International Students

Applying for our Study Abroad programme gives you the opportunity to experience Scottish education, culture and student life at Abertay University. As well as being an internationally recognised leader in computer games development, we also offer great learning opportunities in business, contemporary and social sciences, and more.

Abertay is a global community, hosting students from over 70 countries. At the same time, due to our small size and being based in the heart of Dundee's city centre, there is a real 'Abertay family' feel to our campus. You can read more about what it's like to live and study in Dundee on the 'Living in Dundee' page. Alternatively, you can read experiences of our alumni and existing students here.


Deadlines for 2019/20 academic year:

  • 15 May 2020 for semester 1 and full year 2020/21
  • 15 October 2020 for semester 2 2020/21

Late applications are welcome depending on availability. 


Who can apply?

Any student studying at one of Abertay's partner exchange institutions can apply for our Exchange and Study Abroad Programme (students from the EU should apply through Erasmus or our EU Visiting Student Programme.)

Students are expected to have proficiency in English at least equivalent to our minimum requirements. If you are a native speaker, no further evidence is required.

When can I study at Abertay?

You are welcome to apply for either one semester (term) or the full year. Semester 1 usually starts at the end of August and ends in mid-December and semester 2 starts in early January and ends in early May.

We also offer a semester 3 during the summer with a limited choice of modules (please check with us if you are interested in this option).

Please see our Academic Calendar for exact term dates.

Costs and financial support

You can review annual tuition fees on our course pages. If your home university has an exchange agreement with Abertay University then you are exempt from paying tuition fees to us. Please check with your home university for advice.

If you enrol for less than 120 SCQF credit points, for example because you would like to study with us for one semester only, fees are charged on a pro rata basis. Full-time students should take modules worth 60 SCQF credit points per semester. This will usually correspond to three modules worth 20 SCQF credit points each.

Students from the USA, Canada, India, Pakistan and China planning to study at Abertay for one year may be eligible to apply for Scotland's Saltire Scholarships.

If you are from the USA and receive Federal Student Aid this can usually be applied towards a study abroad programme. Please ask your Financial Aid Office for further information.

Dundee is an affordable student city with the cost of living estimated at 12% below the UK average. You can view estimated living costs for Dundee here.

What can I study?

Please visit our Incoming Students Course Offer page, which details the different subject pathways available to you. 

You will need to select 1 pathway, relevant to the semester that you plan to come to Abertay. In the application you will select this pathway, and then be able to choose any other options as indicated on the pathway.

These subject pathways are based on the studies of full time Abertay students, and hence are likely to fit in with the timetable. We are not able to guarantee taking modules from different pathways or years, as these often result in timetable clashes which are not allowed.

Do I receive academic recognition and credit?

You will receive a transcript of records which lists the modules you have completed at Abertay and the credits and grades achieved. Abertay uses the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, which means that full-time students usually take 60 credits per semester.

Please check with your home university's International/Study Abroad/Global Education Office for information on credit transfer requirements. You will most likely need approval from your academic advisors for the modules you wish to take at Abertay in order to be able to transfer our credits.

How can I apply?

Applications for the 2020/21 academic year (1st semester and full year exchange) will open on 1st April 2020, following the nomination deadline. The deadline to complete your application is 15th May 2020.

Details of the application form will be updated here by the end of February. 

Students must be nominated by the international/study abroad office of their home university by 1st April 2020. Please contact your international/study abroad office and ask them to nominate you. 


What happens after I apply?

We aim to make a decision on your application within 2 weeks. We will advise you of our decision by e-mail.

If you are given an offer you will be issued with a unique student number. This number, which you will keep for the duration of your studies at Abertay, allows you to access the part of our website which contains details of registration and enrolment. This information and other details will also be e-mailed to you.

All international students are invited to attend an International Student Welcome event and orientation programme before teaching starts. For more information on this, and advice on how to prepare for your stay in Dundee, please see our International Guide.


Once you are have accepted our offer, you will be able to apply for University accommodation. We offer a range of choices within walking distance of our city centre campus.

English language courses

Abertay offers pre-sessional English language courses before the start of teaching and free in-sessional courses throughout the semester. You can find more information here.