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?
    If you are unable to travel for the start of term, you can start your programme online from home.
  • How will you help me to prepare to start my programme?
    We offer an online preparation course, Prepare for Success, to help you gain a head-start before you start your academic programme autumn 2021. Find out more about preparing to study with us.


  • 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:

    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:

    Pre-Masters Programme

    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:

    Pre-Sessional English

    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?

    Your fees will differ depending on what level of study you’re seeking. You can find out more about the tuition fees and accommodation costs on our undergraduate fees or postgraduate fees pages.

    We also offer scholarships, which are available for most of our pathway programmes.

  • How much does accommodation cost?

    Your accommodation fees will differ depending on the length of your stay and the type of residence you choose — you can find out more about our accommodation options on our website.


  • 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?
    You will need a Student visa to study in the UK. We offer more detailed information about the visa process here.
  • 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
Regent Building
Regent Walk
King’s College
AB24 3FX

Join our community

By visiting us on Facebook you can meet your future classmates and ask questions. You can also check out our YouTube channel to find out more about life in Aberdeen.