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Why Study Here?


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Glasgow Caledonian University is the first choice for the overwhelming majority of our students. Here you’ll find superb facilities, teaching excellence and a high-quality vocational education. Just as importantly, you’ll find the university – and the city of Glasgow – to be a friendly, welcoming and fun place to spend your student years.

Discover the top 10 reasons why Glasgow Caledonian University could be the right choice for you:

  1. Career-focused programmes

The vast majority of our graduates find work or further study within six months of graduating, and we offer a variety of innovative, specialised courses. The lecturers for your chosen course will have good industry contacts to help you with placements and future career opportunities.

  1. World-class facilities

With the Saltire Centre at its hub, our modern, high-tech campus includes moving library shelves for easy access to books, “think pods” with whiteboards for group study, and private “inflatable igloo” study areas. Apart from maybe a beer fountain and chocolate trees, what more could you want?

  1. Innovative teaching

With a virtual hospital, high-tech broadcasting suite, fashion factory and even an online Second Life campus, Glasgow Caledonian puts a lot of effort into helping you enjoy your programme and gain the professional skills and knowledge employers want.

  1. Award-winning student support

Facilities such as the Base – our one-stop information and support centre offering help with everything from borrowing laptops to getting council tax rebates – have helped us win awards for our student support, including the Times Higher Education Outstanding Support for Overseas Students award.

  1. Recognised for research

Our research in the allied health professions was placed in the top 10 universities in the UK in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and our work in rehabilitation sciences was placed top in the UK. Our research in construction and the built environment was rated best in Scotland and in the top 20 in UK.

  1. Designed for today’s students

Everything from the highly affordable sports centre, Arc, and the convenient, single-site campus to the Saltire Centre’s multiple power points, workstations, study areas and free Wi-Fi is designed with you in mind.

  1. Location, location, location

Glasgow is perfect for students. It’s got a vibrant live music and arts scene, jumping nightlife, accessible sports facilities, spacious city parks and much more. And it’s all within easy access of Scotland’s spectacular scenery and world-renowned festivals.

  1. Friendly, close-knit, convenient campus

Our single-site campus is friendly, personal and close-knit. You’ll be on first-name terms with your lecturers and the campus design makes it easy to meet friends and classmates for breaks or study sessions. Not only that, but it sits right in the middle of the city nearby all transport links.

  1. Diverse and cosmopolitan

Glasgow Caledonian is open to anyone, regardless of nationality, age, background and schooling. That means we provide a great opportunity to meet and make friends with a diverse group of new people.

  1. Exchange opportunities

Opportunity is everywhere at Glasgow Caledonian, and it’s not just restricted to Glasgow. We offer overseas placements and exchanges that let you sample another country and learn a new language.

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I loved the Luxury Retailing module. That was amazing because the lecturers were so passionate about what they were teaching.
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Key Facts

Leaders in Preparing Students for Employment

Glasgow Caledonian University’s outstanding work in preparing our students for employment has been highlighted as best practice in a new report from the Confederation of British Industry, Future Fit.

Leaders in Environmental Practices

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is the first university in Scotland to achieve EcoCampus Platinum certification for its environmental practices.

GCU designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has been designated a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, a global network of universities and colleges, and is one of only 30 in the world and the first in Scotland.