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  • Locations: Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: SDSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Field of Study: Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Finance, History, Humanities, Mathematics/Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Social Sciences, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Housing Options: Residence Hall Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: SDSU Exchange SDSU Office: 1-Study Abroad (ISC)
Program Description:
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University Profile
The University of Strathclyde is a Scottish public research university located in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Founded in 1796 as the Andersonian Institute, it is Glasgow's second-oldest university, with the university receiving its royal charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university. It takes its name from the historic Kingdom of Strathclyde.

Strathclyde campus

Location Summary
The University of Strathclyde is located right in the heart of Glasgow - Scotland's biggest and most cosmopolitan city.  The city center has a vibrant arts scene, cutting-edge music, legendary nightlife, an exciting selection of places to eat out and much more.

The University is situated just east of downtown Glasgow and within easy walking distance. Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. It's famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it's a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.

Glasgow river Clyde
Glasgow square

Academic Notes
The University of Strathclyde is divided into four main Faculties:

Business School
Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Science
Strathclyde University Campus
Students applying to the faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences or Strathclyde Business School usually have more flexibility over classes. In this case, applicants will receive general admission to the faculty rather than to a specific department.  Students applying to the faculties of Science or Engineering should select at least 2 classes per
semester from the same department.

Due to timetable clashes or classes being withdrawn, it is not possible to guarantee classes in advance and applicants are encouraged to identify some reserve classes which can be substituted as necessary.  Applicants will finalize their curriculum upon arrival after speaking with an academic adviser.
Language Notes
All courses are taught in English with the exception of any foreign language courses.

Program Dates
Semester 1: Mid September to Late January (exchange students may take final exams early in late December or early January)
Semester 2: Late January to Early June

Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
See Guide to Selecting Classes on the Strathclyde study abroad webpage.

Students at Strathclyde take classes amounting to 60 Strathclyde credits (about 3 classes per semester).  Students planning to stay at Strathclyde a full academic year should choose classes totaling 120 Strathclyde credits.  One 20 credit Strathclyde module is equivalent to 5 SDSU semester units.

Normally exchange students take classes at levels 1 to 3. The third digit of the class code denotes the level of the class. Level 2 and 3 classes will require some previous study in the subject. Level 4 classes are usually not open to exchange students unless there is a significant amount of background knowledge in the subject.

All students should discuss module descriptions with their SDSU academic advisors. Be aware prerequisites for modules/classes in the UK are taken very seriously and students mostly enroll in Year 2 or 3 modules if they need upper-division credit.

Note: At the University of Strathclyde, SDSU considers 500+ or Level 5+ courses as upper division. 

Housing and Meals
The University guarantees a place in on-campus student accommodation to all non-European exchange students.

Other practical information for exchange students is available on the Strathclyde International Office and the Advice & Support webpages.

strathclyde accommodation

Insurance Requirement
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.

All U.S. citizens studying in the United Kingdom for one semester (less than six months) are not required to apply for a visa; they receive a Short-Term Student Route visa stamp upon arrival. However, students going for a full academic year (more than six months) are required to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa, which also allows U.S. citizens to legally work. Please see the UK Border Agency website for more details and instructions.

For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State website. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/20/2019 10/15/2019 TBA TBA