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  • Locations: St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: University of St Andrews 
  • Restrictions: Middlebury applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Other Program Options Program Sponsor: Externally-sponsored program
Other Program Option Type: Externally-sponsored Program Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Apartment, University Residence Hall Advisor: Stacey Thebodo
Subjects Offered: Anthropology, Arabic Literature, Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, French, Geography, Geology, German, Hebrew, History, International Studies, Italian Literature, Linguistics, Mathematics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian, Spanish
Program Description:

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The University of St Andrews was founded in 1413 and is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. 

600 years old - we were founded before the printing press, before the battle of Agincourt, before the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing, before the construction of Machu Picchu in Peru, before Columbus arrived in the Americas, and before Joan of Arc waged battle. Once the centre of Scottish political and religious life, St Andrews retains many marvellous mediaeval buildings, juxtaposed with modern cutting-edge Science and Arts facilities.


St Andrews - Snow St MarysThe University of St Andrews is located on the east coast of Scotland, 50 miles north of Edinburgh, in the mediaeval town of St Andrews. We enjoy a breathtaking position, surrounded by rolling fields and wooded hills on one side, and the North Sea on the other. Our beautiful beaches are to be enjoyed both in summer and winter time and were made famous in the opening sequence of the film 'Chariots of Fire'. We are also famous for being the 'Home of Golf'. Our climate is fairly mild with less rainfall than the western parts of the country but St Andrews is prone to strong winds blowing in off the North Sea. There are up to 18 hours of daylight in the summer and in winter there are long dark evenings, crisp frosts and occasional snow flurries.

Town and Gown

Ranked amongst the UK's top 10 universities, St Andrews has around 7,700 students, 6,000 of which are undergraduates. One-third of our students are from overseas, from over 120 countries, and we pride ourselves on our cosmopolitan feel. The population of thScotland - St Andrews Cafese town of St Andrews is around 18,000 including the students, so we are a very close-knit community. The town of St Andrews is approximately three miles long with University buildings interspersed throughout. The town really is our campus and students walk almost everywhere, passing shops, cafes, pubs, and supermarkets on their way to class. St Andrews' students have ranked us first in the National Student Satisfaction Survey of UK universities for the past five years.

 'Despite being one of Europe's leading research institutions, the third oldest in the English speaking world and, of course, far and away the best university in the world, St Andrews still has that uncanny knack of feeling like home'.

HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, University of St Andrews Graduate, 2005.


Semester dates:

  • Semester 1 - mid-September to mid-December
  • Semester 2 - late January/early February to end May

Study abroad students attending the University of St Andrews can choose to study in three of our four faculties: Arts, Divinity and Science. Non-graduating students cannot study in the Faculty of Medicine.

Within each faculty, academic subjects are grouped into Schools. Please see the list of our Schools on our website. Admission to our International Study Abroad Programme is by faculty so prospective students should research the Schools of interest and apply to the faculty which most suits their requirements.

Scotland - St Andrews studentsAs an International student, the way the courses are structured at St Andrews may be completely different from what you are used to. St Andrews calculates semester or full year loads by credits, and not by the number of modules (specific courses) students take. It is normal for students to take only two or three different modules in a semester. However, modules at St Andrews will be heavier in terms of expected workload and you will undertake your own unsupervised independent study outside of lectures and tutorials. This allows students to research their subjects in greater depth and develops their analytical and problem-solving skills.

Students take 60 St Andrews credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year. Modules at first and second-year level (1000 & 2000) are known as 'sub-honours' while modules at third and fourth-year level (3000 & 4000) are known as 'Honours'. Study abroad students can take a combination of modules across the three faculties provided the timetables do not clash.

The St Andrews Undergraduate Course Catalogue gives prospective students information about each module including credit value, semester availability, timetable, method of assessment and a summary of the content.

Students should check with their home institution for further information about the conversion of St Andrews credits and grades.


Study abroad students are guaranteed accommodation in University managed residences provided applicants apply for housing before the published deadlines.Scotland - St Andrews Hall

We have ten halls of residence, all co-ed, throughout St Andrews and offer two types of rooms:

  • Standard Accommodation - shared bedroom with shared bathroom facilities
  • En-Suite - single bedroom with private bathroom facilities

Some of our residences are Catered (with a meal plan) while others are Self-Catered (with no meal plan). Students will eat all of their meals in their Residence dining room which gives them a great opportunity to make friends with their fellow residents. 

Each Hall of Residence has its own unique character and further information can be found on our Student Accommodation pages.

Clubs & Societies

St Andrews is a small town so it doesn't offer the same type of nightlife a big city might, however the university more than makes up for that with student creativity and events.

The Students' Union puts on events throughout the year, from live gigs to comedy nights and the famous Friday Night Bop! (This is a dance that you will either go to once and never return or attend too many times to count!) With over 130 societies, students are bound to find something to get involved in from the Fine Food & Dining Society, to the Photography Society, the German Society to the Harry Potter Society! For a full list of societies check the Students' Union web pages. There is also a student radio station (STAR FM) and a student newspaper (The Saint), both of whom welcome contributions from study abroad students. 

