Study Abroad at Aberdeen

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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.

Why Aberdeen?

  1. Study at an Ancient University, that is over 500 years old.
  2. 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.
  3. Study in the award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library, named amongst the 20 Most Spellbinding University Libraries in the world by the Independent newspaper.
  4. Choose classes from across over 70 disciplines to suit your own major or minor requirements.
  5. Get specialised academic advising on course selection from your nominated advisor
  6. Receive comprehensive advice and support from the International Student Support Team, including Airport Pick-Up, Orientation, Resident Assistants and International Student Advisers.
  7. Play or relax in our olympic standard Sports Village and Aquatics Centre
  8. Study and live alongside our 15,000 Scottish and other international students.
  9. 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.
  10. 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:

Tuition and Costs 2015/16

Semester: £6,500
Full year: £13,000

Tuition and Costs 2016/17

Semester: £6,900
Full year: £13,800

For any overview of estimated cost of living please refer to

Living Costs

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.

Student Housing

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

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 for further details.


Entry Requirements

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 academic transcript
  • A personal statement explaining why you would like to study at the University of Aberdeen

How to Apply

The deadlines for receipt of completed applications are as follows:

  • First Semester: (September - December) 1 July
  • Second Semester: (January - May) 1 November
  • Academic Year: (September - May) 1 July

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

Monday 5th - Friday 9th September

Classes Begin Monday 12th 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

Mary-Alice Clancy

International Exchange and Study Abroad Coordinator




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