Aberdeen is a thriving city of about 200,000 with excellent museums, great concert venues, and a vibrant nightlife.
Its location on the coast and proximity to the Cairngorms National Park guarantees both spectacular scenery and incredible opportunities for those who love the outdoors. Stunning Castles such as Dunnottar are located just half an hour away from the city.
Aberdeen also has an international airport with direct flights to many European destinations.
Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and also home to a busy port. Built on cliffs, the shore and all kinds of beach activities (even dolphin watching and surfing!) is a 15 minute walk from the campus. Due to its coastal location Aberdeen generally has mild winters and warm summers.
Learn more about Aberdeen and Scotland on this tourism website.
Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen
is the third oldest university in Scotland and the fifth oldest in the U.K. With a student population of 16,000, Aberdeen offers nearly 90 majors in three Colleges: Life Sciences & Medicine, Physical Sciences, and Arts & Social Sciences.
More information can be found on this PowerPoint: UoA Study Abroad June 2016.pdf
Fall (Semester 1): early September to late December
Most students will live and study on or near the King’s College Campus. The campus combines old and new, with ancient streets and cloisters next to modern accommodation and new and improved union and sports facilities.
Learn more about study abroad at Aberdeen in their brochure: AberdeenStudyAbroad.pdf
or by watching this video
Find more information about on-campus facilities, the city of Aberdeen, and student organizations on this site.
In addition, you can look at a number of videos from Aberdeen students here
On the website you can also find the course catalogue
as well as general information
for study abroad students.
At Aberdeen, you may study for Semester 1 (13 weeks, September-December), for Semester 2 (19 weeks, late January-June, including a 3 week break) or for the full academic year.
Exact program dates change from year to year and you will be notified of your terms specific dates in your acceptance letter.
General program dates (with mandatory orientation) are:
Spring (Semester 2):
mid-January to early June (includes a 3 week mid-semester break)
Here are links to the academic calendar
(click Term Dates) and information about orientation and breaks.
At Aberdeen, most international students stay in one of the Hillhead Halls, a group of residences, with a variety of services provided at a range of weekly costs.
You can choose between "catered accommodation," which comes with a meal plan or "self-catered", which means you have access to a kitchen where you cook your meals (self-catered is recommended). Find details on accommodation online.