Overview

University of Aberdeen

City: Aberdeen
Language of instruction: English
  • Fifth oldest university in the English-speaking world
  • Scottish University of the Year, 2019
  • Largest medical teaching campus in Europe, where exchange students can study physiology and anatomy study alongside medical students
  • 1st in the UK for Medicine, 2nd in the UK for Kinesiology, 5th in the UK for Law
  • Oldest School of Psychology in the UK
  • A truly international university and city: 30% of the student body is from outside Scotland, and 20% of the city’s population is from outside the UK
  • World-leading experts within Irish and Scottish studies that offer a range of courses from medieval Celtic & Anglo-Saxon literature, Gaelic language & folklore, to contemporary Irish and Scottish writings
  • One of the largest Centres for Scandinavian Studies in the UK, where exchange students can study the history, language, literature, religion, culture and society of the Viking Age and medieval Scandinavia

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Partner university's areas of study

ArtsEngineeringHealth SciencesLand and Food SystemsManagement (UBCO)Science

ELIGIBILITY AND TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

  • Must have at least a 73% cumulative average
    • However, students with a GPA between 70-73% will be considered if they are able to provide a written recommendation from a professor
  • Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study
  • Aberdeen offers pre-law and pre-med courses to exchange students

Term dates

  • Semester 1: Early September to Mid December
  • Semester 2: Early January to Mid May
Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

  • Aberdeen credits divided by 4 = UBC credits

Passing grade

9=Pass

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

For more information about Go Global transfer credit

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

  • Exchange students can undertake independent research in History, Chemistry, and Physics
  • Although students need to provide course preferences in their application, final course selection will be made after arrival in Aberdeen 
  • Admission to Level 3 courses normally requires that you have already completed 4 semester courses in that field, while admission to a Level 4 course may require considerably more than this
  • Students who are either interested in law or planning to attend law school after undergrad, are welcome to choose from a select grouping of courses through the School of Law at Aberdeen
  • Students interested in medicine after undergrad may choose from Aberdeen’s suite of pre-med courses. All undergraduate medical science syllabi can be found here
  • Exchange students can also take advantage of: 
  • The English Department does not allow exchange and visiting students to enroll in level 4 courses
  • Science students who must take courses across two levels in the same semester (e.g. 2nd and 3rd year), or must take upper level science courses across disciplines, or must take both arts and science courses, should note this on their application

Full course load information

  • Usual workload is 60 credits per term/ 120 credits per year (15 UBC credits / 30 UBC credits, respectively)

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Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ANTH 332
Title: Scottish Folklore and Oral Traditions
Partner course code: EF 2501
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-09
UBC course: ARTH 225
Title: Romans to Renaissance: Goths to Gothic
Partner course code: HA 2008
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-16
UBC course: ARTH 322
Title: European Baroque: From Caravaggio to Rembrandt
Partner course code: HA 2506
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-04-14
UBC course: GEOG 1ST
Title: Global Worlds, Global Challanges
Partner course code: GG 1008
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-12-08
UBC course: GEOG 2nd
Title: Environment and Society
Partner course code: GG 2509
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-03-09
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science
Partner course code: HS 1001
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-12-05
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Renaissances and Reformations
Partner course code: HI 1523
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-21
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Stewart Scotland, 1406-1603
Partner course code: HI 353W
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-21
UBC course: MDVL 301
Title: Arthur in Medieval Celtic and Scandinavian Literature
Partner course code: CE 2034
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-12
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Public Law and Human Rights
Partner course code: LS 1521
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-23
Law
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Case Studies on Law in Society
Partner course code: LS 1026
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-23

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Scottish Folklore and Oral Traditions
Partner course code: EF 2501
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-15
UBC course: ANTH 3rd
Title: Society and Nature
Partner course code: AT 3018
Language of instruction: Not available
Evaluated date:
UBC course: ARTH 1st
Title: Introduction to Art History
Partner course code: HA 1004
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-29
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Northern Light and Landscape
Partner course code: SX 3009
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-29
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Swedish 1
Partner course code: SN 1003
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-03
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Rise of Christianity
Partner course code: DR 1038
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-12-21
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Words and Meanings Lexis and Semantics
Partner course code: English EL2010
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-29
UBC course: ARTS 3rd
Title: Consciousness
Partner course code: SX 3504
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-15
UBC course: BIOL 301
Title: Animal Evolution and Biodiversity
Partner course code: ZO 3011
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-18
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Field Ecology Skills
Partner course code: BI 3001
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-07
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Marine Ecology and Ecosystems
Partner course code: ZO 3306
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-07
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Animals in Captivity
Partner course code: ZO 3308
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-07
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Animal Management and Welfare
Partner course code: ZO 3309
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-25
UBC course: EESC 3rd
Title: Environmental Pollution
Partner course code: BI 4301
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-09-07
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: American Literature to 1900
Partner course code: English EL3009
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-30
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: EL307 Union, Enlightenment, and Modernity: Scottish Literature 1750-1850
Partner course code: English EL307
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-30
UBC course: GEOG 213
Title: Environment and Society
Partner course code: Geog GG2509
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-06
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Land and Marine Conservation
Partner course code: GG 3057
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-01
UBC course: GEOG 3rd
Title: Transport Geography
Partner course code: GG 4016
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-02-01
UBC course: GWST 4th
Title: GENDER AND QUEER APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION
Partner course code: RS 3017
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-27
UBC course: GWST 4th
Title: Men, Women, and Eunuchs
Partner course code: HI 303Z
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-27
UBC course: INDG 295
Title: Colonialism Re-Imagined
Partner course code: AT 2008
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-06-18
UBC course: INDG 3rd
Title: Anthropology of Discourse
Partner course code: AT 3524
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-10-15
Creative and Critical Studies
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: EL30IH: States of Mind: Contemporary Irish and Scottish Writing
Partner course code: English EL30IH
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-03-30
Health and Social Development
UBC course: HMKN 323
Title: Nutrition, Health and Disease
Partner course code: SR 3511
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2018-02-20
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

  • 15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC
  • Some exceptions may apply

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

  • Provided they apply by the application deadline, exchange students will be offered a place in either the Hillhead Halls of Residence, or with one of the University of Aberdeen’s preferred accommodation partners
  • Self-catered accommodation does not include a meal plan, and consists of 4-6 single bedrooms in a flat (apartment) with a shared kitchen and bathroom - this accommodation remains open during the Christmas break
  • Catered accommodation includes a meal plan, and consists of a hall of single bedrooms with a large shared bathroom (like a typical dormitory) - catered accommodation closes during 2 weeks of the Christmas break, during which students will be required to find alternate lodging. As meal plans are not as extensive as those in North America, the University of Aberdeen recommends that you select self-catered accommodation  

Information on accommodation

How to applyBack to UBCO