University of Aberdeen

Introduction to the University of Aberdeen

UF students recommend study abroad at the University of Aberdeen

The University of Florida’s College of Liberal Arts and Science offers students the opportunity to study in Aberdeen, Scotland. The University of Aberdeen is a public research university in Aberdeen, Scotland and is the fifth oldest university in the English speaking world. Students may attend in the fall, the spring, or for the entire academic year. Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and is located on the Dee River. The city boasts spectacular granite architecture, is home to an active arts culture, and lively social scene. Aberdeen’s “Granite Mile” has over 800 shops and restaurants and is a common destination for locals and tourists alike. The city is home to its own golden sandy beach and has a mild climate with ample opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Student accommodations at the University of Aberdeen: Sofia Mesa, UF undergraduate
University of Aberdeen Student Exchange Testimonial: Carol Buydos, UF undergraduate
University of Aberdeen Student Exchange Testimonial: Kelsey Kolasa, UF undergraduate



UF students in Aberdeen
UF students at Dunnottar Castle.
  • Open to all majors.
  • Science majors, including pre-medical/dental/vet students, are encouraged to apply.
  • Languages of Instruction: English.
  • Required GPA: 3.0.
  • Students must have completed 12 hours of coursework at the University of Florida.
  • Each applicant must be nominated by the University of Florida and then apply to the exchange partner as an international exchange student.


A large number of University of Aberdeen courses have been pre-approved to transfer course credit (see samples of course equivalents). Additional course equivalents are possible by contacting Dr. Brian Harfe in the CLAS Deans Office.

University of Aberdeen Course Equivalents, (XLSX, 22 KB).


Tuition at the host school is waived for exchange students. Students participating in an exchange pay tuition directly to the University of Florida at their usual tuition rate. All financial aid, scholarships, and fellowships are applicable. Students incur no additional tuition cost while they are on an exchange.


Exchange students are guaranteed housing provided their requests are submitted on time. Students have the option of living in catered (with a meal plan) or self-catered (with shared kitchen) residence halls. Students can live on campus in either Crombie or Johnston Hall or in Hillhead Student Village, which is a 15 minute walk from campus. View the Hillhead Central Building Student Experience video.

Financial Aid

University of Florida students needing financial aid should apply through UF Student Financial Affairs. Normal eligibility for aid may be used while studying abroad as an exchange student. This includes using the Bright Futures scholarship and the Florida Pre-Paid College Plan.


King's College Aberdeen
King’s College (built in 1495). Forms the center
of the University of Aberdeen

For fall, spring, and academic-year scholarships administered by the University of Florida International Center, the deadlines for application are: early March for programs starting in fall; and early October for programs starting in spring. Applications forms are available on the UF International Center website.

The Brian and Kate Harfe International Exchange Scholarship: Please note that preference will be given to students spending an entire year abroad.

Post Family Fund: Please note that preference will be given to students spending an entire year abroad.

Health Insurance

Students will be billed for mandatory international health insurance which includes emergency medical assistance.


A $375 non-refundable service charge is assessed for students participating in single semester or Academic Year programs. (The $375 fee is refundable if student is not accepted to the program). This charge is due within 21 days of the application. Students will be charged regular UF tuition while participating in the program.

Application Deadlines

See the application deadline and dates on the International Center website.

Work Requirements and Volunteer Opportunities

Currently, students will be able to work (with conditions) on a UK Tier 4 visa. These resources may be helpful in explaining the certain restriction/conditions further:

Contact Information

UF Students in Aberdeen
UF Students in Aberdeen

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Kayleigh Nemeth
Study Abroad Advisor
University of Florida International Center
1765 Stadium Rd. Suite 170 Hub | PO Box 113225 | Gainesville, FL 32611
p: (352) 273-1508 | f: (352) 392-5575

UF Faculty Manager
Dr. Brian Harfe
(352) 294-1955

Additional Information

University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen Go Abroad Youtube Channel
University of Aberdeen Study Abroad Guide
University of Aberdeen UF Exchange Flyer