International Study Centre

Why choose the University of Strathclyde?

Discover Strathclyde

More than 23,000 students from over 100 countries enjoy a student experience at the University of Strathclyde, one of the leading technology universities in the UK.

Located in the heart of the city of Glasgow, you will receive excellent teaching, be part of world-class research and benefit from excellent links with industry. Strathclyde has a strong reputation with employers for producing top quality graduates, making it the perfect place to prepare for your future career. Before you join your chosen degree programme, you can study at the International Study Centre to prepare for your degree with other international students.

Top 20 in the UK

The University of Strathclyde is ranked 17th in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and 18th in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2022.

Strathclyde also has a range of subjects ranked in the UK top 10 (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022). These are:

1st Accounting and Finance

1st Pharmacology & Pharmacy

1st Subjects allied to Medicine

2nd Communication and Media

2nd Social Policy

3rd Biological Science

3rd Education

3rd Social Work

4th Chemical Engineering

4th Economics

4th Electrical and Electronic Engineering

4th Mechanical Engineering

5th Chemistry

5th Civil Engineering

7th Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

7th English

8th Business, Management & Marketing

8th Law

8th Politics

A multi-award winning university

The University of Strathclyde, on top of being recognised for its 5-star rating, is a highly praised institution. Just a few of the accolades it has received are as follows:

  • University of the Year 2019 (Times Higher Education)
  • Scottish University of the Year 2020 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
  • Queen's Anniversary Prize 2020 for excellence in energy innovation
  • Excellence in Professional Learning Award 2019 from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)
  • Top 20 for research intensity in the UK in 2014 (Times Higher Education's analysis of Research Excellence Framework)
  • Won the Whatuni? Student Choice Awards 2020 for Local Life
  • Strathclyde Business School is ranked in the top 90 European Business Schools by the Financial Times 2020, one of just 19 UK business schools to be ranked, and one of only three in Scotland.
  • Ranked fourth in the UK for overall student satisfaction, following analysis of the 2021 National Student Survey by the Times Higher Education.

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Why study at the University of Strathclyde? 

High employability

Stand out from the crowd with the help of the University's careers services. A degree from the University of Strathclyde integrates practical learning experiences that include internships and work placements. 94% of graduates were in work or study six months after graduation (provided by the University of Strathclyde Strategy & Policy team 2018).

Home of innovation

At the University of Strathclyde, you’ll be at the cutting edge of innovation and discovery. The University has innovative teaching and learning facilities and is transforming the campus, with investment set to reach £1 billion by 2025. This includes a £31 million investment in the new Strathclyde Sport facility, which opened in 2018 and the Learning and Teaching Hub, opening in 2020.

Join world-class alumni

Follow in the footsteps of Strathclyde graduates who have made ground-breaking global achievements. Some of the University’s acclaimed former students include John Logie Baird - inventor of the television, James Blyth - who built the world’s first electricity-producing wind turbine, and Henry Faulds - the originator of fingerprint identification.

Strong links with industry

The University of Strathclyde has local and global links with industry, businesses, and the voluntary and public sectors. The Technology and Innovation Centre on campus is home to companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, SSE, Scottish Power and the Weir Group.

The perfect location

Live in the centre of one of the UK’s largest, most dynamic and welcoming cities. Glasgow provides the perfect balance of culture and beauty, with historic castles and the beautiful Highlands within easy reach.

Getting around

The International Study Centre is located in the Graham Hills Building, in central Glasgow, alongside the rest of the campus. View the University's campus map.

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