Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Situated in the stunning historic neighbourhood of Old Aberdeen, the University is today known as a centre of excellence in the Humanities, Law, Energy, Health Sciences and Environmental Studies.
Undergraduate students enrolled at a recognised international college or university outside the European Union can spend a semester or year at the University of Aberdeen. With over 70 undergraduate majors on offer across three colleges, you will find a great choice of classes to take at Aberdeen and will be able to tailor your selection to suit your individual requirements.
The University has welcomed visiting students for over four decades and has a dedicated team to assist you through the entire process, from the initial application, through to registering for classes and orientation. You will also receive a transcript of the classes you take at Aberdeen, for your home university.
The University of Aberdeen is fully semesterised, which means you can study at Aberdeen for the Fall Semester (September-December), Spring Semester (January-May) or a full academic year.
Most of our undergraduate courses are available to visiting study abroad students. With over 600 degree programmes, students easily find courses that match their academic interests and fulfil requirements of their home university. Everything from Anthropology to Zoology is available along with our cross-disciplinary 6th Century Courses.
Check out our online Course Catalogue for a current list of courses available.
Most semester courses are 15 credits, which equates to 3-4 US credit hours, depending on your home university. The normal course load is therefore 60 credits per semester, or approximately 15 US credit hours. Study Abroad students are examined alongside our full time degree-seeking students. Most classes are examined through a combination of continuous assessment, mid-term assignments and an end of semester examination.
Our year is divided into semesters with exams at the end of each semester. After the completion of your studies, you will be issued a transcript with a suggested conversion scale. You can find a listing of courses in our online Course Catalogue.
Some examples of subjects on offer include:
|Accountancy and Finance||Engineering||Marine Biology|
|Biomedical Science||Film and Visual Culture||Philosophy|
|Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies||Geography||Politics|
|Conservation Biology||International Relations||Sociology|
|Divinity & Religious Studies||Language & Linguistics||Zoology|
In addition, the University has developed a number of tailored Study Abroad programmes for students who are looking to combine their Study Abroad experience with a particular subject:
Full year: £13,000
Full year: £13,800
For any overview of estimated cost of living please refer to http://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php#CoL.
In addition to Tuition Fees, International Students will require approximately a further £1,015 per month to cover additional costs for accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, local travel, laundry etc.
As a Study Abroad student at the University of Aberdeen, you will also live alongside our regular degree-seeking students. The University offers a wide range of housing options. Student accommodation mainly consists of apartment (suite) style living, with each student having their own single room. Some Halls also feature private en-suite bathrooms. As most students live in apartments, with easy access to a kitchen, the majority of students opt for self-catered accommodation. The University also offers a number of catered Halls, but please note that a typical catered plan may not generally be as extensive as what you are used to at your home university.
The BUTEX Scholarship (North American Student)
BUTEX (British Transatlantic Exchange Association) offers scholarships worth £500 to undergraduate students at US or Canadian institutions studying short term programmes in the UK. Please refer to the BUTEX website for further details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Programme
The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers scholarships for U.S. students studying abroad. This program is amied at students of limted financial means and includes awards of up to $5,000. Please refer to www.iie.org/gilman for further details.
To study at Aberdeen as a visiting study abroad or exchange student, the University requires:
How to Apply
The deadlines for receipt of completed applications are as follows:
|Fall (1st semester, Sep-Dec)||2015/2016|
|Move-in Weekend||Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th September|
|Orientation and registration||Monday 7th - Friday 11th September|
|Classes Begin||Monday 14th September|
|First Written Examination||Saturday 5th December|
|Term Ends||Friday 18th December|
|Student Accommodation Contract Ends||Monday 21st December|
|Spring (2nd semester, Jan-May)||2015/2016|
|Move-in Weekend||Saturday 9th or Sunday 10th January|
|Orientation and registration||Monday 11th - Friday 15th January|
|Classes Begin||Monday 18th January|
|Beginning of Spring Break||Saturday 1st April|
|End of Spring Break||Sunday 25th April|
|Revision Week Begins||Monday 5th April|
|First Written Examination||Saturday 30th April|
|Term Ends||Friday 20th May|
|Student Accommodation Contract Ends||Friday 3rd June|
Fall (1st semester, Sep-Dec)
|Move-in Weekend||Saturday 3rd or Sunday 4th September|
|Orientation||Monday 5th September|
|Registration/Freshers' Week||Tuesday 12th - Friday 16th September|
|Classes Begin||Monday 19th September|
|First Written Examination||Saturday 3rd December|
|Term ends||Friday 16th December|
|Student Accommodation Contract Ends||Monday 19th December (TBC)|
Spring (2nd semester, Jan-May)
|Move-in Weekend||Saturday 7th or Sunday 8th January (TBC)|
|Orientation and registration||Monday 9th - Friday 13th January|
|Classes Begin||Monday 16th January|
|Beginning of Spring break||Friday 31st March|
|End of Spring break||Monday 24th April|
|First Written Examination||Saturday 29th April|
|Term ends||Friday 19th May|
|Student Accommodation Contract Ends||TBC|
International Exchange and Study Abroad Coordinator
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