Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) was founded in 1993, after Glasgow Polytechnic and The Queen's College merged together.
GCU offers a wide variety of programs, from undergraduate to postgraduate and research programmes.
It houses more than 1,600 staff members and over 20,000 students from more than 100 countries around the globe.
It is the only university to offer an honorary degree in risk management and its fashion school based in London is the only one of its kind to offer an MBA in luxury brand management.
GCU has the world's first and only business school to offer triple-accredited degrees in financial services backed by three of the world's most influential banking and finance professional bodies: the Chartered Banker Institute (the world's oldest banking institution); the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, and the Institute for Operational Risk.
It is one of only 30 universities and colleges in the world that have been certified by Ashoka U as a 'Changemaker Campus' to promote higher education as a vehicle for social change. It is also the first Scottish university to get Living Wage Foundation accreditation.
The GCU has a distinguished campus and a variety of industry links in the private, public and third sectors that help to ensure that within 6 months of graduation 95% of graduates are working or studying further (HESA, 2018).
The university has collaborations with various international universities in countries like Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Malaysia, United States, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Oman, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, and Germany.
GCU also has a presence in New York City and in Spitalfields in London, which offers postgraduate courses in fashion..
Glasgow city center's main campus is regarded as one of UK's most modern campuses.
The university has a second London campus which houses British Fashion School.
Glasgow Caledonian New York College is a partner college located in the area of SoHo.
Facilities in Campus
Inter-professional simulation centre,
Eye Clinic and Physio Clinic,
Cyber Security Clinic
green rooms –
mock court, Law Clinic and broadcasting facilities.
Glasgow is one of the top 20 'Best of the World' destinations by National Geographic Traveler. The city was also voted 'friendliest city in the world' in a Rough Guide poll, and the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust described it as a must-visit destination.
With high street shopping malls like Buchanan Galleries, exclusive Princes Square development and Italian Center designer, Glasgow is second only to London for the best shopping experience in the UK.
The city boasts a large number of theatres, museums and galleries, including the famous Burrell Collection, and is home to the Scottish Opera, Ballet and National Orchestra. Like most cities, there are many cinemas in Glasgow, including four multiplexes and two independents — the largest is only a two-minute walk from the campus.
University accommodation is on-campus at Caledonian Court .Caledonian Court provides self-catering flats for 660 students, each with six to eight bedrooms, all with Wi-Fi. Rooms are also equipped for students with special needs or disabilities.
Frommer's and Condenaste Travel Guides have named Glasgow one of Europe's top destinations, and the top two in the UK.
GCU has designated Ashoka U's Changemaker Campus, one of only 30 in the world and Scotland's first.4
The Students 'Association was named the University Students' Union of the Year at the 2011 NUS Scotland Awards.
In 2013, GCU received the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission in recognition of its commitment to the development of researchers.
96th in the Times University Guide 2020
80th in the Guardian University Guide 2020
Glasgow Caledonian University is regularly ranked among the top 10 modern universities in the UK. The UK Higher Education Statistics Agency's review put GCU at the top of the list in Glasgow, 2nd in Scotland, and 11th in the UK for employability among graduates.
• ranked among the top 50 universities in the world for social impact and the top 15 for gender equality and the reduction of inequalities (THE, 2019).
School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Glasgow School for Business and Society
School of Health and Life Sciences
Why Glasgow Caledonian University
More building and surveying graduates than anywhere else in the UK
The UK’s only Honours degree in Risk Management
Innovative computer game development and multimedia courses
Wide range of industry-accredited courses
Major provider of health, social care and life sciences graduates for the NHS
95% of graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduation (HESA, 2018).
96% of international students are happy with their life at GCU (ISB, 2018) and 81% of undergraduate students happy with the quality of their course (NSS, 2019).
Ranked in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which list the world’s best universities that are aged 50 years or under.
Received platinum sustainability rating for campus two years running (EcoCampus, 2019).
1st foreign higher education institution to be given degree granting authority in the State of New York.
How to Reach? Or Travel
Glasgow Caledonian University is located in the center of Glasgow, with easy access to all air, rail and road connections.
Glasgow is an easy city to walk around.
There are a lot of secure cycle racks at the university.
The university is a short walk from Cowcaddens subway station.
There are two major railway stations in the city; London is 4 hours by train.
Glasgow campus is a short walk from Glasgow Queen Street Station and a 20-minute walk from Glasgow Central Station.
A series of international and domestic destinations, including transatlantic flights, is provided by Glasgow International Airport, located 8 km west of the city.
The university is directly opposite Glasgow's main bus terminal Buchanan Bus Station.
By Road-The university is very close to the M8 motorway, also within easy walking distance from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central Railway Stations, Buchanan Bus Station and the underground rail system.
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English Language Requirements :
UG and PG:
IELTS – 6.0 or equivalent with No band less than 5.5.
TOEFL – 78 overall and a minimum of 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
PTE – 54 overall and a minimum of 51 in all components.
The Requirements may vary for some Programs.
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Overall cost of living
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