Pre-Arrival and Welcome Arrangements

  • RGU provides a Pre Arrival Guide for international students. This includes information such as how to get to RGU, what to do on arrival in Aberdeen – eg collecting a Biometric Residence Permit – legal matters, and essentials that students need to bring with them.
  • Student Buddies help students settle into life in the university and Aberdeen, offering first-hand knowledge and advice on how to make the most of their experience as a student at RGU.
  • RGU accommodation has Residence Assistants (RAs), senior students that live within the residences and help with advice, welfare support, information and disciplinary matters; there are also Community Assistants (CAs), which is a team made up of senior students who actively promote events, socialisation and integration within university accommodation.

English Language Requirements

Undergraduate students must have passed one of the below Secure English Language Tests, meeting the minimum grades for each of the components:

  • IELTS Academic Test – 6.0 (with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component); or
  • Pearson PTE Academic Test – 59 (with a minimum score of 51 in each component); or
  • TOEFL iBT - 80 (with a minimum score of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing).

Some courses require a higher level of English language. If this is the case then the required level will be highlighted on the Key Facts section on individual course pages in the prospectus; please refer to the university website.

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 the university website.

Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017–2018). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £12,000 £11,740
Mixed £12,880 £12,820
Laboratory £15,300 £14,100
Clinical - -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine are the clinical subjects.

What Do International Students Study?