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Scotland's first

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 centres for teaching and research.

600th Anniversary Gala Benefit - New York City, 9 December 2014

Royal couple to attend St Andrews New York Gala Benefit

The University of St Andrews is to host a major fundraising event at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Tuesday 9 December 2014.

Students walking along St Andrews pier (Photo: Ben Goulter)

Small town, big history

Six centuries of teaching make us the third oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings

World class

One of the world's top universities THE 2012-2013 Rankings and QS World University Rankings


Internationally Scottish

A student community of 100 nationalities and Scottish University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2014).

Mating guppies

Research excellence

One of the world's leading research institutions.

Students using microscopes

Teaching quality

Committed to excellence in teaching.

Students celebrating the end of examinations

Satisfaction guaranteed

Consistently ranked one of the best mainstream universities for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey).

Students embracing during foam fight

The St Andrews Experience

An education for life.

Principal and Vice Chancellor's welcome

600 Years

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Migration Lives

Migration Lives
A photographic exhibition depicting migration in Italy will run at the Arts building (Monday 17 November 2014 – Friday 28 November 2014), as part of the national festival Being Human. The exhibition is part of a special one-day event on Saturday 15 November 2014 organised by the Italian Department.

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