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University of Strathclyde Exchange

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Location:

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Credit:

Transfer

Eligibility:

• Clear Interest and Commitment

• Demonstrated Preparedness/Maturity

• Minimum 3.0 GPA (flexible, depending on circumstances)

• Good academic and disciplinary standing

• Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing at the time of application

• Acceptance by host institution

Application Due:

September 21 for Spring 2018

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 as '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.

Popular departments for University of Iowa students include:

You can find more information about the academic environment at Strathclyde on their Academic Information page.

Courses

Take a look at the course options open to study abroad students by exploring the University of Strathclyde’s online Class Catalogue.

Take a look at Strathclyde’s Guide to choosing classes website for more information.

Students usually take between three and five courses each semester, earning between 12 and 18 semester hours of transfer credit for each semester.

Course restrictions

Students must take 40 of the 60 Strathclyde credits they earn out of a single department. They can choose the remaining credits from the same department, or from any other department.

University of Iowa students are not permitted to take courses offered through the Psychology department, and courses offered through the Chemistry department are only available to students studying at Strathclyde for the full Academic Year.

Flexibility Regarding Course Offerings

Foreign universities are typically unable to provide a final course catalog for the upcoming semester until shortly before the semester begins. Students usually do not know which specific classes they can take before arriving abroad, and they usually do not register for classes until they arrive in their host country- this means that there is no way to guarantee that you will be able to enroll in your preferred courses. Your final course schedule may not be finalized until you are already abroad and attending classes.

Because of these differences, all students must meet with their academic advisor before going abroad to discuss how the differences in course availability will affect their degree progress and graduation plans. It is important to develop a back-up plan in case your preferred courses are not available when you arrive at their host university.

The British Grading System

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.

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

This does not mean that you are taking courses on a Pass/Fail basis . 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 and will influence future scholarship application and graduate school admissions decisions.

Transcripts

Strathclyde will send Fall semester transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of February, and Spring semester/Academic Year transcripts to the University of Iowa by the end of July. Students can expect their grades to be applied to their UI grade reports within several weeks after they arrive to the University of Iowa.

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 2017 session: (Dates are subject to change)

September 9, 2017 - Arrival/Accommodation Opens/Program Begins
September 11 - Welcome meeting
September 11 - 15 - Welcome Week/Registration period
September 18 - Classes begin
September 18 - December 4 - Fall classes in session
December 4 - December 15 - Revision and Exams
December 15, 2017- Fall session ends

Dates for the Spring 2018 session (Dates are subject to change)

January 7, 2018 - Arrival/Accommodation Opens/Program Begins
January 8 - January 12 - Welcome Week/Registration period
January 15 - April 1 - Spring classes in session
April 2 - April 13 - Spring vacation
April 16 - April 20 - Revision week
April 23 - May 18 - Exams
May 18, 2018 - Spring session ends

For More Information

Cory Petersen, Senior 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
E-mail: cory-petersen@uiowa.edu


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.

Glasgow

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.

Eligibility

The University of Strathclyde Exchange program is open to students of all majors who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Clear interest and commitment- Students must demonstrate a clear academic or personal interest in the program’s subject matter, and a commitment to engage responsibly in coursework abroad.
  • Preparedness and Maturity- Students must demonstrate preparedness to take on the heightened responsibilities associated with international study and travel. Students must demonstrate a commitment to behave responsibility abroad while respecting cultural differences. Students are expected to obey both local laws and program directives conveyed to participants before and during the program. The University of Iowa Code of Student Life applies to all program participants while abroad.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA- Students must have at minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to participate in this program.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing- Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Students placed on either academic or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad on a University of Iowa program. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who are not in good standing at any point overlapping with the program dates will have their acceptance revoked, will be responsible for the associated late withdrawal fees.
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing required- Students must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing at the time the program begins. First year students cannot participate in this program.
  • Approval by U.I. study abroad advisor- A student’s application must be reviewed and approved by their University of Iowa study abroad advisor.
  • Acceptance by host institution- Students must be accepted by their host institution as a temporary visiting student. Acceptance by the host institution is typically automatic for students that have been nominated by their study abroad advisor, but the final acceptance decision is made by the international student office and the sponsoring departments at the host institution based on their own internal requirements.
  • Attendance at mandatory orientation programming- Students must attend all in-person and online pre-departure orientation programing presented by UI Study Abroad.

Limited Admission

Admission to this program is limited to two students each semester. Complete applications from eligible students will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Interested students are encouraged to submit complete application materials as soon as possible to increase their chances of securing a place in the program during their chosen session. Contact your study abroad advisor for updates on available spaces for the upcoming session.

