The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Education Abroad office has been helping UW-Platteville students study at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in Paisley, Scotland since 2015. Since then, many students have chosen to study abroad in Scotland on the UW-Platteville Exchange program.

Details

The UW-Platteville exchange program at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is designed to provide students with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in Scotland. Students may participate for a full academic year or a semester, enrolling in between 12 and 18 credits per semester.

With origins dating back to 1897, UWS is one of Scotland's most innovative modern universities. With four campuses across the west and southwest of Scotland in Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, as well as a new campus in London, the capital city of the United Kingdom, the University occupies an important position within Scotland's proud tradition of excellence in education.

Offering career-focused and vocationally relevant programs, UWS graduates are equipped with the relevant skills to make an immediate contribution to industry, business, public, and third-sector (non-governmental) organizations.

Eligibility

To apply to study abroad at UWS you must:

  • Be a degree-seeking undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at a U.S.-based college or university
  • Have completed at least one full-time semesters of college at the time of application and have at least sophomore standing at the time of participation
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and participation

Application Requirements

The following must be submitted via the UW-Platteville Education Abroad online application system:

  • $75 application fee
  • Copy of U.S. passport: If you do not currently hold a US Passport, you must apply for one and submit proof of application before the program application deadline.
  • Education Abroad Statement of Purpose
  • International Study Course Approval Form
  • UWS Application Form
  • Official academic transcript
  • Signed statements of responsibility and understanding
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • UW-Platteville Education Abroad Application

You will also have access to information to assist you throughout the application process. Upon acceptance, additional pre-departure information and requirements will be provided.

Co-curricular Activities

Students studying abroad at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have a wide range of opportunities available to them to enhance their experience outside the classroom. Opportunities include:

Housing

UWS university accommodation is a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and gain some independence. Whether you choose:

  • A modern en-suite (room with bathroom included) or studio flat at the recently opened Ayr Campus
  • One of the private flats in the picturesque town of Dumfries
  • The £13.2 million (approximately $20.4 million) student accommodations which opened at Paisley in September 2012
  • Accommodation at the heart of campus life in Hamilton

There’s never been a better time to stay in UWS student residences. With accommodations starting from just £99 (approximately $130) per week, UWS accommodation is an affordable choice.

Wi-fi or wired internet access is offered in UWS accommodations and is included in the cost. Adjustments with regard to speed and availability must be anticipated. Laundry facilities are offered at UWS accommodations and may require an additional cost.

Meals are paid for out of pocket by you; all accommodations are self-catered, and cooking facilities are provided.

The accommodation cost is to be paid out of pocket monthly by you, and all rent and deposits are to be paid in GBP (British pounds). Please see the Residence Prices for an estimate of costs. All are available on full 40-week contracts, or individual trimester contracts (Sept-Jan or Jan-June).

Please see UWS's accommodation website for additional information and the most up-to-date accommodation costs.

Academics

The UW-Platteville exchange program at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is designed to provide you with a personalized and integrated living and learning experience in Scotland. You may participate for a full academic year or a semester, enrolling in between 12 and 18 credits per semester.

All courses are taken alongside local and international students, and the areas of study and general course information can be found on UWS’s website.

Visa Information

The United Kingdom is frequently updating visa regulations and procedures, so it is important to review the most current information. As of May 2018, U.S. education abroad students can enter the United Kingdom as a Student Visitor/Short-Term Student or Tier 4 Student Visa.

Contact Information

Education Abroad


0328 Warner Hall

Walk-in Hours via Zoom

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
2–3:30 p.m.

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