Founded in 1413, St Andrews is Scotland's first University and the third oldest in the English speaking world. St Andrews is a compact and friendly university with about 9,225 students; owing to the size of St Andrews, students feel they belong there and enjoy the benefits of studying at a highly residential University where academic and social lives intermingle. One of Scotland and the UK's most international universities, St Andrews has a high population of international students.
St Andrews is has a strong reputation for an excellent student experience and is well regarded for it consistently high teaching quality within a strong research environment. For almost six centuries, St Andrews has upheld the tradition of academic excellence, attracting scholars of international repute and students from all over the world. Learn more about the University of St Andrews.
This exchange will not open in 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in discussing this option.
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.
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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.
UVA 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 housing and meals, transportation, and personal expenses. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for housing. See the “Accommodation” section above for more information about housing.
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.
For information and estimates on cost of living, see the Undergraduate cost of attendance page.
Tuition and Fees:
Students will pay their regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term they are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to each student’s SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals:
Students are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. Students will pay the host institution or make their own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents:
Students are responsible for booking and paying for their own international airfare as well as researching and obtaining the necessary visa. Students should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page
Students should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Students should also budget for additional personal expenses; examples include laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
If you are not able to find accommodation costs or application, cost of living, or other 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:
Please contact your Education Abroad Advisor with any questions.
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.