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About Glasgow Caledonian University

Why study at GCU?

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has one of the most modern and student-focused campuses in the UK, based in Scotland's largest city – a top 10 destination in the UK (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2018). With a community of 20,000 students, the University prides itself on its facilities and providing an outstanding student experience.

GCU is the first university in Scotland to be awarded ‘Changemaker Campus' status by Ashoka U. Through a rigorous selection process, this status recognises universities globally that have embedded social innovation as a core value. Through innovative research, teaching and collaborations, GCU changes lives. It's a university dedicated to developing education and helping people worldwide – and you can be a part of it.

The University has academic partnerships across the globe, including China, India, North and South America, Bangladesh and Oman. You'll be studying on an international campus in Glasgow, which brings together people from over 100 countries.

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Learning at the INTO Centre

The INTO Centre is right in the centre of campus. Inside, you'll find a range of classrooms, meeting spaces, a pool table, table tennis and an air hockey table to help you unwind between classes.

Want to talk to someone? Come to the INTO Centre. You’ll find all of our support services there. Whether you're feeling homesick or you're worried about your studies, whatever the issue, we’re here for you when you need us.

Moving to a new country is a big step and we’ll help wherever we can, from opening a UK bank account to registering with a doctor. Need help with your visa? No problem – we’ll help you sort it out in one of our visa workshops.

Living in student accommodation means that you'll have the opportunity to make friends as soon as you arrive. You’ll also have access to more than 95 clubs, societies and sports groups at the University – they're a great way to make friends with people who like the same things as you. 

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What makes GCU special?

GCU is a community – you'll join students from all over the world. With over 20,000 students, it’s not small, but it is intimate.

Looking for a place to meet other students and relax? The Students' Association Building is the place to be. On the first floor, you'll find the Re:Union Bar & Grill. Here, you can share a meal with friends and play a game of pool or table football together.

The campus is just a 5-minute walk to Glasgow city centre and you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food. When you want to stay on campus, there are three cafés for you to refuel with snacks and coffee.

Latest HESA employability data shows that 95% of GCU graduates are either in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018). That’s because degrees here are focused on preparing you for an amazing career, whatever you choose. Work experience is offered on many courses, giving you an advantage over other graduates.

Depending on the degree you study, you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as:

  • a broadcasting suite, which includes a newsroom, TV studio and radio studio
  • an eMotion lab to study physiological measures of involvement with video games
  • simulated home and hospital labs in the Inter-professional Simulation Centre
  • the GCU Vision Centre's clinical training facilities for aspiring Optometrists

Preparing for your future

Studying in the UK may be quite different to what you're used to, but our friendly teaching staff will help you adapt to the learning culture here.

They'll show you how to write academic essays and reference your sources. You'll get plenty of practise and support with writing, conducting research and doing presentations. So, when the time comes, you'll be ready for your degree.

GCU's degree programmes are career-focused. Whatever job you want to do in the future, a degree from GCU can help you get there. Many degrees contain an element of work experience, so you'll gain a unique insight into the industry and make contacts for the future. In fact, over 95% of GCU graduates find work or further study within six months of graduation (Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).

A degree from GCU is well regarded and respected worldwide, so you're in good company. GCU's programmes are supported by major global brands such as Marks & Spencer, Morgan Stanley, Santander, Scottish and Southern Energy, ClydeUnion Pumps, Air Canada and BBC Scotland. The MSc in Risk Management was described as "a beacon of expertise" by Steve Fowler, Chief Executive of the Institute of Risk Management.

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Study in the heart of Glasgow

The location of the University campus is perfect for students. With the city centre just a 5-minute walk away from campus, you'll get all the excitement of living in a busy cosmopolitan city. Glasgow embraces international students and has a large student community, so you'll be made to feel right at home.

Love sports? With more than 30 sports clubs to join, you're sure to find the right one for you. You'll have access to the Arc Sports Centre which has two gyms containing cardio and weightlifting equipment. You'll also be able to take part in fitness classes like yoga and boxercise. It's just £15 per month for unlimited access or you can pay as you go!

If you want to play a game of badminton or basketball with friends, you can hire one of the Arc's two sports halls (at an additional cost). If you'd rather be outside in the sun, you can enjoy a game of tennis, football or volleyball in the brand new outdoor activity area.

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