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There are a few things you need to do and know to get your student experience off to a great start. 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 on set dates, depending upon your year and programme of study. Information on when the systems will open to you can be found here.  

Student Online Registration (UG & PGT)

1. Set up your IT Account

You must activate your IT account, email and password. 

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.

Top Tip

  • Connect your email to your mobile device. That way you will never miss any emails from the University.
  • Visit Toolkit to find out how to set up on your iOS or Android device.

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. You will also need to upload a photo for your student ID card here.

To view the dates that online registration is open visit this webpage.

You will be asked to:

  • 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 tuitionfees@abdn.ac.uk (not required for students sponsored by SAAS).

Information on fees and funding

Your ID photo should:

  • be of the file type .jpg (it will not accept .jpeg)
  • show you on your own, looking straight at the camera
  • be a close-up of your head and shoulders
  • show your full head, without any head covering, unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • be identical and taken in the last month
  • be in colour, not black and white
  • be clear and in sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and the background
  • be taken against a plain cream, plain white or plain light grey background
  • not show you with red-eye
  • be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes)
  • be free from reflection or glare on your glasses
  • be taken with nothing covering your face
3. Choose Your Courses Through MyCurriculum

You will then be able to select your courses using MyCurriculum.
This step can only be completed after Step 2.

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.

Please note 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.

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 14th September 2020.

MyTimetable allows you to choose and sign up for your tutorials, practicals and labs (if applicable) and finalise your personal timetable.

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.

Student Online Registration (PGR)

1. Set up your IT Account

You must activate your IT account, email and password. 

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.

Top Tip

  • Connect your email to your mobile device. That way you will never miss any emails from the University.
  • Visit Toolkit to find out how to set up on your iOS or Android device.

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. You will also need to upload a photo for your student ID card here.

You will be asked to:

  • 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 tuitionfees@abdn.ac.uk (not required for students sponsored by SAAS).

Please remember that online registration will only be available 30 days before your start date.

Information on fees and funding

As soon as you arrive at the University, It is critical that you meet with your PhD Supervisor(s) and PGR School administrator when you first arrive at the University, before you visit the Infohub.

If you are a distance learning PGR student, once you have completed e-registration you should email postgraduate@abdn.ac.uk and ask them to activate your record.

Your ID photo should:

  • be of the file type .jpg (it will not accept .jpeg)
  • show you on your own, looking straight at the camera
  • be a close-up of your head and shoulders
  • show your full head, without any head covering, unless you wear one for religious beliefs or medical reasons
  • be identical and taken in the last month
  • be in colour, not black and white
  • be clear and in sharp focus, with a clear difference between your face and the background
  • be taken against a plain cream, plain white or plain light grey background
  • not show you with red-eye
  • be taken with your eyes open and clearly visible (no sunglasses or tinted glasses and no hair across your eyes)
  • be free from reflection or glare on your glasses
  • be taken with nothing covering your face
3. 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 research degree.

  • You will receive an invite to complete this.

In addition to your University Orientation programme, as a PGR student you have a mandatory training programme that must be completed within your first 6 months.

You will also have a school and/or discipline specific orientation to complete.

4. Stay Connected

The University runs a PGR Facebook Group with the aim of connecting PGR students to each other for networking purposes prior to arriving and throughout their time studying with us here in Aberdeen.

Next Steps

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 and want to do all we can to help support your arrival. You can use the Meet & Greet form to confirm when you will arrive and we will provide you with more details on what to expect when you get to the airport and how to get to your accommodation.

The meet and greet service is available until Friday 9 October 2020.

 

 

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.

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)

  1. Arrange your funding
  2. Arrange your Accommodation.
  3. Complete Online Registration
  4. Book the Meet and Greet to help you plan how you will get to your accommodation from airport or train station
  5. Download the UoA Guide app to your mobile device
  6. Plan your budgets
  7. Read all the New Student emails - (sent to your personal email account)
International Students
  • 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
       
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.

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PGR Students should follow the PGR School Twitter account.

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.