University of Dundee

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact internationalprograms@noctrl.edu or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

With over 18,000 students, the University of Dundee is one of Scotland’s premier educational institutions offering world-class undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. Sixteen percent of the university’s students are international, coming from more than 140 countries worldwide. For the past two years, the University of Dundee has been named Scottish University of the Year by the Sunday Times Good University Guide. Classes in humanities, social science, accounting, life sciences, engineering, physical sciences, geography, English, political science, business, psychology and fine arts are offered. Opportunities for psychology research are also available to students.

The university is located in Scotland’s fourth-largest city, overlooking the River Tay on Scotland’s east coast, with easy access to Glasgow and a short one-hour train ride to Edinburgh Airport. Compared to other Scottish cities, Dundee boasts more sunshine, lower rainfall and a warmer climate due to its sheltered location.

The R. Harper Brown scholarship through the Chicago Scots Organization, as well as £500 scholarships through BUTEX, a U.K. higher education membership organization, are available for students in this program.

University of Dundee website


Students earn 12-15 credits depending on courses selected. All grades earned abroad affect students North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.

When selecting courses to take at the University of Dundee, students should select a number of courses that equal a total of 60 credits. Sixty credits in Scotland (60 SCOTCAT credit points) is equal to 15 U.S. credits. 

For example:  

30 SCOTCAT credit points = 7.5 U.S. credits

20 SCOTCAT credit points = 5 U.S. credits

15 SCOTCAT credit points = 3.75 U.S. credits

10 SCOTCAT credit points - 2.5 U.S. credits

For a list of courses ("modules") available to study abroad students at the University of Dundee and their descriptions, please click here.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad; by getting all courses pre-approved, this ensures that these courses will count towards their degrees.


Housing and Meals  

All NCC students stay in on-campus residences, usually in Belmont Towers, Heathfield, or Seabraes. Accommodation is located centrally on the main campus and most are only a 10 minute walk from the city center. Bedrooms are single-study rooms, most with their own en-suite shower and toilet, as well as a bed with mattress, desk, chair, closet, bookshelf, and personal security safe. Bedrooms are fitted with a computer point, which can be connected to the University computer network. There is a shared kitchen/dining area in each apartment, on each floor. For more information about Belmont Towers, Heathfield, and Seabraes, click here.

Upon acceptance by the University of Dundee for study abroad, students will receive accommodation information and an application, as well as, an official acceptance letter. It is recommended that students put these residences (i.e. Belmont Towers, Heathfield, Seabraes) down as their accommodation preference.

Meals:  meals are not included in the program fees. Students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen with their flatmates. There are a variety of places nearby to shop for groceries and it is only a 10 minute walk to Dundee city center. There are also a wide variety of places to eat on campus, catering to all tastes and budgets.

Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Universidad Viña del Mar) pay North Central College tuition plus a $4,000 program fee. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. This program fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.