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Abertay University

Abertay University

Check whether Abertay University is right for you as an international student.

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Dundee, UK
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Study abroad at Abertay University

Previously known as the University of Abertay, Abertay University is a public institution located in the heart of Dundee, Scotland. The University boasts a close-knit campus, with all buildings and local amenities within 15 minutes of each other.

The University offers a wide range of programs at undergraduate, postgraduate taught, and postgraduate research levels. Abertay is particularly known for its computer games degrees, and was the first university to offer such programs.

The campus is made up of four buildings, with another four residence halls offering double and single rooms, bedsits, and rooms with en-suites. There are also a number of leisure facilities available to students on campus, including a gym and more than 20 sports clubs you can join.

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Why study at Abertay University?

  • Small class sizes

    Abertay University has small class sizes which mean you’re on first-name terms with your lecturer

  • Highly ranked

    Abertay is ranked number 1 for computer games degrees

  • Student satisfaction

    Abertay ranks 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching, and 8th in the UK for overall satisfaction (Guardian Good University Guide, 2021)

  • Excellent career prospects

    95% of graduates are employed or in further study within six months

  • Guaranteed accommodation

    All new full-time students are given a room in one of the comfortable residence halls

Life as an international student

Abertay University welcomes students from all over the world representing over 60 nationalities, and they offer a wide range of support to their international students. The University’s student services department has a dedicated advisor who is on hand to help you with a range of issues.

As well as offering support for things like visa applications and finances, they can also provide the international student welcome and orientation programs. These are designed to help you get to grips with life at Abertay before the start of term.

The University offers more than 30 clubs and societies you can join, including an international student society. Joining clubs are a great way to meet people and make new friends, and you can even start your own if you don’t find one that fits your interests.

Student reviews for Abertay University

Overall rating
3.72444444 stars
Based on 45 reviews
Overall experience
4.0889 stars
3.5333 stars
4.0667 stars
University facilities
3.7111 stars
University social
3.2222 stars
  • Samira Hiesl
    Overall experience 4 stars
    3 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    2 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    Tell us about Abertay University
    A lot of nice societies and facilities which fosters a good social life. However, the accmodations are a bit pricey.
  • Marios Stamatios Papasoulis - Diamantopoulos
    Overall experience 4 stars
    4 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    3 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    Tell us about Abertay University
    No school bus, clubs and societies could be a bit more fleshed out.
  • Coralie Champandard
    Overall experience 2 stars
    3 stars
    University social
    1 stars
    1 stars
    University facilities
    2 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    Tell us about Abertay University
    Inexistent social life (union got closed down), multiple societies which are cool, but no real campus, some teachers are very good, others very poor. Organisation of the university is basically a mess.
  • Viivi Vauhkonen
    Overall experience 5 stars
    4 stars
    University social
    3 stars
    2 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    Abertay University Business Law
    Tell us about Abertay University
    We have a variety of different societies (e.g. music, law, Amnesty, Renaissance Martial Arts etc.) and sports clubs (e.g. badminton, volleyball etc.). These societies provide lots of opportunities for people to socialize with one another, regardless of year of study or course.

    There are different options for accommodations provided by the university, such as Parker House and Old Mill. I stayed at Parker House during my first year of study. I moved to private housing after this as I didn't feel that the accommodation suited my needs. However, student accommodation is an excellent chance to meet new people, and I had flatmates from different courses. You get a good opportunity to build friendships outside your own course.

    The university also has a gym, cafés and other facilities. The university library has a good collection of law books as well as materials for other courses. It has been built to suit various different people, as there are also quiet floors and silent study-areas for those who need them. The library also has the student services who gladly help you with any issue you have, whether it be your personal life, university studies or mental health.

    There is good communication, as students are kept up-to-date via email and the MyAbertay-app.
  • Emilija Cizauskaite
    Overall experience 4 stars
    4 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    3 stars
    University facilities
    2 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    Tell us about Abertay University
    The University is very cozy, staff are all very friendly, courses are pretty good as well. The only issue is the lack of facilities and the small campus.

Student life & facilities

Group of students planning a presentation in a living room
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Fitness Centre
    • Spin Studio
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars 1
    • Restaurants 1
    • Cafe’s 1
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 13
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
  • Transport
    • Campus parking
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Basketball Courts 1
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities 1
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
  • Praying Rooms
    • Language Center
    • Group Praying Rooms

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Fees and funding

International student fees are guaranteed in advance for the duration of the study. Abertay University offers financial support for living and travel costs.

Undergraduate degrees (fee per academic year): £15,500

  • BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development
  • BA (Hons) Computer Arts
  • BA (Hons) Game Design and Production
  • BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking

All other undergraduate (Bachelors) programs: £14000

Postgraduate degrees: £16,000

UG Abertay International Scholarship

Award of up to £12,000 for prospective new international undergraduate students starting their degree in September 2020. The award is £3,000 per year, paid in equal installments in January and April, and for a maximum of 4 years. Eligibility

  • Be classified as International (Overseas) fee status by Abertay University.
  • Registered as a full-time student for your first undergraduate degree.
  • Have met all the academic conditions attached to your offer of admission for entry to the University as a new full-time student in September 2020. Students who are admitted with Advanced Entry into Level 2 or above, and who meet the above conditions, will also be eligible for this Award. Applicants who already hold a UK undergraduate degree are not eligible. We're sorry to advise that this Award is not available to currently registered students, or to students transferring from another UK higher education institution regardless of whether they meet the above criteria. The Award will be paid for each year of your undergraduate degree, up to a maximum of 4 years, while you are studying in Dundee. The Award will not be paid for any year you spend studying abroad or working in the industry.


This £3,000 award is open to all prospective new international (non-EU) taught postgraduate (MSc/MProf) students who:

  • Are international (non-EU) students who are domiciled outside of the UK.
  • Are classified as overseas fee status by Abertay University.
  • Are applying for postgraduate study with a 2:1 UK Bachelors degree equivalent or better.
  • For students starting in September 2020, you will receive your scholarship in equal instalments in January and April. For students starting in January 2021, you will receive your scholarship in equal instalments in April and September. Eligibility:
  • Have been classified as international (overseas) fee status by Abertay University.
  • Have registered with Abertay University as a full-time student for your first postgraduate degree. Applicants who already hold a UK postgraduate degree are not eligible. Have met all the academic conditions attached to your offer of admission as a full-time student in September 2020 or January 2021.
  • Have obtained the equivalent of 2:1 UK Bachelors' degree or above. This Award is not available to currently registered postgraduate students or to Abertay alumni.


Abertay University

Bell St, Dundee, DD1 1HG UK

Dundee is ancient Scottish city rich in culture and history. It is easily accessible by air, road and rail from all major UK cities and beyond.

Visa requirements for Abertay University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the UK, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

UK student visa requirements