University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde

About the University of Strathclyde

Located on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow is Scotland's largest city, with a population around 740,000. The city had its beginnings in a monk's cell, when St. Mungo founded a religious community in the sixth century. The cathedral of St. Mungo, still in existence, was built on the same site.

The University of Strathclyde is Scotland's third largest university, with approximately 14,000 students, whose ages range from 17-70, and represent over 90 countries. It was founded in 1796 as Anderson's Institution by John Anderson who, in his will, left instructions that this institution be established "for the Good of Mankind and the Improvement of Science - a place of useful learning." Indeed, Strathclyde has a wealth of opportunities for all students. The University is the top research university in the West of Scotland and is in the top ranks in the U.K

The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport, a 15-20 minute drive from the University of Strathclyde. The Edinburgh Airport is a 45 minute drive. There are airport buses available. Within the city of Glasgow, there are buses and subways. There is a high-speed Intercity rail service to London from Glasgow Central Station (5 hours).

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Strathclyde Brochure

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Most students who study abroad are traditionally juniors. However, Millersville students can and do study abroad anytime after they have completed 24 credits. A limited number of participants may be accepted for the exchange each year, and the selection may be competitive. Students should plan to complete the application the semester before wishing to go abroad. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA (Strathclyde requirement) and two letters of recommendation from MU professors are also required. The Director of Global Education and Partnerships will review applications, and a selection will be made shortly thereafter.


Strathclyde offers courses in:
Accounting and Finance,Administration, Architecture,Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Food Science, Forensic Science, Geography, History, Horticulture, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Languages, Law, Marketing, Mathematics, Physics, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology.

Although specific course listings for your semester of study may not be available until closer to the date of departure, please refer to the following links for a listing of courses offered by department:

1) Humanities and Social Sciences:
2) Business:
3) General:

Exchange students take classes from levels 1 to 3. Level 2 and 3 classes will require some previous study in the subject. Level 4 classes are not usually open to exchange students unless there is a significant amount of background knowledge in the subject. (To be approved by Strathclyde).

  • Students will take 3 classes/5 U.S. credits each for a total of 15 U.S. credits per semester (60 Strathclyde credits per semester).
  • Students applying to the schools of Science or Engineering, Humanities & Social Sciences and Strathclyde Business should select at least 2 classes per semester from the same department

Credit Equivalency:
At Strathclyde, each class is worth 20 Strathclyde credits. Students take 3 classes per semester for a total of 60 Strathclyde credits. Each 20 credit class is equivalent to one 5 U.S. credit class at Millersville. Therefore, students will take 3 classes per semester at Strathclyde (60 Strathclyde credits total) and transfer back three 5 credit classes (15 Millersville credits total).

This means that a student will make full-time progress with regards to accruing credits towards graduation, but will only complete the equivalent of three Millersville courses.

Housing & Meals


Students live in university residence halls or flats and students are usually placed in Birbeck Court in the Campus Village. Birkbeck Court is the oldest and biggest student residence in the Campus Village and it is located in the heart of campus. It provides basic accommodation for 384 students and is being renovated in the summer of 2015. Cost includes heating/lighting plus a cleaning service for the shared areas. 

Birkbeck court Accommodations include:

  • 6 person flats
  • Small single bedroom/study
  • Shared compact kitchen/living/dining room
  • TV
  • Shower and bathroom facilities

Meals: Students are responsible for purchasing and cooking food on their own. Students have access to a kitchen to prepare meals or may choose to dine out at restaurants and cafes around their apartment or university


Students may study at Strathclyde University for one semester or a full academic year.

Fall semester: Mid September - mid-January

NOTE: Students are required to stay through the end of the January exam period. No early assessments are possible.  The end of January exam period will likely overlap with the start of the MU spring semester. 

Spring semester: Mid- January - mid-May


Studying abroad requires a student to plan for both academic costs/fees and personal travel expenses. It is important to keep in mind the cost of living and currency exchange rates compared to costs associated with living in Millersville. For example, living in a large city will be more expensive than living in Millersville. However, in other areas of the world, the cost of living may be less. Traveling while you are abroad is an additional expense for which you must also plan for realistically. Always keep your travel plans in financial perspective. 

To help students plan for all academic costs, the Office of Global Education prepares cost worksheets for all official MU study abroad programs. These cost worksheets take into account all academic costs associated with studying abroad. Some of the amounts listed are estimated for budgeting purposes (airfare, meals, and living expenses); others are actual fees (tuition, passport fees, insurance, participation fees, etc.). Global Education does not provide estimates for additional personal travel.

Cost Worksheet(s):

Below are the most recent estimated cost worksheets for Fall, Spring, and Academic Year semesters at Strathclyde:

Strathclyde Cost Worksheet Fall

Strathclyde Cost Worksheet Spring

Strathclyde Cost Worksheet Academic Year

Cost Overview: 

Students pay MU tuition and the Millersville general and tech fees directly to Millersville. There is an additional non-refundable, non-transferable MU program participation fee and application fee paid directly to Millersville, due at the time of application. Housing is arranged and paid for separately. Meals are the responsibility of the student.

These charges do not include passport and visa fees, airfare, books and supplies, or incidental expenses such as laundry, personal travel or entertainment.

Occasionally student demand outstrips the exchange slots available during a given semester. In this instance, students who do not receive an exchange slot but still desire to take part in the Strathclyde program have the option to pay Strathclyde's tuition and fees directly to Strathclyde in order to participate.

BUTEX Scholarship Opportunity:

The BUTEX Scholarship for North American students is open to all undergraduate students currently registered at an institution in the USA or Canada. To be eligible to apply you must have been offered a study abroad or exchange place at a UK university or college which is BUTEX affiliated. Your study abroad or exchange place must be for the academic year 2012/13 and your place must be for a minimum of one semester. The University of Strathclyde is a BUTEX affiliated institution, as per their list of members.

The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. For more information on how to apply for this scholarship please link to


Funding Your Experience

Students should investigate loans that may be available, such as application for Federal Student Aid. Scholarships have individual regulations, and students should contact the Financial Aid Office to determine if their scholarship is transferable. Another option is to research scholarships online or stop by our office for additional opportunities.

Please see Financial Considerations for more information.

Transfer of Credit

Students should work with their major/minor advisors to select courses which help them make academic progress. Courses may fit into their major(s), minor(s), and General Education requirements, where appropriate.  The Office of Global Education cannot provide academic advice or determine class equivalencies. 

After being accepted to study abroad, a Study Abroad Transfer of Credits Form and detailed instructions are  made available to students and must be completed before a student leaves. This form gives students and their major/minor departments the opportunity to determine potential course choices abroad and the MU equivalencies before departure.  With advisor, department, and The Office of Global Education approval, the Transfer of Credits Form can also be amended while abroad, should students choose to register for other classes that was not originally approved. 

After the study abroad program is completed and a transcript is sent to Millersville University, all courses taken will come back to Millersville as transfer credit. Consult the Undergraduate Catalog ("Transfer Credit") for details regarding Millersville University’s transfer policy.

To Apply

Refer to Global Education's home page at for the application release date and the final application deadline for each cycle. Approximate deadlines for applications are as follows:

  • Spring: mid-Sept
  • Fall: mid-February
  • Year-long: mid-February

Before downloading and submitting an application to study abroad through this program, students are STRONGLY encouraged to research the program thoroughly and discuss their plans with the Office of Global Education, their academic advisor(s) and any family members or other parties involved in the decision making process.

To apply, click on the following link to be directed to the "To Apply" webpage. Be sure to read all instructions before completing an application to study abroad: To Apply webpage