International Study Centre


Prepare for undergraduate or postgraduate study at a UK university with the International Study Centre and benefit from unparalleled student support and excellent academic preparation.

Your first steps to degree success

The University of Aberdeen International Study Centre is your first step to achieving your degree from one of the UK’s oldest universities. We are based on the University of Aberdeen campus, so you can feel integrated into university life from your very first day. As an International Study Centre student, you will firstly be based with us to develop the skills you need to progress to degree level study. You will be living and learning with other international students, discovering university and UK life together.

If you are on one of our undergraduate pathways, you spend the first or the second year of your degree with us before transitioning to the University for the remainder of your degree. Those on a postgraduate pathway will spend between ten and twelve weeks at the International Study Centre before beginning their Masters degree. In 2020, 97% of our first cohort of students who completed their preparation programme at the International Study Centre were offered a place to study their degrees at the University of Aberdeen.

Student support

  • Application support

    Our expert support begins before you even start at the International Study Centre. Once you submit an application to study with us, one of our Student Enrolment Advisors will be available throughout your entire application process. We are here to guide you on everything from accommodation help to visa queries. You can find out more about how we will guide you throughout the admissions process, on our support page.

  • Academic support

    We know how challenging it can be to study at a university when you aren’t used to the local education system. At the International Study Centre, we provide specially designed pathway programmes taught by expert staff, ensuring you build the language, academic and study skills you’ll need at the University.

    Our support includes:

    • Courses designed in collaboration with the University
    • Academic guidance from tutors who are experts in international education
    • Study plans to keep you on track to reach your goals
    • Time to adapt to the complexities of the Scottish university system.
  • Student welfare

    Studying in a new country can be a big adjustment. Our staff are here to help you settle in to UK life and to help you enjoy your time in Aberdeen. Our Student Experience team are always available if you need it.

  • Career support

    We also offer an integrated careers service within our programmes called CareerAhead. Designed to complement your academic studies, CareerAhead allows you to spend time developing your employability skills to create a well-rounded learning experience. We will help you to expand upon your teamwork, problem solving and communication abilities, which will help you at university and in your career.

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