- The academic year at the University of Aberdeen is split into two semesters; Fall and Spring. The Fall semester begins in September and finishes with the winter examination period in December. The Spring semester begins in January and continues until the summer examinations in May (with a three week spring break in April for Easter).
- A full timetable at Aberdeen is 60 credits worth of courses per semester (120 credits for a full year). Most courses are worth either 15 or 30 credits and so students would normally take between 2 and 4 courses per semester (between 4 and 8 courses for a full academic year).
- Students can come to the University of Aberdeen for exchange and study abroad for one or both semesters (full year). Each semester is structured with 11 weeks of teaching followed by a revision week and a two week exam diet.