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University of St. Andrews

Course Opportunities

Biology, chemistry, English, history of art, computer science, physics, international relations, and social anthropology are particularly strong at St Andrews University. 
You may take any combination of courses, but if you are interested in making connections across disciplines, St Andrews offers five Study Abroad Themes:
  • Scotland - offers you a distinct Scottish flavor and highlights courses in Arts and Science that deal with some aspect of Scottish culture, history, or geography.
  • Sustainability - offers a key interdisciplinary research interest at St Andrews and highlights the wealth of expertise offered in this area available for undergraduate study.
  • Travel & Exploration - exposes you to new ideas and ways of life, and brings together courses that deal in some way with travel and exploration through the ages and today.
  • Science for Arts Majors -  expands your academic horizons and brings together science modules that are suitable for students with diverse academic backgrounds.
  • Unique to St Andrews - takes advantage of St Andrews being one of the UK's leading research institutions and highlights courses that stem from key areas of research.

Use the following resources to learn about courses at the University of St Andrews:

  • Make sure to check the Academic Guide for all Scottish Universities to see if the University of St Andrews offers the subject areas you want to study.
  • University of St Andrews online module catalog search. Note that in the UK “modules” refer to individual classes and “course” typically refers to the degree or major.
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students. Additional courses may be available and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.

St Andrews offers semester-long and year-long math courses.

You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester. A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units are required per year.
Research and Independent Study
Independent study or research for academic credit may be possible. Arrangements are generally made after arrival at the host institution, although in some cases predeparture preparation may be required.

University of St. Andrews 
The University of St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland, founded in 1413.  Approximately 9,000 students are enrolled in the United College of St. Salvator and St. Leonard (for arts and sciences), and St. Mary’s College (for divinity). Both colleges have a cloistered, medieval atmosphere.

Strong disciplines at St Andrews include anthropology, art history, biological sciences, business and management, chemistry, computer science, engineering (including electrical and general), English, environmental science, European languages, geography, history, law, mathematics, music, physics, philosophy, politics, psychology, religious studies, and sociology.

The city is about 45 miles from Edinburgh and 13 miles from the rugged North Sea coast. It is famous for its golf courses and is considered by many the birthplace of golf. Student clubs and societies cater to all interests, including flyfishing and wine and cheese!

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
Important: Your ability to participate in any internship in the U.K. either for academic credit or life experience depends upon obtaining the correct Tier 4 Student Visa before departure. You must request a CAS number from the host university after acceptance.  The CAS number is needed in order to apply for the Tier 4 Student Visa.   

1. Internships found through the UCEAP Edinburgh Study Center

Become engaged in internships through the resources of the Edinburgh Study Center. The Study Center has information on possible internships in the community, including some in the summer after the end of a year program. According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact the Edinburgh Study Center and submit a resume or CV and a cover letter. The Study Center can assist by writing a letter of recommendation for you, if needed by the internship provider.

2. Student - initiated internships

Be creative and design your own internship. Participants have interned at cultural events, at various city councils, and communication companies such as the BBC. These internships are frequently not for academic credit; however, if your internship is substantial you can request credit by following these three steps.
Setting Up Your Internship: Contact companies and organizations that align with your interest.  Career Development Offices on campus offer excellent guidance on resume or CV and cover letter writing. For students who wish to start the internship search prior to departure, we recommend looking at the host institution's online career resources. Regarding opportunities over the summer: According to U.K. visa regulations, only year program students will be able to remain in the U.K. long enough to participate in a summer internship. However, fall or spring students can participate in an internship during the fall or spring term.
Student Experiences:
"...I decided I wanted to go into public relations. I began by researching all the PR agencies located in Leeds, looking at their websites and blogs to get a sense of the company and whether they would be open to accepting interns. I eventually found a company called MCG PR, a team of women who specialized in public relations for consumer products. [...] Inspired, I started writing a cover letter to them, describing my goals and relating to the post about how it had solidified the notion of my wanting to try my hand at public relations. Working in a tea-induced frenzy, I attached my CV and sent an email to them. The next day, Sarah, one of the partners of MCG, emailed me and asked for my availability, beginning one of the best experiences I’ve had so far while studying abroad. "
Teresa Chang (U.K.-England, University of Leeds, 2012/13)

UCEAP students are responsible to make their own housing arrangements and payments to the housing provider of their choice.  Most students choose on- or off-campus dormitories or university-owned housing in the community, while others choose private accommodations in flats or shared houses.  All universities have resources to help you find private housing.

