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  • Locations: St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Year
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.2
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: none Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: No
Housing: University dormitory Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment at foreign institution Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: UVA
Click here for a definition of this term Advising Appointment Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Emily Graber
Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: No
Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: African-American & African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Architectural History, Art, Art - Art History, Asian Studies, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Commerce, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Economics, English Language and Literature, Environmental Sciences, European Studies, Film Studies, Foreign Affairs, French, Geography, Geology, German, Global Studies, Greek, Hebrew, History, Independent Study, Italian, Latin, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Management, Marine Science, Mathematics & Statistics, Media Studies, Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Pre-Medical, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Women, Gender & Sexuality
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UVA Exchange
University of St. Andrews


St Andrews is Scotland's first University and the third oldest in the UK. For almost six centuries, we have proudly upheld the tradition of academic excellence, attracting scholars of international repute and students from all over the world.

Today, we continue to offer the latest in teaching and research, all within a superbly picturesque medieval setting. Although St Andrews is not a campus University, it has grown and developed with the town and is now comfortably integrated.

Owing to the size of St Andrews, students feel they belong here and enjoy the benefits of studying at a highly residential University where academic and social lives intermingle.

History of the University
Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland. By the middle of the sixteenth century the University had three colleges - St Salvator's (1450), St Leonard's (1511), and St Mary's (1538): the buildings of St Mary's College and St Salvator's Chapel both date from this period.

The 16th to 18th centuries saw a period of mixed fortunes for the University. During this time St Salvator's and St Leonard's Colleges joined to form the United College which still survives in a greatly enlarged form. In the 19th century the University made considerable progress in developing teaching and research in the Arts, Divinity and the Biological and Physical Sciences. In 1897 the University was joined by a new academic centre in Dundee and with it gained notable achievements in Medical and Applied Science. This association ended in 1967 with the foundation of a separate University of Dundee.

The University history, its personalities and its teaching practices can be traced through the collections of documents, art works, furniture, laboratory equipment and specimens that it has accumulated in its Museum collections

The University Today
The University provides an invigorating intellectual climate in which staff have close contacts with one another and with colleagues in other U.K. and overseas universities and research establishments. All Schools in both the sciences and the arts are actively involved in pushing back the frontiers of knowledge.

Physically the University is closely integrated with the town; the modern purpose-built library and many academic Schools are located centrally. The growth in physical and mathematical sciences has been accommodated at the North Haugh on the edge of St Andrews. A modern sports centre with adjacent playing fields and halls of residence are also located in this area.

St Andrews is relatively small, despite being a "city", with a basic population approaching 17,000. The University population (staff and students) numbers nearly 9,000. On average one in three people you see in the street have something to do with the University. You start to feel very quickly that you belong.

What makes the University of St Andrews special?

  • Consistently high teaching quality within a strong research environment
  • Excellent retention rates
  • Diverse forms of teaching: web support and small group interaction
  • Flexible modular degree structure
  • Strong commitment to University-managed accommodation
  • Compact and friendly
  • A Scottish university with a cosmopolitan atmosphere
  • High reputation for an excellent student experience

Student Participation
There is ample scope for student participation in University government, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. All matriculated students of the University have the right to vote in the election of a Rector who holds office for a three-year period and chairs the University Court. The Rector appoints an Assessor who is also a member of the University Court and is usually a student.

In addition, the University Court has two ex officio student members: the President and the Director of Representation of the Students' Association. There are student representatives on the Senate and the Academic Council. Students also have representatives on a wide range of University committees. The SRC itself exists to represent students on all matters and is the recognised channel of communication between students and the University authorities.

Announcements Iconannouncement

This exchange will not open in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. Students who are interested in studying at the University of St. Andrews can still do so by paying tuition and fees directly to the University of St. Andrews. Contact Education Abroad Advisor Emily Graber ( if you are interested in discussing this option.

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Town of St. Andrews Information

Climate & Clothing
How you acclimatize to the weather in St Andrews, is dependent on where you are traveling from. If you are used to temperatures of above 30 degrees, then you are in for a chilly time, but if the weather at home is of a temperate climate then Scotland should not cause you any major difficulties.

The weather in Scotland can be unpredictable although, because St Andrews is situated on the East Coast we are affected by less snow and ice in winter than inland areas. Wind chill can be the biggest draw back between November and March, but the temperature is rarely below freezing! Sweaters and waterproof clothing are recommended for the winter months. University buildings are generally well heated, including Halls of Residence, but not all private accommodation will have central heating, so if you are susceptible to the cold choose carefully.

St. Andrews Location Scenic St. Andrews Location Scenic

Courses IconAcademics

Term Dates
Martinmas (fall): mid September - late December
Candlemas (spring): late January - late May

The current session and next academic year session dates are available through the Registry at:
Academic calendar

Exchanges & Study Abroad
University of St Andrews, St Katharine's West
16 The Scores
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AX, Scotland, UK

Course Information
Students at St. Andrews will take a maximum of 60 credits while enrolled. This typically consists of two 30-credit honours-level modules or 3 lower level modules. Students wanting to take honours-level modules should consult with their education abroad advisor to discuss being able to do so. It is necessary for students to have a fairly strong background in their major subject to ensure they meet the standards other degree-seeking students at St. Andrews at the honours level will have.

Students will also need to discuss credit equivalencies and the transfer credit process with their education abroad advisor, as the UK system is different from the US.

For course schedules, please visit here: Course catalogue

UKCISA (Council for International Students)
UKCISA is an independent national body serving overseas students in the UK. It has three main functions: advisory, educational, and 'watchdog'.

UKCISA is always ready to advise students on financial, immigration and other problems. Visit their website for more information or ring the students advice line on 020 7354 5210 between 1300 and 1600 hrs Monday to Friday.

Study Methods in the UK
UKCISA has produced information and advice on the study methods used in the UK, this is available as a free download on their website.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation

Housing homepage

International Student Homepage

International student information

St. Andrews Campus

Cost IconCost

Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program.Students are additionally responsible for room and board, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation choices, cost, and application procedures.

Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa.

UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance.

Cost of Living at St. Andrew's
Guide to Cost of Living

Expenses IconExpected Expenses

  • UVA Tuition and Fees
  • Host institution Room and Board
  • International Airfare
  • CISI insurance
  • Books and Supplies
  • Local Transportation
  • Passport and Visa
  • Personal Expenses

Accessibility IconAccessibility

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 IconPassport 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 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 Info IconHealth 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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.