St Scotland - St Andrews Pier WalAndrews is also home to a large number of events that are put on by different groups throughout the year including many balls, charity fashion shows, debates, drama productions, concerts and arts festivals and students meet in the numerous pubs, bars and cafées to socialise with friends. Remember also to take part in some of the famous traditions which are unique to St Andrews such as the Academic Family, Raisin Weekend, the May Dip and the Pier Walk.

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There are many opportunities for study abroad students to participate in one of the 100+ sports teams and 50+ sports clubs at St Andrews, including: fencing, kite surfing, football, water polo, rugby, rowing, riding, martial arts and Ultimate Frisbee. Of course we have our world-famous golf courses too (seven in total in the vicinity of St Andrews) and students pay a much reduced rate to play them. For a full list of our sports clubs please visit our Athletic Union web pages.

Student Experience

You should also view photographs and profiles on our Student Experience web page as part of your research.  


Programme Fee:

All students accepted to the International Study Abroad Programme are liable to pay the programme fee as follows:

  • Semester - £6,750 (2011-12)
  • Year - £13,500 (2011-12)

Accommodation Fees:

Range between:

  • Semester - £1,173 - £3,351 (2011-12)
  • Year - £ 2,346 - £6,701 (2011-12)
** Please check with your Institution's study abroad office to determine the fees paid directly to St Andrews, if any.

Living Expenses:

(As stipulated by the UK Border Agency)

  • £600 per month or £5,400 per academic year

Health Care:

International students attending St Andrews will be covered by the UK National Health Service (NHS) which entitles the student to free health care. We do advise, however, that students continue to maintain any current travel and health care insurance policies and ensure that they are covered for any repatriation costs in the event of a serious emergency.

The University has Disability Advisers on hand who can be contacted at any time for information, advice and support. Their areas of expertise and contact details are on the Student Services web pages.


Entrance Requirements:

Entrance to the University of St Andrews is highly competitive and our entrance requirements reflect this. 

  • Applicants are expected to have a strong overall average grade with a GPA of 3.2 or more on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Applicants with a GPA of between 3.0 and 3.2 will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

This is simply a guideline and your entire record and reference will be considered in reaching a decision.

English Language Proficiency:

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate evidence of English language proficiency at the time of application. Our minimum requirements and the types of proficiency tests we accept are listed on our English Language Teaching web pages.

How to Apply:

Further information about how to apply to St Andrews, including the supporting documents required and our online application form, can be found on the Collaborations & Study Abroad web page.

**Please check with your institution's study abroad office to check their application procedures.

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15 April – First semester and Academic Year entry

31 October – Second Semester entry


International students who are studying in the UK for longer than six months will require a Tier 4 General visa. International students who are studying in the UK for less than six months and who are 'non-visa nationals' can enter the UK as a Student Visitor.

Further information can be obtained from the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Travel and Transport

Since St Andrews is small, students will find that they can walk everywhere. There are also good bus services which loop the town and many students buy a second-hand bicycle.

Scotland - St Andrews TravelSt Andrews has access to excellent road and rail links which means that many study abroad students have the opportunity to travel throughout Scotland, the rest of the UK, and Europe at low cost. Our nearest international airport is in Edinburgh and students can take advantage of the low-cost airlines to travel to mainland Europe, with Paris and Amsterdam less than two hour's flight away!

The Student Travel Centre in the Students' Union can help you to find and book the latest cheap travel and hotel deals.


Students who arrive in September will take part in Orientation Week events along with all of the new entrant students. Students who arrive in early February for second semester will be invited to join in with a specific Study Abroad Orientation over two days. Both orientations enable students to find their way around St Andrews, meet Academic Advisors, join clubs and societies, learn about the differences between our teaching systems and make new friends.


If you require further information, please contact the Collaborations & Study Abroad Office at St Andrews.


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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 02/01/2022 03/15/2022 09/01/2022 12/31/2022
NOTE: IMPORTANT: THESE ARE NOT ACTUAL PROGRAM DATES. Do not purchase a plane ticket until official program dates are directly from the host program/university.
Spring 2023 02/01/2022 03/15/2022 01/01/2023 05/31/2023
NOTE: IMPORTANT: THESE ARE NOT ACTUAL PROGRAM DATES. Do not purchase a plane ticket until official program dates are directly from the host program/university.
Academic Year 2022-2023 02/01/2022 03/15/2022 09/01/2022 05/31/2023
NOTE: IMPORTANT: THESE ARE NOT ACTUAL PROGRAM DATES. Do not purchase a plane ticket until official program dates are directly from the host program/university.
Calendar Year 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants who apply in the fall or winter will be notified on February 15th of the academic year preceeding study abroad. Applicants whose applicaitons are completed after February 15th (or anytime in the fall, if they are applying to study abroad during the following spring semester) will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline. Some Schools Abroad will fill before the deadline.