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Application Guide for US Undergraduate Students2017-18www.abdn.ac.uk/international/usa

www.abdn.ac.uk/international/usaThe Aberdeen Degree- four year degree- broad based- flexibleHigher education in Scotland is distinguished from that of Englandand the rest of the United Kingdom by the duration and structure ofdegree programmes. At the University of Aberdeen, honours degreeprogrammes take four years and are structured in a way that allowstudents to study a broad range of subjects during their first twoyears, before specialising in their third year of study.We offer over 70 subjects (majors) at undergraduate level, spanningthe Arts and Humanities, Business, Law, Science, Engineering andMedical Sciences.Please refer to our website for a full list of options at rogrammes/Degree ProgrammesSubjects are grouped under a number of different DegreeProgrammes. While you are required to apply initially to a particularsubject, the tradition at Aberdeen is to admit students to a DegreeProgramme such as for example, the Master of Arts or the Bachelorof Science, rather than to a particular subject. For example, a studentaccepted to study History would be admitted to the degree ofMaster of Arts, while a student accepted to study Biology would beaccepted to the degree of Bachelor of Science. The Master of Arts is thename given to the fouryear undergraduatedegree awarded in theLiberal Arts and SocialSciences by the fourancient universities ofScotland: Aberdeen,Edinburgh, Glasgow andSt Andrews.The broad based, flexible, structure of the Aberdeen degree systemmeans that while you will begin to studying your chosen subject infirst year, you will have the opportunity to take classes from differentsubjects. Similarly, students can normally switch to another subject(major) during the course of their studies.Each programme contains a certain number of compulsory courses(known as prescribed courses ), which all students on that degreeprogramme must take. In addition, students must select otheroptional courses to make up their full course load for the year. Theselection of optional courses is managed through the system knownas Enhanced Study, which is designed to ensure that studentsoptimise their choice of optional courses and take full advantage ofthe choice and flexibility offered by the Aberdeen degree system.2

Application Guide for US Undergraduate Students, 2017-18Enhanced StudyThere are three types of Enhanced Study options:Sustained StudySustained Study offer students the opportunity to use some of theiroptional credits to study another subject alongside their main subjectthroughout the first two years of their degree programme. Thiswould be similar to a minor in a US college. Sustained Study involvesa total of four courses, one each semester for your first two years.Please refer to the website for a list of Sustained Study optionsavailable.Sixth Century CoursesSixth Century courses are courses which have been speciallydesigned to offer multi-disciplinary approaches to knowledge andenquiry and to encourage students to develop a deeper criticalunderstanding of their discipline area, by setting the subject in awider context. These courses are often based on the university’sresearch specialisms and are examined through continuousassessment, rather than formal exams. As these multi-disciplinarycourses do not belong to any one subject, they are listed togetherunder “Sixth Century” in the University Catalogue.Discipline Breadth CoursesDiscipline Breadth Courses simply means choosing an optionalcourse from a subject outside your main subject area. The coursemight be related to your core subject or entirely unrelated to it – thechoice is yours. For example, a student studying History mightchoose a related course in Archaeology or an entirely unrelatedcourse in Biology. You have the whole catalogue of courses for youryear of study to choose from.3

www.abdn.ac.uk/international/usaEntry Requirements Please note: Entryrequirements can varydepending on the degreeprogramme applied for.Entry is competitive,however, as a generalguide, students shouldpresent the followingminimum requirementsto be considered foradmission to theUniversity of Aberdeen.Academic RequirementsMaster of Arts (Arts/Business/Social Sciences) a minimum High School GPA of 3.0Plus one of the following standardised tests: SAT score of 1250 (post-March 2016), with 600 in EvidenceBased Reading and Writing, OR ACT composite score of 26, OR 1 SAT Subject Test score of 600, OR 1 AP Subject Test at grade 3Bachelor of Science (including Medical Sciences) a minimum High School GPA of 3.0Plus one of the following standardised tests: SAT score of 1250 (post-March 2016), with 600 in Math, OR ACT composite score of 26 Plus one of the following standardised subject tests: 1 SAT Subject Test with a score of 600 from either Math,Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, OR 1 AP Subject Test with a grade of 3 or above from either Math,Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or PhysicsBachelor of Engineering a minimum High School GPA of 3.0Plus one of the following standardised tests: SAT score of 1250 (post-March 2016), with 600 in Math, OR ACT composite score of 26 Plus one of the following standardised subject tests: 1 SAT Subject Test with a score of 600 from either Math,Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, OR 1 AP Subject Test with a grade of 3 from Math, Biology,Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics4

