Physics & Mathematics

University of Glasgow
Glasgow, Scotland
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Physics & Mathematics

  • Location

    Glasgow

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

    Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the second oldest university in Scotland, fourth oldest university in the UK, and ranked within the top 100 universities in the world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities along with Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Oxford, and King's College London. The University of Glasgow is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). You can take courses in business, Scottish culture and literature, pre-medicine, theater studies, social and political science, cultural studies and languages, geography, arts and media, and computer science. When you are not in class, you can stretch your legs at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park or Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park nearby.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    Mid Jun, 2020 - Mid Aug, 2020

  • Program Length

    Summer

  • Application Deadline

    Apr 01, 2020

  • Credit

    30 Scotcat Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    TBA

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Program Description

In Glasgow Summer 1, you will choose between the Physics track or the Math track. Both are taught by local university professors at the University of Glasgow and last four weeks.

The International Physics Summer School consists of two consecutive modules with a laboratory component. It is an intensive course that introduces fundamental concepts of physics in the areas of dynamics and relativity, waves and sound, thermal dynamics (Module 1), geometrical and wave optics as well as electromagnetism and quantum phenomena (Module 2). Mathematics students will also take two consecutive courses, covering linear algebra and differential equations.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • Students must have at least a sophomore standing (second-year) at their home university at the time of participation.
  • Students interested in the Physics track should have a GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed two sequential courses of single variable calculus with a minimum grade of a C. They should also have competence in basic calculus as well as algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Scotcat Credits

30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

6 - 9

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

9 - 13.5

Academic Information

Course Availability & Syllabi

  • The modules listed below ran in 2019. The modules for 2020 have not yet been confirmed. 
    Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Scotland Site Specialist.

Course Selection

  • Students select either the Mathematics or Physics track.
  • Students will take all the courses listed in their track throughout the summer.

Course Credit

  • Both the Physics and Math course are worth 30 Scotcat credits, which ISA recommends as 6-9 US semester credits.
  • Students cannot take both the Physics and Math course simultaneously. Participants in this program can only select 1 track that will last the duration of the program.
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's home university. 

Course Level Recommendations

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below and in the University of Glasgow course catalog. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Glasgow module level classifications of a 1, 2, 3 or 4 level, which correspond with the four year bachelor's degree cycle. Courses classified as level 3 and level 4 are considered upper division and recommended for juniors and seniors with 3000- and 4000-level of experience in the subject. These Glasgow and ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from the University of Glasgow will reflect ECTS and Scotcat credits. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Courses

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Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Brittany Lavornia

Program Manager, Scotland

GLASGOW TEAM

Mike Kurtyka

Resident Director, Scotland

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the British lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average tourist. Uncovering the uniqueness of your surroundings will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most locals do, via the underground (aka the Tube), the overground, public bus, or walking. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding. 

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Dorm

The Glasgow residence halls are located on campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm you are assigned to by the university. They have shared kitchens on each floor; laundry facilities are typically available for an additional cost. You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of the United Kingdom (and potentially surrounding countries) that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on weekend trips, day trips, and optional trips.

Edinburgh

In Scotland's second largest city, you will travel across the highland boundary fault and encounter Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest freshwater loch. From Loch Lomond, you will go further into the highlands crossing Rannoch Moor, on to Glen Coe, to Fort William, across the Caledonian Canal before reaching Loch Ness for your chance to see Nessie!

Highlands

The natural beauty of the highlands is evident from the beginning of your journey. Starting in Glasgow, you will travel across the highland boundary fault , encountering Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest freshwater loch (i.e., Scottish for lake). From Loch Lomond, you will travel further into the highlands, crossing Rannoch Moor. Then, you will explore Glen Coe, the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, the Grampian Mountains, and the forest of Perthshire. After working up a healthy appetite, you will make a dinner stop at the Victorian era resort town, Pitlochry.

Stirling Castle

Stirling is affectionately called 'the Gateway to the Highlands.' You will explore the history behind the people of this proud region of Scotland, taking a guided tour of Stirling Castle and the city surrounding this strategic fortress. Today, Stirling is economically powered by a mixture of tourism, local government, higher education, retail, and financial services.