Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program. For spring semester 2019:
The University of St Andrews is delighted to offer programs that enable students from higher education institutions around the world to spend a semester or academic year at St Andrews as visiting students.
- Program deadline: October 31, 2018
- Princeton deadline: October 26, 2018
Every semester, St. Andrews welcomes a new group of visiting students who explore their intellectual interests in a variety of subjects and who enjoy a taste of St Andrews student life, while enriching our community with new ideas and different perspectives. Teaching is organized on a semester calendar very much like Princeton's. Students studying abroad for the year may apply for a $15,000 scholarship from the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia.
Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413. For more information about the University of St. Andrew's and their study abroad program, read the Study Abroad Fact Sheet
St Andrews offers a unique experience for international students. With a reputation for world-class teaching, your academic studies will be both rigorous and rewarding. You will have the opportunity to embrace new perspectives and challenge your own ideas while exploring a wide range of subjects.
You will be supported throughout your time at St Andrews, both academically and with personal issues. Dedicated advisers will provide guidance on modules and academic life, while Student Services can help with anything from wellbeing to financial issues. Studying abroad also offers a wonderful opportunity to experience different cultures in a new setting. Nestled on the east coast of Scotland, St Andrews provides an intimate and friendly environment for your study abroad adventures. With historic buildings juxtaposed against modern facilities, along with the many student traditions, St Andrews offers a truly unforgettable way to experience Scotland.
As an exchange or study abroad student, you will be able to take modules from a variety of unique Arts, Sciences or Divinity subjects. The University offers award-winning teaching which is well known for being research-led – the University was ranked top in Scotland in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment for the quality of its research publications across Science, Arts, Divinity and Medicine.
Studying at St Andrews is a rigorous experience. Alongside attending lectures, tutorials and seminars, you will also be responsible for undertaking independent study, which includes completing assignments, using library resources and preparing for examinations. Find out more about studying at St Andrews. While the University of Edinburgh is open to all majors, it has particular strengths in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Sociology, Economics, and natural sciences.
To view the full list of available courses, please see the course catalogue.
For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.
Grading & Credits:
For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.
- Fall semester typically runs from September to December
- Spring semester typically runs from January to May
You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar.
Undergraduate exchange or study abroad students who apply before the deadline are guaranteed accommodation in one of the University’s halls of residence. You will be able to select your preference of whether your accommodation is catered or self-catered, shared or single bedroom, and shared or en suite bathroom. Find out how to apply for accommodation here
. Please see below for information from previous students:
- "Dormitory housing (or "halls" as they are called in the UK), and especially being enrolled in my dorm's dining plan, was an extremely important part of my St Andrews experience since that is where I met most of my local (and international) friends. I highly recommend living in St Andrews halls to enhance the social experience. If possible, it is better to live in one of the small halls (John Burnet, St Regulus, etc.) as they are more welcoming, and to choose a catered plan since the dining hall is a great place to meet people."
- "I stayed in a catered first-year hall. It was very convenient not to worry about preparing my own food, and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone studying abroad in St Andrews. The university itself is scattered throughout the town, as are the halls, so some halls are definitely more convenient than others. If you'll be taking many Science modules, try to get housing in Agnes Blackadder or Andrew Melville. If you're taking Arts and Divinity modules and want to be more centrally located, try to get housing in St. Regulus, St. Salvator, Gannochy, or McIntosh. If you'd rather prepare you own food and live in an apartment, but have a further walk to class, try Albany Park (though they may be knocking it down soon?) or David Russell Apartments."
Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
Passport and Visa
Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.
Students are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website.
- "St. Andrews is like a fairytale. The small town somehow manages to house Scotland's oldest university, ruins of a medieval castle and cathedral, three beautiful beaches, a world-famous golf course, and a beautiful coastal walking path. A typical week might include classes, a golf lesson, essay deadlines, a bonfire on the beach, a traditional Scottish ceilidh, and a spontaneous jump off the pier into the North Sea. The University itself offers an incredible variety of subjects and attracts talented students from all over the world. Because students concentrate so early, they are expected to interact much more deeply with their disciplines than students at a liberal arts university. This means that in one semester, my understanding and ability to do work in three disciplines-- philosophy, theology, and biblical studies-- was greatly enriched. I highly recommend spending a semester-- or even a year-- studying at the University of St. Andrews!" -Alexandra Mairone '17
Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
- Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
- Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.