Abertay University's history dates back to 1888 and has a strong reputation for ground-breaking programs. Abertay was the first university in the world to offer a computer games degree, and the first in the United Kingdom to be recognized as a Center for Excellence in Computer Games Education. Home to about 4,000 students, the university's small size and city-center location leads to a real 'Abertay family' feel to campus.
Abertay University is located in the heart of Dundee - the sunniest and 4th largest city in Scotland. Dundee is situated on the banks of the magnificent River Tay and has beautiful views of the North Sea. Established as an important settlement and port since the 12th century, Dundee has undergone numerous transformations over the years although a large portion of its Victorian architecture still remains. Contemporary Dundee offers boutique hotels, a wide range of restaurants and pubs, outdoor activities, and exciting cultural, educational, and sporting opportunities.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Students are welcome to pick and mix courses, called modules, from different subjects areas - subject to timetabling and academic prerequisites.
Pre-Approved Credits & Petitioning for Transfer Credit
The Global Education Office has a list of courses that have been pre-approved for transfer back to Mason. You can view the lists online
. These lists get updated every semester. You are by no means limited to these courses. If you wish to take a course not on your university's list, you will need to complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form to get the course pre-approved. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application. If you wish to take a course on the pre-approved list, you will still need to include it on the PTC form so we can verify you will be full-time while abroad.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Abertay follows an academic calendar that is fairly similar to Mason. Term 1 (fall) goes from early September to mid-December and Term 2 (spring) goes from mid-January to mid-May.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Abertay. A full-time course load is 60 SCQF. A typical course is worth 20 SCQF credits.
- 20 SCQF Credits= 5 Mason Credits
Students can take 3 courses per term. This will allow you to transfer 15 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at this institution.
| Abertay Grade
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Abertay offers a range of accommodation options within walking distance of the city center campus. With around 500 bed spaces available in various sites - from single bedsits (studios) to multioccupancy flats (apartments) - there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. The accommodation is self-catering (no meal plan) and, as standard, students have their own secure bedroom (containing a bed, desk, desk chair, drawers, and wardrobe) offering the perfect place to study or relax. In each flat, you will also typically find a communal living/kitchen area and, depending on your choice of residence, either shared toilet/shower or en-suite facilities (available in around half of the room). There are also twin sharing options for students who wish to save money. Accommodation is guaranteed to exchange student so long as you apply by the appropriate deadline.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Students are also encouraged to apply for Scotland's Saltire Scholarships offered by the Scottish Government.
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the UK Border Agency's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.