University of Oregon

University of Aberdeen Exchange

Program Overview

The Aberdeen program provides you with the opportunity to enroll directly in courses taught at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. This program offers courses in the humanities, natural and social sciences, biotechnology, Celtic studies, cultural studies, ecology, film studies, history and philosophy of science, land economics, immunology, and marine resource management. Aberdeen is an excellent setting for student life and a good starting point for travel by air, train, and sea.

Aberdeen stretches between the Rivers Don and Dee and was the main seaport in the north of Scotland as early as the thirteenth century. A thriving cultural life and a variety of entertainment and sporting facilities also make Aberdeen an enjoyable place to live.

Academic Details

The University of Aberdeen is divided into six major faculties (colleges), including Arts and Social Sciences, Divinity, Law, Science, Engineering, and Medicine. You will concentrate your course work in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and/or the Faculty of Sciences. You will have the opportunity to take courses across disciplinary lines. The British system of higher education stresses in-depth study of a few subjects and provides a level of specialization that is not generally part of the American undergraduate experience. Learning in this system requires self motivation, with instructors serving more as guides than as teachers, in the traditional sense. A typical course load is 60-70 Aberdeen credits per semester. You will also be assigned an advisor at Aberdeen.

For further information about courses, please visit University of Aberdeen Undergraduate Prospectus

Housing Description

You are guaranteed accommodation in a campus residence hall. The range of accommodations is reflected in the different charges for housing with meals included or for "self-catered" housing (meals not included but you have access to a full kitchen). Arrangements are made by the University of Aberdeen. Housing fees are paid directly to the University of Aberdeen. A deposit is required upon acceptance of any room offer. The full year is a 32-week contract. You may also rent rooms (self-catering only) during the vacations at an additional daily or weekly charge. You can consult accommodation information online at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/accommodation/

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university. 

Graduate Students:
In addition to the process described above, you must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in UO-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • GPA requirement of 3.5 or above for graduate students. 
  • Completed WR 121 and 122 or 123 with grades of B- or higher
  • Math/Majors must complete 200-level math/science sequences

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineExtended DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20162/1/2016N/AEarly SeptemberMid-December
Academic Year2016-172/1/2016N/AEarly SeptemberMid-May
Spring Semester20172/1/20165/15/2016Early JanuaryMid-May
Fall Semester201702/01/2017N/A09/11/201712/15/2017
Academic Year2017-1802/01/2017N/A09/11/201705/18/2018
Spring Semester201802/01/2017N/A01/15/201805/18/2018

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.