Refugees & Asylum Seekers

Refugees & Asylum Seekers

The University of Aberdeen is fully committed to supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees looking to study with us. We can offer you a range of support both during the application process and during your studies. 

We will welcome you with open arms and make your time with us enjoyable as you join the Aberdeen Family. 

Find out about the support we offer:

University of Sanctuary

Higher education institutions in the UK have a long tradition of providing sanctuary for academics and young people forced to flee conflict and persecution and find safety elsewhere and The University of Aberdeen has committed to become a 'University of Sanctuary. 

We work in partnership with City of Sanctuary, The Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) and other partner initiatives to inspire and support universities to develop a culture of welcome within their own institutions and their wider communities.



The University of Aberdeen is offering its unqualified support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine and for our students who have spoken out to condemn the war.

Other support
  • Support with careers advice and your application through:
    • Access Aberdeen - Informs, supports, and encourages young people to make appropriate post-school study choices
    • Entry from College - The University welcomes students whose pathway to University has been through study at a Scottish College, whether that be from an Access programme or an HNC or HND.
    • Reach - Provides information, advice and guidance on applying for professional degrees in Law and Medicine
  • Contextualised Admissions and Access Thresholds Policy - Applicants who meet one or more of our widening access criteria may be made a conditional offer of admission at the “Adjusted” entry requirement level.
  • Financial support, including advice and help with filling out applications for financial help.