips to avoid scams before you apply!)
14- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!
If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.
After you have reviewed the final cost sheet and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, you will need to complete the following steps:
First, read, download, complete, and return the Confirmation of Participation document, sign it, and submit it to the Study Abroad office no later than Monday, May 1 at 4:59pm.
Please note that if this document is not submitted by the confirmation deadline on Monday, May 1, 2017, your application will be automatically withdrawn and your acceptance rescinded.
Next, download the Healthcare Preparation Guide, and complete it with the help of your doctor. This document should not be submitted to our office.
Finally, thoroughly review the following sections of text:
In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.
You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.
Safety, too, is vital to your study abroad experience. While the UK is generally a very safe place, unfortunately safety cannot be guaranteed anywhere. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.
OCAS - UK: Information from the U.S. Department of State on safety and security abroad. Anyone can subscribe for the free OSAC newsletter to receive international safety news and updates via email.
If you do not have a passport, please apply for one soon to ensure you receive it before the program begins. Students who are U.S. citizens can find more information about how to apply for or renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State’s web site.
Important notice for students without a valid passport, or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:
Those without valid passports should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.
Those with valid passports should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the U.S. from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid through this time then you will need to renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the UK.
Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.
Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen email@example.com for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.
Program participants are required to have a visa to enter the UK. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information about acquiring the visa you need to enter the country.
Please note that visas are issued by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the UK’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can find more information about funding options by clicking on the Application tab above and scrolling to the Financial Aid & Scholarships section toward the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).
Unless Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course. If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on the process.
As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.
If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, CISI can help refer you to doctors and develop a continuation of care plan. If you would like to make arrangements for care while you’re abroad, please contact CISI using the contact information on the site above, or contact Cory Petersen at email@example.com.
Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- Study Abroad will not be arranging a group flight to your study abroad destination.
Do not purchase plane tickets until
Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about six weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans.
If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure for the UK. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.