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University of Strathclyde Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


Glasgow, United Kingdom




Junior or senior standing, 3.0 GPA

Application Due:

September 22 for Spring 2016

Program Cost:

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.

Academic Program

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 'Faculties'. The Faculty of Engineering is very strong, as is the 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.

University of Iowa students enroll in classes that are part of the regular curriculum at the University of Strathclyde. This means participating in a system that is significantly different from the US broad-based, liberal arts education, both in terms of calendar and specialization of studies. Students usually take between three and five courses each semester, earning between 12 and 18 semester hours of transfer credit for each semester.

What classes can I take?

Take a look at the following links for information about course options available to study abroad students.

For information about business courses, take a look at the Strathclyde Business School's website.

For information about available classes in Humanities and Social Sciences, take a a look at the website for Faculty of Humanities and Social Science.

For all other courses, browse the Class Catalogue.

A Note on Grading

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. This means that if you do not take the exam or turn in a required final paper, your British academic record will report a grade of 0 and you will not receive credit for the course.

The grading system in the UK is significantly different from the US 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 credit for the courses you take in the UK, you will NOT receive a typical A-F grade.

However, this does not mean that you are taking courses on a Pass/Fail basis. You will earn a final mark in the UK system, and your British academic record will always report these. 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.

Cultural Activities

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.

Program Dates

Dates for the Fall 2015 session: (Dates are subject to change)

September 12, 2015 - Arrival/Accommodation Opens/Program Begins
September 14 - Welcome meeting
September 14 - 18 - Fresher’s Week/Registration period
September 16 - Orientation
September 21 - Classes begin
September 21 - December 18 - Fall classes in session
December 18, 2015- Fall session ends

Dates for the Spring 2016 session (Dates are subject to change)

January 17, 2016 - Arrival/Accommodation Opens/Program Begins
January 18 - Welcome meeting/Classes begin
January 20 - Orientation
January 20 - April 4 - Spring classes in session
April 4 - April 17 - Spring vacation
April 18 - May 27 - Spring classes in session
May 27, 2016 - Spring session ends

For More Information

Cory Petersen, Advisor and Program Coordinator
Study Abroad | International Programs
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax: 319-335-0343

The University of Strathclyde

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.

United Kingdom

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!

Some quick general facts about the UK:

• 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.

Living Arrangements

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.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangement with support from the Study Abroad office and the International Student office at Strathclyde.

Local Transportation

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.


Minimum eligibility requirements include sophomore standing and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale). Students must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa at the time the program begins.

Students who are not in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time the program begins will have their acceptance revoked, and will be withdrawn from the program. Students who are withdrawn for academic or disciplinary reasons will be responsible for the late withdrawal fees described in the Withdrawal Policy below.

Students who do not fit these requirements should contact their study abroad advisor for alternative options.

Application Deadline

Final applications are due on September 22 for the Spring 2016 session.


University of Iowa students pay their regular UI tuition and mandatory student fees, and then study at our partner university without further tuition payment.

Additional costs include the Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400), the application fee ($50), round trip airfare (approximately $1500 from Cedar Rapids), housing (approx. $2600 per semester, but variable depending on your final housing choice), food (approx. $2100 per semester), passport (approx. $135), textbooks (approx. $300 per semester), local transportation ($300+ per semester), immunizations (variable), CISI health insurance (approx. $150 per semester), visa fees (approx. $180 for the semester, and $550 for the academic year), or any personal expenses ($2500+ per semester).

Study Abroad Administrative 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.

Program cost sheet

A cost sheet detailing all estimated costs for the Spring 2016 session will be posted here during late fall 2015.

The cost sheet captures the best possible estimate for all costs a participant on this program will be responsible for, including fees paid to UI as well as out-of-pocket costs and personal expenses, although actual spending amounts may vary. This information will be provided to the Office of Student Financial Aid to help determine your eligibility for aid for this program.

How to Apply

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.

After submitting an application, your application will be sent to the University of Strathclyde for review, where final acceptance decisions are made.

Applicants are officially notified of their acceptance status by Strathclyde 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

Withdrawal Policy

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/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

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 Course Fees ($400), 100% of UI Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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 take a look at the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications page.

The Study Abroad office offers several scholarships and grants. The awards listed below are available to University of Iowa students studying on this program:

1- Merit-based scholarship (requires a 3.33 GPA or higher)

2- Need-based study abroad grant (for students who are eligible for financial aid, based on available FAFSA information)

3- Diversity Ambassador scholarship (see web site for details)

Other UI-affiliated awards

4- Other University of Iowa awards

Awards from organizations outside of the University of Iowa

(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!)

5- External Awards

6- NAFSA’s US Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants List

7- IIE Passport's Study Abroad Funding page

8- US Department of Labor's scholarship page


10- Or try a Google search for 'study abroad scholarships'!

Finally, if you’re having trouble writing scholarship essays, you may want to contact the UI Writing Center for a helping hand!

If you have any questions about funding for this program, please contact Cory Petersen at or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment.

Confirmation Materials

Once you have been accepted to the program (after the application deadline) your study abroad advisor will send you the documents you need to confirm your plans to participate in the program.

Vaccinations and Health/Safety

We will address many issues related to health and safety during the orientation sessions, but until then our general advice is that before you go abroad it is best to check with your doctor about any health concerns you have. Take a look at the Centers for Disease Control web site for UK-specific health information and visit either your doctor or the Travel Clinic at UI Student Health & Wellness for any vaccinations you might need.

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.


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.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

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 or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).


In-person orientation sessions will be scheduled late in the semester prior to the start of your program in the UK, usually in mid-November for the spring semester, and late-April for the Fall semester. Your study abroad advisor will be in touch with you about the specific dates shortly after you have been accepted into the program.


You will need to register for this course on ISIS prior to your departure for the UK. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.

Information about Scotland, Glasgow, and the University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde’s Facebook page

University of Strathclyde's international office Facebook page

University of Strathclyde's YouTube channel

City of Glasgow on Instagram

University of Strathclyde on Twitter

Scotland’s official tourism page on Instagram

UK’s official tourism page on Instagram

Website for the City of Glasgow

University of Strathclyde website

Information for Incoming study abroad students at the University of Strathclyde

Accommodation options at Strathclyde

Undergraduate Class Catalogue