As a student of the University of Aberdeen there are a number of opportunities to spend a year or semester studying of your undergraduate degree at our International Exchange partners in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea or the USA! These opportunities are once in a lifetime and, with the opportunity to grow academically and personally, can be a very important part of your university experience.

Who would this option suit?

  • International Exchange is only possible as an undergraduate student at Level 2 and Level 3. Please note that some subjects do not permit Level 3 exchange, or will only allow students to study abroad for a single semester. Check with the Go Abroad Tutor for your subject/s for restrictions.

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply, students should

  • have an overall C average, and be on track to achieve
    • 120 Credit points at the end of 1st year AND/OR
    • 240 Credit points at the end of 2nd year
  • have the support of your Go Abroad Tutor/s (you don't need to request this in advance - they will be contacted as part of the application process)

Important points to note

  • There is a single application deadline (in January), regardless of whether you plan to study abroad in September or January.

How to search

Please browse our list of international partnerships below, ordered alphabetically by country.

Most of these are open to students from all subject disciplines (with the exception of Medicine and Dentistry) provided that you can find suitable courses taught in English that meet the requirements of your degree programme.

Where these are restricted to one or two subjects, or we know these destinations to be unsuitable for certain degree programmes, we have noted this, though this list is not exhaustive.


Curtin University

University of Western Australia

University of Tasmania


Bishop's University

Queen's University

University of British Columbia

  • Info for exchange students 
  • Course catalogue
  • Fact Sheet
  • To give some important context on just how competitive UBC is, we generally have between 2 and 4 places available, and normally around 75 students apply.
  • Available spaces: UBC (Vancouver) 2 Full Year spaces or 4 Semester spaces and UBC (Okanagan) 2 Full Year/4 Semester spaces


University of Victoria

[University of Victoria is not open as an exchange option to Business or Education students]

University of Calgary

University of Guelph

University of the Fraser Valley

[University of the Fraser Valley is not open as an exchange option to Film & Visual Culture students]


Beijing Normal University

          (Law students only)

Hong Kong

IMPORTANT: We are closely following developments in Hong Kong, but we will not be sending students in September 2020. We hope to be able to send exchange students to our partner universities again during the Second Half Session of the 2020/21 academic year, provided that we deem it safe for our students to go there. We do not know yet whether Hong Kong will be a definite option for students at that time. We therefore advise students who consider Hong Kong as an option to also look at alternative destinations. 

Chinese University of Hong Kong


City University of Hong Kong


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Lingan University


University of Hong Kong


Akita International University

Yamanashi Gakuin University


NOTE: Our Mexican partner institutions teach in Spanish. Any student who is not on one of our Spanish Degree programmes, or isn't taking our Spanish language courses, can only go abroad here if they sit and pass a DELE exam at B2 level, or if the Spanish Department are prepared to sign off that your Spanish is at that level in an official form. Students are not expected to have this at the time of application, but will need to have it prior to receiving an unconditional offer to go abroad.

ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara

Universidad La Salle

  • Info for exchange students
  • Course catalogue
  • Fact Sheet
  • Available Spaces: 3 Full Year or 6 Semester spaces
  • Please be aware that La Salle, as of February 2020, now require all incoming students to take the DELE exam and pass at B2, even if they are on our Spanish degree programme.
Qatar (Intercampus Transfer)

Students enrolled in either the MA in Business Management or MA in Accountancy in Finance may spend a semester or the academic year at the University of Aberdeen’s Qatar campus. You will study the same courses as in Aberdeen, while experiencing the unique culture of Doha and the Persian Gulf.


National University of Singapore

(Engineering and Real Estate only)

South Africa

Stellenbosch University

[Law students only]

South Korea

Yonsei University

Only accepts students who will be in their third year of study whilst on Exchange, therefore only second year students can apply.

Searching Yonsei Courses & Syllabus 

  • Read instructions on Course Catalogue link above
  • Go to
  • Click 'English' at the top of the page
  • Click on the "Course Catalogue and Syllabus: Undergraduate and Graduate" banner on the right frame
  • Search for the course that you want to take either by choosing a College (e.g., College of Liberal Arts, College of Science) and semester or by inserting course title of course code in the search box if you know it.
  • Note: The Afternoon Korean Language courses are selectable under the Study Abroad Course in Undergraduate Level. 

California Lutheran University

Clemson University, South Carolina

Colorado School of Mines

Drexel University, Pennsylvania

High Point University, North Carolina

Nazareth College, New York

Pitzer College, California

Rhodes College, Tennessee

(Exchange available for fall semester or academic year only)

Salve Regina University, Rhode Island

St. Olaf College, Minnesota

(Exchange available for fall semester or academic year only)


University at Albany – State University of New York

University of Florida

(Please see the attached list of degrees that are suitable for exchange at the University of Florida)

University of Kansas

[Law students only]

University of Maine

University of New Mexico

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Southern Maine

University of Vermont

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Washington & Jefferson College, Pennsylvania