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. Aberdeen has recently been voted Scotland's safest University City, one of the sunniest in Scotland, and Scotland's best city to live and work (PwC Good Growth For Cities Index). Not only that, the University of Aberdeen is one of the UK's most internationally distinguished universities (ranked 137th in the world, QS, 2015) and has been home to five Nobel Prize Winners. Their beautiful medieval-modern mix campus in Old Aberdeen is home to 14,500 students.
Priority deadline Jan. 8, 2020
University-specific additional requirements
Additional requirements apply. See the Eligibility section below.
Opens Nov. 1, 2020
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 the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page 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) (with a little flexibility - please speak with the advisor if you are slightly under the overall GPA requirement).
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.
A complete application requires an academic letter of reference.
- 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.
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange 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.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
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.
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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.