We are delighted that you are considering University of Aberdeen for your Erasmus exchange and can’t wait to welcome you, sharing all Aberdeen and the University has to offer!

From a wide range of study options to suit your academic interests, as well as a huge variety of social and leisure pursuits for you to take part in, one thing is for sure, your exchange at Aberdeen will pass in a flash of activity, enjoyment and adventure!

The key information below is relevant for all incoming exchange students from European institutions coming to Aberdeen through the Erasmus+ programme (including the Aurora Universities Network), and the Swiss-European mobility programme.  We also encourage you to download our useful Guides:

Please note that our 'Aberdeen Guide' has not yet been updated for 2020/21. We recommend that you check back for an updated version. In the meantime, the 2019/20 guide should give you a helpful overview.

Incoming students who have been nominated for exchange at University of Aberdeen commencing in September 2020 will be emailed with a link to our online application form, when our application opens on 15 April. Our application deadline for September 2020 is 15 May.  For more information, please see our 'How to apply' section below.


As an incoming Erasmus student you must select 60 Aberdeen credits per semester, with at least 50% of these from the School of the Inter-Institutional Agreement between your home institution and University of Aberdeen (see list below). You may choose the remainder from our wide range of courses, subject to previous experience, availability and timetabling.

Please note that the University of Aberdeen uses a credit system which is double the ECTS system e.g. 5 Aberdeen credit points = 2.5 ECTS.

You can access our online Course Catalogue for a full list of current courses.

Incoming exchange students would generally be guided to courses offered at Levels 2 and 3 and, exceptionally, Level 4. See below for restrictions.

Incoming exchange students will be allocated a Go Abroad Tutor to assist with course selection. This will be the responsible person who signs Learning Agreement documents and tutors will be allocated according to the subject of the agreement.

For more information and guidance about choosing your courses, download Part 1: Applicant Guide and refer to page 5.

The grading system at University of Aberdeen is explained on the second page of the official Academic Transcript, which all incoming exchange students receive at the end of their semester/year detailing the courses and grades achieved.  

Course restrictions

While we can accept Masters and Postgraduate exchange students, we do not permit students to take Level 5 courses.

Courses in Medicine are also not available to exchange students.

Students wishing to take Level 3 courses in English Language + Literature will need to pass a diagnostic test on arrival in Aberdeen.  Incoming exchange students are not permitted to take Level 4 English Language + Literature courses.

Students coming for Semester 1 only cannot take any Level 4 courses from the School of Medical Sciences (see list below for subjects covered), as these are all assessed in May.

Subject areas by School

Biological Sciences

Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Plant Science, Zoology


Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics, Finance, Management Studies, Real Estate

Divinity, History and Philosophy

Divinity & Religious Studies, History, History of Art, Philosophy


Counselling Skills, Education




Geography, Geology & Petroleum Geology, Marine & Coastal Resource Management



Language, Literature, Visual Culture & Music

Arabic, Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies, English, Ethnology & Folklore, Film & Visual Culture, French, Gaelic, German, Hispanic Studies & Spanish, Language & Linguistics, Latin, Mandarin, Music, Scandinavian Language

Medical Sciences

Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Health Sciences, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Physiology, School of Medical Sciences, Sports Science

Natural & Computing Sciences

Archaeology, Chemistry, Computing Science, Mathematical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics



Social Science

Anthropology, Politics & International Relations, Sociology

Independent and Interdisciplinary subjects

History & Philosophy of Science, Professional Development, Sixth Century Courses, Statistics


How to Apply

Online Application

In order to apply to as an Erasmus exchange student, there must be an existing Inter-Institutional Agreement for study exchange in your subject area between your home university and the University of Aberdeen.

If such an agreement is in place and you have been successfully selected by your home university for exchange at University of Aberdeen, we must first receive details of your official student nomination from your home university directly.  Your home university should send nomination details to erasmus@abdn.ac.uk.

Nominated students will receive a link to our online application form when the application opens (one month prior to the deadline). 

The online application is now CLOSED for incoming students nominated for exchange at University of Aberdeen commencing in September 2020.  

In order to complete the University of Aberdeen's online application process, you will need to prepare and upload:

  • a completed Learning Agreement, signed by you and your home institution
  • Academic Transcript, detailing the courses you have completed and grades achieved.  This should be in English.
  • Statement of Language Level.  Please ask your home university to sign this template document.  Note that official English Language certificates are only necessary for students who require a visa to study in the UK (this does not apply to EU/EEA/Swiss students for September 2020 entry). 

Application Deadlines

  • September entry: 15 May
  • January entry: 15 October

Terms + Conditions

Any offer of admission is made according to the standard terms. These can be read in full here.



University of Aberdeen guarantees all new single students, including exchange students, an offer of a place within our portfolio of accommodation provided the application is submitted by the stated deadline.  The University’s portfolio of accommodation includes University-owned and that available at our preferred partners.  You can view the wide range of accommodation options available on the Accommodation website.

Accommodation contracts for one semester or the full academic year are available to incoming exchange students.

You will not be able to apply for University accommodation until you have received your Offer Letter detailing your University of Aberdeen student ID number.

Term Dates

Academic Year 2020/21 (please note the changes to start dates in September and January)

First Semester

  • Orientation and registration: Monday 21 September - Friday 25 September
  • Teaching commences: Monday 28 September
  • Term closes: Friday 18 December

Second Semester

  • Orientation and registration: Monday 18 January - Friday 22 January
  • Teaching commences: Monday 25 January
  • Spring break: Monday 5 April - Friday 23 April 
  • Term closes: Friday 21 May

Academic Year 2019/20

First Semester

  • Orientation and registration: Monday 2 September - Friday 6 September
  • Teaching: Monday 9 September - Friday 29 November
  • Exam diet: Saturday 30 November - Friday 13 December
  • Term closes: Friday 13 December

Second Semester

  • Orientation and registration: Monday 6 January - Friday 10 January
  • Teaching: Monday 13 January - Friday 27 March
  • Spring break: Monday 30 March - Friday 17 April
  • Reading week: Monday 20 April - Friday 24 April
  • Exam diet: Saturday 25 April - Friday 15 May 
  • Term closes: Friday 15 May
Contact Us

Louisa Stratton
Lead Go Abroad Officer (Erasmus)

Jen Lawie
Go Abroad Officer (Erasmus) - on maternity leave until April 2020

Bev Clayton
Go Abroad Assistant (Erasmus)

T: +44 (0)1224 273664
E: erasmus@abdn.ac.uk 

Go Abroad Desk
International Centre
110 High Street
Aberdeen AB24 3HE
Office hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 14:00-16:00; Tue, Thu 10:00-12:00

Go Abroad Team (**postal address only**)
University of Aberdeen
University Office (Room 3)
Regent Walk
Aberdeen AB24 3FX