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Study in Aberdeen

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

Why study in Aberdeen?

Aberdeen is a port city on the northeast coast of Scotland, UK. It’s the third-largest city in Scotland, and is known for its cosmopolitan community and Victorian architecture.

Aberdeen is home to several historic landmarks and is often referred to as the ‘Granite City’ thanks to its distinctive grey buildings. It is also an exciting and vibrant student city, with a student population of more than 50,000. It offers a wealth of bars, pubs, and clubs, as well as galleries and museums.

Aberdeen hosts several annual festivals, including a jazz festival, comedy festival, and the Highland Games. The city’s location on the coast means you’re within easy reach of the sea, and the hiking trails of the nearby Bennachie hills.

Universities in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is the educational heart of north-eastern Scotland. The city blends historic and prestigious universities with modern, up-and-coming institutions. There’s a great range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs to choose from.

What to study in Aberdeen

Aberdeen offers an unbelievable array of degrees, so you’re sure to find the right program for you. From accounting to zoology and everything in between, the options really are endless.

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How to study in Aberdeen

Every institution in Aberdeen will have its own specific entry criteria, but finishing your secondary school education is a minimum requirement. Applications to UK universities are made through The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

If English isn’t your first language, you might need to prove your capabilities with an IELTS or TOEFL test.

After accepting a place at your chosen university, you can begin applying for a UK student visa.

Cost to study in Aberdeen

Unlike other parts of the UK, Scotland has its own tuition fee structure. The total cost of a four-year bachelor’s degree is between £65,000-£75,000 for international students.

Aberdeen was recently ranked the UK’s most affordable student city (QS Top University Rankings, 2019). A budget of £300-£600 per month will cover the rent on most student housing, but remember to factor in the cost of your groceries, transport, and other living expenses too.

Key facts of Aberdeen

  • 58/38°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 228,670 Population
  • 6 Universities
  • UK Country