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Welcome to the University of Aberdeen International Study Centre

Become a part of the Aberdeen Family and find academic success at a top-ranking UK university with our undergraduate pathway programmes. Our International Study Centre in the heart of the Old Aberdeen Campus offers a safe and welcoming environment, whoever you are and wherever you come from.


Why choose the University of Aberdeen?

A top 200 university

The University is ranked 158th in the world in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, as well as being named Scottish University of the Year 2019 by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

World leading research

Staff at the University are experts in their fields, with 76% of research considered ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

A historical place to study

Enjoy a long history of academic excellence by gaining your degree at Scotland’s 3rd oldest university, and the 5th oldest in the United Kingdom.

Join an international community

Get the best of both worlds by experiencing a rich British heritage, all whilst studying with 14,500 students from across 130 different nationalities.

Studying at the International Study Centre

All our programmes at the International Study Centre allow you to prepare for undergraduate study at the University of Aberdeen. By starting your academic journey with us, you will graduate with your undergraduate degree in the typical four years it takes to complete a degree in Scotland. The one-year Life Sciences - pathway to Medicine programme gives you the opportunity of applying to the 5-year University of Aberdeen Sri Lanka Medical Pathway.

Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Spend the first year of your four-year undergraduate degree at the International Study Centre, before transitioning to university study with our Undergraduate Foundation Programme.

Choose from pathways in:
  • Economics, Accounting & Real Estate
  • Humanities, Law & Social Science
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences and Engineering

Undergraduate Foundation Programme
Life Sciences – pathway to Medicine

Gain the foundations of knowledge on our Undergraduate Foundation Programme, before you have the option to apply for the Sri Lanka Medical Pathway at the University of Aberdeen.

This programme is available in the following pathway:
  • Life Sciences - pathway to Medicine

Undergraduate Foundation Programme with International Year Two

Fully immerse yourself in preparing for UK university study with our Undergraduate Foundation Programme with International Year Two. Available as either a five or six term programme, you will spend the first two years of your four-degree at the International Study Centre, developing the skills you need to succeed before moving on to the University to complete the final two years of your degree.

This programme is available in the following pathway:
  • Business Management and Finance

International Year Two

The International Year Two is a three-term programme that allows you to join the second year of your degree at the International Study Centre, before completing the final two years at the University.

This programme is available in the following pathway:
  • Business Management and Finance
- Tuition fees are valid for entry to an ISC programme during the 2019/20 academic year

Academic scholarships

The University of Aberdeen is offering progression scholarships to students who achieve Grade B (equivalent of at least 68%) in their undergraduate pathway programme. The scholarship is up to the value of £2,500 for each year of undergraduate degree study following progression from the International Study Centre. It is available to self-funded students only and to all students except those progressing to MBChB Medicine.

Discover your new home

A unique student experience

Make the most out of your time in the UK by experiencing a location that combines city, countryside and coastline. Less than a thirty-minute walk from the city centre or ten minutes by public transport, the University of Aberdeen is perfectly situated for you to enjoy all Aberdeen has to offer.

Experience a vibrant and multicultural city centre, as well as a wild and beautiful countryside. Whether you spend your time shopping and eating delicious international cuisine, or watching the Northern Lights, Aberdeen has something for everyone.

Guaranteed accommodation

Undergraduate pathway students are guaranteed accommodation as long as they have received their Confirmation Letter from Admissions by midday UK time on 26th July 2019 and applied for accommodation using the provided instructions by midday UK time on the 31st July 2019.

Download our Hillhead undergraduate accommodation factsheet to find out more.

Postgraduate pathway students

Accommodation for postgraduate students will be on or near the main Old Aberdeen campus. You will have an offer for a single occupancy bedroom with either ensuite or standard facilities as well as a kitchen area. Alternatively, you can look for a private accommodation option.

Starting in September?

Before you arrive at the International Study Centre, you need to complete all the tasks in our pre-arrival checklist.

For more information about arriving in the UK please download our pre-arrival guide.

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