- Study Abroad
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.
- Study at an Ancient University, that is over 500 years old.
- Immerse yourself in our historic campus, with buildings dating back over 500 years and which was named amongst the Top Ten Most Beautiful Historic Universities in the UK by the QS Top Universities website.
- Study in the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, named amongst the 20 Most Spellbinding University Libraries in the world by the Independent newspaper.
- Choose classes from across over 70 disciplines to suit your own major or minor requirements.
- Get specialised academic advising on course selection from your nominated advisor
- Receive comprehensive advice and support from the International Student Support Team, including Airport Pick-Up, Orientation, Resident Assistants and International Student Advisers.
- Play or relax in our olympic standard Sports Village and Aquatics Centre
- Study and live alongside our 15,000 Scottish and other international students.
- Enjoy easy walking access to the modern city of Aberdeen, Scotland's safest university city, with a great range of shops, bars, restaurants, malls etc.
- Explore the rest of the UK and Europe, with access to great transport links, including a train station and international airport on your doorstep.
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 Anthropology English Mathematics Archaeology Environmental Science Music Biology European Studies Neuroscience Biomedical Science Film and Visual Culture Philosophy Business Gaelic Studies Physics Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Studies Geography Politics Chemistry Geology Psychology Computing History Scottish Studies Conservation Biology International Relations Sociology Divinity & Religious Studies Language & Linguistics Zoology Economics Law/Legal Studies
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:
- Pre-Med Programme for Study Abroad Students at the University of Aberdeen
- Pre-Law Programme for Study Abroad Students at the University of Aberdeen
- Scottish and Irish Studies Programme for for Study Abroad Students at the University of Aberdeen
- Cross-disciplinary Courses (unique to the University of Aberdeen)
Tuition and Costs 2017/18
Full year: £14,300
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:
- A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent (on a 4.0 scale) or better
- An academic letter of reference from your home institution
- An official academic transcript
- A personal statement explaining why you would like to study at the University of Aberdeen
How to Apply
Please take a look at our Course Catalogue to see if we offer courses to suit your studies.
Complete the online Study Abroad and International Exchange application form. If you are a student from a partner university, you will be provided with a link to the online application form after your home university nominates you to study at the University of Aberdeen. If your home university does not have an agreement with the University of Aberdeen, please email email@example.com and you will be provided with the link.
The deadlines for receipt of completed applications are as follows:
- First Semester: (September - December) 28 July
- Second Semester: (January - May) 1 November
- Academic Year: (September - May) 1 July
- Term Dates
Fall (1st semester, Sep-Dec)
2017/2018 Move-in Weekend Saturday, 2 - Sunday, 3 September Orientation Monday, 4 September Registration/Freshers' Week
Tuesday, 5 - Friday, 8 September
Classes Begin Monday, 11 September First Written Examination Saturday, 2 December Term ends Friday, 15 December Student Accommodation Contract Ends
Wednesday, 20 December
Spring (2nd semester, Jan-May)
2017/2018 Move-in Weekend Saturday, 6 - Sunday, 7 January Orientation and registration Monday 8 January Classes Begin Monday 15 January Beginning of Spring break Friday 30 March End of Spring break Monday 23 April First Written Examination Saturday 28 April Term ends Friday 18 May Student Accommodation Contract Ends Friday 1 June
- Contact Us
International Exchange and Study Abroad Coordinator