Robert Gordon University

Why Study Here?

  • RGU offers state of the art facilities in a truly beautiful setting. Situated on the banks of the River Dee, the brand new Garthdee campus combines contemporary learning facilities in an easily accessible yet peaceful and tranquil setting.
  • Our range of professional courses is developed with close links to industry meaning that RGU graduates are highly sought after by employers. Many courses offer work placements and professional accreditations.
  • RGU has a long track record when it comes to graduate employability and has had the best graduate recruitment figures in the UK – 98.5% for the past two years, (HESA Destination of Leavers Survey 2013–14, published in August 2015). Read more about our graduate employability success rates on our website. 

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

In line with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations all full time international undergraduate students studying at Robert Gordon University must meet the minimum English language requirements outlined below:

  • Undergraduate: IELTS Academic Test or equivalent – 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • Postgraduate: IELTS Academic Test or equivalent – 6.5 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component)
  • Please note that some courses, such as Journalism, may have a higher English language requirement. Please visit the  relevant course pages for more information.

A number of alternative qualifications are also accepted, for further information, please see the English Language Requirements section on our website.

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £11,400 £11,400
Mixed £12,000 £12,000
Laboratory £13,940 £13,700
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Bursaries and Scholarships

  • RGU offers a number of merit based scholarships for both post graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Details of all of the scholarships along with details of how to apply can be found in the Scholarships section of our website and on individual course pages.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Prior to arrival all international students are sent a Pre–Arrival Guide containing information to help prepare for travel to and student life at RGU.
  • RGU’s Talk to a Current Student scheme links potential international students with current international students who are either of the same nationality or studying the course in which perspective students are interested. This allows our applicants to ask practical questions about both the course and life in Aberdeen.
  • Upon arrival, incoming international students are offered a Meet and Greet Service at Aberdeen airport. Our team of International Student Ambassadors greet new students off the plane and show them to their new accommodation.
  • All new international students then attend an orientation presentation at enrolment. These presentations are run by the International Student Advisers and give students an opportunity to ask questions and also get to know the ISA’s who will be the main point of contact for any pastoral queries throughout their studies.
  • Once enrolled, students can access help and advice from the on-campus Student Help Point which is open all year round, as well as a drop in service students are also able to make appointments with our International Student Advisors.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Robert Gordon University offers a range of self-catered accommodation across the city of Aberdeen.
  • Wherever possible the university tries to spread international students evenly across its accommodation sites.
  • For more information about the various accommodation options please visit our website where you will find an accommodation guide, location map and virtual tours.

Organisations for International Students

  • RGU’s Student Union offers a wide range of student run clubs and societies. 
  • International students are very welcome to join in any club or society. The Erasmus and International Student Network (ESN) runs a range of events throughout the academic year.
  • If you can’t find the society or club you’re looking for, the student association can offer help and guidance to start your own!