Aberdeen is a thriving university city in UK, known to have several nicknames, like: the Granite City, the Grey City, as the buildings incorporated grey granite that has been locally quarried, or Oil Capital of Europe, due to the city’s gateway to the North Sea, enabling extraction of high amounts of oil. Aberdeen is also the city where Lord Byron lived during his childhood and today the region counts for the largest number of health and life scientists in Europe. Universities in Aberdeen guarantee excellent teaching and world class research and welcome thousands of international students each year. One institution is known to have given Five Nobel Laureates. Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, situated at the mouth of the Dee River.
Aberdeen was rated by a famous British financial service as a leading business hub and one of eight 'super cities' leading the UK's economy. Aberdeen is also known as the Oil Capital of Europe due to the exploration and production of crude oil which is found in the North Sea.
Major sectors who support Aberdeen’s growing economy are: fishing, paper-making, shipbuilding, textiles, oil industry, energy, research, trade.
Names of local big companies include: HAYS, Air Products, General Electric, PwC, Royal Dutch Shell, Manpower, ABB, Greggs, British Petroleum, Accenture.
Any international student can apply for the numerous internship openings that you can find in the local companies.
Aberdeen is a charming mix of chic urban city and pristine beaches, offering visitors some of the loveliest landscapes in Scotland. Whether you like to have walks, visit local attractions or have fun in a club, in Aberdeen you can do it all.
Nice places to see in Aberdeen are:
On a sunny day you can enjoy and walk in one of the many parks and gardens, like Duthie Park, or Hazlehead Park. Along the city coast, you can have a picnic or simply admire the beautiful beaches.
When you feel like seeing a play, go to His Majesty's Theatre or Capitol Theatre.
In Aberdeen, you can wander around nice shopping stores, as the city is rated the third in Scotland for shopping. Check the Union and George Streets that also feature a few shopping centres.
In terms of night entertainment, you can have fun in an abundance of bars, pubs and nightclubs. In the venues on Belmont Street you can enjoy live music. Try the local restaurants and taste the Aberdeen buttery and Aberdeen Sausage.
Attend some of the local festivals, like: The Aberdeen International Youth Festival,The Aberdeen Student Show, performed annually, is the longest-running of its kind in the United Kingdom.
Whenever you’re curious to see other nearby cities, you are one hour and a half away to Dundee and two hours and a half away to Edinburgh by train.
Besides the significant number of international students, foreign-born residents of Aberdeen make up around 16% of the city's population, the largest immigrant population in the country. The main minorities rea: Asians (Chinese, Indians), Polish, and people from African countries.
A number of multinational companies have opened a local branch or office in the city, particularly from U.S., Germany, China, so you may encounter several international business people.
For a city in UK, Aberdeen enjoys many sunshine days. However, the weather is very changeable, so often times you can experience rain followed by a sunny weather (and vice versa). Temperatures in the summer range around 17 °C (63 °F) and the high temperatures in the winter are 6 °C (43 °F). January and October are the wettest months in terms of precipitations. Snow occurs only occasionally during winter and it will last around two weeks.