Application Deadline

Applications for the Spring 2018 session are due on September 21, 2017.

Applications for the Fall 2018 and Academic Year 2017-2018 sessions will be available by February 2018.

Costs

Students will be responsible for paying many of their program costs through their University of Iowa Ubill, while other costs will be out of pocket costs paid by the student directly to vendors before and after going abroad. Please refer to the following cost sheet for details on the costs associated with this program.

The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheets below apply to the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 sessions. Cost sheets for the Fall 2018, and Academic Year 2018 - 2019 will be available by late spring 2018.

PDFStrathclyde- Cost Sheet- Fall 2017

PDFStrathclyde- Cost Sheet- Spring 2018 (Spring Session of the Full Academic Year)

PDFStrathclyde- Cost Sheet- Spring 2018 (Spring Session Only)

The cost sheet includes the following fees:

The cost sheet does not include the following optional additional costs:

Personal Travel Costs

Costs for personal travel are not included in the cost estimates provided on the cost sheet. If you plan to travel throughout the United Kingdom, or outside of the United Kingdom during or after your study abroad program, you will need to budget for additional funds to cover the cost of your personal travel.

The cost of personal travel depends entirely on each student’s individual travel plans and spending habits. Estimates for personal travel costs provided by past students on this program vary significantly from about $1,500 to as much at $9,000 or more per semester.

Costs charged to the Ubill

  • Application fee- (charged at the time of application, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.
  • University of Iowa Tuition and Fees- (charged shortly before departure.)
  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee- (charged shortly before departure.)
  • CISI Health Insurance- (charged shortly before departure.)

Out of Pocket costs (not charged to Ubill)

  • Round trip airfare from Cedar Rapids- (paid by student directly to travel agent or airline- approx. 6-8 weeks prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.)
  • Housing- (charged upon arrival to the U.K.)
  • Housing Deposit- paid by student shortly before departure to the U.K., before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed)
  • Food- (paid by student at their discretion while abroad.)
  • Visa fees- (paid by student on arrival to the U.K., or shortly before arrival/before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed. Contact Cory Petersen for more information.)
  • U.K. Police Registration fee (paid by student on arrival to the U.K.- only required for academic year students)
  • Immigration Health Surcharge- (paid by student on arrival to the U.K.- only required for academic year students.)
  • Local Transportation- (paid at student’s discretion while abroad.)
  • Cell phone- (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Passport- (paid by student prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships are disbursed.)
  • Textbooks- (paid as needed while abroad)
  • Medical Exam/Immunizations- (paid by student as needed prior to departure, before financial aid/scholarships disburse)
  • Personal expenses- (paid by student at their discretion while abroad.)
  • Personal travel expenses- (paid as needed while abroad)

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad . 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 shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Note: In rare cases of withdrawal due to injury, illness or other significant and verifiable extenuating circumstances, a financial appeal process exists to consider the financial aspects of late withdrawal. Contact your study abroad advisor for more information.

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 Administrative Fees ($400), 100% of U.I. Tuition and Fees

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing.

Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited.

Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

How to Apply

  • Make an appointment with Cory Petersen, to discuss the program and determine whether this program is a good fit, and discuss the application process. You can make an appointment by calling U.I. Study Abroad at 319-335-0353.
  • Meet with your academic advisor(s) to discuss how this program might fit you’re your graduation plans, and make a back-up plan in case your preferred courses are not available when you arrive on your host university’s campus (see the Flexibility Regarding Course Offerings for more information.)
  • If you and your academic advisor agree that the program is a good match for you, request an online application for your chosen program. The non-refundable $50 application fee will be charged to your U-Bill as part of this online application.
  • Request nomination to your host university by submitting the online application by the due date.
  • Your study abroad advisor will review your program application and, if you meet the requirements for the program, and there are available spaces for the upcoming session, your advisor will nominate you to the host university.
  • Once nominated, you will complete the application for the host university.
  • This application is reviewed by the host university where the final acceptance decision is made.
  • You will receive an acceptance decision from the host university within several weeks of submitting your application.

Post-Acceptance

Confirmation

If you are accepted to your program, you will be asked to commit to participating in your program by submitting the University of Iowa Confirmation of Participation form, and by completing requirements for your host university.

After you have formally confirmed your plans to participate, you will work both with UI Study Abroad and your host university. Follow instructions from both. Later in the semester, your UI study abroad advisor will contact you regarding orientation sessions, registration, and other required UI procedures and documentation.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

First Steps

You may be able to use financial aid and scholarships, to cover some of the costs of this program. Take a look at the Financial Aid section of the U.I. Study Abroad web site for information on applying your aid package to study abroad, and contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to find out what might be available to you.

