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University of St. Andrews

University of St. Andrews

At a Glance

The University of St. Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world, founded in 1413.  Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centers for teaching and research. The university's 6000 undergraduate students comprise nearly half of the quaint town of St. Andrews' population.  Students come from over 100 countries and are embraced by the town and university, made to feel part of the community for however long they choose to study.

Program Term

Fall/spring/academic year

Language Requirement



St. Andrews ranks among the top universities in the world. It is consistently named one of the top universities in the U.K. for student satisfaction.

Areas of Study

Economics, English, history, humanities, languages, management, psychology, religious studies, sciences


Residences are located throughout the town so that everything is within walking distance and students feel very much at the heart of the community.  Residences range from beautiful stone buildings full of original period features to stylish new apartments.  A range of catered and self-catered accommodations are available, with a choice of standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities or en suite rooms.

Student Life

The Students' Association ("the Union") is the hub of all student activity in St. Andrews, with all students attending the university becoming automatic members.  The Union offers an enormous range of events and societies welcoming student participation.  The university has over 50 registered sports clubs for both beginners and existing players alike.  Additionally, the town of St. Andrews has dozens of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.


St. Andrews is located in a breathtaking position on a rocky headland overlooking the dramatic waters of the North Sea.  The rolling fields and wooded hills of the Kingdom of Fife lie inland. 


Bonnie Marschner