on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, with a population around 740,000. The city had its beginnings in a monk's cell, when St. Mungo founded a religious community in the sixth century. The cathedral of St. Mungo, still in existence, was built on the same site.
The University of Strathclyde is Scotland's third largest university, with approximately 15,000 students and represent over 100 countries. It was founded in 1796 as Anderson's Institution by John Anderson who, in his will, left instructions that this institution be established "for the Good of Mankind and the Improvement of Science - a place of useful learning." Indeed, Strathclyde has a wealth of opportunities for all students. The University is the top research university in the West of Scotland and is in the top ranks in the U.K
The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport, a 15-20 minute drive from the University of Strathclyde. The Edinburgh Airport is a 45 minute drive. There are airport buses available. Within the city of Glasgow, there are buses and subways. There is a high-speed Intercity rail service to London from Glasgow Central Station (5 hours).
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Students may study at Strathclyde University for one semester or a full academic year. Important dates at Strathclyde can be found here
Early-September - Mid-December
Early-January - Mid-May
Nearly all the residences in the Campus Village are divided into flats of various sizes; where students have their own single rooms and share bathrooms and kitchen/living/dining areas with “flatmates”. All have TVs provided in the communal area. Typically, Millersville students are housed in Birbeck Court
Birkbeck Court is the oldest and largest student residence in the Campus Village. It provides basic accommodation for 384 students divided into 6 person flats. It has a secure entry system and on-campus recycling right outside. It's also directly opposite the campus laundry facilities. Each student has their own small study bedroom and shares a compact kitchen/living/dining room with TV provided plus shower and bathroom facilities. Cost includes heating/lighting plus a cleaning service for the shared areas.
Each bedroom is fitted with standard furniture such as a bed, desk & chair and wardrobe. Students are supplied with a new mattress protector, pillow and duvet. The bed is approximately 6 foot 3 inches long by 3 foot wide and has drawers underneath. A desk, chair and lamp are provided, shelves, a noticeboard, wardrobe and bin.
Birkbeck court Accommodations include:
- 6 person flats
- Small single bedroom/study
- Shared compact kitchen/living/dining room
- Shower and bathroom facilities
Each shared kitchen includes:
- Cooker with electric hob
- Toasted sandwich maker
- Mop and bucket
- Brush and shovel
- Kitchen bin
Most flats are not provided with any other kitchen supplies and these will have to be purchased by the student and flatmates. Students are required to provide basic housing supplies such as toilet paper and paper towels. All outlets in the flat are European style so any US appliances (laptop, camera charger, ipod charger) will require an adapter or a transformer in order to be plugged in.
You'll find the University library across the road along with a local supermarket, where you can stock up on all your essentials, close by. It's also a five to ten-minute walk into Merchant City or the city center where you'll find high-street shops, numerous restaurants and more. It's also less than a minute's walk away from the accommodation office.
"The bill for housing will be sent directly to you from Strathclyde’s Accommodations Office. They will send you a housing contract, along with information on how to pay the bill. There are different ways they tell you that you can pay the bill, but I found it to be easiest to pay this online."
"The best places I found for affordable bedding and cooking supplies are Primark and a variety of Pound Shops (like the dollar store). Check these places for silverware, pans, hangers, etc before you go elsewhere! Don’t forget to go with your new flatmates so you don’t buy 6 of the same thing; there is not enough space in the flat."
Students do not have any type of meal plan through the university. There are on-campus food options throughout the week at the Student Union, Library and the Java Café. All of these options offer prepared food that is fairly priced for students. The residence halls are within walking distance of a variety of grocery stores and local restaurants. Students are responsible for purchasing and cooking food on their own. Students have access to a kitchen to prepare meals or may choose to dine out at restaurants and cafes around their apartment or university.
"Aldi is a discount food store located on High Street (5 minutes from campus) and offers many familiar American food options. The food is very cheap and students will get their money worth! If you’re shopping there though, make sure you bring your own bags for groceries. They are not provided and will come at an extra cost."
"Most inner-city food shops aren’t anything like the American format. They are smaller and have fewer options. If you’re feeling a bit out of place, take the extra time to walk to Morrisons (you can find it with Google Maps). It’s huge and reminded me of back home. The Union has great prices for dinners."
Strathclyde offers courses in a variety of academic disciplines such as: Accounting and Finance, Administration, Architecture, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Geography, History, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Law, Marketing, Mathematics, Physics, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.
Although specific course listings for your semester of study may not be available until closer to the date of departure, please refer to the following links for a listing of courses offered:
Exchange students generally take classes from levels 1 to 3. Level 2 and 3 classes will require some previous study in the subject. Due to the prerequisite requirements, level 4 classes are not usually open to exchange students unless there is a significant amount of background knowledge in the subject. Students applying to the schools of Science or Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences and Strathclyde Business should select at least 2 classes per semester from the same department.
On your Strathclyde application students must indicate which classes they are interested in taking, as Strathclyde must approve you to take each course. However, you must still register for your courses upon arrival.
Many students in the United States rely on periodic assessment of their progress throughout the semester, which may be done through regular tests, mid-term exams, and papers. However, this type of regular assessment is not necessarily the norm in the United Kingdom, or in Europe in general. There is a greater expectation that students learn independently and there is less of a focus on tests, quizzes, and short assignments throughout the semester. Exams are normally held at the end of each term or year at which time students are required to demonstrate an understanding of the material.
"Be prepared for a huge difference in your classes! A lot of the responsibility is placed entirely onto your shoulders and things like readings may not be covered in class at all. Books are suggested not required and can either be taken out through the library or bought at the bookstore. Classes usually meet twice a week; one hour was a lecture and then the second one-hour class was a smaller round table discussion. Attendance was not mandatory or recorded. My only assessment in this class was a 5-minute presentation and an 8-10 page paper. Another major difference is the extremely informal relationship with the tutors. Each is addressed by their first name and they are very laid back. Some may even invite you out for a drink or to chat. This change in class structure really threw me off for a while; I’m used to 18 hours in classes a week, and at Strath I was only spending 6! It will be easy for you to find ways to spend your time otherwise."
At Strathclyde, each class is worth 20 Strathclyde credits. Each 20 credit class is equivalent to one 5 U.S. credit class at Millersville. Therefore, students will take 3 classes per semester at Strathclyde (60 Strathclyde credits total) and transfer back three 5 credit classes (15 Millersville credits total). This means that a student will make full-time progress with regards to accruing credits towards graduation, but will only complete the equivalent of three Millersville courses.
A grade of C- or higher is required to transfer credits. Therefore, anything below 40 is not transferable