International Study Centre

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Undergraduate Foundation Programme

Foundation programmes for undergraduate study

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme is the first step to academic success at the University of Aberdeen. Our specialist programmes help you to adjust to the Scottish education system whilst you develop your language and subject knowledge, as well as introducing you to University life in a friendly and supportive group of international students.

Why study the Undergraduate Foundation Programme?

  • Equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate degree (except LLB programmes)
  • Lessons taught in the same style as those at the University
  • Taught in the heart of the campus
  • Progression to the second year of your degree upon achieving the required grades with exception to the LLB programmes which offer first year entry only

Your study plan

The Undergraduate Foundation Programme offers multiple entry points throughout the academic year for you to choose from, as long as you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Undergraduate Foundation Programme Study Plan

* This journey is not applicable to Undergraduate Foundation Programme - pathway to Medicine or for progression to LLB degrees.

New November start

If you want to be better prepared for the start of your January programme of study, join us in November.

Why join this November?

Join us in November and stay on track to progress to your degree in September 2023.

By starting the 3-term International Foundation Year in November, you will benefit from three additional weeks of study and life skills before commencing your main pathway programme in January 2023. There will be no additional tuition fee for this period, and this will provide you with a great opportunity for an enhanced student experience focusing on three key areas: orientation; practical support and academic and digital skills. Topics will include a digital skills health check; managing your money; practical tips on finding study and life balance; and an introduction to assessments in UK higher education.

What will I study in the additional three weeks?  

You’ll benefit from a 15-hour per week face-to-face classes, allowing you to:

  • feel more confident and better prepared for the start of your January programme of study
  • practice your English by interacting with the fellow students and build friendships
  • assess your own digital skills proficiency
  • meet the key Centre staff who will provide advice for success
  • familiarise yourselves with the support available
  • apply a range of academic study skills to meet your individual needs
  • have more time to adapt to the UK life and settle in before you begin your January programme.

Are there any additional cost or fees?

There will be no additional tuition fee, as November starts will have the same tuition fee as the respective January programme. However, there will be additional costs to consider, as expected with being in the UK for a longer period (i.e. accommodation). If you request accommodation on your application form, our Central Student Support Team will contact you directly in October regarding the options available.