St Andrews is a small, walkable, seaside town on the east coast of Scotland. The town is located about an hour north of Edinburgh, and the closest city is Dundee, which is about 25 minutes away by bus. St Andrews has a stunning coast line and a lot of history to explore. Physically the University is closely integrated with the town. There is not a University campus, so University buildings are located throughout the town. With a population of about 20,000, half of which are students or University staff, students often start to feel very quickly that they belong. Learn more about the town of St Andrews.
Martinmas (fall): mid September - late December
Candlemas (spring): late January - late May
Students can find classes in the Course Catalogue. Be sure to review the correct year. Courses are listed by level. You can also search for individual modules (classes) via the Module Catalogue. Students usually take 60 credits (30 ECTS) per semester; this is typically 3-4 classes. Exchange students can take a combination of classes across the three Faculties. Course selections will be finalized after arrival at St Andrews at the beginning of the semester.
Only select courses that are offered in the semester you intend to study abroad, and pay attention to any prerequisites. Explore course options at an appropriate level of study. Modules (classes) at the 1000 and 2000 level are known as "sub-honours", while modules at the 3000, 4000, and some 5000 level are known as "Honours". Honours modules require significant background knowledge, so not all students will be eligible for these courses. If students would like to take an elective outside of their major, they should look at sub-honours courses.
For additional important information about choosing modules, review the What will I study? and Choosing your modules pages. Contact your Education Abroad Advisor with any questions about course selection or availability.
St Andrews offers a wide range of housing options for exchange students. Visit the Undergraduate Residences page for information about the variety of housing and catering (meal plan) options.
When applying, students will select their preferences for housing (single or shared room, shared or private bathroom, catered (meal plan) or self-catered) and will then be placed. Students are not guaranteed their preferred choice of residence. For information about applying for housing, see the Applying for Accommodation page.
Exchange students are guaranteed University accommodation, provided that they confirm their offer of acceptance from St Andrews and submit their housing application before the deadline. Students can apply for accommodation 48 hours after they accept an offer of a place to study at the University of St Andrews.
Costs and Expected Expenses
There are a variety of associated costs and expenses when studying abroad. The information provided below is a guide to help you plan and budget. Additional resources are available on your host university’s website, including:
Tuition and Fees:
You will pay your regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term you are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to your SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
You are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. You will pay the host institution or make your own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
To estimate Housing/Room and Dining/Board costs, you can take a look at the St Andrews Undergraduate cost of attendance page
. This page outlines estimated costs for a full year, including housing, utilities, food, etc. Note: While the link above references US loans, since you will be participating in an exchange program and therefore paying tuition and fees to UVA, financial aid, including loans, will be processed through SFS at UVA so other information on that page does not apply.
For a further breakdown of housing/room costs, you can review the Undergraduate residence fees page
. If you are studying abroad for one semester, divide the number of weeks automatically entered in half, as you would be studying abroad for half the academic year.
Travel and Travel Documents:
You are responsible for booking and paying for your own international airfare, as well as researching and obtaining any required visa(s) or residency permits. You should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
- Airline Ticket prices will vary based on where you are traveling from.
- Local Transportation costs will vary.
- Luggage may be an additional cost if you need to purchase it for your travel.
- Passport/Visa/Immigration costs should also be factored into your expected expenses. Students can find information about passport costs on the State Department’s Passport Fees page. Information about visa requirements and associated costs can be found on gov.uk. Note that in some cases, students will have to pay an NHS healthcare surcharge along with their visa application.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
You should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Also budget for additional personal expenses, including laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
Books and Supplies and Personal Expenses will vary based on the classes you take and personal spending choices, however a cost estimate is included in the University of St Andrews Undergraduate Cost of Attendance information linked in the Housing and Meals section above.
Education Abroad Expense Form:
If you are required to complete an Education Abroad Expense Form, you can use the links above to identify costs and expected expenses to complete the form. If you are studying abroad for a semester, to calculate costs, divide annual costs in half.
If you are not able to find cost information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult gov.uk for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.