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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Ben Briggs Program type: Direct Enroll
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Open to Non-UNC students: No Graduate courses available: No
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art is internationally recognized as one of Britain's foremost higher education institutions for the study and advancement of fine art, design and architecture.  Founded in 1845, the GSA is located in the center of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. At the heart of the campus is the Mackintosh Building, described by Sir Christopher Frayling, Rector of the Royal College of Art, London, as "...the only art school in the world where the building is worthy of the subject... this is a work of art in which to make works of art". GSA is home to an international community of 1600 students and 400 staff and over 12% of their student population is international. The school is a small, specialist and highly focused international community of artists, designers and architects. You will find the GSA an immensely stimulating and creative place - a creative hothouse where new ideas are always encouraged and developed through teaching and research which is studio based, face to face, professionally relevant and socially engaged.


The GSA is located in the centre of Glasgow - Scotland's largest city with a population of nearly 650,000 and one of Europe's most dynamic cultural cities. The Scottish highland and Border Country are less than 50 miles away, where students can enjoy hiking and other outdoor activities. A speedy rail system connects Glasgow to the rest of Europe. Glasgow's international airport makes longer journeys very convenient as well.

Courses & Credits

Study Abroad students will spend four days a week in intensive studio practice within their chosen department and one day with the department of Historical & Critical Studies, with the exception of architecture students. All study abroad students are fully integrated with The Glasgow School of Art's full time degree students. The GSA is organized into three schools - the School of Design, the School of Fine Art, the Mackintosh School of Architecture with the Department of Historical and Critical Studies providing a key component to all undergraduate degrees in art and design.

To help make the most of your time in Glasgow the GSA has a range of student services to help you fulfill your potential and make the most of living and studying in Scotland's creative capital. The library and computer facilities are all located at the heart of GSA. The Glasgow School of Art Library is a gateway to learning and research for all GSA students and staff and has dedicated staff for each academic discipline. It comprises some 80,000 books and 250 current periodicals, plus a comprehensive and expanding range of slides, video and audio-tapes, CD-ROMs and DVDs. The Mackintosh Library is a reference library housing our collection of historic books, periodicals and journals and is used for research. GSA students and staff may also use the reference facilities of many of Glasgow's extraordinary range of other research libraries.
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As Scotland's largest city, Glasgow has an excellent supply of student accommodation. The School's own purpose built student residence, Margaret Macdonald House, is just a couple of minutes' walk from all the GSA buildings and close to all the city centre shops, bars and clubs. It is mainly for first year students new to Glasgow and international students and comprises 116 single study bedrooms in 18 self catered flats.

Students looking for a private flat or a room sharing with other students in the city should have an initial chat with the Student Welfare Service, which can supply an updated accommodation list, and advice and guidelines on flat hunting and finding flatmates in Glasgow.

If you are seeking a place in the student residence, you should apply as soon as possible even if your place is conditional. If you are looking for a flat, you can access the Private Accommodation Database for private sector accommodation in Glasgow. Just use your enrolment number to access this on and select "Search for a flat/room". If you do not yet have an enrolment number, contact for access to the database.

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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 02/10/2022
03/05/2022 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2022-2023 02/10/2022
03/05/2022 TBA TBA
Spring 2023 09/10/2022
10/05/2022 01/27/2023 05/26/2023
Fall 2023 02/10/2023 03/15/2023 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 02/10/2023 03/15/2023 TBA TBA

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