University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Study in Castle Country at one of the Six Ancient Universities of Britain, founded in 1495!

Nestled between coastline and mountains, Aberdeen is ideally located for both the outdoor enthusiast and the history buff, and cheap and regular air, rail and bus connections will get you around Scotland, the UK and Europe in no time. Walk to the sandy beaches after class for surfing or dolphin watching, or head to the mountains for skiing, hiking or cycling. Aberdeen is everything a student city should be and more! Historic, international, fashionable and friendly, Aberdeen is the perfect place to live and study. The University of Aberdeen is one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities and has been home to five Nobel Prize Winners.

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Aberdeen, UK




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2024-2025 applications

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025
First come, first considered 

University-specific additional requirements

No reference letter required for this program. See the Eligibility section below for more information.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024 

Student experience

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Program details

Areas of Study:

With over 600 degree programs, you can easily find courses at Aberdeen that match your academic interests:

Anthropology, archaeology, art history, biomedical science, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, engineering, English, environmental science, European studies, film studies, forestry, gender studies, geography, geology & petroleum geology, human anatomy, history, international relations, law, linguistics, math, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, sports science, statistics, water management, zoology.

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig), German, Latin, Spanish and Swedish.

Aberdeen also offers special future focused, interdisciplinary courses to address 21st century issues. 

For more information check Aberdeen's online course catalogue.

Closed Programs: Exchange students are not permitted to take Level 4 English, Linguistics, or Engineering courses.

Course Information:

Students must take a minimum of 48 and a maximum of 75 Aberdeen points/credits per semester. One UCalgary half course equivalent = 12 Aberdeen points.

The academic year is divided into semesters or "half-sessions" which are very similar to semester dates at the University of Calgary. The first semester runs from early September to late December and the second semester runs from mid-January to late May. 

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    Aberdeen estimates that students should budget for £1015/month in living expenses above tuition and transportation to Aberdeen. Aberdeen’s bustling economy means that there are part time or holiday work opportunities for students (on a tier 4 visa only). See cost breakdowns here

    Aberdeen cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here 

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, for more information.  

Exchange students are guaranteed accommodation if they apply by our deadline. You can choose to live in one of Aberdeen's halls of residence, and choose from catered (dormitory style with a meal plan) and self-catered (apartment-style with a shared kitchen) accommodation. Facilities for students with disabilities are available.

Most incoming students opt to live in Hillhead Student Village, which is self-catered accommodation. Students may also apply to live in Adam Smith House, which has catered options. Updated costs for semester and year-long accommodation contracts are emailed to students at the point of acceptance

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the University of Calgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B).

Students apply to UCalgary first, then we nominate accepted students who have met the minimum requirements to our partners. Once you have been nominated to Aberdeen, you will then apply directly to their exchange program.

Students traveling on passports from countries that don't have English as a first language must prove their English proficiency if they want to study at Aberdeen for the full academic year. For more information about Aberdeen's requirements click here


Why Aberdeen?

Student Support

Exchange students will receive comprehensive advice and support from Aberdeen's International Student Support Team. This includes airport pick-up, orientation, resident assistants and international student advisors.

Students are given a one-day orientation on the Monday after arrival weekend. This is then followed by a week of registration and induction where students will meet with their Go Abroad tutor (academic advisor) to finalise their curriculum, complete their registration and acquaint themselves with campus and the city.

Students with disabilities can consult with a "disability support advisor" at Aberdeen.

The UK has laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination and is a marriage equality country.

Have questions?

Global Learning 101

Please watch this short YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment. In these videos, you will learn much of the basics about Global Learning, which may answer your initial questions.

Watch Global Learning 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how this program might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions, please reach out to our office! We offer drop-in advising for general inquiries, and if you have questions about this specific program or any others, you can book an appointment with the responsible advisor.

Please use the link below to find the most up-to-date information about our current advising options.

View the Global Learning Advising page

The advisor for the program is: Saniya Korhalkar

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.