Information for Students
from Canada

In Scotland, we value our many historical and cultural connections with Canada and Canadians. Abertay has nurtured these links by warmly welcoming Canadian students through its doors for a number of years.

Our International Officers regularly attend exhibitions and visits schools across Canada to support students and counsellors through the application process.

Benefits of a Scottish Degree:

  • Four year undergraduate degrees are similar to the Canadian system, with lectures, seminars and tutorials forming the basis

  • Ideal for students who want to specialise immediately in their chosen subject as the focus is on the main degree subject from Year 1

  • Taught Master’s degrees are one year in Scotland, saving you a year and achieving the same recognised qualification.

  • Scottish universities enjoy a prestigious worldwide reputation for quality, academic rigour and focus.


Will Gilzean, International Officer

Thinking about applying? 

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We know that moving to study to a new country is exciting, but the process can seem complex. We have plenty of support to help you apply to Abertay University.  

Contact me if you have any questions at all, I'm happy to help.

Will Gilzean, International Officer

Entry Requirements from Canada

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

The following programmes require a high school diploma/DEC/certificate of graduation with the minimum requirements as stated below:

Programme Requirement Prerequisite(s)
BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance 65%  
BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science 65% Biology and Chemistry
BA (Hons) Business and Human Resource Management 65%  
BA (Hons) Business Management 65%  
BA (Hons) Computer Arts 75% Art, Photography or Graphic Design
BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development 75% Math
BSc (Hons) Computing 70% ONE of Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics or Information Science
BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology 75% Math at 70%
BA (Hons) Criminology 70%  
BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking 70% ONE of Computer Science, Math subjects, Chemistry, Geography, Physics
BSc (Hons) Fitness, Nutrition and Health 70% ONE of Math, Biology, Physics or PE
BSc (Hons) Food and Consumer Sciences 65%  
BSc (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Health 65%  
BSc (Hons) Forensic Sciences 65% Chemistry and Biology
BA (Hons) Game Design and Production 75%  
LLB (Hons) Law 70%  
BA (Hons) Marketing and Business 65%  
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing 70% Demonstrate evidence of literacy and numeracy. Demonstrate ability to undertake the study of science as applied to mental health nursing
BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Health   entry through BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise
BSc (Hons) Psychology 70%  
BSc (Hons) Psychology and Counselling 70%  
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise 70% Leads to a choice of BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, BSc (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching, BA (Hons) Sport and Management, BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning

Postgraduate Taught Entry Requirements

Programme  Requirement(s)
MSc Accounting and Finance (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Gateway) Honours UG degree in accounting at 60% or above
 MSc Computer Games Technology Honours UG degree in computing at 60% or above
 MSc Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security Honours UG degree in computing (focussed on software development and networking) at 60% or above
Professional Masters in Games Development Honours UG degree in relevant subject such as computer games technology, computer science, digital art and animation, games design and production, audio production - at 70% or above


How to apply to Abertay


Undergraduate (UG) degree applications are made through UCAS, the UK's University & Colleges Admissions Service. Applications from everywhere in the world must be made through this system. There is a helpful glossary to terms on their website to help make the application process as easy as possible. 

Although the main deadline for UCAS applications is 31 January, we will accept applications after this date for Canadian applicants. We do recommend that you apply as soon as possible in order to give your application the best chance for consideration, and yourself enough time to prepare. 

Applying for UG programs

Postgraduate taught

Postgraduate (PG) taught degree applications can be made directly to Abertay through your selected program page. Please visit your chosen postgraduate program page on our website and select 'Apply Now' in the top navigation. There is no charge to apply for a taught graduate degree. 

Applying for PG taught programs

Postgraduate research

Postgraduate (PG) research applications can also be made directly to Abertay, but first you must decide on your area of research and secure a potential supervisor. We welcome enquiries and applications from prospective research students across a range of subjects or interdisciplinary areas.  

Applying for PG research


While you sometimes find small, self-explanatory spelling differences between UK and US English, there are also some differences that can be confusing. Here are some translations to help you -

UK English US English
Module Class
Course Degree
Subject Major
Postgraduate Graduate
College Community College
Articulation Transfer (from Community College)


You often see the letters 'Hons' after our degrees e.g., Computer Arts BSc (Hons); Marketing and Business BA (Hons). This is short for Honours.

In Scotland, an Honours degree is a four-year degree. A non-Honours degree is a three-year degree, also known as an 'ordinary' degree. Your final year at Abertay - your senior year - is when you will take honours modules which are like 300 and 400-level classes.


Canada Student Loans and Canada Student Grants

Abertay is on the master list of designated educational institutions for Canada Student Loans. Our institutional code is PUKL. For application information please see Canada Student Loans Website.


We offer scholarships to international students studying on our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. 

The Abertay International Scholarship: You do not need to complete an application form for the International scholarship. If you meet all the eligibility criteria you will be notified in late August (for fall entry) or early January (for winter entry) that you have been granted an Abertay International Scholarship.

Search all international scholarships and bursaries

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for international students will vary depending on your programme of study. Please visit your chosen programme page on our website for more information.

If you are self-funding your studies, you are expected to have sufficient funds available to cover your tuition fees before the start of each academic year. All international students are required to pay the whole annual fee in advance. Payment of tuition fees will take place before or during registration. 

Find out more about tuition fees

Transferring and Partnerships

Transferring from a Canadian College

Humber College

Humber College Students can now transfer to one of the TOP universities for Games Studies in Europe, according to the Princeton Review.

Applications are open, please apply here. Applications are free.

  • Students must complete the three-year Advanced Diploma in Game Programming (at 65% or higher) from Humber College to be considered for admission.
  • Humber students accepted into the Masters program at Abertay University will follow a two-year program which includes a one-year pre-Masters preparation course in conjunction with 4th year students in Computer Game Applications Development, followed by an additional year of project-based work to achieve both the award of BSc (Hons) in Computer Games Application Development and Masters of Professional Practice in Games Development.  
  • Scholarships are available for Humber students, please enquire for details.
  • For further information please contact Beth Meehan, North American Engagement Lead:
  • Please apply using the free online form here.

Vanier College, Montreal

Applications are open, please apply here. Applications are free.

  • Students must complete all three years of the Computer Science Technology Diploma (at 70% or higher overall, with an R score of 24) from Vanier College to be considered for admission.
  • Vanier College students accepted into the BSc in Ethical Hacking at Abertay University will enter 2nd year of the four-year honours degree.  
  • Scholarships are available for Vanier students, please enquire for details.
  • For further information, please contact Beth Meehan, North American Engagement Lead:
  • Please apply using the free online form here.


Canadian University Partnerships and Exchanges

Abertay University has two partners in Canada:

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • University of Ontario (Ontario Tech) in Ontario.

Our academic cooperation incorporates collaborative research, faculty exchange and student exchange programmes. For this and other exchange and study abroad opportunities please see: Abertay Exchange and Study Abroad

More Information

Find out how to apply for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme at Abertay and explore your options if your previous qualification is in a language other than English.

Applying: Undergraduate

How to apply for an undergraduate degree as an international student, how to respond to your offer and visiting us online.

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Visa Information

All the information you need about visa requirements for studying here at Abertay University.

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English Language Requirements

Explore English language requirements for entry to Abertay University.

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We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help support your studies with us.

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