Application Guide for US Undergraduate Students, 2017-18Bachelor of Law (LLB) a minimum High School GPA of 3.3Plus one of the following standardised tests: SAT score of 1320 (post-March 2016), with 650 in EvidenceBased Reading and Writing, OR ACT composite score of 28, OR 2 SAT Subject tests with a scoreof 650, or 2 AP Subject Test at grade 4MedicinePlease refer the School of Medicine and Dentistry website forinformation on entry requirements and how to apply.Personal StatementAll applicants are required to submit a Personal Statement with theirapplication. The Personal Statement is used by the University’sAdmissions Selectors to compare different applicants – therefore it isimportant that you use your Personal Statement to describe yourambitions, skills and experience that will make you suitable for thecourse (subject) you are applying to.The Personal Statement used in British university admissions isdifferent to the typical US college application essay, because weplace much greater emphasis on your suitability for your chosensubject (major).Please refer to the guidance provided by UCAS of writing an effectivePersonal Statement at n-apply/writing-personal-statementReferenceAll applicants are also0 required to subm9it a reference with theirapplication. If Your reference provider should be someone whoknows you academically, ideally a teacher or college counsellor, whocan talk about your work ethic, interaction with other students andyour suitability for higher education or a future career.Please refer to the guidance provided by UCAS on submitting areference at w-get-reference5

www.abdn.ac.uk/international/usaHow to ApplyUCAS Students from the USAapplying for fullundergraduate degreeprogrammes at theUniversity of Aberdeencan apply through one ofeither UCAS or theCommon App. Pleasenote that you may onlyuse one method ofapplication.www.ucas.comUCAS is a centralised application system, which allows you to applyto up to five different institutions/courses throughout the UK on asingle application form. UCAS provides a helpful video guide to fillingout the application form here.International applicants applying via UCAS are encouraged to meetthe UCAS deadline of 15 January (excluding Medicine), however theUniversity of Aberdeen will accept international applications until 30June.The University of Aberdeen UCAS code is A20 University of AberdeenCommon App www.commonapp.orgThe University of Aberdeen is also on the Common App. Please visitwww.commonapp.org for details. The deadline for applications madevia the Common App is 31 March, though late applications will beconsidered where possible up until the usual 30 June deadline.Supporting DocumentsThe University of Aberdeen does not generally require students tosubmit their school transcripts at the time of making their onlineapplication. Applicants are assessed initially on the informationprovided in their application, which is verified by their teacher orguidance counsellor.As the majority of international applicants are assessed based ontheir standardised test scores or predicted grades, successfulapplicants will normally be instructed by the Admissions Office tosubmit their final official scores or grades at a later date, in order toconfirm their admission.6

Application Guide for US Undergraduate Students, 2017-18SAT, AP and ACT ScoresStudents can have their test scores sent direct to the University ofAberdeen. Our institutional code for SAT and AP is 0818 Our institutional code for ACT is 5364Other DocumentsOther Documents including, your high school transcript can besubmitted by post to:Undergraduate AdmissionsUniversity of AberdeenRoom 10 University OfficeOld AberdeenAB24 3TUScotlandIf your school sends transcripts electronically, please email yourdocuments to [email protected] Please remember to quoteyour Application ID Number on all documents.Transfer StudentsThe University of Aberdeen welcomes applications from students atoverseas colleges or universities, who wish to transfer and completetheir undergraduate degree. The process of transferring to a UKuniversity is a little different compared to how the process works inthe US, as our degree programmes follow a slightly differentstructure. When you apply to transfer to a UK university, you are ineffect applying for entry to level 2 (2nd year) or level 3 (third year) ofa specific degree programme, rather than simply applying to transferx number of credits from your first university or college.In order to transfer to the University of Aberdeen, i.e. gain advancedentry to year 2 or year 3 of a programme, it is important to have aclear plan of study and to understand how classes the you havetaken compare to classes taken here. The first step therefore is torefer to our list of degree programmes and compare the classestaken by students here in their first year to those you have taken (orare due to take). The course catalogue also provides information onindividual classes within each subject. If you have taken classes thatare broadly similar those to level 1 (first year) in your chosen degreesubject at Aberdeen, then you can apply to transfer into level 2 ofthat programme.7

www.abdn.ac.uk/international/usaYou should also demonstrate that you have an aptitude for yourchosen programme, so ideally your grades should be around a B /Aaverage. If you haven’t taken sufficient credits in your chosensubject, or if those courses are not deemed to be of a similar level,then you may be offered admission to level 1 (i.e. freshman entry).How to Apply to TransferTransfer applicants apply through UCAS. Your application will then beassessed by the relevant Admissions Selector, who will determinethe stage of the degree programme here you can transfer into, basedon your previous studies (e.g. Level 1 freshman, Level 2 sophomore,Level 3 junior etc.).Please note, we only have one start date each year forundergraduate students, in September8

