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Glasgow, Scotland

January in Glasgow

New for January 2025!

Study Program



3 weeks



3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours


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Spend your winter break in the vibrant city of Glasgow, where an exciting three-week winter program awaits students eager to explore the rich tapestry of Scottish music and culture. During the program, you’ll immerse yourself in the heart of this lively city as you delve into the melodies, rhythms, and histories that have shaped Glasgow's music scene and, by extension, Scotland's cultural identity. From traditional folk tunes to the pulsating beats of contemporary genres, students will have the opportunity to engage with local musicians, attend live performances, and gain insights into the unique fusion of influences that characterize Glasgow's diverse musical landscape.

Beyond the classroom, Glasgow offers a myriad of experiences for students to savor during their stay. Explore the iconic Glasgow Cathedral, wander through the stunning Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, or enjoy a stroll along the River Clyde. Don't miss the chance to venture beyond the city limits and discover the breathtaking landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. Take in the historic charm of Edinburgh, just a short train ride away, or visit the picturesque Loch Lomond. This immersive program is not only a gateway to understanding Glasgow's music and culture but also an invitation to explore the enchanting sights and sounds that Scotland has to offer. 

Unique Experiences


By attending concerts at iconic venues like the Barrowland Ballroom or King Tut's Wah Wah Hut


Or the Pollok Park Burrell Collection, immersing yourself in both natural beauty and art collections


for eclectic cafes, traditional and international food, plus modern boutiques and fashion







  • Glasgow girls on cliff taking a selfie together
  • glasgow aerial view of city

Your Destination

Home to renowned art galleries, world-class museums, inspiring street art, leafy green spaces, historic landmarks, and a legendary music scene, Glasgow is considered Scotland’s commercial and cultural epicenter. The city’s particular location between Highland and Lowland Scotland and its distance from Edinburgh, the country’s capital, make Glasgow a prosperous market center. Not only is Glasgow the largest city in Scotland – it’s also the largest economic region of the country, and accounts for a third of Scotland’s business base, research, power, and employment opportunities.  

When you study abroad in Glasgow, you’ll quickly discover why this city is considered one of the friendliest in the world. Glaswegians are known for their warmth and welcoming hospitality, making this city a lovely place to become better acquainted with Scottish tradition and charm. In addition to befriending locals, you’ll spend your time appreciating Glasgow’s industrial prowess, 19th-century Victorian architecture, dynamic arts scene, and how the city became designated a UNESCO City of Music site. With its tourist-friendly culture and cosmopolitan vibe, your time learning and living in Glasgow will be nothing short of epic!  

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Glasgow. 

The Culture

glasgow students at stirling castle

Excursions & Activies

  • Go on a guided walking tour of Glasgow’s outstanding historic city center, such as the merchant city neighborhood, where wealthy traders had their homes in the 18th century  
  • Discover unique street art, which is one of the best expressions of Glasgow’s vibrant urban culture  
  • Go on a guided mural walk  
  • Visit Glasgow Cathedral, one of the oldest buildings in the city, and learn its fascinating tales  
  • Visit Hampden Park – the Scottish National football stadium
  • Wander around Glasgow Necropolis    
  • Attend a traditional Burns Supper to taste haggis and try whiskey
  • Enjoy live music at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut   

Program Blogs


Discovering Glasgow: A Transformative 4-Week Journey in Scotland

By CIEE Glasgow at CIEE

Glasgow and Scotland were amazing places to live and experience for the 4-week CIEE program. I’m glad I went into this program with little expectations, not knowing much about Scotland... keep reading


Relaxing in Glasgow

By CIEE Glasgow at CIEE

In Glasgow, the pursuit of tranquility, a quality cup of tea, or the perfect spot to catch up with friends isn't just a pastime; it's a part of the city's... keep reading


Your Guide to Scottish Slang: Top 10 Phrases You Should Know

By College Study Abroad at CIEE

If you’re about to embark on a Scotland study abroad adventure, it’s a smart idea to familiarize yourself with the dialects, accents, and even varying languages spoken in this charming... keep reading



Students spend three weeks in January taking coursework complemented with co-curricular activities to immerse themselves in the culture and facilitate intercultural learning. Classes take place at CIEE Glasgow.



Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


All students take one required course. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE courses are taught at CIEE Glasgow and are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. 

Class Format

Courses are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday through Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas. 


Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction


Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


Course Information

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program January 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $4,150

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $2,895**

Housing = $875***

Insurance = $80

Total Fees = $4,150

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $88

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $75

Books & Supplies = $15

Visa Fees = $0†††

Personal expenses = $140††††

Total Costs = $1,568

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $350 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††Unless a student is completing an internship, there are no visa fees for academic programs under six months in the UK for US-passport holders. US-passport holders stay in the UK on a Visitor visa.

††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support


Our Staff

Claire Kinloch Anderson

Center Director

Claire is an experienced professional with a strong background in broadcast journalism, working for the BBC, Sky TV, and STV. With an M.A. in Modern Languages from Cambridge University, she...

Calum Williamson

Program Manager

Calum is a seasoned professional in student recruitment and international education, having held key roles at prestigious institutions like the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. A...

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