FAQ

FAQ

Students Affected by the War in Ukraine

New students due to start their studies in 2022/23

Tuition Fee Support

The Scottish Government has confirmed that Ukrainians resident in Scotland on one of the Ukraine visa schemes (Ukraine Sponsorship, Ukraine Family, Ukraine Extension) will be classified as Home students and will have access to support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

Undergraduate students will have their tuition fees covered by SAAS while postgraduate Master students can apply for the tuition fee loan. 

I am applying to the University as a prospective student, but I don’t have essential documents such as transcripts of my qualifications. Can you help me? 

The University recognises that prospective students affected by the conflict may not be able to evidence their qualifications by normal means. The University may consider a wider range of evidence where this is the case. Prospective students who may require this support should contact study@abdn.ac.uk

Are you able to support me with accommodation? 

The University is offering free accommodation in University housing for 2022/23 for students affected by the Ukraine war. 

Students will be considered for this offer if they will be a full-time, degree-seeking student: (a) were resident in Ukraine prior to the invasion; or (b) are a Ukrainian national.  

This initiative strictly extends to University accommodation only, and cannot be substituted for support to live in private or other accommodation. 

You must complete the Accommodation application here by 25th August to be considered. It may not be possible to accommodate students who miss this deadline.  

I don’t have essential technical equipment, like a laptop. Can you help me? 

Students affected by the conflict are eligible for loan of technical equipment (such as laptops) under the Digital Poverty Fund, while stocks last. Students must apply for such support. Details of how to apply can be found here. 

What other means of financial support is there for me? 

The University has also committed £50,000 to provide financial support to students affected by the war in Ukraine.  

This will fund cash bursaries of £1,000 to new students due to commence their studies in 2022/23 and who are Ukrainian nationals or Ukrainian residents. These funds recognise that students affected by the war may arrive in the UK without essential supplies. 

These cash bursaries will be awarded automatically, and no separate application is required. Further details will be circulated to new students closer to the start of the first semester in September. 

The remaining funds will used for hardship support for students affected by the war, including Ukrainian nationals and residents, and our 2022 graduates who are ordinarily resident in Ukraine and cannot safely return home.  

Students will need to apply for any such further financial support. Details of how to apply can be found here 

Returning Students 

I will continue my studies in 2022/23 (and maybe beyond). Are you able to provide fee waivers, and how do I apply for one? 

The University has committed to tuition fee waivers up to a total value of £250,000 for new and returning students not eligible for support under the Scottish Government’s new regulations.  

You will automatically be considered for a tuition fee waiver for 2022/23 and the remainder of your current programme of studies if you are a current on-campus student who is self-funding your studies, and: (a) were resident in Ukraine prior to the invasion; or (b) are a Ukrainian national.  

The tuition fee waiver is not available to those studying UG Medicine or MBA programmes, or those who are within the terms of Scottish Government funding arrangements. 

Our current students who are from the region, due to graduate this summer and wish to commence postgraduate study with us will require to make themselves known to David Stoll, Regional Manager: david.stoll@abdn.ac.uk. 

Can I get a tuition fee waiver for the current year, 2021/22? 

We cannot offer tuition fee waivers retrospectively for 2021/22. However, any student experiencing hardship can find alternative means of support here. 

I cannot safely return home this summer because of the conflict. Can I get accommodation over the summer? 

The University is offering free accommodation in University housing over the summer (16 June 2022 to 28 August 2022) to current students from the region who are unable to safely return home.  

You must complete the form here by 13th May 2022 to apply. It may not be possible to accommodate students who miss this deadline. 

This initiative strictly extends to University accommodation only, and cannot be substituted for support to live in private or other accommodation. 

I will be continuing my studies into 2022/23. Are you able to support me with accommodation?

The University is offering free accommodation in University housing for 2022/23 for students affected by the Ukraine war. 

Students will be considered for this offer if they will be a full-time, degree-seeking student: (a) were resident in Ukraine prior to the invasion; or (b) are a Ukrainian national.  

This initiative strictly extends to University accommodation only, and cannot be substituted for support to live in private or other accommodation. 

You must complete the Accommodation application here by 25th August to be considered. It may not be possible to accommodate students who miss this deadline.  

I don’t have essential technical equipment. Can you help me? 

Students affected by the conflict are eligible for loan of technical equipment (such as laptops) under the Digital Poverty Fund, while stocks last. Students must apply for such support. Details of how to apply can be found here. 

What other means of financial support is there for me? 

The University has committed £50,000 to provide financial support to students affected by the war in Ukraine.  

Part of this money will be used for hardship support for students affected by the war, including Ukrainian nationals and residents, and our 2022 graduates who are ordinarily resident in Ukraine and cannot safely return home. 

Students will need to apply for any such further financial support. Details of how to apply can be found here.