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.
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.
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
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.
- Study at an Ancient university. The University of Aberdeen is more than 500 years old!
- Experience one of the UK's "Top Ten Most Beautiful Historic Universities"
- Do your homework in one of the world's "20 most spellbinding university libraries"
- Work out in Aberdeen's new Olympic standard Sports Village and Aquatics Centre.
- Enjoy living in Scotland's safest university city.
- Travel easily around the UK and Europe courtesy of Aberdeen's excellent (and cheap) air, rail and bus links
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.