International- isation

  • Transnational Education Partners

    The School also considers its transnational education (TNE) developments as being core to its internationalisation strategy. To this end, the School is actively engaged with international partners in order to deliver UWS degrees with select international partners.

  • Click on a country to see our TNE partners

    • Ireland
      Filmbase Limited, Dublin
      Contact: Alan Fitzpatrick, Managing Director


      Founded in 1986, Filmbase has supported thousands of Irish filmmakers over the years. Filmbase also offers information, training and advice on all aspects of filmmaking and is the perfect place to network and talk film and media.

      Filmbase is also an active member of Screen Talent Europe, a network of film media centers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Faroe Islands, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland and France. The purpose of the network is to promote and foster co-operation between our partners and to help filmmakers exchange knowledge, experiences and methods through talent camps, network meetings and co-productions. The network collaborates to produce international talent development projects such as pitching forums, film production camps, networking and social events.

      Filmbase has over 1000 active members, which include emerging and established filmmakers, production companies, film artists, designers and anyone else with an interest in film. It offers a range of courses from post-production through to production and screenwriting.

      We are delighted to offer our MA Creative Media Practice in partnership with Filmbase which will be locally delivered in Dublin.

    • Italy

      Roma Contemporary Music College, Italy
      Contact: Gialucca Perdicaro, Director 


      The Roma Contemporary Music College (RCMC) is a private music school founded by the joint venture between Roma Rock School (the first Rock music school in Italy) and MAN - Music Academies Network. RCMC offers a wide range of music courses with the aim of training musicians for each instrument, from first principles to professional academic study. The goal of RCMC is to support and encourage the spread of modern music education.

      We are delighted to be working in partnership with RCMC and to be able to offer our BA (Hons) Commercial Music in Italy. 


    • Northern Cyprus

      Management Centre of the Mediterranean, Nicosia, Cyprus
      Contact: Dr Bulent Kanol, Founding Director


      The Management Centre of the Mediterranean was founded in November 2001 by the Cyprus Turkish Association of Managers. It was Incorporated as a Non-Profit Organization in December 2003 and named as The Management Centre of the Mediterranean.The Management Centre was originally funded by the United nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Cyprus; the UNDP continues to fund some of its programmes. The Management Centre is concerned with contributing to and supporting as well as strengthening Civil Society.
      Through this unique partnership we are proud to have been able to introduce the first UK masters degrees in Northern Cyprus. This partnership delivers two UWS Masters courses in Northern Cyprus but further developments are underway to deliver more UWS courses through this partnership:

      MSc Applied Social Science
      MSc Policy Analysis and Global Governance



  • In addition to its growing TNE partner network, the School has a number of key strategic partners that it works with in terms of student exhchange opportunities, and collaborative research. These include the key partners identified below.
  • School's key international partners

    Stuttgart Media University (HdM Stuttgart): PhD student exchange, international design camp, research collaborations, visiting academics

    University of Linkoping, Sweden: research collaborations, international design camp

    Harris Institute, Toronto: student exchange, work-related learning placements, MA student pathways, academic exchange, artist exchange

    Columbia College, Chicago: research collaborations, student exchange projects

    Universityof Lapland: Erasmus exchange, University of the Artic Sustainable Art and Design Network, research collaborations

  • The School sees internationalisation as lying at the heart of its teaching, research and other main activities. The School has an expanding range of international links based upon our research connections, our participation in Erasmus exchanges and our work with visiting scholars. We also have a distinctly international staff profile within the School. The University sees internationalisation as more than just the successful recruitment of international students, although this continues to be an important aspect. At the core of the School’s internationalisation strategy is the aim to deliver to our students an international experience through enhanced internationalisation of our curriculum and study abroad experiences. 

    Within the context of teaching, the School is committed to enhancing student exposure to an international experience by fully embedding a global outlook and aspects of global citizenship within our programmes. 

    Study Abroad 
    The School has a long tradition of facilitating study abroad opportunities, both for students who wish to join us for part of their studies, or for students who wish to study abroad for a period of time. The majority of these exchanges take place on the Erasmus student exchange scheme. In addition, the School has a long established Criminal Justice student exchange programme with two American Universities (the University of Washburn in Kansas, and the University of West Florida). Each year we operate a comparative justice programme that facilitates a two-week student and staff exchange. Please contact Geraldine O’Donnell  for further information on this particular exchange scheme. In addition, the School also operates an annual one-week student exchange programme with Malmo University in Sweden for students on the Careers Guidance postgraduate course. 

    We also offer Erasmus exchanges and run international events:  for example the annual Intercultural Design Camp and International Band Exchange 

    The School is highly active within the Erasmus exchange programme. We have welcomed numerous Erasmus students from overseas on short study exchanges (usually one trimester, but sometimes for a full year) from our partner institutions in Europe. In recent years, we have hosted students from Gdansk and Lodz (Poland), Timisoara (Romania), Limerick (Ireland) and Aalborg (Denmark), to name just a few. We also welcome colleagues from our partner institutions to join us on the Erasmus staff exchange programme. 

    Students who join us from a European partner university do so under the Erasmus exchange scheme. The process for students who wish to join us is straightforward – once the home university has agreed to the exchange in principle, the student selects modules that have a degree of match with those they would have enrolled for at their home institution and then the exchange takes place. For UWS students wishing to spend a trimester abroad, the application process is similar. Once UWS approves the exchange, the student selects modules at the overseas university in consultation with staff at UWS, and then the exchange takes place. Full details of the application process for both incoming and outgoing students can be found here.  

    We  have international research and production collaborations including work in media and cultural research at major events and festivals, such as the Olympic Games and the Glasgow Film Festival and the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. We work with partners in arts/media education, e-learning, practice-led research and creative pedagogy through the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA). Staff members regularly present papers at international conferences and we are developing a number of initiatives in relation to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Scottish Centre for Island Studies works closely with the Global Islands Network, a unique resource for cultural, economic, social and geographic research for small island communities.