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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.

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World ranking for Philosophy

St Andrews' Philosophy Department was placed 14th out of 200 universities featured in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by subject.

China month

University of St Andrews welcomes Chinese students

As a University, we are committed to recruiting the brightest Chinese students and attracting the best research partnerships.

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).

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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.

View the new prototype homepage

The University has a new prototype homepage. Tell us what you think.

Small sample of prototype

Principal and Vice Chancellor's welcome

The anniversary campaign

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