Cultural communities

We will grow the international community of students and staff at our Glasgow, London and New York campuses, promoting cultural diversity and access through our summer school, and expanded range of scholarships and articulation agreements with college partners.

GCU has established sustainable, mutually beneficial partnerships with high-quality institutions in India, China, the US and South America. Committed to global collaboration, it is a member of prestigious international networks including Santander Universities, Ashoka U and the UN Global Compact.

Santander Universities

Students of Glasgow Caledonian University can access research and study opportunities all over the world, thanks to GCU’s membership of the prestigious Santander Universities network of more than 700 universities in Spain, Portugal, Latin-America, China, Morocco, Russia, the US and the UK.

Generous funding from Santander Universities’ Global Initiatives Division supports internship and mobility opportunities for GCU students and staff such as Santander Scholarships and Mobility Awards, Santander Entrepreneurial Support and Awards, a Santander Magnusson Award, Santander Internships and funds Santander Spanish classes for staff and students who do not have an option to include a foreign language as part of their degree programme.

Summer experiences

In 2015, GCU launched its inaugural University-wide International Summer School, offering students from around the world the opportunity to study in each of its three Schools as well as experience Scotland’s culture.

GCU welcomed students from China, Canada, the US and Ghana to study subjects including Digital Media in Society, Global Finance, Computing Science and Healthcare Management as well as take part in a packed programme of cultural activities.

In addition, in summer 2015, GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment hosted students from India’s PSG College of Technology attending its Scottish Engineering Summer Experience to take part in lectures and workshops in fields including computer games design, app development, cyber security and renewable energy as well as visiting the Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies and Whitelees Wind Farm and touring Scotland’s cultural highlights. The School also

The School also welcomed  students from across the US to its annual Comparative Forensic Sciences programme, which challenged the students, for the first time, to tackle a crime scene created in the School of Health and Life Science’s Clinical Simulation Suite.

Scholarships and articulation

GCU wants to support the people who have the the talent, ability and drive to study with us, make the most of their opportunity, regardless of their financial circumstances. So, the University offers a portfolio of scholarships supported by business leaders including Warner Bros., Santander, Marks & Spencer and KAR Construction.

Launched in 2013, the M&S Fashion Scholarship offers financial assistance to selected students on fashion programmes at The GCU British School of Fashion,  where they will also benefit from the unique experience of M&S mentoring in the business of fashion.

The KAR Scholarship is supported by GCU alumnus Khalid Abdul Rahim, CEO of multi-million dollar construction company Cebarco Bahrain, and provides funding for international study tours, scholarships and prizes for construction students in the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

The School of Engineering and Built Environment also welcomes Malawian students on a unique scholarship scheme. The School and a Glasgow housing association, ng homes, support students throughout in their studies in MSc International Project Management and MSc Quantity Surveying.

In addition, through a host of scholarships, GCU supports students’ ambitions to use their skills supporting communities in countries including Cambodia, Ghana, and Myanmar.

Outstanding graduates from the Grameen Caledonian College of Nursing (GCCN) in Bangladesh continue their studies and take up scholarships at GCU.

The development of long-term partnerships with overseas institutions is a fundamental part of GCU’s Internationalisation Strategy. From articulation and pathway partnerships, student and staff mobility, through to overseas campus partnerships, the University is dedicated to increasing its global network.

Fashion Business Summer School

A group from Thailand attended Glasgow Caledonian University’s first Fashion Business Summer School for academics in 2015.

Staff from Rajamangala University of Technology learned about the business side of the fashion industry on the three-week course in London – the world’s fashion hub.

The academics from Thailand developed their understanding of branding, marketing, strategy and consumer behaviour on the bespoke course at the British School of Fashion at GCU London.

They also visited major fashion houses and retail outlets such as Burberry, Grenson, Westfield and Bicester.

As part of the course, they developed their own curriculum for an undergraduate degree in the business of fashion.

GCU is now planning further Fashion Business Summer Schools for academics, with participants sharing their time between the University’s London and New York campuses.

The British School of Fashion has pioneered courses in the business of fashion and was the first to design an MSc in International Fashion Marketing; it is one of a small number of universities worldwide to offer an MBA in Luxury Brand Marketing. The campus offers a range of MBA and MSc courses, high quality teaching and exciting links with international businesses.