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  • Locations: Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Ben Briggs Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Area of study: Business administration Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.0
Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Open to Non-UNC students: No
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

University of Aberdeen

On this program, UNC students directly enroll at the University of Aberdeen for a semester or academic year for an opportunity to fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life. Aberdeen is a comprehensive university offering courses that would be a good fit for many UNC students. You may apply as an exchange or non-exchange student. No matter your classification, you will take courses alongside degree-seeking Aberdeen students, have access to student housing, and participate in all aspects of student life.

The University of Aberdeen is a public research university located in the city of Aberdeen, Scotland. Founded in 1495, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third oldest university and the fifth oldest in the English-speaking world. The total student population is roughly 14,750, with approximately 10,250 undergraduate students. Aberdeen is consistently ranked among the top 150 universities in the world. The campus, located just outside of the city center in historic Old Aberdeen, was recently named among the top ten most beautiful historic universities in the UK. In addition to the architectural treasures, the university has invested heavily in new teaching, research, and recreational facilities in recent years, including a new library and sports village.


Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city with a population of 220,000. Aberdeen is big enough for students to have a city experience but compact enough for new students to easily navigate and make friends. In recent years Aberdeen has been ranked as Scotland’s safest University City, the happiest city to live, and one of Scotland’s sunniest cities. With two universities, Aberdeen is home to 50,000 students and has plenty to offer a young demographic.

Courses & Credits

UNC students at the University of Aberdeen are fully integrated into the university and have virtually the same range of classes to choose from as the Scottish students. Aberdeen is divided into three colleges:
  1. College of Arts and Social Sciences, which includes History, Philosophy, Language and Literature, Social Science, and Business
  2. College of Life Sciences and Medicine, which includes Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Psychology, and Nutrition and Health
  3. College of Physical Sciences, which includes Geosciences, Engineering, and Natural and Computing Sciences.
For details about available subject areas and classes, you can browse Aberdeen’s Undergraduate Course Catalog Study Abroad Course Handbook. A special feature of Aberdeen’s curriculum are their Sixth Century Courses, inter-disciplinary courses that guide you to consider different approaches to knowledge and enquiry as you look at issues affecting the world in which we live today. They are designed to help you develop a deeper critical understanding of your chosen area of study by setting the subject in a wider context.

The British education system
The British educational system positions students to be more independent and pro-active in their learning. Rather than multiple assessments throughout the semester, students may be graded only on a final essay and/or exam. Students may find that they are spending less time inside the classroom, but the expectation is that they will spend increased amounts of time engaged in independent study. While this system may prove challenging for U.S. students, many students thrive on the freedom to direct their education and welcome the exposure to a Graduate School-style approach.
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Housing is guaranteed for exchange and study abroad students who apply for housing by the deadline. Students can choose between options at Hillhead Student Village or On-Campus Halls of Residence. Hillhead Student Village offers a variety of options to suit your budget and preferences. All are single rooms and self-catered (students cook for themselves). Hillhead is a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bus ride to campus. The on-campus halls of residence also offer a variety of choices with single rooms. Some are catered (cafeteria), others are self-catered.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change. 
Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs.The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.  
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad  
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 10/01/2020
Rolling Admission 01/09/2021 05/22/2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1