There are a few things you need to do and know to get your student experience off to a great start - please read the below to find out more.
Student Online Registration (UG & PGT)
To become a fully registered student at the University of Aberdeen you need to confirm some personal details and, if applicable, organise how your fees will be paid. The steps below take you through the process.
For returning students please remember that Online Registration needs to be completed at the start of every academic year.
Online registration and MyCurriculum will open to you on set dates, depending upon your year and programme of study. Information on when the systems will open to you can be found here.
- 1. Set up your IT Account
Please note this will only be available 30 days before your start date.
Note your password - you'll use it to access everything, including WiFi.
- 2. Start Your Online Registration Process
You now need to complete Online Registration which will take you through the whole process of getting yourself registered as a student of the University of Aberdeen.
To view the dates that online registration is open visit this webpage.
You will be asked to:
- Upload a photo of yourself,
- Confirm your Personal, Financial and Academic details,
- You must pay at least 50% of your tuition fees.
Sponsored students or students funded by Student Finance must send a copy of their award letter to email@example.com (not required for students sponsored by SAAS).
Information on fees and funding
- 3. Choose Your Courses Through MyCurriculum
MyCurriculum is the course selection system for on campus students. You use it to pick your courses. The system will step you through the process of selecting the courses for your degree. You will select your Prescribed Courses first, followed (if applicable) by optional courses under the Enhanced and Other tab. You should spent some time thinking about your degree programme and the courses you might like to take.
Please note that postgraduate research students, i.e. students studying for a PhD, do not need to complete MyCurriculum or MyTimetable. Contact the Infohub to complete your registration.
ERASMUS and International Exchange students will complete MyCurriculum with the assistance of their Go Abroad Tutor.
- New Undergraduate students -
- New Postgraduate Taught students - 2020
Should you need assistance with MyCurriculum you can find help on the support pages located here.
- 4. Choose your Class Selections Through MyTimetable
Please note this can only be completed from 3rd September 2020.
Please note that there is a delay of up to 3 hours between completing MyCurriculum and accessing MyTimetable.
Issues can be reported by using the 'Report a Problem' button that appears at the top right of MyTimetable and your request will be allocated to the most appropriate team.
- 5. Orientation
The Introduction to the University of Aberdeen Orientation programme has been designed to take you through all of the essential information you will need to prepare for and commence your student life. We have broken it down into 2 parts.
You can get started on Part 1 now by working through the interactive modules.
Information is also available about your school orientation,
Now you have registered as a student of the University of Aberdeen, there are a few things you should still do. It can feel a bit overwhelming to think of everything you need to do, but don't worry - we can help!
Follow the steps below and read the information so that you are aware of everything. Some of these steps can be done before you start your studies.
- Book your Accommodation
If you haven't already done so, you should book your accommodation.
We guarantee to offer you a place in our portfolio of accommodation either University-owned or with one of our preferred partners providing your application reaches us by the deadline, although we will still accept applications after this date.
- Request Airport Meet & Greet
We’re delighted that you’re coming to join us in Aberdeen for the start of term. There may be some requirements for new arrivals to quarantine on arrival and many of you will be planning to arrive early to allow time for this.
We want to make sure that you get all the help you need on arrival at Aberdeen Airport, so if you’d like us to meet you there and guide you to the best transport options to travel to your final destination then please complete the meet & greet form.
The meet and greet service is available from the 29 August to 20 September.
Meet and Greet FAQs
Does it cost money?
No, the Meet and Greet service does not cost any money. However, if you need to take a taxi or public transport to your accommodation, this may incur a charge.
What sort of transportation is available once I arrive?
Aberdeen Airport is well connected with an express bus Jet 727 that leaves every 15 minutes from the Airport to the city centre (cost is approximately £3.00). There are also taxis available to take you direct to your accommodation which will cost £15 - £25.
- Immigration and Tier 4
If you are a new International student joining us on campus in the first half session of academic year 2020/21, the University is required by the Home Office UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to ensure that we have checked your right to study in the UK. This check includes recording your contact address in the UK and maintaining a record of your immigration documents such as your passport, visa and if applicable, your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).
The Tier 4 Compliance Team will be conducting this right to study check online. Once you have received your visa and have arranged your travel to the UK, please complete this form. Once you have submitted the online form, you will receive further instruction by email on the next steps.
For further information on the process, please visit the Immigration and Tier 4 Webpage.
- Pre-Departure Checklist
There are a few things that you need to do and know before travelling to study with us. Check out our pre-departure checklist which will help you prepare and make sure you do not forget anything!
Tasks to do (all students)
- Arrange your funding
- Arrange your Accommodation.
- Ensure that you apply for University of Aberdeen accommodation as soon as possible in advance
- Complete Online Registration
- Book the Meet and Greet to help you plan how you will get to your accommodation from airport or train station
- Download the UoA Guide app to your mobile device
- Plan your budgets
- Read all the New Student emails - (sent to your personal email account)
- Check visa requirements
- Check your passport validity
- Check your visa for the terms and conditions
- Read the International Pre-Departure Guide
- Arrange travel insurance
- Arrange any travel vaccinations
- Make sure you are up to date with any vaccinations required and have all the necessary medical certificates.
- Pack an electrical adaptor for British plugs
- Arrange to have enough money (in cash or travellers cheques) to cover your living expenses for the first week or two. Do not carry a lot of money.
Things to pack and think about
- Don't pack more than you can carry!
- Put tags onto all your bags and label them clearly
- Check your airlines maximum luggage weights and policies
- Check what luggage is allowed in hold and cabin
- Pack for all weathers - sunshine, snow, rain and moderate.
- For a full up-to-date list of what not to pack visit the Gov.uk website
- For a full up-to-date list of what not to pack visit the Gov.uk website
- Make sure you take photocopies of all your important documents, packing these into your hand baggage
- Passport and visa
- Flight tickets and any other travel documents
- University documents
- Evidence of financial support for fees and maintenance
- Evidence of TB screening if this was required as part of your visa process
- Travel insurance documents
- Accommodation details
- If you are staying in University Accommodation bedding and kitchen packs can be bought in advance and delivered to your room.
- Visit the accommodation website for a full list of what you should take with you.
- ID Card Collection
Once you arrive in Aberdeen, you can collect your ID card.
- You must have set up your IT Account and completed Online Registration first before you can collect your ID card.
Please note that Postgraduate Research students should visit the Infohub in Elphinstone Hall after collecting their ID card to finish registration.
ID cards will be available for collection at Infohub in Elphinstone Hall, with the following exceptions:
- Students staying in University accommodation will collect their ID cards from their Hall.
- Student ID cards for Medics & Physicians will be available for collection from the School Office on the 3rd floor of the Suttie Centre.
- Dental students can collect their ID cards from the Dental School Office.
- All other ID cards are to be collected from the Infohub in Elphinstone Hall.
- Staying Connected and Updated
If you haven't already we would recommend following the UoA Student Life Facebook and Twitter accounts. These give valuable and important information throughout the year on activities and opportunities for you to get involved in, as well as updates on news, competitions and updates.
Additionally, the University also run a variety of other Facebook Groups which you can join:
- Disability Advisory Service
If you have a disability, specific learning difference like dyslexia, a mental health or long-term health condition and would like support in your studies, our Disability Team offers confidential information, advice and support. You can get in touch with the Team by completing the Offer Holders’ form.