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Aberdeen, University of

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the English-speaking world. The beautiful setting of the historic Old Aberdeen campus provides a daily reminder of the university's proud history and heritage. This hidden gem of Scotland, which was recently named amongst the Top Ten Most Beautiful Historic Universities in the UK by QS Top Universities website, features numerous architectural treasures including King’s College, with its crown tower and chapel, which dates back to the foundation of the University.

The University of Aberdeen is ranked:

  • 137th in the QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top 1% of universities around the world.
  • 65th in the world for Life Sciences in the THE World University Rankings, 2014
  • 55th in the world in the CWTS Leiden Rankings based on the proportion of research appearing in the top 10% of international journals.

In the QS Subject Rankings 2015, the University of Aberdeen is ranked in the Top 100 in the world for Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Science, and in the Top 200 in the world for English Language & Literature, History, Law, Philosophy, Geography, Civil Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacology, Education and Earth & Marine Sciences.

The University has invested heavily in new teaching, research and recreational facilities in recent years, including most notably the £57 million Sir Duncan Rice Library, which was officially opened on 24th September 2012 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and which was recently listed amongst the “20 Most Spellbinding University Libraries in the world” by the Independent newspaper. Other recent additions include the Aberdeen Sports Village and our new Aquatics Center, which features an Olympic size swimming pool and diving pool.

Support Services
The University provides a range of support services for international students, including a comprehensive orientation session at the beginning of each term. International students can also avail of the regular student support services provided by the University, including:

  • International Officers (admissions advice)
  • International Student Advisers (study visa advice)
  • Personal Tutors (undergraduates)
  • International Centre
  • Counselling Service and Chaplaincies
  • Resident Assistants (RAs)
  • Student Advice Center

Student Housing
University of Aberdeen student accommodation is split between the main campus and Hillhead Student Village, about a 15 minute walk from campus.  All new students are guaranteed a place in university accommodation, provided they apply by the deadline.

Student accommodation mainly consists of apartment-style (suite) living, with each student having their own single room. Some Halls of Residence also offer private en-suite bathrooms. As most students live in apartments, with easy access to a kitchen, the majority of students opt for self-catered accommodation. The University does however also offer catered options for undergraduate students.

The Elphinstone Road Flats complex is reserved exclusively for postgraduate students and is based on campus, just a short walk from the library. It consists of 120 single study bedrooms, organized into apartments, each with a shared kitchen.

Get in touch with one of our Across The Pond Advisors today to find out more about studying at the University of Aberdeen.

Student population: 15,000

Number of international students: 3,000

Location: Aberdeen, Scotland (urban)

City population: 220,000

Closest airport: Aberdeen International Airport

Date of establishment: 1495

Areas of expertise: Social Sciences, Law, Engineering, Health Sciences, Environmental Science

Cost of Tuition per year: from £15,300 per year (2019/20). Please note that tuition fees vary per course and fee status, ask your Across the Pond advisor for details.

Accommodation cost: £144-169 per week

Notable alumni:

  • Nobel Prize winners Frederick Soddy (1921), JJR McLeod (1923), Sir George Paget Thomson (1937), Lord Boyd Orr (1947), and Richard L M Synge (1952)
  • James Blair (1656-1743), founder and first President of the College of William and Mary in the USA
  • Bruce Allan Clark, prominent Canadian lawyer and indigenous tribes activist
  • The Hon A Gail Prudenti, Chief Administrative Judge of the Courts of New York State,
  • William Smith (1727-1803), the first Provost of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr William Thornton (1759 – 1828) the architect who designed the United States Capitol in Washington DC
  • Bertha Wrenham Wilson, Canadian jurist and the first female Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

James Blair Scholarship for US Students going to Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen in Northern Scotland is offering a £2000 scholarship to up to 15 US students admitted to a Master’s degree program offered at Aberdeen.

Students must have received an offer from Aberdeen and submit a 500-word essay by May 9, 2016 to be considered.

For help applying to Aberdeen or more information on the essay, please contact your personal advisor. If you do not have a personal advisor, sign up for one today!

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