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Education Abroad Office

University of Dundee

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Dundee
Country: Scotland
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

USC's exchange program in Scotland is designed to expose students to the life and culture of the Scottish people. The program is located on the east coast of Scotland in the city of Dundee, an hour north of Edinburgh via train. Dundee is situated on the estuary of the River Tay. Although a smaller city (population 160,000), Dundee has excellent cultural, social, sporting and shopping facilities. Dundee is also known for having the best climate of all of Scotland's cities with the most sunshine and lowest rain fall. Students will attend the University of Dundee. 

Cost: USC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA

Students on exchange pay in-state tuition directly to USC and do not pay tuition to Dundee. All housing, food, and personal expenses are paid by the student in Dundee. The United Kingdom is an expensive place to study abroad due to the weak dollar against the strong pound. Due to this fact, students need to budget accordingly and be aware that prices will be higher while in the UK. To get an idea of ​​life on site, you will find on the numbeo website indications on the cost of living in Scotland compared to other countries in the world.

The program in Dundee offers a full curriculum. Students typically take three courses (60 SCOTCATs) and earn 15 US credits per semester. Students can take courses from the following faculties: Arts and Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Law and Accountancy, Physical Science and Engineering, and Art. Students take classes with Scottish and other international students. Portfolios are required if applying for Art and Design courses.

To see courses USC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

The program does not offer organized excursions. Students have the opportunity for individual travel. Large metropolitan cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow are only a day trip away. Opportunities for regional travel are abundant in the UK and are only a short train ride or flight from mainland Europe. There are also plenty of student organizations and sports clubs that students are welcome to become involved in. 

Per university policy, all USC students will be charged for  emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance of  for their time abroad. Students will be enrolled in this insurance by the education abroad office prior to their departure. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

Students who choose to live on campus are typically housed in single study bedrooms in apartments consisting of two to nine other bedrooms. Each apartment is equipped with a kitchen/dining area. A typical study bedroom has a private bathroom, though some less expensive accommodations with shared bathrooms are also available.  Room and board costs are paid in Dundee and vary based on the type of accommodation chosen. Housing is not guaranteed, therefore it is crucial that students stay ahead of the application process to have a better chance of receiving on campus housing. Students also have the option to secure housing independently. 

Classes begin in mid-September and end in mid-December for the fall semester. In the spring, classes being in early January and end in late May. Students have the opportunity to study at Dundee for the fall or spring semester, or the academic year. 

Orientation will be held approximwntly one week prior to the start of courses. Orientation will cover such topics as campus life, health care, safety and housing.

U.S. citizens who attend the University of Dundee for one semester (less than 6 months) do not need to apply for a visa in advance. You will receive a Student Visitor visa at the airport. Students studying for the full academic year will need to apply for the PBS Tier 4  General Student visa. Please contact the Education Abroad Office if you have questions.


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