The University of Aberdeen
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About this university
The University of Aberdeen is a public research university in the city of the same name in Scotland. It is one of the country's ancient universities, founded in 1495 when the Bishop of Aberdeen, William Elphinstone petitioned Pope Alexander VI to create King's College. This means it is the third oldest university in the country after St Andrews and the University of Glasgow as well as the 5th oldest in the English speaking world. It merged with the Marischal College in 1860 to form the university as it is today.
For students travelling from outside the UK, the International Student Advisors are available to help guide them on a range of issues. This can range from immigration and visas information, non-academic guidance regarding life in the country as well as help on financial matters. They are based within the Student Advice and Support Office and there are also various pages on the website to help with confidential advice and guidance. Students are represented by the Aberdeen University Students' Association (AUSA). It does not operate a traditional students' union arrangement but does operate The Hub, a dining and social centre created in the former central refectory after a refurbishment. There are some 100 clubs and societies for students to get involved with. The AUSA organises these and among them is the Aberdeen University Debater, the oldest organisation founded in 1848. There is also a student newspaper and numerous other arts and media opportunities. Another notable organisation is the Aberdeen Future Fund, a charity that seeks positive relationships from alumni of the university with current students to help prepare for their future. Sports are organised by the Aberdeen University Sports Union and make use of the various facilities around the sites including the fields to the rear of King's College and the Aberdeen Sports Village.
The main buildings of the university are, due to their age, among some of the most admired in the city. The main campus is the former King's College buildings with many original structures still used alongside modernist additions. The secondary campus at Foresterhill is home to the School of Medicine and Dentistry while there are smaller facilities at the Royal Cornhill Hospital to the west of the city and the Rowett Institute in Bucksburn. The King's College campus covers 35 hectares around the High Street area of the city. It is located just two miles from the heart of Aberdeen and there are a scattering of private shops amongst them including shops and other businesses. There are two main student residence areas: Crombie-Johnston Halls and King's Hall, both on the central campus area while the Elphinstone Road flats are just a few minutes' walk away. Johnston Halls are close to the academic departments and each floors have 6-12 rooms per floor while the Crombie Hall has some 56 standard rooms and 79 en-suite rooms on offer. Elphinstone Road has 120 single bedrooms as well as flats shared between 3-5 residents. Hillhead Halls are around one mile north and have a large number of self-catering flats as well as a social centre, sports and computer facilities. After their first year, many students live in private accommodation or privately owned residence halls organised through the Unite Group amongst others.
There are courses available from this university with the following field of studies:
- - Finance
- Archaeology and anthropology
- Art and design
- Business and management studies
- - Entrepeneurship and management
- - MBA
- - Oil and gas
- Civil engineering and construction
- Computer sciences and IT
- Environmental science and ecology
- - Energy and environmental management
- Health sciences
- Law and legal studies
- - Diplomacy and international law
- Literature and creative writing
- - Performance
- - Politics and International Relations
- Social sciences