Athena Study Abroad: Scotland

Spend a semester studying in Scotland!

This program is open to all University of Pittsburgh students and offers a number of courses in the STEM fields.

Take engineering courses in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland!

This program is managed through Athena Study Abroad

Academic Calendar:

  • Fall: Early September- Mid December
  • Spring: Early January-Mid May


  • Good academic and behavioral standing
  • Must be studying in your second year or higher at the time of application
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA 
  • Please check partner school for additional requirements

Costs: Please check with the provider's website. Please note once you are registered for the program, you will be charged the $400 study abroad fee through the Pitt Pay system. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Questions about Funding study abroad?  Check out the Study Abroad’s funding search page and note that SSoE has funding specifically for Pitt engineering students.



Academic Description
The types of courses offered can be found on the Athena website. Courses vary per term, with the First Sub Session indicating the Fall Semester offerings and the Second Sub Session indicating the Spring Semester.
Arts and Sciences
Application Instructions

You must first be accepted by the Swanson School of Engineering International Programs Office prior to applying to Athena Abroad.
Once you have been accepted, then you are eligible to apply directly with Athena Study Abroad. To study in Spring, the deadline to apply with Athena Abroad is typically Oct. 15, and to study for the Fall- June 1. 

SAO Staff

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Konnichiwa! After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue to love exploring new countries and cultures! I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize international opportunities! Reach out to me at!