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.
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?
Our expert teachers will deliver a high-quality blended learning experience making use of both face-to-face teaching and our innovative digital teaching solutions. When you study face-to-face you can expect classes of no more than 25 students, whilst our digital platform allows you to enjoy interactive classes with plenty of discussion opportunities to improve your English. Both types of learning also require self-study time to help you to learn to study independently. You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who is there to support you every step of the way to help you to stay on track to progress to the University.
How much does it cost to study at the International Study Centre?
How much does accommodation cost?
What accommodation is there to choose from?
You can experience the best of student living in studio or en-suite student accommodation at Pittodrie Street or Mealmarket Exchange. These accommodation options are perfectly located and surrounded by everything you will need whilst studying in Aberdeen. All new students are guaranteed an offer of accommodation, provided your application reaches us by the deadline.*
*Terms and conditions apply
When can I book my accommodation?
Once you have accepted your offer of a place and paid your confirmation payment, you will be provided with details on how to book your accommodation.
Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
How do I apply for a 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 Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies up to six months before the start date of your programme (or three months if already in the UK). You can then apply for your visa. Make sure to start your application early, so there is enough time for it to be processed before you need to travel to 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