United Kingdom

University of St Andrews

Key Information

Rank 46th Location United Kingdom Established 1413 International Students 9100
Famous Courses BSc (Hons), MMath, BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MSci, MChem, MComp, BEng (Hons), MEng, LLB (Hons), MPhys, MSc, LLM, MBA, MA, MSc, MRes, PGCE, PGCert, PGDip International Fees 20,770 GBP

The University of St Andrews was established in 1413, it's situated in St Andrews, Scotland. It is the 3rd oldest university in the English-speaking Countries  and Scotland's oldest. The Motto of the University is "Aien aristeuein" which means, "Ever to Excel". St Andrews encompasses the entire town rather than a designated campus, with 9,100 students from over 130 countries making up a large portion of the community.

Scottish degrees are four years lengthy, and St Andrews uses this to provide students additional flexibility. Students apply to one of four Faculties (Arts, Divinity, Medicine, or Science) and enrol in modules toward a degree, with the option to specialise in the final two years. The concept of university "parents" (third-year students) and the May Dip, in which students run into the North Sea on May Day morning, are two of St Andrews' traditions.

The University of St Andrews was selected University of the Year in the Times University Guide for 2020, and the Teaching Excellence Framework awarded the University Gold for "exemplary" teaching. Undergraduate students at St Andrews can also spend a full academic year studying abroad at a variety of locations throughout the world.

Services for International Students

Students at the University of St Andrews can get free pre-sessional and in-sessional English language help. St Andrews has two professional International Student Advisors who can help with specific issues as well as general guidance and assistance. St Andrews is dedicated to attracting the brightest students, regardless of financial circumstances, and offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships to overseas students. These are intended to provide support and assistance to students during their time at the university.

Every undergraduate is allocated a Study Adviser with whom they must meet at the beginning of each semester to explore their options. Adviser discussions are also available at other times, and they will help the student through the complexities of the modular framework to ensure that any chosen degree pathways or options remain open.

Ranking

  • 1st in the Times University Guide 2022
  • 3rd in the Guardian University Guide 2022
  • 91st in the Quacquarelli Symonds  World University Rankings 2022

The Times University Guide has placed St Andrews as the finest university in Scotland for the past nine years, and it was named Scottish University of the Year four times in a row from 2011 to 2015. It was selected the UK University of the Year in 2020.

According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 82 percent of the research conducted at St Andrews is classified as "world-leading" or "internationally exceptional," with a minimum of 98 percent being "internationally recognised." Chemistry, physics, classics, and art history contributions all received high marks.

Accommodation

St Andrews guarantees an offer of housing to all undergraduate first-year students who submit their application by June 30th of the year in which they plan to enrol. There are more than 4,000 rooms available around the town, roughly 40% of which are catered, with a choice of single or shared rooms, shared or en suite bathrooms. Rather than living on a single campus, students are spread out around the city.

The residences at the University of St Andrews range from majestic stone-built listed buildings with mediaeval elements to stylish new apartments designed to high environmental and sustainability standards.

Location

The University is located on a rocky bluff overlooking the North Sea's beautiful waters. This little, mediaeval town has a population of roughly 22,000 people, including students, and many beautiful buildings remain as testament to the thousands of years it has served as a gathering place for bishops, kings, saints, and martyrs. The University of St Andrews, which is around 80 kilometres north of Edinburgh, does not have a campus but rather encompasses the entire town.

The University of St Andrews boasts excellent facilities in a range of buildings, from the ultra-modern new Medical laboratories on our North Haugh site to the ancient magnificence of St Salvators Quadrangle, where numerous lectures are presented on a daily basis. In the previous decade, both the Students Union and the University Sports Centre have improved, with the Sports Centre undergoing a substantial £14 million refurbishment.

Alumni

  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
  • Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Chris Hoy - Cyclist, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Dame Barbara Woodword – UK Ambassador
  • John Witherspoon - USA Declaration of Independence signatory
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Course

Under graduate

  • 4-week Academic English Pre-sessional Course
  • Biochemistry MBiochem
  • Biology MBiol
  • Computer Science MSci
  • Divinity BD
  • Earth Sciences MGeol

Post graduate

  • 4-week Academic English Pre-sessional Course
  • Computer Science MSc
  • Conversion in Philosophy GradDip
  • Psychology (Conversion) MSc

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Scholarship

Applicants must be able to show that their gross annual household income is less than the national average. UG students starts in the year 2022.

Intake

The following dates of the session of 2021-22 have been reported by the official academic calendar uploaded on University of St Andrews' website.

TERM DATES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/22
EVENTS DATES
Semester 1: Martinmas semester
Orientation week September 06, 2021
Teaching begins September 13, 2021
Revision Week November 29, 2021
Semester 1 examinations December 26, 2022
Semester 1 examinations finish December 13, 2021
Christmas vacation December 20, 2021 to January 02, 2022
Inter-semester January 3 to 14 January, 2022
Semester 2: Candlemas semester
Teaching begins January 17, 2022
February vacation February 21, 2022
Revision week April 11, 2022
Semester 2 examinations May 25, 2022
Semester 2 examinations finish May 09, 2022
Graduation ceremonies - Class of 2022 June 13, 2022
Graduation ceremonies - Class of 2020 June 20, 2022
Graduation ceremonies - Class of 2021  June 27,2022
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