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Do you want to study abroad for two years? Do you want to earn a master's degree from abroad? Then a Global Masters Program may be a good fit for you!
A Global Masters program is an articulated agreement between a DU academic department, a strategic/priority partner institution, and the DU Office of Internationalization
where the curriculum is mapped to ensure student success. See the graphic below for an outline of the process. The 3+1+1 model consists of the first 3 years of undergraduate study taking place at DU, then 1 year of study at the partner institution (DU's fourth year). The 3+1 portion of the degree (Bachelor's) will be awarded by DU, followed by the final 1 calendar year of study at the partner institution for a Master's degree awarded by the partner institution (students can apply for the Master's program at the partner institution during their final year of undergraduate study).
Students enrolled at DU can opt into the Global Masters programs if they meet eligibility requirements at each university, DU's study abroad and exchange requirements, and any additional requirements specifically determined for any of the Global Masters programs.
The Global Masters advisor in your DU department will help you determine whether this program is a good fit for you, what courses are required and recommended for your time at University of Glasgow (GU), and information regarding the transition from DU undergraduate to GU graduate student.
Global Masters Departmental Advisors at DU
English: Eleanor McNees
OIE Advisor for GU: Xiaowen Xu
The OIE advisor for University of Glasgow will help you navigate the logistics of your senior year abroad. This includes standard study abroad steps (the process starts in your junior year), applying for immigration, and navigating DU Passport. [ Make an appointment with Xiaowen (Mary) Xu.
DU students must meet eligibility requirements at each university, DU's study abroad and exchange requirements, and any additional requirements specifically determined for any of the Global Masters programs. These include:
Minimum GPA: 3.5 for English and 3.0 for Engineering. The academic department reserves the right to lower GPA requirement if applicable. Please speak with the department if you have any questions.
Required Majors: Only DU students in the English and Engineering programs may be eligible for a Global Masters program with University of Glasgow.
Class Standing: Students must study abroad in the senior year.
Departmental Advising: Students are often required to meet with the Global Masters advisor for their department at DU before applying to the Global Masters program. See Program Advisors for departmental contact information.
Mandatory OIE Advising: Students are required to have an individual meeting with Xiaowen (Mary) Xu to discuss this specific program in their junior year before the application deadline. [ Make an appointment with Xiaowen (Mary) Xu. ]
Disciplinary Record: Students’ disciplinary records are reviewed as part of the nomination process. A significant disciplinary record may result in not being nominated to this program. See your OIE Advisor if you have questions or concerns.
Global Masters Provisional Acceptance: Students will need to apply directly to their academic department at DU, often well in advance of their senior year. See Program Advisors for departmental contact information. After students apply, they must receive a provisional acceptance into the Global Mastesr program from their department at DU (and the related GU department).
***Global Masters Process Flowchart***
Level of Program Support: Medium
For your senior year abroad, this program has a medium level of support. If you're a good fit, you are a student who likes to have some guidance to solve issues, but are okay with a variety of challenges. You will need a mid-level degree of self-advocacy and flexible thinking. To be successful on this program, you can expect to:
- Reach out for assistance when you need help to solve a problem
- Deal with some unexpected or ambiguous situations with limited guidance while not letting negative emotions overwhelm you
- Read and complete all requirements (e.g., immigration status, housing, course selection, etc.) with limited guidance
- Contact your (in-country) program staff and know how to use in-country resources in the event of an emergency (e.g. police, ambulance, fire department, local clinics/hospitals, insurance companies, etc.)
Program Structure: Direct Enroll
In your senior year abroad, you will be directly enrolled at GU while remaining a DU student. With direct enroll programs, the DU Office of International Education (OIE) works directly with a foreign institution abroad.
- DU students will likely need to communicate with the foreign institution over various time zones to complete required paperwork prior to departure.
- The equivalent international office at the foreign university may provide limited support for international students coming to their school.
- If you enroll directly and take classes at a university abroad with local students, you will experience the day-to-day life of a local student at that institution. This means you will have to learn and navigate a new university system in a single term with less support.
- Many students feel that this higher level of autonomy helps develop confidence and self-advocacy skills. Remember, be patient with yourself as this is part of the experience.
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University of Glasgow is one of the University of Denver's Priority Partners. Live and study with local Scottish and international students at the historic and prestigious University of Glasgow (GU). Founded in 1451, it’s the fourth oldest university in the UK and enrolls more than 21,500 students full-time. The student body has a large international population drawing from more than 120 countries, yet it is also distinctly Scottish; 73% of the student body is domestic. GU's Study Abroad Office provides on-site support and orientation.
GU operates on the semester system. Students must enroll in 60 SCOTCAT credits per semester (i.e., Glasgow's credit which translates to usually 3 or 4 classes) in order to be a full-time student.
