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I have a personal issue/family problems/illness that is affecting my ability to study. What should I do?
Contact Student Services to discuss the matter. Student Services can offer advice and support, and in some circumstances communicate with your academic school. Please see our advice and support information on problems affecting studies for further guidance.
I am having trouble with budgeting. What should I do?
Balancing your income and expenditure is going to be difficult during your time as a student and sensible budgeting may help you to graduate with a minimum of debt outstanding. Your budget should be based on your guaranteed income, with occasional or vacation work being a bonus. Speak with the Money Adviser in Student Services by emailing moneyadvice@st-andrews.ac.uk or view the information on budgeting for further guidance.
How much are my tuition fees?
Full details of all tuition fees are available on our tuition fees webpage. Please then select the appropriate link for undergraduate or postgraduate.
What is my tuition fee liability if I take a leave of absence?

Please visit the following webpages relevant to your course of study to find information about tuition fee liabilities:

What are the tuition fees for a specific course?

Please visit the webpages relevant to your course of study to find information about tuition fees.

How do I make my pre-payment for tuition fees?

Payment can be made by credit/debit card on our online payments page or by bank transfer. You can find all information on pre-payments including more about payment methods on the undergraduate application and postgraduate application pages.

How can I view my online financial statement?

You can view your financial statement online by logging in to MySaint on the University website. Please select the My details and development tab.

Do I need a visa?

Whether or not you require a visa to come to the UK to undertake a course of study at the University of St Andrews will depend upon your nationality, and the duration of the course you intend to study.

Please see our advice and support information for further guidance.

If you have any other queries about visa applications, please contact the International Advice team at advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.

How do I pay my accommodation fees?

Full information on methods of payment for accommodation fees can be found on the following pages of our website:

If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, you can on our online payments page.

What is the deadline for payment or setting up a payment plan for accommodation?

The University operates strict payment deadlines for each academic year. 

Undergraduate payment deadlines.

Postgraduate payment deadlines.

How do I get my accommodation refund?

If you think you are entitled to a refund, please contact Student Accommodation Services who will confirm your terms and conditions and your end of contract date. They will advise you if you are due any credit/refund and will update your account. All refunds will be processed back to source. You may be asked to enter your UK bank details onto the system via MySaint by clicking the My details and development tab, in order for the refund to be processed.

How much are my accommodation fees?

All residences and fees are available on the following pages of our website:

What will my accommodation fee liability be if I take a leave of absence?
Please read the terms and conditions to find out accommodation fee liability if you take a leave of absence.
What is an accommodation award, and how can I apply?

The Accommodation Award is paid as a discount towards University accommodation fees, and is available to new entrants as well as returning students who are applying to University Halls of Residence for accommodation in the upcoming academic year. Students currently living in Halls of Residence and who are experiencing financial hardship are also eligible to apply for an Accommodation Award (Hardship) within the current academic year.

Please see the following webpages for further information:

What scholarships am I eligible for? When are the opening/closing dates for scholarships?
For full details of all scholarship opportunities, please see undergraduate scholarships, taught postgraduate scholarships or research postgraduate scholarships.
I have missed a scholarship deadline. Can I still submit my application?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any applications that are received after the published deadline.

For details of other funding options that may be available to you, please visit the scholarships and funding webpages. You may also wish to contact the academic School in which you will study to see whether they have any scholarships available, or visit our financial assistance webpages for further funding options:

Financial assistance for undergraduate students

Financial assistance for postgraduate students

How do I apply for research council funding for my PhD?

Full details on how to apply for research council funding are available on our research council scholarships webpages. Current students can apply through MySaint - scholarships and funding. Applicants will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Scholarships and Funding catalogue.

I need help completing my visa application. Who can help?

The International Advice team in Student Services can assist with providing guidance on completing your visa application. Contact them via email at advint@st-andrews.ac.uk or make an appointment at the Advice and Support Centre (ASC).

