Founded in 1495 the University of Aberdeen was aligned to the European Bologna and Paris model; it maintains its global outlook through an international academic and research team and student population. With a beautiful medieval campus and stunning glass library with panoramic views, students benefit from year-round events and excellent sport facilities – as well as city life, the seaside and scenic Scotland nearby. A wide range of programmes enable students to apply theoretical knowledge across the arts, business, sciences, engineering, medicine and more.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

This institution did not take part in the TEF. Participation is voluntary. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

6,270 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • Students are supported by the university's International team, who can guide them through the application process. As soon as students are offered a place, they may apply for accommodation: see below for details.
  • Aberdeen is a city with plenty of expat students and professionals, making it easy for students to meet people from their own country.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

English Language Requirements

  • The University of Aberdeen sets English language requirements to ensure students have sufficient language skills for their studies. Please refer to the university website for details.
  • The university offers pre-sessional English language courses, an English language preparation programme, and free Skype calls with current students, allowing international students to practise their English language skills before the start of their programme.
  • Once their course has begun, an international centre and language centre offer further support to ensure students' language skills can be applied to their academic studies.

Accommodation for International Students

  • The University of Aberdeen offers self-catered and catered accommodation, run by the university or their preferred partners. International undergraduate or postgraduate students can apply through the university website after they have the offer of a place to study. Students must apply by the deadline.
  • Students can also meet their flat group online through the university website, before they arrive. Once at the university, events in accommodation and on campus ensure students quickly integrate and make new friends.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The university offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships across taught, research and PhD level. An alumni discount is offered to Aberdeen students deciding to continue their studies beyond undergraduate level.
  • There are many specialist scholarships offered by trusts and individuals at postgraduate level, ranging from awards for students of specific countries, to discounts and awards.
  • Please refer to the university website, where a funding database lists all scholarships.

Ongoing Support

  • The students' Infohub offers impartial and confidential support on a range of issues covering: money, disability, learning differences, childcare, visa and immigration, mental health, well-being, counselling and more.
  • Personal tutors support students to settle in, meeting on a regular basis. They can direct students to advice, address concerns, provide a reference, and help them make the most of opportunities at the university.
  • Please refer to the website for details.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance