International Exchanges – Scotland: Aberdeen

Open to Pitzer students only. Program options subject to change.

Program Title: Pitzer Exchange with the University of Aberdeen

Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

Host Website:

Publications: University of Aberdeen Study Abroad Guide

Students must be in good standing at Pitzer College. The University of Aberdeen requires students to have a 3.0 or higher GPA. Preference is given to juniors and first semester seniors but sophomores are eligible if space is available.

At least one European area studies course in literature or film, history, or political studies is strongly recommended. Suggested additional general preparation options include: Comparative Politics; Intercultural Communications; Language Culture and Society; Introduction to International/ Intercultural Studies; Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology.

Students must first apply through Pitzer’s Office of Study Abroad and International Programs. If accepted by Pitzer, students will then be asked to complete the Aberdeen application.

Program Dates
Fall Semester: Early September to mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January to early June
Full Year: Early September to early June

Required Courses
Students are required to take a full course load at the University including one course with content on Scottish history, politics, literature or culture, and the Pitzer course MLLC110 Intercultural Learning: Portfolio Writing via Sakai.

Intensive Language
Not applicable.

Independent Study
See a Study Abroad Adviser.

Course Options
Course strengths in the sciences, especially environmental sciences as well as a full range of academic offerings. Catalogue of Courses:

Credit Possible
Students must a full Aberdeen course load, which is 60 units in order to earn four course credits at Pitzer. This usually means 4 classes that are worth 15 units each. In addition, students will earn 0.5 Pitzer course credits for the writing course via Sakai. (See above under Required Courses.)

Housing and Board Options
Students live in single rooms in university accommodations located about a 5 to 20 minute walk from the campus. Students receive a stipend to prepare their own meals.