Frequently asked questions
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If you have questions about joining the International Study Centre at the University of Aberdeen, this page should provide all the information you need.
Information for 2021/22 academic year
What are my study options?
We are continually updating our courses to ensure you get the best out of your time at the International Study Centre. This means that intakes are liable to change with each academic year, so please visit our pre-arrival page for the most up-to-date information
What if I can’t make it to the UK to start my programme?
How will you help me to prepare to start my programme?
What programmes are available?
There is a choice of pathway programmes available at the University of Aberdeen International Study Centre, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Each pathway allows you to progress on to a wide range of degrees at the University. Our programmes include:
Undergraduate Foundation Year
The Undergraduate Foundation Year is equivalent to the first year of a four-year undergraduate degree at Aberdeen. You will spend the first year of your degree at the International Study Centre, developing the academic, study and language skills needed to succeed as a student at a UK university. After achieving the required grades, you will transition to the final three years of your degree at the University (some exceptions apply). We offer this programme in the following subject routes:
- Economics, Accounting & Real Estate
- Humanities, Law & Social Science (LLB programmes are first year entry to a four-year degree)
- Life Sciences
- Life Sciences – pathway to Medicine (first year entry to a five-year degree)
- Physical Sciences & Engineering
International Year Two
Equivalent to the second year of your undergraduate degree, this pathway allows you to complete your degree at a Scottish university in just three years. Your time at the International Study Centre will be used to build upon your academic, study and English language skills before progressing to the University.
This pathway is available in the following subject routes:
Spend twelve weeks with us at the International Study Centre and build upon the knowledge you learnt during your undergraduate degree in your home country. This is a great way to adapt to a new education system before progressing on to your Masters degree at Aberdeen. We offer this pathway in the following subject routes:
For postgraduate students who need help improving their IELTS level before beginning our Pre-Masters Programme. You can study our Pre-Sessional English course for either five or ten weeks.
What are the entry requirements?
Depending on your chosen programme, we have a variety of English language and academic entry requirements available. You can find out which entry requirements you’ll need to achieve depending on if you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student.
Postgraduate students are also able to study a Pre-Sessional English course to improve your language skills before starting your Pre-Masters programme.
What teaching methods are used?
For the 2021/22 academic year, teaching will take place through a blend of virtual and face-to-face learning. If you are unable to travel to the UK, you have the option to start your studies virtually from home.
Teaching styles at the International Study Centre mimic those you will experience at the University. You will be able to take part in seminars, tutorials and lectures to help you settle in to university life once you progress on to your degree. Our classes are small, ensuring you receive individual attention from our experienced tutors, as well as a personal academic tutor who is available for individual support.
How much does it cost to study at the International Study Centre?
How much does accommodation cost?
What accommodation is there to choose from?
Most of our accommodation options are within walking distance of both the International Study Centre and the city centre. If you are under the age of 18, you will be allocated a room in Hillhead Student Village, which is only a twenty-minute walk from campus. Postgraduate students will also be on or near the main university campus, as well as having the option to look for private accommodation.
When can I book my accommodation?
Once you have accepted your offer of a place and paid your confirmation payment, you can book your accommodation with us.
Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
How do I apply for a UK student visa?
Once you have applied to study at the University of Aberdeen International Study Centre and have received and accepted your offer, you can confirm your place by paying your deposit and Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) payment. Once you receive your CAS, you can start the visa application process online.
When should I apply for a visa?
You can apply for your visa to study in the UK up to three months before the start of your programme – as long as you have received your Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We advise that you start your application as early as possible to ensure there is enough time for it to be processed before you need to arrive in the UK.
Have more questions?
Use our online enquiry form to ask us any other questions you may have about the International Study Centre.
Where to find us
Join us in Aberdeen
The International Study Centre is located in the heart of the University of Aberdeen campus. You can find us at:
University of Aberdeen International Study Centre