University of Aberdeen Courses

Most students take 3-4 courses for 15-16 semester hours of credit.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Special Considerations

Fall students will take specifically arranged exams or turn in final assessments before departing; you will not be expected to stay for May exams.

Course Restrictions

Honors/3rd and 4th Year Courses

Admittance into Honors level classes is selective and at the discretion of Aberdeen's departmental tutors, upon review of students’ official transcripts. There is a limit of one or two honors courses per semester. Clinical Medicine, Education, and Level 4 English courses are not available to study abroad students.

To qualify, you must have:

  • taken at least 3 prior classes in subject
  • earned a grade of a B or above


  • Level 4 = require significant background in subject.
  • Level 5 = graduate-level, unavailable.

Choosing Your Courses

  • Academic Year = 120 SCOTCAT credits = 30-32 semester hour credits
  • Fall Semester = 60 SCOTCAT credits = 15-16 semester hour credits
  • Spring Semester = 60 SCOTCAT credits = 15-16 semester hour credits

Available courses at Aberdeen are listed in the online course catalog.

  • search by subject to view a full list of offerings
  • find Level 1 courses followed by Level 2 & 3 courses
  • review the course code, pre-requisites and description

Read the Aberdeen Course Selection Guide to better help you understand how to select classes.

Keep in mind that courses on Aberdeen’s website will list SCOTCAT credits. Translations for 15 and 30 SCOTCAT credits are shown below.

Scotcat Credits U.S. Credits
15 4
30 8



Typically Offered
Semester 1 = Fall Semester
Semester 2 = Spring Semester
Full Year = Academic Year
Normal Year Taken
Level 1 = a First Year level course
Level 2 = a Sophomore/Junior level course
Levels 3 & 4 = Honors Level = a Junior/Senior level course

Enrollment Process 

Final course registration does not take place until you arrive at the University of Aberdeen.

Submit the online course form to the Arcadia University College of Global Studies through your Arcadia Passport.

List all course choices and alternates in order of preference.

This form is used only to determine your eligibility for admission and for the pre-screening process at Aberdeen.

Grade Scale for University of Aberdeen - AACRAO EDGE

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Range Description U.S. Equivalent
A1-A5 First Class  A
B1-B3 Second Class Upper B+
C1-C3 Second Class Lower B
D1-D3 Third Class/Pass C
E1 and below Fail F
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