Aberdeen, Scotland

Through the University of Aberdeen Law Exchange, students spend a semester taking classes in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Aberdeen Study Abroad Application


KU Law students can spend a semester taking law classes at the University of Aberdeen, a historic and prestigious Scottish university that is ranked among the top schools in the United Kingdom for law.

Students may earn up to 15 hours of elective credit, which are applied toward the KU School of Law’s 35-credit elective requirement. KU Law students will have the opportunity to study alongside Scottish students by enrolling directly in law courses offered at Aberdeen.

For more information, contact Associate Dean Leah Terranova at leaht@ku.edu.

University of Aberdeen campus
A downtown scene in Aberdeen, Scotland

Program Information

Find information below for admissions requirements, grading policies, tuition, housing and other details for students studying abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to current KU students in the School of Law who are in their second or third year and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Find upcoming dates and deadlines on the Aberdeen program page on the Study Abroad and Global Engagement website.

Grading and Courses

Law students studying for the semester at the University of Aberdeen may earn up to 15 hours of transfer credit, which are applied toward the 35-credit elective requirement. Courses and grades will be posted as transfer credit on a student's academic transcript and grades earned at Aberdeen will not figure into the KU Law GPA. Students must meet with a KU School of Law advisor to create a plan of study, which will be reviewed by the Academic Affairs Committee.

All courses taken and grades earned while abroad must be posted as transfer credit on a law student's KU transcript. The law school will make the final decision regarding posting of credit, and their application toward graduation.

Visit the Aberdeen program page on the Study Abroad and Global Engagement website for more information about:

  • Credit hour equivalency to convert credits from the University of Aberdeen to KU credit hours
  • Resources for researching available courses at the University of Aberdeen
  • The procedure for obtaining KU course equivalency approval for courses you plan to take abroad

Location: University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is in the top 1% of the world's universities. The law school at the University of Aberdeen dates to the university's founding and is ranked among the top law schools in the United Kingdom. 

Aberdeen is Scotland's third largest city, with a population of over 220,000 people. The city is steeped in history and has more castles per acre than anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Situated on the eastern coast of Scotland, Aberdeen offers many options for outdoor recreation.

Tuition and Costs

Visit the Aberdeen page on the Study Abroad and Global Engagement website for a breakdown of costs for this program.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Scotland.


Students participating in a bilateral exchange with the University of Aberdeen are guaranteed a place in student accommodation for the duration of their studies if they apply by the stated deadline.

International exchange and study abroad students are integrated into the halls with other University of Aberdeen students, so KU students will have the opportunity to meet local students as well as other international students. Accommodation mainly consists of apartment-style living, with each student having their own single room.

Learn more on the Aberdeen page on the Study Abroad and Global Engagement website and the University of Aberdeen accommodation website.


Students must notify Study Abroad & Global Engagement - through their online application portal, by letter or by email - of their intent to withdraw from the program. The withdrawal will be effective on the date the written notification is received by Study Abroad & Global Engagement.

If a student withdraws after signing the financial contract they received with their acceptance materials, they will be liable for the withdrawal fee outlined in the financial contract. Students are responsible for any and all costs arising out of their own voluntary or involuntary withdrawal from the program prior to its completion, including withdrawal caused by illness or disciplinary action by representatives of the University of Kansas.

The sponsoring school reserves the right to cancel the program for any reason including insufficient enrollment.

In the unlikely event of a cancellation prior to the program departure, notices will be sent to all students, and all money paid to KU will be refunded.

Financial Aid

For information about financial aid and scholarships for this study abroad opportunity, contact Michele Arellano with KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement at michelea@ku.edu. Students may also book a virtual appointment with KU Study Abroad.

Health and Liability Insurance

The sponsoring school is not responsible for student's medical care or expenses in case of illness or accident. All students participating in a study abroad program are required to be covered by health insurance that the participant has determined to be adequate and satisfactory for any injury or illness that might befall them.

Students with Disabilities

Students requiring special accommodations should request services during enrollment. Individuals with special needs should contact the program director to arrange for special accommodations.

State Department Travel Information

Information about travel advisories and warnings for the United Kingdom is available on the U.S. Department of State website.

Scotland Contact

Melanie Viney
Lead Go Abroad Officer (International Exchange and Study Abroad)
+44 (0)1224 272026
University Office (Room 3)
Regent Walk
Aberdeen, AB24 3FX
United Kingdom


Leah Terranova
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs

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