I will not have my exam results/degree classification until after the scholarship deadline. Can I still apply for the scholarship?

For most scholarships, you do not need to have received an offer before applying. However, if you receive a conditional offer based on exam/degree results, any scholarship award will depend on you meeting these conditions.

For full details about the scholarship to which you are applying, please visit the scholarships webpages.

I have already started my course at St Andrews. Am I eligible for any funding or scholarships?

Undergraduate students

Undergraduate scholarships are primarily aimed at entrants. For a list of other funding sources that may be available to you, please see financial assistance. If you are a current student experiencing financial difficulties, please refer to the money clinic for advice.

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate scholarships are primarily aimed at entrants. However, you may wish to check with the postgraduate secretary in your academic School to ask whether your School offers any funding for current students. For a list of other funding sources that may be available to you, please see financial assistance. If you are a current student experiencing financial difficulties, please refer to the money clinic for advice.

Is there any funding available for conference travel/fieldwork for postgraduate students?

The availability of funding for conference travel or fieldwork may depend on your academic School or area of research. Please check with the postgraduate secretary in your academic School to find out whether your School or Department offers any such funding.

You may also wish to try the following options:

  • The University offers some scholarships towards travel, although please note that most of these are aimed at undergraduate students. You may wish to contact the Global Office for further details (contact details on webpage).
  • PhD students may be eligible to apply for the Russell Trust Awards.
  • Additional funding options can be found on the financial assistance webpage.
Is there any funding available for visiting PhD students ?

The availability of funding may depend on the academic School in which you will be studying, or your area of research. Please check with your prospective supervisor at St Andrews to find out whether the School or Department offers any such funding.

For a list of other funding sources that may be available to you, please visit the financial assistance webpage.

Can I offset maintenance against accommodation?

Any student in University accommodation can choose to have their maintenance award directly allocated against their accommodation fees by choosing this option while completing matriculation or by e-mailing the Finance Scholarships team.

Further information is also available here.

What is my fee status and how can I request a re-assessment?

When you apply to the University we assess your fee status from the information you have provided as part of your application about your nationality, country of domicile and country of birth. Additionally, factors such as dual nationality, parents' EU nationality, temporary residence linked to parents' employment, or right of movement in another EU member state may affect your fee status. If you believe any of these additional factors may apply to you, please complete and return a fee status classification questionnaire. You may also wish to refer to our fee status policy.

Further information, including how to request a re-assessment, can be found on our fee status webpage.

I have my visa. Can I come to the UK via Dublin/Ireland?

There are only restrictions on some students entering via Republic of Ireland.

The Republic of Ireland has a Common Travel Area with the UK, which means there is no immigration presence on arrival in the UK from the Republic of Ireland. As such, if you are someone who needs to apply for a standard visitor visa by speaking directly to a border control officer then you can not do this if you travel via Dublin/Ireland. If you did the University would not enrol you on your course. You would need to leave the UK to a location outside of the Common Travel Area (Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt for example) to return and legally apply as a visitor.

Please see our page on traveling to the UK for more information.

How do I apply to SAAS?

For full details on how to apply, please visit the SAAS website.

What are the Computer Science MSc Entry Requirements?
Admission to a taught programme is normally on the basis of a good first degree with Honours from a UK university (or its overseas equivalent). Final overall grade examples include:

• 2.1 (UK)
• 2.2 or B+ (Europe)
• 3.6 GPA (USA)
• 85% (China)
• 70% (India)

For our MSc in Advanced Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Human Computer Interaction, Data Intensive Analysis, Computer Communication Systems and Software Engineering we normally only accept applicants who have a degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, such as Information Systems or Engineering. Applicants are not required to have a high-level of knowledge of mathematics but significant experience in programming in a high-level language such as Java, C# or C would be excellent preparation for the course. Difficulty with programming is a much more common problem for incoming students than any difficulty with mathematics.

The School of Maths & Statistics is the lead School for the MSc Data-Intensive Analysis.  You may wish to contact the School of Maths.

