University of Glasgow
After a very successful first year, the Centre-in-Glasgow program will begin its second year in the fall of 2013. Although the 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.
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.
Housing in Glasgow. Centre students will live in University of Glasgow housing, which, although not directly on campus, is within walking distance. Students live on small halls with other students from around the world. Each hall has a kitchen where students prepare their meals. 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.
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. Bring a hard copy of your completed application to the Center for Global Citizenship in Carnegie by Tuesday, February 5, at noon; do not use campus mail.
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.
Programs Dates. Students going to Glasgow in the fall of 2013 should arrive in Glasgow on Sept. 8 and can book flights home as early as Dec. 20. For a full calendar, click here.
Cost. Accepted students pay a $350 surcharge/deposit and for their airfare. 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 $350 deposit/surcharge to the Cashier's Office in Boles Hall by March 5 to hold their spot in the program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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-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 three 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!