Application Guide for US Undergraduate Students, 2017-18Your Offer of AdmissionApplications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year,therefore students can usually expect a decision within 4-6 weeks ofsubmitting an application.UK universities operate a system of Conditional and Unconditionaloffers. Unlike US universities, which will either admit, reject, orwaitlist an applicant, universities in the UK will make anUnconditional Offer, a Conditional Offer or reject an applicant.Unconditional OfferThe University of Aberdeen will make an Unconditional Offer to anapplicant who meets our academic requirements at the time of theoffer being made. Receiving an Unconditional Offer means that yourplace is guaranteed. It is very important therefore that you submit allof your available test scores, transcripts etc. at the time of makingyour application, so that an Unconditional Offer can be made.Conditional OfferThe University may issue a Conditional Offer to an applicant who isconsidered to be on course to meeting our entry requirements, butwho has not yet provided official evidence of meeting our entryrequirements by the time the offer is made.It is common practice for British universities to issue ConditionalOffers, so you shouldn’t feel disappointed if you receive one. Itsimply means that you are on track to meeting our requirements, butthat we are waiting on you to submit certain evidence regarding youracademic achievements before we can confirm your place. Forexample, a Conditional Offer might be made in cases where anapplicant has not yet submitted their standardised test scores orwhere an applicant has indicated that they are waiting on the resultsof a forthcoming test or exam. Once you submit evidence that youhave met the University’s requirements your offer will be madeUnconditional.9

www.abdn.ac.uk/international/usaAccepting your Offer of AdmissionApplicants who apply through UCAS will be notified of theUniversity’s decision online, through their UCAS Track account. UCASApplicants can only accept or decline their offer once they havereceived decisions on all of their UCAS applications. The choices are: Firm acceptance (first choice) Insurance acceptance (back-up choice) DeclineApplicants who apply through the Common App will be notified ofthe University’s decision by email. Common App applicants canaccept or decline their offer of admission by emailing the AdmissionsOffice at the University of Aberdeen and returning the necessaryforms and paperwork.10

Application Guide for US Undergraduate Students, 2017-18FAQsWhat is the difference between a ‘course’, ‘subject’, and ‘degreeprogramme’?The terms ‘course’ and ‘subject’ mean the same thing and are thesame as a ‘major’ at a US college. The University of Aberdeen offersover 70 single subjects spanning the Arts and Humanities, Business,Social Sciences, Law, Science, Engineering and Medical Sciences.Please refer to our website for a full list of subjects (majors) offered.At the University of Aberdeen, subjects are grouped under a numberof different degree programmes. Depending on the course/subjectyou are accepted to, you will be admitted to one of the following: Arts and Social Sciences (Master of Arts)Sciences (BSc, MChem, MGeol, MPhys, MSci)Engineering (B.Eng./M.Eng.)Law (LLB)EducationDivinity and Theology (BD/BTH)Medicine and Dentistry (MBChB/BDS)Music (BMus)Do I need to know my major when I apply?Applicants select a specific subject when applying to the University ofAberdeen, however the tradition at Aberdeen is to admit students toa Degree Programme rather than a specific subject.Can I switch to another degree programme?Switching from one course/subject to another within the sameDegree Programme is usually possible. Switching from one DegreeProgramme to another, for example form the Master of Arts to theBachelor of Science is possible, though will require meeting thenormal entry requirements and/or pre requisites for the particularprogramme.What is the Master of Arts?The Master of Arts (MA) is the name of the four year undergraduatedegree in the Liberal Arts, Business or Social Sciences by the Ancient11

www.abdn.ac.uk/international/usaUniversities of Scotland – namely the universities of Aberdeen,Edinburgh, Glasgow, and St Andrews. The use of the word Master foran undergraduate degree of the Ancient Universities is a historicalquirk. The Scottish Master of Arts is equivalent to a four year BA orBS degree awarded by a US university. Graduate level degreesawarded by the Ancient Universities in the Liberal Arts are usuallyknown as MLitt or MSc degrees.What are the University’s entry requirements?Entry requirements vary depending on the Degree Programmeapplied to. The University of Aberdeen assesses US applicants basedon their high school record and performance in certain standardisedtest such as the SAT, ACT or APs. Please refer to our page 4-5 of thisguide for further information.How do I apply?Students from the USA applying for full undergraduate degreeprogrammes at the University of Aberdeen can apply through one ofeither UCAS or the Common App. Please note that you may only useone method of application. Please refer to our page 6 for furtherinformation.When should I apply?Undergraduate applicants are encouraged to apply in the Fall orearly Spring of their senior year, for entry the following September.While January 15th is the usual deadline for home students,international students can apply up until June for entry inSeptember. Please note that applications for Medicine must bereceived through UCAS by 15 October.Where should I send my transcripts?Students can have their test scores sent direct to the University ofAberdeen. Our institutional code for SAT and AP is 0818. Ourinstitutional code for ACT is 5364. Other documents, including yourhigh school transcript can be submitted by post to:Undergraduate AdmissionsUniversity of AberdeenRoom 10 University OfficeOld AberdeenAB24 3TUScotland12