For our other Masters Programmes, Computing and Information Technology, Information Technology with Management and Information Technology, we do not ask for a previous Computer Science background. You should have at least an upper-second-class Honours degree from a UK university or its equivalent from an accredited institution elsewhere.

We do not require the GMAT.
What are the academic entry requirements?

Applicants for Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies Masters degrees should hold a UK undergraduate degree with upper second-class honours or better. International applicants should hold an equivalent international qualification.

In the case of applicants from the USA we would look for a final cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better.

For further information, see our website - www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/entry/

When do SAAS applications open?

For full details please visit the SAAS website.

When is the deadline for applying to SAAS?

For full details on how to apply, and any deadlines, please visit the SAAS website.

Are EU Permanent Residency documents valid after Brexit?

No. EU Permanent Residency documents became invalid once the UK left the EU as their status was linked to the UK's membership of the EU. These documents were not a valid proof of residence or right to work in the UK as of Thursday 31 December 2020. Individuals with Permanent Residency must either apply for Settled Status or citizenship, if eligible.

Am I eligible for SAAS funding?

Tuition fees may be paid for you by the Scottish government if you are a Scottish/EU domiciled, full-time student, and you are taking your first degree. All tuition fees will be paid through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Details on how and when to apply are available on the SAAS website.

Where can I find information and advice regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Please consult our dedicated webpage for Coronavirus FAQs https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/coronavirus/.

You may also contact the St Andrews Covid Helpdesk by email covidhelp@st-andrews.ac.uk, and by phone 01334 46 4146.

Who should I contact if I can't pay my outstanding balance at this time?

If you have an outstanding balance that you are not able to pay in full at the moment due to coronavirus, please be in touch with Credit Control to discuss a repayment plan.

If you are experiencing financial hardship at this difficult time, you may also wish to contact Money Advice team to discuss your financial circumstances and check whether there is financial hardship assistance that you may be eligible to apply for.

Do I need my Own Personal Computer whilst studying Computer Science?

Please look at the followinglink - laptop in ourstudent handbook for information about a personal computer whilst studyingcomputer science.

How do I apply for government student finance?

For information on how to apply, please visit the Gov.uk website.

What are the entry requirements/qualifications I need to apply for an MSc programme in the School of Computer Science?

More details can befound in  entry requirements and country information.

Which Master's course is right for me?

For our MSc in Computer Science, ArtificialIntelligence, Human Computer Interaction, Data Intensive Analysis and SoftwareEngineering we normally only accept applicants who have a degree in ComputerScience or a related discipline, such as Information Systems or Engineering.Applicants are not required to have a high-level of knowledge of mathematicsbut significant experience in programming in a high-level language such asJava, C# or C would be excellent preparation for the course. Difficulty withprogramming is a much more common problem for incoming students than anydifficulty with mathematics.

For our other Masters' programmes: Computing andInformation Technology, Information Technology with Management and InformationTechnology we do not require a previous Computer Science background. As aminimum, you should hold an upper-second class Honours degree from a UKuniversity or its equivalent from an accredited institution elsewhere.

For full information on our Masters Courses pleasevisit our  website  whichshould provide you with sufficient information to gauge on whether you areinterested in applying for a place.

Is it possible to study my Masters degree part time in the School of Computer Science?

As a part-time studentyou would choose which modules you wished to take each semester, (e.g.2 or 3),and you would then attend all classes for those modules. To sum up ‘part-time’refers to the number of modules taken per semester. This could mean attendingeach day until the completion of a particular module. It does not mean onlyattending on certain days or at certain hours.

With regards to thecourse workload Semester 1 (Martinmas) runs from the start of the academic yearuntil Christmas vacation and is fairly compressed. Semester 2 (Candelmas) isslightly more relaxed with a spring vacation in the middle. This semester finishesat the end of May. The dissertation project is in June-August.

