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University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Art History, Biology, Computer Science, Economics, English, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology
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Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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International Roommate, Student Housing
The University of Aberdeen, Scotland, is one of the oldest universities in Great Britain. It is located on the North Sea coast in northeastern Scotland. Students may participate in semester or yearlong programs. The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 and enrolls 11,000 students, of which 150 are from the United States and Canada.
Aberdeen provides a wide range of departments, including law, science, divinity, arts and social sciences. Students normally take three courses per semester, and they may be in any of the listed departments. To browse courses, click here. Classes generally meet three to four times per week and break into small tutorials once a week for discussion. Exceptions to this are upper-level courses in biology and chemistry, which are organized as “blocks” that meet daily and constitute a full-time load. Students are responsible for at least two critical and well-documented papers per term in each class. Tests are given at the end of each term. There is a three-week vacation at Christmas and a four-week vacation in early spring. Students who attend Aberdeen during fall semester arrange an alternative (usually a paper) to the final test during exam period (which take place after Christmas break), and thus will complete the semester before the Christmas vacation. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.
Students are encouraged to travel on weekends and before and after terms, as well as to explore the city of Aberdeen itself. An active program of student organizations offers a wide variety of cultural and social activities, and students can participate in a wide range of clubs and sports. To learn more about student life at Aberdeen, click here.
Students are housed in single dormitory rooms in “flats,” a group of rooms organized around a common kitchen, with the option of kitchen or cafeteria eating.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Steve Hahn.