Robert Gordon University (RGU) has an impressive international reputation for providing excellent quality education. The university attracts more than 16,000 students from 132 countries every year. The modern campus is located in Aberdeen, North Scotland, which is Scotland's third largest city and is a cosmopolitan and safe hub that is known for its grey slate rock architecture, industry, expansive harbor and for being the sunniest city in Scotland.

RGU Aberdeen Scotland campusRGU is consistently ranked among the UK's top universities for graduate employment for many years and has been recognized for the quality of its teaching and student experience. This exchange is reserved for MSUB students studying in the Social Sciences & Cultural Studies Department and the Psychology Department. Students studying coursework within one of these departments will be will be able to take courses within RGU's Applied Social Studies program. The School of Applied Social Studies offers coursework in social sciences, psychology, and social work.

Main RGU Website

RGU School of Applied Social Studies

Exchange Student Website

Exchange Student Video

Academic Year

Fall Semester= Mid-September to Mid-December

Spring Semester=  Late January to May

Courses Offered

The RGU exchange program is only open to students studying in either the Social Sciences & Cultural Studies Department and the Psychology Department. MSUB students studying at RGU will focus on courses through the RGU School of Applied Social Studies, which offers coursework in social sciences, psychology, and social work.


MSUB students studying abroad at RGU pay MSUB tuition. Students pay room and board to RGU directly upon arrival and are also required to pay an upfront deposit of roughly $330 in order to reserve a room. Accommodation prices range between $2,100 to $3,200 per semester, depending on the chosen option. Most students who study at RGU should plan on a cost of living range between $4,600 to $5,500, depending on lifestyle. This cost of living range includes, accommodation, food, books, local transportation, and moderate entertainment.


Exchange students are encouraged to stay in the designated RGU accommodation. RGU offers accommodation options both on the campus and within the city, which is a short bus ride away. Most exchange students prefer to stay in the city accommodation. RGU offers accommodation at five sites across the city with a range of prices, rooms, flats and locations. All of the accommodation is self-catered. The rent prices are fully inclusive of Wi-Fi and internet access, Utilities (electricity, heating and hot water), personal contents insurance and weekly cleaning of communal areas.

University accommodation is fully furnished with lounge and bedroom furniture, kettle, toaster, microwave, oven, fridge and freezer and a TV is provided in the communal lounge of all accommodation. Communal laundry facilities are available at Garthdee Towers, Crathie Student Village and Woolmanhill. Flats at Ramsay Development have their own washer/dryer.


American students who study in the United Kingdom for one semester may receive their student visa upon arriving to the UK free of charge. Students who plan to study abroad for a full year, must apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa at the United Kingdom Consulate in the U.S. This visa costs on average about $375, plus an additional cost of about + $400 for a UK Health Surcharge Fee. Students must mail in their visa applications and pay all shipping charges. Students should allow at least six weeks prior to departure to complete the visa process.

Health Insurance

To ensure comprehensive and quality coverage, all study abroad students are required to enroll in insurance that is provided through the designated Montana University System insurance provider. Please consult with the Study Abroad Coordinator for further information. This insurance is affordable with a typical semester averaging about $250.