Contact time on averageeach week is about 2.5 hours (lectures/tutorials), supplemented by lab sessions.During the course students will be actively writing programs and interactingwith networks. Most modules will have both a coursework component and an examcomponent, although the relative weight of the two may vary a little. Studentscan expect around three pieces of coursework for a module, distributedthroughout the semester.

The exams are atthe end of each semester. If a student's performance in the taught part of thecourse (Semesters 1 & 2) is sufficiently good, they will be allowed toproceed to the Dissertation project in the summer. The word limit of thedissertation is 15,000 words.

Students who studyon a part-time basis would pay the fee over a 2 year period. Please note applicantswho require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK cannot study on a part time basisdue to the terms and conditions of the Tier 4 visa.

Can I visit the University and the School of Computer Science?

Please check Postgraduate Visiting Days for information about any upcoming events.

If I am absent from the UK as a result of Covid restrictions, does this count toward my absence record and potentially break my qualifying period of continuous residence?

The length of absence will determine whether it affects your qualifying period of continuous residence. 

If you have been absent from the UK for less than 6 months in any 12-month period, in either a single absence or multiple absences, your qualifying period will not be broken regardless of the reason for your absence(s) and you should not need to provide additional information or evidence in support of your application for Settled status. 

If you have been absent from the UK for a single period of more than 6 months, but not more than 12 months, during your 5-year qualifying period due to being ill with Covid-19, or being required to quarantine, or as a result of travel restrictions put in place in light of the pandemic, that absence will not cause you to break your qualifying period.  In all cases, you should provide a supporting letter with your application, outlining the details and relevant dates. 

An absence from the UK of more than 12 months will, regardless of the reason, cause you to break your qualifying period of continuous residence.



What do I need to do to progress into second year?

This can be confusing, as being in your second year of academic study isn't necessarily the same as taking second-level (2000-level) modules. If necessary due to not gaining enough credits in the first year of study, you can take one additional sub-Honours year (three in total). This is likely to affect the validity of your student visa, if you have one.

In your first year of study, the main considerations are:

  • gaining enough credits to avoid academic probation (at least 20 in each semester, and at least 80 in total, for full-time students)
  • passing the core modules that you need in order to take the 2000-level modules for your degree programme
Where can I find the Training in Good Academic Practice module?

In your ‘My modules’ portlet on the ‘My courses’ workspace in MySaint, you will find a module entitled ‘Y1-CORE-UG-Core student training’ or ‘Y1-Core-PGT Student Training’ or ‘Y1-CORE-PGR Core student training’ (depending on your cohort). If you click on ‘Moodle link’ under the module title, you will be taken to all of the training courses.

Where can I find the Training in Environmental Sustainability Action module?

In your ‘My modules’ portlet on the ‘My courses’ workspace in MySaint, you will find a module entitled ‘Y1-CORE-UG-Core student training’ or ‘Y1-Core-PGT Student Training’ or ‘Y1-CORE-PGR Core student training’ (depending on your cohort). If you click on ‘Moodle link’ under the module title, you will be taken to all of the training courses.

Where can I find the Consent and Sexual Misconduct module?

In your ‘My modules’ portlet on the ‘My courses’ workspace in MySaint, you will find a module entitled ‘Y1-CORE-UG-Core student training’ or ‘Y1-Core-PGT Student Training’ or ‘Y1-CORE-PGR Core student training’ (depending on your cohort). If you click on ‘Moodle link’ under the module title, you will be taken to all of the training courses.

Where can I find the Diversity training module?

In your ‘My modules’ portlet on the ‘My courses’ workspace in MySaint, you will find a module entitled ‘Y1-CORE-UG-Core student training’ or ‘Y1-Core-PGT Student Training’ or ‘Y1-CORE-PGR Core student training’ (depending on your cohort). If you click on ‘Moodle link’ under the module title, you will be taken to all of the training courses.

Where can I find the Research integrity modules?

