Erasmus+ Study

Erasmus+ Study

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 Factsheet and Guides:

Incoming students who have been nominated for exchange at University of Aberdeen commencing in September 2022 will be emailed with a link to our online application form, when our application opens on 15 April. Our application deadline for September 2022 is 15 May. For more information, please see our 'How to apply' section below.

Incoming students who have been nominated for exchange at University of Aberdeen commencing in January 2023 will be emailed with a link to our online application form when our application opens on 15 September. Our application deadline for January 2023 is 15 October. 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 Applicant Guide.

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 Management, Economics, Finance, Real Estate

Divinity, History, Philosophy and History of Art

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


Counselling Skills, Education




Archaeology, 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

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 submit their nomination using our online form at by the deadlines stipulated below.

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

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

  • Provisional Course Selection, you should discuss your provisional course choices with the responsible person at your home institution
  • Academic Transcript, detailing the courses you have completed and grades achieved. Your home institution should be able to provide this, ideally in English
  • Statement of Language Level, signed by the home institution attesting to B2 English for single semester exchange students OR an approved English Language Certificate from this list for full year exchange students

Nomination Deadlines

  • September entry: 15 April
  • January entry: 15 September

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 Calendar

The University of Aberdeen's Academic Calendar, including term dates and exclusions, can be found here.

Contact Us

Go Abroad Team (**postal address only**)
University of Aberdeen
University Office (Room 16)
Regent Walk
Aberdeen AB24 3FX

T: +44 (0)1224 272026