Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Situated in a stunning historic neighborhood, Aberdeen has a reputation as Scotland’s safest university city. The university is well known for its excellence in the humanities, law, energy, health sciences, and environmental studies. With over 70 undergraduate majors to choose from, students studying abroad at Aberdeen will find a variety of coursework.
The Surrounding Area
Located in northern Scotland, Aberdeen is a vibrant, creative, and ambitious city, known for its historic charm and cosmopolitan community. The city of Aberdeen has something for everyone: from the bustling city centre of Europe’s Energy Capital to the beautiful countryside and coastlines, there’s plenty to see and do. Enjoy easy walking access to the modern city of Aberdeen with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Aberdeen has great access to the rest of Scotland, as Edinburgh and Glasgow can be easily accessed via train or bus. With an international airport nearby, students can also readily explore the rest of Europe.
Location.................................................Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
University Enrollment....................................................... 15,000
With a reputation as one of the UK’s most beautiful and historic universities, Aberdeen is big enough for the “big city” experience but student-friendly enough to make it easy to find your way around and make friends. The university promotes an active student association, which provides students with a wide range of societies and clubs to join.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 3.0+ GPA at time of application (Students with a lower GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNCW exchange/study abroad program at Aberdeen will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study available include anthropology, archaeology, biology, biomedical science, business, chemistry, computer science, conservation biology, English, environmental science, film studies, geography, geology, history, pre-med, marine biology, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, social sciences, and zoology.
UNCW students may live in a variety of on-campus, university-managed facilities alongside local students. Student accommodation mainly consists of apartment-style living, with each student having their own single room. Some halls also feature private en-suite bathrooms. As most students live in apartments, with easy access to a kitchen, the majority of students select self-catered accommodation. However, Aberdeen also offers a number of catered residence halls. Please note that a typical catered plan may not be as extensive as what you are used to at UNCW.
Academic Year Dates
Early September to Late May
Fall Semester Dates
Early September to Mid-December
Spring Semester Dates
Mid-January to Late May
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.