In your ‘My modules’ portlet on the ‘My courses’ workspace in MySaint, you will find a module entitled ‘Y1-CORE-UG-Core student training’ or ‘Y1-Core-PGT Student Training’ or ‘Y1-CORE-PGR Core student training’ (depending on your cohort). If you click on ‘Moodle link’ under the module title, you will be taken to all of the training courses.

When do applications for SLC open?
For important dates and other SLC information, please visit the Gov.uk website.
When is the deadline for applying to SLC?

For important dates and other SLC information, please visit the Gov.uk website.

Am I eligible for SLC funding?

You may be eligible to have the full cost of your tuition fees covered by a tuition fee loan provided you are an English/Welsh/Northern Irish domiciled, full-time student, and you are taking your first degree. The tuition fee loan offered by student finance for England/Wales/Northern Ireland is non-means tested and paid directly to the University by the Student Loans Company. Further details are available on the Gov.uk website.

Am I a low risk national?
You will be considered 'low risk' if you meet the differential evidence requirement set down by the UKVI.  You can find out more about this by visiting the supporting document section on our 'how to apply' webpage. 
When will I receive my maintenance from SLC?

Once your application has been approved by SLC and you are fully registered, the University will confirm your enrolment and attendance; you should then receive payment within 48 hours to your nominated bank account. Payment of both the maintenance loan and the grant are split into three instalments, and you receive these at the beginning of semester 1, early January and early April.

How do I open a bank account if I am from the UK?

Guidance on how to open a bank account information for all UK students can be found on our Opening a bank account - UK students webpage.

How much does it cost to attend St Andrews?

For the administration of US Loans, the cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of that student's educational expenses for the period of enrollment. The US Govt. Higher Education Act, Sec. 472, allows the use of average expenses rather than actual expenses for all full-time students in the same category.

Undergraduate cost of attendance

Postgraduate Taught cost of attendance

Postgraduate Research cost of attendance

How much can I borrow from the US Direct Stafford Loan?

The loan limits and borrowing amounts vary depending on whether you are an Undergraduate/Postgraduate student or Dependent/Independent student.

You can find further information on the US Federal Aid website (see 'How much can I borrow')

Does my US loan have to be paid back, and if so, when?

Yes, you are required to repay your US loan if, at any point, you graduate, leave school or drop below half-time enrolment. However, the Department of Education administers a 6-month grace period before payments must begin. Further information can be found on the Federal Student Aid webpage: https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/repayment

What US financial aid am I eligible for?

Eligible students are able to apply for US federal aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, if you are studying at a university outside of the USA, such as at St Andrews, you are only eligible for US federal loans (this is borrowing which must be repaid). You will not be eligible for other US-based financial aid such as federal and state grants and scholarships (for example, Pell Grants or Perkins loans).  

Please see the guidance on our US funding webpages

US federal aid is not the only option available to students. The University is also authorised to certify applications for alternative education ('private') loans.

When will my US loans be disbursed?

The University will receive all loan funds in equal instalments in September and January (and May for postgraduate students). The exchanged GBP will show on your financial statement the same day. You can view your financial statement through MySaint.

The University will apply the loan funds to your tuition fees, room and board, and other school charges. If any additional loan funds remain, they will be returned to you within 14 calendar days after the credit balance occurred (or after the first day of class if the balance occurred on or before the first day of class). In order to receive surplus funds, you must enter your UK bank details in MySaint.

If your loan does not cover your full fees, you must pay the remainder immediately. You can pay any shortfall through MySaint or by making an online payment.

See information on opening a bank account in the UK

Sometimes there can be delays completing matriculation or opening a bank account. Please ensure you have enough funds to cover your first month's expenses prior to receiving any surplus loan funds. This is especially important for those students in private accommodation.

What is the deadline date for applications for US Direct Loans?

The University of St Andrews does not operate deadlines for US Loan applications at the beginning of the academic year. You can apply for loans throughout your academic year, up to an administrative cut-off point towards the end of the year.