Choosing Courses: As a Global Master Scholar student, you have specific course requirements. Meet with the Global Master Scholar advisor in your DU department to determine required and recommended courses for your time at GU. See Program Advisors for departmental contact information. There are multiple Global Masters tracks:
***University of Glasgow's Course Offerings***
(Once at the link, select the department in order to research courses in that department)
See which courses from this program are already pre-approved in TIERS
. If already in TIERS
for the desired course requirement, you do NOT need to submit a course approval request. For complete information on course approvals, see the Study Abroad Handbook
Credit and Grade Translations
To see how Glasgow grades and credits translate back to DU, look at the conversions in the Global Grade & Credit Scales
The University of Glasgow is located in the West End of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, and the third-largest city in the UK. Glasgow is a 4-5 hours train ride from London and 1 hour away by train from Edinburgh. There is a busy shopping district directly next to the campus. The city center is easily accessible on foot or via an underground metro. Glasgow is known for its friendly, fun-loving inhabitants and was voted the “politest city in the UK.” As one of Britain’s urban hubs, it offers 130+ music events every week, 90+ parks and public gardens, 20+ museums and art galleries, and at least one big festival every month. There are also scenic and remote habitats, such as beaches and mountains, a couple of hours away from the city.
The University has two student unions (“The GUU” and “QMU”) which offer a variety of extracurricular activities, including over 40 societies (e.g., the International Society, Scottish country dance) and a range of intramural sports; for more information, see The GUU and QMU websites. The University of Glasgow offers a unique service-learning course. Students wishing to participate in the Service Learning course need to apply for a Tier 4 visa and find the service-learning/volunteer placement yourself (in the summer).
Housing During Your Senior Year Abroad: Housing is in university residence halls and apartments within a 15-30 minute walk of campus. Students typically live in single bedrooms with bathroom and kitchen facilities that are shared with local and other international students. You will most likely live with international students and may have British roommates, but most Scottish students don't live in campus accommodation due to capacity. No meal plans are available and students are responsible for purchasing and cooking their own meals. For more information on the housing options, see the University of Glasgow Accommodation Services website. DU students may not arrange their own housing or choose an independent housing option on this program.
Housing During Your 2nd Year Abroad: You will work directly with GU during your second year abroad to secure and pay for housing. Be sure to reach out to GU now to make sure you understand whether housing is guaranteed during your second year, what the application timeline looks like, and what costs to expect.
Students will be billed the following fees by DU for the DU term(s) they are abroad (i.e., during their senior year abroad). These will be billed to you on the same DU billing cycle (i.e. fall programs will be billed to students right before the start of DU's Fall quarter).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while abroad:
- DU Tuition
- DU Housing fee (only for Fall & Winter Quarters)
- DU Technology fee
The University of Glasgow offers the following information to help students estimate the cost of living in Glasgow.
*This is a Cherrington Global Scholar benefit for eligible students.
- Housing Deposit
- Local transportation
- Books and supplies
- Start-up costs (i.e. bedding, linens, kitchenware)
- Medical needs
- Other living costs
- Required immigration application costs*
- Immigration Costs: Many countries require proof of significant funds in their immigration processes, especially for yearlong programs. All students going to the UK need to show they have approximately US $5000 per semester abroad for immigration purposes. Talk to your OIE advisor if you have concerns about this requirement. See Immigration, Immigration Instructions, or your OIE advisor for more details.
- Immigration: Students on this program are required to apply for a Student Visa. The visa application is a process that is both time-consuming and costly. While the Student Visa application fee is reimbursable for Cherrington Global Scholars (CGS) students on this exchange, there are additional expenses to consider. Talk to the OIE advisor if you have questions. For more info, see the DU UK Guide.
- Course Prerequisites: These are irrelevant to your courses, as you are on a set curriculum for your Global Masters program.
- Global Masters Policies: Please review DU's Global Masters policies. Note that these supersede all other policies. Also see the Global Masters Student Responsibilities. See an advisor to clarify any questions you have about these policies.
Meet Your DU Global Masters Advisor: The preliminary application process will start there. See the Program Advisors section above for departmental contact information. You must first be accepted to the Global Masters program by both your DU department and the related GU department. See Eligibility Requirements above.
Complete GU Interview: As part of the application process, you will have a required interview with GU. If eligible, you will receive a provisional acceptance into your program. Your department should then notify the OIE of this provisional acceptance.
Complete OIE Steps: You will not need to complete a standard study abroad nomination application through the OIE to study abroad at Glasgow during your senior year. However, you will have additional steps to complete, mostly reading information about study abroad and completing forms for housing, registration, etc
The University of Denver thanks the University of Glasgow for photos and relevant information provided for this brochure.