In partnership with the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, UVA is offering a science-focused program for semester and year study abroad. This track is designed for students who are in the sciences and/or those in a pre-health profession track. Students may enroll in the fall and/or spring term at St Andrews in specific science classes, which will yield UVA credit and a grade on the UVA transcript. (This applies only to students accepted to St. Andrews via this partnership. Students on the exchange program are not eligible for direct UVA credit in these science courses). The courses available to take for direct UVA credit are linked in this brochure.
About the University of St Andrews
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.
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.
Fall (Martinmas): mid September - late December
Spring (Candlemas): late January - late May
General Course Information
Students on the science track (this program) have the option to take all science modules (classes) or a combination of science and one to two non-science modules. Review the following information carefully and contact your Education Abroad Advisor with questions about course options and availability.
Note: Students who do not want to take the direct credit science courses outlined below should look at the UVA Exchange: University of St Andrews program.
Students usually take 60 credits (30 ECTS) per semester; this is typically 3-4 classes. 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. For additional important information about choosing modules, review the What will I study? and Choosing your modules pages.
Direct Credit Science Courses
Students can find the list of direct credit science courses on the following link: St. Andrews Science Course List. The science modules on the list are taken for direct credit and will receive a grade on your UVA transcript. Any other course (including science courses not on this list) will be shown as transfer credit received on your UVA transcript. Because some modules at St Andrews have more credit hours than the equivalent at UVA, students may receive a combination of direct UVA credit and transfer credit for some of the modules as indicated on the list above.
When choosing which science modules to take, students are required to meet with a health professions advisor at University Career Services in order to complete the direct credit St Andrews advising form application requirement.
Transfer Credit Courses
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
For transfer credit courses: 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/minor, they will likely need to look at sub-honours courses.
Accommodation and Meals
Students can apply for University accommodation; accommodation applications must be accepted before the deadline. St Andrews offers a wide range of housing options for study abroad 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.
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.