For undergraduates, please apply and contact usloan@st-andrews.ac.uk before the end of April (in your second semester).

For postgraduates, please apply and contact usloan@st-andrews.ac.uk before the end of August in the year following your matriculation (or the 11th month of a non-standard academic year).

What supporting documents should I provide with my visa application?

Always refer to the supporting document checklist issued by the UKVI at the end of your visa application for full information on what documents they require you to submit. 

The supporting document section on our 'how to apply' webpage will give you an idea of the documentation required as part of the visa application.

Please contact the International Advice team at advint@st-andrews.ac.uk for advice and support on your application.

Where can I see how much will be credited to my bank account from my US loan?

On the disbursement date, you can view the sterling value of your US loan credit by accessing your financial statement in My details and development section in MySaint. Following deduction of your fee instalment, the University has 14 days (after the beginning of term) to refund any surplus to your bank account. In order for this to happen, you must have updated bank details in My details and development section under Student Finance > Manage my bank details for refunds.

If my US loan disbursement exceeds my fee instalment, how will I receive any balance due?

You will be required to enter UK bank details through MySaint, located under 'My Details' >> 'Student Finance' >> 'Manage my Bank Details for Refunds', in order for a refund to be processed.

Any surplus credit balances will be paid as soon as possible, but no later than: (1) 14 calendar days after the balance occurred if the credit balance occurred after the first day of class of a payment period; or (2) 14 calendar days after the first day of class of a payment period if the credit balance occurred on or before the first day of class of that payment period.

How do I complete matriculation if I am being funded from both US loans and personal savings?

All US loan students should confirm they are receiving US loans on the Fees and Funding section:

  1. Select 'Tuition Fees - Confirm Payment/Sponsor/Funding'.
  2. Select 'Begin'.
  3. Select 'PAYMENT OPTIONS/CONFIRMATION (including US Loans)'.
  4. Select 'I am applying or have already applied for a US Direct/Private Loan'

If you are also paying your residence fees with direct loans, repeat the above steps on the Pay Your Accommodation Fees - Confirm Payment/Funding section

These elements of your matriculation will show as completed after a few days if your loans are expected to cover the full cost. If the loans do not cover the full cost, you will need to confirm your payment plan for the difference to usloan@st-andrews.ac.uk before the elements will show as 'completed'.

What do I need to do if I withdraw from my studies while being in receipt of a US student loan?

If you withdraw from your programme or take a leave of absence, the University will contact the Department of Education with the details and information of any unspent loan funds. Unspent loan funds are the amount that you are not entitled to retain due to your withdrawal from study, and the University must repay this amount to the US Department of Education.

For further information, please contact usloan@st-andrews.ac.uk

What is a sponsor?

A sponsor is recognised as an external company or organisation we have already received confirmation of funding from - health boards, overseas governments, external organisations etc, where only on receipt of an invoice will the sponsor make payment direct to the University crediting their sponsor named account.

Where payment will be credited to your personal student account (reference your 9 digit ID number), this is not recognised as a sponsor and an invoice would not be issued. You will be asked to declare full sponsor information as part of online matriculation if you have not provided it beforehand.

When will my sponsor receive an invoice?
External sponsors will receive invoices for all students fees. This will be sent to the sponsor information that is provided prior to or declared as part of online matriculation for each term. If your sponsor requires additional forms to be completed and sent with the invoice please include this request with your documentation.
What happens if the sponsor doesn't pay?
Credit Control will issue reminders to sponsors for any overdue fees. Students will be copied in with all correspondence, and will continue to be copied in until fees are paid in full so they are aware that their sponsor has not paid. This alerts you immediately that any unpaid fees by your sponsor may be transferred to your account and you will be asked to make payment in 7 days.
What evidence do I need to provide that I have a sponsor?

If you have any confirmation of sponsorship you should send this to Sponsor invoices as soon as possible before registration. You must include full contact names, address and e-mail address for any sponsor. If you do not have any documentation you will be asked to provide the information as part of your online matriculation process.

