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:

Incoming students who have been nominated for exchange at University of Aberdeen commencing in September 2019 can now complete the online application.  More information in our 'How to apply' section below.

Courses

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

Business

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

Divinity, History and Philosophy

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

Education

Counselling Skills, Education

Engineering

Engineering

Geosciences

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

Law

Law

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

Psychology

Psychology

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 has now CLOSED for exchange at University of Aberdeen commencing in September 2019.  Students commencing in January 2020 will receive an email in September 2019 with application information and the link to apply.  If you do not received this please contact erasmus@abdn.ac.uk.  

In order to complete the University of Aberdeen's online application process, you will need to prepare and upload a Learning Agreement, Academic Transcript and Statement of Language Level/Language Certificate. 

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.

 

Accommodation

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 2018/19

First Semester

  • Orientation and registration: Monday 3 September - Friday 7 September
  • Teaching: Monday 10 September - Friday 30 November
  • Exam diet: Saturday 1 December - Friday 14 December
  • Term closes: Friday 14 December

Second Semester

  • Orientation and registration: Monday 7 January - Friday 11 January
  • Teaching: Monday 14 January - Friday 29 March
  • Spring break: Monday 1 April - Friday 19 April
  • Reading week: Monday 22 April - Friday 26 April
  • Exam diet: Saturday 27 April - Friday 17 May
  • Term closes: Friday 17 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
Erasmus Institutional Coordinator

Jen Lawie
Erasmus Officer

Bev Clayton
Erasmus Assistant

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

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