Study abroad: Overview
INCOMING STUDENTSThere are a number of opportunities provided by the School of International Relations for incoming students to spend either a semester or a full academic year at St Andrews as non-graduating students.and we are keen to help students make the most of the opportunities available. A period studying in another country can greatly enhance your understanding of International Relations and be valuable in many other ways. Each year the School of International Relations welcomes a large number of non-graduating students to St Andrews who enjoy our thriving, cosmopolitan, close-knit community and who study with dedicated and award winning academics If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with the School of International Relations at St Andrews, then you are welcome to apply to our International Study Abroad Programme. The 2012-2013 Programme Fees for the International Study Abroad Programme are £14,450 (full academic year) and £7,225 (one semester). Please note that these fees apply to all students admitted to the International Study Abroad Programme. Further information can be obtained from Collaborations and Study Abroad
OUTGOING STUDENTSStudy Abroad is far from new: for hundreds of years Scottish students have ventured abroad in search of new academic challenges. Perhaps one of the earliest examples of this by a St Andrews student is Andrew Melville, who went from his studies here to the teachings of Ramus in Paris in 1564, returning to St Andrews many years later to become Principal of St Mary's College. Of course, Study Abroad has changed a lot since then, but some of the fundamental reasons to go abroad remain the same: an interest in new academic challenges and the desire to experience another culture and to see more of the world.
The School of International Relations has individual bilateral agreements with the following institutions and permits either single or joint honours students of International Relations to make application if they fulfill the eligible criteria
- Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), France
- Universität Hamburg, Germany (new for 2012-2013)
- Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany (new for 2012-2013)
- Háskóli Íslands (University of Iceland), Iceland
- University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, S.A.R. of P.R. of China
- Zhongguo Renmin Daxue (Renmin University of China), P.R. of China (new for 2011-2012)
In addition, the School participates in the following St Andrews Abroad programmes:
- University of Melbourne, Australia (new for 2013-2014)
- Queen's University, Canada
- University of Toronto, Canada
- Western University, Canada
- National University of Singapore (new for 2013-2014)
- University of California, USA
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA (new for 2012-2013)
- University of Pennsylvania, USA
- Purdue University, USA
- University of Richmond, USA
- University of Virginia, USA
- Washington College, USA
- Washington and Lee University, USA
- College of William & Mary, USA
Some of these programmes require a one year exchange whilst others permit one semester of study. Students should consult the Collaborations and Study Abroad website for full information.
Erasmus exchanges to Europe
Erasmus is the EU's educational programme for Higher Education students, staff and institutions. The scheme is funded by the European Commission as part of the Lifelong Learning programme. It exists to promote student and staff mobility in higher eduction, principally within the European Union, although some non-EU countries also participate.
The UK Erasmus National Agency is the British Council.
Full information on the ERASMUS exchange programme for outgoing students is available at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/studyabroad/outgoingstudents/Erasmus/#erasmus
Application to the St Andrews Abroad programme is competitive, but some exchanges are more competitive than others. The most important criterion is a strong academic background, with a minimum entry requirement of 13.5 in your intended Honours subject(s) in first year.
Once you decide which Honours programme you intend to enter, you should discuss your intention to apply for the St Andrews Abroad programme with your School's Study Abroad Co-ordinator.
Consult the website and course catalogue for the university you are interested in and see if there are courses on offer which cover the same ground as St Andrews Junior Honours courses.
Obtain a Letter of Permission from your School(s) (usually Study Abroad Co-ordinator) to confirm permission to study abroad.
Obtain a sealed reference (signature across the seal) from a member of academic staff (from a subject you intend to pursue to Honours). Please give your referee some detail about your application and let them know that, if your internal application is successful, the University will forward your reference to the partner institution.
Complete the St Andrews Abroad Application (Word, 146 KB) application.
NB There is a separate application form for Emory University. This is available from Audrey Dyce, contact details below.
Submit your application form, your letter(s) of permission, and your academic reference to the Collaborations & Study Abroad team by 5pm on Friday 16 November 2012.
SelectionShortlisting will be undertaken by a University committee on the basis of the application and reference.
Interviews for the University of California will be held during Revision Week of Semester One.
Interviews for all other St Andrews Abroad programmes will be held on Wednesday afternoon of Week 1, Semester Two.