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Host University for St Andrews, Scotland

Spend your break between classes or study with friends at St Mary’s Quadrangle.

The University of St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the UK; the university is ranked third in the UK in The Guardian University Guide and in the top 1% of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. For almost six centuries it has upheld a tradition of excellence, attracting world-renowned scholars and the brightest students from every continent. Today the university has evolved into two colleges: United College, in which all Arts and Science subjects are taught, and St Mary's College, in which Divinity courses are taught. Rather than being a campus university, St Andrews is closely integrated with the town. Many of the 8,900 students use bicycles as a convenient way of getting around the town, but all areas of the university are within easy walking distance.

St Salvator's Chapel is the oldest part of St. Andrews College and the protestant martyr Patrick Hamilton, although he was a member of the university at the time, was burned alive just outside the chapel.

The majority of schools are located around either St Salvator’s Quadrangle, St Mary's Quadrangle (with its sixteenth-century buildings) or North Haugh, a modern site overlooking the sea, a mere half-mile from the town center. An overall academic staff to student ratio of 1:10 enhances the invigorating intellectual climate of the university, although some tutorial groups are considerably smaller and usually taught by full-time faculty. All schools have vigorous research programs and there is extensive contact with other UK and overseas universities and research establishments.

You will be able to participate in activities, student organizations, and sports and have full access to the advising, library, and computing facilities at St Andrews. There are almost 150 student societies including the academic, cultural, political, sporting, and downright silly (Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Appreciation Society). The history of golf goes back 600 years and began in Scotland. As a student at University of St Andrews, you pay around 170 GBP per year which allows you limited access to all seven local golf courses. A visitor would pay 170 GBP for just one round at any of these courses!

The student travel service is located right on campus and can help book flights, rail, highland tours, hotels, hostels, and more. They are also available to help plan trips.

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2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Fall/Yearlong: Deadline has passed
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: October 1


Minimum GPA: 3.2

Minimum class standing: Junior (strong Sophomore applications may be considered)

Open to degree-seeking students attending a 4-year institution at the time of application

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Program Capacity

20 students



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