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Last updated July, 2018

Academic Information

Course Information


  • You may select from 1st, 2nd or 3rd year courses. 4th year courses are often reserved for Strathclyde honours students.
  • You must take at least 50% of your courses from one department/subject area.
  • You should have flexibility around courses. Some courses may be confirmed after you arrive at Strathclyde.
  • Course numbering system: The first two digits of the class code represent the department the class is taught in. The third digit represents the level; 1=1st year, 2=second year, 3=third year. Students should avoid classes where the third digit is a 4 or a 9. This represents 4th year and postgraduate classes respectively.
  • Strathclyde papers that mention ‘both semesters’ are Full Year courses. These are not available to students going on exchange for one semester.
  • Psychology exchange students need to have a knowledge of Statistics to cope with third year classes.
  • Course catalogue
  • Guide to choosing courses

Semester Dates

  • Strathclyde the ssehydro credit neale smithAcademic Year: September - May
  • First Semester: September - December
  • Second Semester: January - May

Strathclyde semester dates

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

Minimum/maximum Course Load: 60 Strathclyde credits (30 ECTS) per semester.

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Strathclyde buildingThe University owns accommodation and it has been developed as a Campus Village, right in the heart of the city. This is predominantly Halls of Residence style accommodation, although there are student apartments. In the private sector (where most local students live), there are four main types of accommodation-lodgings, shared furnished flats, furnished bedsits or self-contained flats. The Accommodation Office compiles a list of landlords with accommodation to let.

Accommodation at Strathclyde

Estimated Cost of Living

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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Exchange Experiences

The University, City and Region

The University

strathclydeuni_33866679918It began in 1796 when John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University, left in his will instructions for 'a place of useful learning'- open to everyone, regardless of gender or class. His vision was realised and Anderson's University opened its first premises in late 1796. It developed rapidly throughout the nineteenth century, and by the 1890s, Anderson's University had become a major technological institution with a wide reputation for research and learning. In the late 50s and early 60s the institution wanted to broaden its activities. The College merged with the Scottish College of Commerce, which offered a wide range of business and arts subjects. Shortly afterwards, in 1964, the enlarged Royal College was granted the Royal Charter and became the University of Strathclyde.

Univeristy of Strathclyde

The City of Glasgow and Region

Strathclyde mountain biking at cathkin braesGlasgow is the most Scottish of cities, with a unique blend of friendliness, urban chaos, black humour and energy. The city houses many wonderful municipal art galleries and museums, first class sports and leisure facilities; excellent theatres; an array of restaurants, pubs and clubs; and beautiful parks. Spectacular countryside and coastal views are within easy reach and the city is only 42 miles from Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh.

Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and is the commercial capital of Scotland. It is the UK's largest retail centre after London.

Glasgow is one of Britain's largest, liveliest and most interesting cities, with a legacy of appealing Victorian architecture and several distinguished suburbs of terraced squares and crescents.

The City of Glasgow

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email