The quad at the university. Photo by Barrie Schmitt.
The Cloisters at the University of Glasgow. Photo by Nicki Frost.
Bagpiper in Edinburgh; students who take the bagpiping course
at the university quickly come to love the instrument. Photo by
Although the Centre-in-Glasgow program is open to all Centre students, it may be especially attractive to those interested in science or those preparing for medical school. Participating students may choose from a wide variety of courses, including those offered in the University of Glasgow's top-rated art school. Centre students will be part of the Principia Consortium at the University of Glasgow.
The University is a bit older than Centre (it was founded in 1450) and has 23,000 students, 3,500 of whom live on campus.
Location. Known for its breathtaking Victorian architecture, thriving live-music scene, year-round festivals, parks, and renowned museums, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, with a city population of 588,000, an "urban" population of more than a million, and a "conurban" population of more than two million (half the population of Scotland). It is the UK's largest retail center after London and easily accessible by road, rail, and air. Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, is 42 minutes away by train.
Eligibility. Students of all disciplines may apply, though this program may be most attractive to science students. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to apply.
Housing in Glasgow. Centre students will live in University of Glasgow housing, which, although not directly on campus, is within walking distance. Students have several rooming options, depending on how much they'd like to spend for housing while in Glasgow (see section about costs for more information). Students will apply for housing online during the summer before their semester in Scotland and should be sure to watch their email inboxes carefully for instructions on applying.
Programs Dates. The dates for the fall 2014 program have not yet been set, but orientation typically begins in early September, and the program ends in mid-December. For a full calendar, click here.
Courses. All students take The Scottish Enlightenment, a course specifically designed for the American students who are part of the Principia program at the University. The course examines the major figures of this important period of Scottish history, with topics ranging from Adam Smith (economics), to David Hume (philosophy), Lord Kelvin (physics), and James Hutton (geology).
One of the science courses Centre recommends is the functional anatomy course, open only to American students in Principia program. This human anatomy lecture/lab course enables students to work with plastinated human specimens. The course will be especially beneficial to pre-med students and biology majors, as it would fulfill a medical school prerequisite and/or a four-credit biology elective.
Because the school's laboratory courses are different than those at Centre, not all science courses will replace courses in Centre's science curriculum; science students must check with science faculty at Centre to see what courses will earn science credit as substitutions. In late February, those selected will meet with students who studied in Glasgow in the fall to discuss specific classes they took as well as other things.
Cost. The cost is the same as studying in Danville, with the exception of a $375 non-refundable deposit/surcharge and airfare. This amount includes a $15 carbon mitigation fee, but does not include the $20 cost of the required Travel Clinic that all Centre students going abroad must attend. In addition, during the term that a student spends in Glasgow, he or she pays only Centre tuition (not room-and-board) to the college. For that term, the student uses the room-and-board money that he or she usually pay to Centre to cover housing and meals in Glasgow.
How to Apply. Application and faculty recommendation forms may be picked up at one of the campus-wide informational meetings on November 19, November 27, or January 3—or in the cabinet in the Davidson Room of Old Carnegie. Turn in your completed application at the study abroad office no later than noon on February 5. Students who are selected must pay the non-refundable $375 deposit/surcharge to the Cashier's Office in Boles Hall by March 5 to hold their spot in the program.
A Note on Semester-long Centre Programs. Students may only study abroad on a semester-long Centre program once, though they may participate in as many CentreTerm and/or summer programs as they wish.
Statement about Grades Abroad. The grades that Centre students studying abroad have received in the past have been consistent with, or even a bit higher than, grades received on campus. Nevertheless, we want to make certain that you understand from the outset that the courses you take abroad will not necessarily be taught or evaluated as they would be at Centre. In the past, some abroad students have complained—after the fact—that it was unclear how their work was being evaluated, that they received little or no feedback of their progress from the professors, that they were unfairly competing with more advanced students, that they didn't receive their grades until months after they returned, etc. We will, of course, do what we can to advise you on courses you take, but finally you are responsible for those choices, and you must live with the results. The faculty committee on curriculum and academic standards will almost certainly not agree to change an abroad grade because you believe it is too low.
Medical Insurance. Students studying abroad through any Centre program receive travel and accident insurance at no additional cost. Centre's Study Abroad Insurance, while provided through EIIA (Educational & Institutional Insurance Administrators), is administered through AIG Assist. Every student studying abroad with Centre College receives an AIG Assist contact and information card as well as a passport sticker. Each has the Centre insurance policy number, which is the only information needed to receive services. The categories of coverage provided are: accident and sickness ($100,000 limit with a $250 deductible); emergency medical evacuation and emergency family travel ($100,000 limit); accidental death and disability ($200,000 limit); and repatriation of remains ($100,000 limit). For specific questions, please contact the International Programs office at 859.238.5285 or email@example.com.
Book Air Tickets Early to Save Money. Students in the past have generally been able to find economical round-trip air tickets. Some have found studentuniverse.com, statravel.com, cheapflights.com, or hipmunk.com helpful sites. Book early for the lowest prices.
Pre-Departure Training. Students selected will attend pre-departure meetings in the spring to prepare for living and studying in another culture. Students will also attend a mandatory travel medicine clinic and a mandatory meeting on safety and security before leaving for Glasgow.
Psychotropic Medication and Counseling. The kind of counseling and support services available on campus are not available abroad. Because any significant life transition can exacerbate and complicate already existing mental health issues, students who are currently on psychotropic medication and/or have been in mental health counseling are encouraged to consider participating in the three-week Early Summer Strasbourg program or one of the CentreTerm programs abroad. In addition, those students are urged to meet with a Centre Student Assistance Program counselor prior to their leaving, to develop a support plan for their time abroad.
Pre-Registration / Convocation Credits. While in Glasgow, you pre-register for future courses via e-mail with your regular academic advisor. You will automatically be credited with six convocation credits during your term abroad.
Passport. If you do not currently have a passport that will remain valid for at least six months after your return, begin the process of obtaining one as soon as you are selected. In the recent past, some students have waited three months to receive a passport, even though the passport agency has stated that it will take six to eight weeks. Do it now!