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Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and the UK's third most populous. Glasgow grew from the medieval Bishopric of Glasgow and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow in the 15th century, which subsequently became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century.

With the Industrial Revolution, the city and surrounding region shifted to become one of the world's pre-eminent centers of Heavy Engineering, most notably in the shipbuilding and marine engineering industry, which produced many innovative and famous vessels. Glasgow was known as the "Second City of the British Empire" for much of the Victorian era and Edwardian period. Today it is one of Europe's top twenty financial centers and is home to many of Scotland's leading businesses. Glasgow is also ranked as the 57th most livable city in the world.


In an average week Glasgow hosts 123 bands, 72 classical composers, 49 choirs, 38 orchestras and 21 jazz bands. Renowned for discovering acts including Oasis, Franz Ferdinand and Primal Scream, the city has fantastic venues for live music and has recently been awarded UNESCO city of music status. Glasgow is also known for its shopping venues, being the second largest shopping center in the entire UK. For the more nightlife minded, Glasgow has more than 700 pubs including 100ft long bars, basement clubs, converted churches and river boats. Those in search of the great outdoors will also find it among Glasgow's 80 parks and green spaces, as well as Loch Lomond and Trossnachs National Parks, only 40 minutes away.

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Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The teaching of law at the University also began at this time. Currently, with over 1000 students and 40 academics, the School of Law is a vibrant community, one of Scotland's best. UNC law students may take between 12-15 credit hours which are applicable toward their J.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. Students are able to choose from a broad spectrum of classes to fit their particular interests. Students interested in studying in Glasgow should meet with the Office of International Programs by early October for a spring semester exchange and by early March for a fall semester exchange. Interested student should browse Glasgow's course selections online. Courses for the next academic year are typically updated in May. 

NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, is an excellent source for information about your studies abroad. You can read their UK Visa FAQs online to learn more about the UK visa process, typically only needed by U.S. citizens if you also plan to work/intern during your academic study period.

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