University housing includes halls of residence, such as McIntosh Hall, Andrew Melville Hall, and New Hall; or self-catering apartments, such as David Russell Apartments, or apartments at Fife Park or Albany Park. Most halls are about a 20-minute walk from the town center, and the Parks are about 40 minutes away. Both types of residences have laundry facilities. The halls vary in size and locale, the smaller ones being in old buildings in the center of town.

Students have been happy with the housing, especially New Hall. However, they note that catered Andrew Melville Hall houses many freshers and the food is not very good.

For a small place this town boasts a BIG reputation. Alongside the fact it was named after the Scottish patron saint and has the world’s most famous golf course, the university has attracted people such as Prince William to attend. This picture-perfect coastal town retains a largely intact medieval layout and boasts dramatic ruins of St. Andrews cathedral and castle against the backdrop of the long sandy beaches.
Student culture:
Students make up a large proportion of the population in St. Andrews and therefore the town is completely student friendly and the many shops, cafes and bars reflect this young vibe.
EAP Students recommend:
  • Zest 2: lovely salad bar with a wide variety of food.
  • Taste:  delicious food and a good atmosphere.
  • North Point Café: very popular café, known for its ice creams so get there early if you want a seat.
  • The Seafood Restaurant: if you want to treat yourself to a spectacular meal then this is definitely the place to go, with the best view of St. Andrews.
As St. Andrews is quite a remote, small town sometimes it is fun to go and experience bigger Scottish cities that are nearby.There is no train station in St. Andrews so you will need to get a 20 minute bus ride to nearby Leuchars (8km away). From there you can catch a train to most places in Scotland.
How to get there: Bus: 30 minutes (every half hour)
About: Dundee is situated alongside the beautiful Firth of the Tay, and this seaside town is known for its buzzing night life, quirky shops and friendly locals. You will be able to find all the amenities here that are missing in St. Andrews.

How to get there: Bus: 2 hours (every hour) / Train: 1 hour from Leuchars (every hour).
About: A fabulous historic city, with a world famous castle situated in the middle on top of a hill. Great shopping, cafes and bars this is a must-see place to visit.

In and around Fife:
If you make friends with some students with a car, or acquire a bicycle the surrounding countryside of St. Andrews is beautiful and worth exploring. A must do:
  • Fife Coastal pathway – This path stretches for 117 miles and varies in its level of hiking. The part near St. Andrews is worth exploring, simply for the views.
  • Lade Braes walk – a popular walk with the locals and students that can be walked, jogged or cycled.

St. Andrews Week:
A five day festival held around St. Andrews Day, which is the 30 November. Throughout the town there are Scottish food, drink, music and art events, students have the chance to be as involved as they wish in this festival.

Raisin Weekend

Raisin Weekend: On the second weekend in November, St Andrews University undergraduates celebrate Raisin weekend. On the following Monday, first-years (and exchange students, apparently) participate in a huge foam fight in St Salvator’s Quad. The whole town cooperates; the police close roads, the university issues safety advice, and older students take pictures.

"Raisin Monday is a huge tradition at St. Andrews!  You wake up early in the morning to go to your academic mum's flat so she can dress you and your siblings up in fancy dress!  My mum was Goldilocks and me and my siblings were the three bears!  Then your academic parents give you a raisin receipt, which for me and my siblings was porridge we had to carry all morning in our "bear" hands!  Then we went into the St. Andrews quad with all the freshers for a massive shaving foam fight!!  It was so much fun!  It's traditions like these that are the highlights of the immersion program.  There's nothing that makes you feel more immersed in St. Andrews culture than spraying shaving foam all over your Scottish friends, just for them to then grab the shaving foam you just sprayed on them to throw back at you!"  William Schoellkopf – UCLA, Fall 2012.