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The City

Glasgow has shed its industrial past and emerged as one of the liveliest urban centers in Great Britain. With a population of around 585,000, Glasgow is renowned for its friendly people and outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities. The city has its own orchestras, opera, ballet, and numerous other music and theater ensembles. Glasgow is situated about a half-hour drive from the Scottish Highlands, which offer many outdoor recreational pursuits. Once known as “The Second City of the British Empire,” Glasgow remains the best-preserved Victorian city in Great Britain. Recent restoration and cleanup efforts have been recognized internationally, and Glasgow was designated the European Community’s City of Architecture and Design in 1999.

The University

Founded in 1451 and one of only five medieval universities in the UK, the University of Glasgow remains at the forefront of educational innovation. With over 15,500 students, including 2,000 international students, Glasgow offers a broad range of disciplines within ten faculties (arts, social sciences, engineering, law and financial studies, medicine, veterinary medicine, education, physical sciences, biomedical and life sciences, and information and mathematical sciences) and has one of the best libraries in Britain. Conveniently located in the West End of the city, the university is close to museums, parks, shopping areas, and entertainment districts.

The Program

The program offers BC students the opportunity to be fully immersed and integrated in the Scottish university system. Students may take any available course in the undergraduate catalog for which they are qualified, except those in medicine and veterinary medicine.

Course selection

Students enroll in three or more courses from the regular Glasgow curriculum during each semester.

Orientation

The University’s International and Postgraduate Service offers an in-depth orientation. In addition, a BC on-site coordinator arranges meetings with with advisors and faculty members, social evenings, and a tour of Glasgow. Every academic year begins with Freshers’ Week, specifically designed to welcome new students to the University.

Housing

Students are housed in residence halls or student houses with a variety of options: catered or self-catered, single or shared rooms, single-sex or coed living. Typically, BC students are fully integrated with their British counterparts in housing placements.

Activities

The Students’ Representative Council supports about 100 clubs and societies that all students are invited to join. The BC site coordinator also organizes monthly cultural activities.

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