Study Abroad Programme >

Our Study Abroad programme is a great opportunity for students to experience living and studying in Scotland. Students study with us as part of their ongoing studies and can gain credit with The Glasgow School of Art which can be transferred back to their home institution. Study Abroad students will normally be pursuing a bachelor’s degree course at their home institution in a similar field of study. 

Students join either year 2 or 3 of our degree programme and study alongside our regular full-time students. Students applying for study abroad will be assessed during the application process for the year suitable to their level.

Students may choose to study in the Schools of Fine Art and Design for

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Full-Year

Students may also choose to study in the Mackintosh School of Architecture for

  • Full-Year
  • Semester 1

Our programmes are studio based and practice led. Studio will normally consist of four days a week intensive studio practice and one day Fine Art Critical Studies/Design History and Theory, although it may vary by department/school. 

When you make your Study Abroad application to the GSA, you will need to specify to which specialist department you are applying as we do not operate a "class/credit" system.  Our study abroad students join the degree programme at the appropriate level and follow the curriculum set by the programme for the duration of their time with us. As such, we do not have a list of classes to choose from for this study abroad programme (please consult the SASAP programme page if you are interested in selecting different classes from different fields). You should talk to your Study Abroad advisor about this as they may be able to advise you on the most appropriate choice.

Application is done online via our application portal. As demand for places is usually higher than the number of places available you will need to send your application in good time, and usually no later than our deadlines: 

  • 1st April for September entry
  • 15th October for January entry  

Firstly, you should register and log in to our application portal, where you will submit your application form and supporting documents online, including your portfolio. For example portfolios with each programme, please visit this link. If you are still unclear about any part of the application process, you can also email us at

Information on tuition fees and costs can be found here, in the section entitled 'Study Abroad.' In addition to your tuition fees, you will incur other costs whilst studying at the GSA.  Please check the specific course information on our website as there may be additional workshop/material costs associated with your programme. 

US students who are eligible for Financial Aid at their home institution  should continue to be eligible for Financial Aid whilst undertaking a Study Abroad programme. All Financial Aid for Study Abroad students is administered through the Home institution.

Once you have completed your studies at the GSA, a transcript showing your grades and the courses you undertook will be sent to your home institution. Transcripts for Semester 1 are sent out in late February and transcripts for Semester 2/Full-Year are sent out in July.