International Study Centre

Two students in the Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Discover the University of Aberdeen

Why study at the University of Aberdeen?

Studying a pathway programme at the International Study Centre makes it possible for you to study at one of the United Kingdom’s oldest universities. Established in 1495, the University is defined by a long history of academic success and research excellence, combined with a modern approach to teaching and learning. With help and support from University staff and fellow students, you will graduate with the skills you need to change the world.

Top 15 UK University

 The University is ranked 13th in the UK.

(Guardian University Guide 2023)

A top world 200 university

Ranked 192nd in the world. 

(Times Higher Education Ranking 2023)

A diverse community 
of more than 130 nationalities, with 14,000 students and 3,600 staff.

Student satisfaction

Ranked 4th in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

(National Student Survey 2022)

Students vote Aberdeen as a top 20 university in the UK

University of Aberdeen has been ranked in the top 20 of UK universities in 7 different categories by the StudentCrowd UK University Awards 2022, based entirely on verified student reviews:

3rd for course content
4th for value for money
5th for Wi-Fi and internet
7th for teaching quality
11th for campus and facilities
11th for clubs and societies
15th for careers service

Faisal from Jordan holding a book.

The main thing that made me choose Scotland was number one, the safety here because Aberdeen is one of the safest cities in Scotland and in the UK in general. That's an important thing for me since back home was one of the safest places and my parents didn't want to put me in a place that's really difficult to live in. The quality of life here is really good because of the weather and it's on the sea, which I'm used to because back home I was living near the sea too."

Faisal from Jordan
Studies Undergraduate Foundation Programme in Life Sciences – Pathway to Medicine