Applying for Scholarships

Before you apply for any scholarship, please review the Suggestions for Scholarship Applications section of the Study Abroad website for valuable tips on making a successful application!

Help with Scholarship Essays

If you need help writing scholarship essays, please contact the U.I. Writing Center.

Study Abroad Awards

Please explore the following links for study abroad scholarship opportunities offered through the University of Iowa, and partner organizations:

If you have any questions about funding for study abroad, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

Predeparture Resources

UI Study Abroad has a variety of resources available to you to prepare you for your upcoming study abroad program. It is recommended that you review these materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have questions.<

These materials may be periodically updated to reflect new program information prior to departure- contact your study abroad advisor for more information.

Please note that your program provider and host institution may provide you with additional predeparture materials specific to your study abroad program. Please also review those materials, share them with your family, and refer back to them if you have any questions.

Acceptance and Confirmation Materials

After you have reviewed the estimated costs and you are ready to commit to participating in this program, you will need to complete the following steps:

First, read, download, complete, and return the Confirmation of Participation and Withdrawal Policy document, sign it, and submit it to the Study Abroad office no later than Monday, November 13 at 4:59pm .

Please note that if this document is not submitted by the confirmation deadline on Monday, November 13 at 4:59pm, your application will be automatically withdrawn and your acceptance rescinded.

Next, download the Health Preparation Guide for International Travel, and complete it with the help of your doctor. This document should not be submitted to our office.

  • PDF Health Preparation Guide for International Travel
  • Finally, thoroughly review the following sections of text:

    • Orientation
    • Vaccinations and Health/Safety
    • Passport
    • Visa
    • Financial Aid & Scholarships
    • Applying credit toward a U.I. degree
    • Health Insurance and Continuation of Care
    • Flights
    • Registration
    • Information about Scotland, Glasgow, and the University of Strathclyde

    Orientation

    In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

    Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

    You are required to complete the International Programs online ‘Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation’ course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

    Program-Specific Orientation

    This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

    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 U.K.-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. Take a look at the Health and Safety section of the Study Abroad website for some tips on staying safe abroad.

    OCAS - U.K.: 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.

    Passport

    U.S. Citizens

    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:

    Students without a valid passport should apply for a new passport or a passport renewal as early as possible.

    Students with a valid passport 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 for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the U.S., you must renew your passport before applying the visa you will need to enter the U.K.

    Expedited processing service is available for U.S. passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

    Non-U.S. Citizens

    Students who are not U.S. citizens should contact Cory Petersen cory-petersen@uiowa.edu for information on how to ensure that their passport is valid for the duration of their time abroad.

    Visa

    All program participants are required to have a visa to enter the U.K. Please contact your study abroad advisor for more information about acquiring the visa you need to enter the country.

    Please note that visas are issued by the British government based on that country's immigration requirements. Currently, the U.K.’s immigration requirements include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to acquire a visa prior to the start of the program in some cases. Please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu for more information.

    It is also essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration documents before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration documents are in order, and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration documents contain inaccurate information, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu immediately to discuss your options.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    You can find more information about visiting the Application section of the program website, 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 cory-petersen@uiowa.edu or call the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 for an appointment (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm).

    Applying credit toward a U.I. degree

    Unless UI Study Abroad has an approval on file before your departure for the courses you take abroad to be applied toward a specific major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, you will receive general elective credit for your course.

    If you are hoping to apply the credit you receive for your program course to a major, minor, certificate, or general education requirement, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu for details on the process. 

    Health Insurance and Continuation of Care

    As part of the this program, you will be enrolled in health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI).  For more information about CISI, please visit our Health Insurance Information page.

    If you have any current health issues that you might want to receive treatment for while you’re abroad, please review the Health Preparation Guide for International TravelPDF for information about arranging accommodations while abroad.

    Flights

    Students will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to their program site- Study Abroad will not be arranging a group flight to your study abroad destination.

    Do not purchase plane tickets until:

    • 1) You have received an official offer of acceptance by your host university.
    • 2) You have finalized your housing arrangements abroad.
    • 3) You are aware of both the semester start date and the move-in date for your accommodations.
    • 4) You have received your Tier 4 visa (if required- contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information).

    Students will receive contact information for any other program participants about six weeks prior to the start of their program so that they can coordinate travel plans.

    If you need advice on making travel arrangements, please contact Cory Petersen at cory-petersen@uiowa.edu.

    Registration

    You will need to register for this program on MyUI prior to your departure for the U.K. You will receive more information on the registration process from your Study Abroad advisor.

    Information about Glasgow, the University of Strathclyde, and Scotland