Study Abroad

University of Aberdeen

  • Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

University of Aberdeen Information Session

With a population approaching a quarter of a million, 11,000 of whom are university students, Aberdeen is big enough to provide all the advantages of city life, yet compact enough to enjoy the more intimate atmosphere usually associated with smaller towns. Aberdeen supports a thriving cultural life—in addition to regular pop concerts featuring major recording groups and artists, there are lively jazz and folk happenings, concert halls with regular symphony and chamber concerts and an exceptional museum and art gallery in the city. Aberdeen is unique in Britain. No other university has miles of golden beaches, dunes and cliffs at its doorstep. Students should be aware though that, because it is so far north, during the winter months, Scotland has very few ‘daylight’ hours. The sun may not rise until 10am and may set as early as 3:15pm. In the summer, conversely, there are only a couple hours of dark each day.

  • Visa:

    U.S. citizens entering the United Kingdom for a stay of less than six months do not need a visa. They apply for prior entry clearance as a ‘student visitor’. Students who plan to work while abroad (voluntary work, internships, placements, part-time work, or vacation work) must apply for a Tier 4 visa. If students plan to stay in the UK for longer than six months, they must apply for a Tier 4 visa.

    Non-US citizens should consult with the University of Aberdeen and the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.

    Additional Visa Information
  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition only to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting tuition payments to the program. Students pay room and board fees directly to the University of Aberdeen.

There is some flexibility in the GPA requirement, if a student can provide a reasonable explanation (i.e., illness) and demonstrate a steadily improving record. Students that are not in good health may be required to undergo a medical exam (including an HIV test) prior to being granted entry into the country.

Direct Enrollment

There are no American representatives on site. Students work with university personnel at the International Office.

Study Abroad & Applying for OPT Policy 

Exchange Details

December 1 application deadline.

Academic Credit

Students expecting to receive major/minor/concentration transfer credit at Haverford or Bryn Mawr are expected to take upper division courses (i.e., at the third-year level). A normal semester course load at Aberdeen is 60-70 credits, which equals 4 credits at Haverford. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Full university curriculum. Courses taught in a range of methods—lectures, seminars, tutorials, labs, and field excursions. Students are given an Adviser of Studies to help them with course selection. A wide range of courses are available to pre-med students and science majors. Religion majors also should especially consider this program.

Course Highlights

Agriculture, Anatomy, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Celtic, Chemistry, Cities, Classics, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Cultural History, Ecology, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Field Work, European Studies, French, Genetics, Geography, Geology, German, Greek, Health Studies, History, History of Art, Immunology, Latin, Law, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Music, Petroleum Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Politics & International Relations, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, Russian, Sociology, Statistics, Urban Studies, Women’s Studies, and Zoology.

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


Students receive a weeklong orientation to the town and university.

Number of Students

Approximately 14,000 students of whom 1,500 are international, including 220 from North America.

Housing/Meal Plans

Singles; students live in dorms (board provided) or apartments (self-catered) with Scottish students. Crombie-Johnston Halls and Elphinstone Road Flats are on Campus. Hillhead Halls is a twenty minute walk from campus.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


The University of Aberdeen was named the Scottish University of the Year in 2019!

Additional Resources

Apply to Study Abroad!

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  • Program List


  • Semester/Exchange
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Early January to mid-May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 15
  • Semester II: September 15

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