University of St Andrews

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biology, Business, Environment and Geoscience, Information Technology, Languages, Marine Science, Politics, Psychology, Science, Zoology
Course Language(s) English
Average Credit Load 60 UK Credits
Semester dates September - December
January - May

About the University

Study at the University of St Andrews, Scotland’s first university founded in 1413, and experience world-class teaching, cutting edge research and the flexible degree structure. St Andrews students are the most satisfied in the country when compared to other mainstream universities, with the National Student Survey 2017 naming St Andrews top in the UK for the ninth time in the past 11 years.

Life at St Andrews is centred around an internationally renowned teaching system, but it is the huge range of additional opportunities only St Andrews can provide which creates the unique experience. Because St Andrews is a small university, students have the opportunity to interact with staff, integrate with each other, and to feel a sense of belonging. They are active in politics, charity fundraising, volunteering locally, and in playing a governance role in how their services are run.


Fife, Scotland

Ancestral home of Scottish monarchs, world-famous for its golf and some of Scotland's best scenic attractions, the Kingdom of Fife has a distinct identity. Despite its small size – barely fifty miles at its widest point – Fife encompasses several different regions, with a marked difference between the semi-industrial south and the rural north. Southern Fife is dominated by Dunfermline, a former capital of Scotland, and the 'Lang Toun' of Kirkcaldy, Fife's largest settlement. The Forth Road and Rail Bridges are the most memorable sights on this stretch of coastline.

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Courses available

For more information on courses available, visit the St Andrews website.


International students are able to apply to stay in one of the University’s halls of residence. You can also try to find your own private accommodation in St Andrews.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living for one year including on-campus accommodation, food, health insurance, transport, textbooks and supplies and spending is estimated at GBP 9,000.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

You do need a visa if you are a national from a country outside the EEA or Switzerland. The type of visa you need depends on how long your study period is. If you are studying for six months or less, you should apply for a short-term study visa. If you are studying for more than six months, you should apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

Other information

Several inbound study abroad scholarships of up to £4,000 which can be used towards either accommodation or tuition fees. These scholarships are available to both Study Abroad and Exchange students.

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