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Study in Dundee

All the information you need about studying in Dundee as an international student.

Why study in Dundee?

Dundee is a coastal city in Scotland, UK, just an hour by train from the larger cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The city benefits from more sunshine and less volatile weather than other Scottish cities due to its sheltered position on an estuary. The city also has a comparably lower cost of living with many cultural highlights such as museums and nautical points of interest.

Around one in seven of Dundee’s residents are in higher education, meaning the city has a large student population with many events and opportunities created specifically for students. Dundee has a vibrant music scene, both on campus and in the city itself.

Universities in Dundee

Dundee is home to two universities and several other higher education institutions. The city has a healthy student population of around 20,000, which gives it a vibrant student culture.

Student reviews for Dundee

  • Samira Hiesl
    Germany
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    Tell us about Dundee
    Dundee is quite a small City but it's lovely. It's quite cheap and you easily get to know a lot of people.
  • Marios Stamatios Papasoulis - Diamantopoulos
    Greece
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    Tell us about Dundee
    Dundee is not very safe at night, I've had my bike stolen three times.
  • Coralie Champandard
    France
    Overall experience 2 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    1 stars
    Accommodation
    1 stars
    University facilities
    2 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    Tell us about Dundee
    Feel relatively safe now (though I felt very unsafe here at first). Boring, not much to do, but the walks along the Tay river are lovely and the walk up to The Law is lovely too.
  • Viivi Vauhkonen
    Finland
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Abertay University Business Law
    Tell us about Dundee
    I have felt welcome in Dundee. There are plenty of shops in the center and if something is further away, there is most likely a bus that will take you there. Trains to locations all over Scotland and to England leave from the Dundee train station if you want to take a trip somewhere else and there is even a small airport which, to my understanding, provides domestic flights.

    There is plenty of nightlife in Scotland. People like going to pubs, which there are plenty, as well as nightclubs. There are always people out and about, however, I would not recommend walking out at night in the dark. That, of course, applies to any city – not just Dundee. I haven't personally found Dundee to be a particularly unsafe city to live in.

    There are also medical services available, e.g. the dental hospital and different GPs. From my experience, the GP try to give you a time as soon as possible to make sure you get the help that you need, whether it be physical or mental.
  • Emilija Cizauskaite
    Lithuania
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    3 stars
    University facilities
    2 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    Tell us about Dundee
    Dundee has two very good qualities: size (not too big, not too small) and has a great riverside. The downside would be that it's not very beautiful and is famous for drug addicts.

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How to study in Dundee

To study at undergraduate level in Dundee, you’ll need to apply through UCAS, which is used for all British university applications. When you apply through UCAS, you’ll also need to supply a personal statement and reference.

Applications for postgraduate study in Dundee will usually need to be arranged directly through the university. You should check the exact process and entry requirements with the university you are interested in studying at before you apply.

Once you have received an offer to study at a university in Dundee, you’ll need to apply for your UK student visa.

What to study in Dundee

The universities in Dundee offer a wide range of programs, and you can choose to study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels as an international student.

Institutions in Dundee are well known for their research, particularly in the biomedical fields. Students also come to Dundee to study law, medicine, art and design, and computing technologies.

Cost to study in Dundee

Tuition fees in Dundee vary depending on a number of factors including where you are from and what you want to study. For example, international students from outside the EU can expect to pay between £18,000 and £21,000 per year to study at undergraduate level. Students from the EU currently pay the same as Scottish students, which can be around £2,000 per year.

Living costs in Dundee are relatively low compared to the rest of the UK, with private rent being 45% cheaper than Edinburgh.

Key facts of Dundee

  • 59/38 °F Summer/winter temperature
  • 148,000 Population
  • UK Country
  • 2 Universities