Application Guide for US Undergraduate Students, 2017-18What is the cost of attendance?There are different levels tuition fees, depending on your field ofstudy. You should refer to the University website for information onfees.For example, an international student admitted to the Master of Artsdegree in September 2017 would pay 14,300 per year in tuition. Inaddition, we recommend an average of 1,110 per month (or 7,380per academic year) for other additional costs including room andboard, books, laundry, bills etc. This equals a total average cost of 21,680 per year.What Financial Aid is available?The International Undergraduate Scholarship includes a full tuitionfee waiver for the final (fourth) year of study for eligibleprogrammes. Eligible international students admitted to a four yeardegree programme pay tuition for only their first three years.Also, with the exception of the MBChB Medicine, Nursing, Certificateand Diploma programmes all other full and part-time programmesare eligible for Federal Direct, Parent Plus and Graduate PLUS loans.However, we are not authorised to certify eligibility for any grants.Please refer to our US Federal Aid webpage for further informationor email [email protected] I apply to attend the University of Aberdeen for a semester?If you are currently enrolled at a US college or university, you canapply to attend the University of Aberdeen for a semester or year asa visiting student. Our Study Abroad programme enables visitingstudents to earn credits at the University of Aberdeen, which maytransfer back to their home institution. Please refer to our websitefor further information on our Study Abroad programme includingentry requirements and how to apply.I’ve been accepted. What are the next steps I must take to enrol?When you accept your offer, you will receive a Joining Pack. TheJoining Pack includes information on booking your housing andregistering and also includes your CAS number, which you will needto apply for your student visa. Joining Packs can only be issued whenyou have:[1] returned your completed Acceptance Form[2] returned your completed Financial Guarantee Form[3] you have submitted a copy of your passport.[4] submitted evidence that you met any conditions of your offer13

www.abdn.ac.uk/international/usa(Conditional Offer holders only)I’ve received a Conditional Offer. What does this mean?The University will issue a Conditional Offer to an applicant who hasnot yet confirmed that they meet all of our requirements. It is verycommon for British universities to issue Conditional Offers, so youshouldn’t feel disappointed if you receive one. For US students, aConditional Offer is normally be made where the applicant has notyet met the required SAT, ACT or AP exam results. In other words,you look as though you are ‘on track’ to getting admitted, so theplace is yours, as long as you meet all of our requirements.What should I do if I receive a Conditional Offer?A Conditional Offer will list the specific requirements that you needto meet before an Unconditional Offer can be made. If you receive aConditional Offer, it is very important therefore that you submit yourremaining scores or exam results as soon as possible, so that youroffer can be updated to a full Unconditional Offer.Can students live on campus?Yes, students can choose one of the university’s Halls of Residence.Unlike the dorms at US colleges, our Halls of Residence offerindividual rooms on a catered and self-catered basis. Most studentsopt for the self-catered option, which means you have the use of akitchen, where you prepare your own meals.Crombie-Johnston Halls, at the heart of the campus, accommodatesapproximately 400 first-year students in single study-bedrooms, on acatered/meals provided basis. The majority of our students live atHillhead Student Village, which is a 20 minute walk from the centreof campus. All the accommodation at Hillhead is self-catering with amixture of en-suite and standard rooms. A frequent bus service runsto the main campus and the city centre. You can compare halls andcosts on the accommodation website.14

Application Guide for US Undergraduate Students, 2017-18Find out moreThe US section of our united-states/Student Housingabdn.ac.uk/accommodation/Study Visa and Immigration formation-and-faqs-1471.phpTuition Fees, Living Costs, Scholarship and instagram.com/study in aberdeen/International Students Blogstudyinaberdeen.wordpress.com/Contact UsBrian HusseyLead International Officer, AmericasUniversity of AberdeenUniversity OfficeOld AberdeenAberdeen AB24 3TUScotlandE: [email protected]: 44 1224 272 187Disclaimer: While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the content of this guideis accurate, the University of Aberdeen cannot give any warranty that this is the case. TheUniversity may change fees, rules and regulations at any time without notice.September 201615

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