When should any information about my sponsor be submitted by?
You will need to submit any external sponsor information prior to online matriculation in order to complete the tuition fees element and fully register. You will be asked to complete the details as part of the online matriculation process.
Can I apply to St Andrews as a Freemover as my home University does not have an exchange with St Andrews?
The University of St Andrews does not participate in the Freemover programme. If you are interested in applying to study at St Andrews for a semester or full academic year and your home University does not have an exchange with St Andrews, you can still apply through our study abroad programme.
How much money do I need to show to get a visa?

Please see supporting document section on the 'how to apply' webpage for details of financial information that you need to submit as part of your visa application, including monies paid to the University for tuition and/or accommodation and sponsorship.  You’ll need to show you have enough money to support yourself - unless you’ve been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months on the date of your application.  For advice and support, please contact the International Advice team at advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.

How much is the study abroad tuition fee for incoming students?
All undergraduate students admitted to the University through the international study abroad programme will be liable for the standard programme fee irrespective of nationality or domicile. Undergraduate and postgraduate students admitted to St Andrews through an exchange programme with a partner institution are not required to pay tuition fees to St Andrews. Please see our study abroad webpages for more information.
I would like to apply to St Andrews but my home University does not have an exchange with St Andrews. Can I still apply?
You can still apply to the University of St Andrews under the Study Abroad Programme
I am in second year and I am interested in studying abroad in my third year. What study abroad options are available to me?
On the Global Office webpages, you can find a full list of study abroad options by degree programme. The University of St Andrews has a number of exciting opportunities for students to spend a semester or full academic year in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore or the USA as part of their degree programme (usually junior honours year) through the St Andrews Abroad programme. Additionally, we have a range of programmes which are specific to a department or school. Several schools have Erasmus+ links with other European institutions as well as study abroad programmes with partners in Asia, Australia, the Middle East and North and South America. If you are studying Biology, Chemistry or Modern Languages, you may also be interested in our work abroad programmes.
Can I extend my stay at St Andrews?
Please refer to our exchange and study abroad student policy for details on how to extend your study abroad period at St Andrews. Students who are registered for one semester and wish to apply for admission to a second semester must apply to do so by the end of Week 7 of the first semester.
I am a study abroad student who is interested in graduating from St Andrews.

Please see our application for admission to graduating status webpage for details.

Can I change modules?

You can change your mind about the modules that you are taking, subject to approval of your Adviser of studies, up to the end of the re-advising period. To request a change, get in touch with your Adviser of studies either in person or via email. If they approve the change, they will update your module choices in the academic advising system. It's possible that you won't be able to change into a module that is very popular, because it might already be full, even if you meet the requirements to take it.

After the end of the re-advising period, you cannot change your module choices for the current semester unless there are genuine extenuating circumstances. Simply changing your mind, perhaps because the module is more difficult or less interesting than you expected, would not be considered extenuating circumstances. If you believe that you do have a significant case for being allowed to make a late module change (either adding or dropping a module), you should discuss this first with your Adviser of studies. They do not, however, have authority to approve late changes, and you will need to submit a request to the appropriate Associate Dean or Associate Provost, via the ASC.

If you are allowed to enrol in a new module after the start of semester, it is entirely your responsibility to catch up on any material that you have missed, and to find out from the school what arrangements are necessary for tutorials, coursework etc.

If you decide at any time during semester 1 that you want to change your module choices in semester 2, you can discuss this with your Adviser of studies at the beginning of semester 2. Your Adviser won’t be able to make any changes until the Advising system reopens in January.

The official rules are given in the policy on Changes to Studies.

How long does my money need to be in my bank account in order to apply for a visa?

The correct amount of money needs to be in a bank account for 28 consecutive days prior to making your visa application.

Please see the supporting document section on the 'how to apply' webpage for details of the amounts and length of time that the money needs to be in your (or if applicable, your parent or guardians) bank account prior to the submission of a visa application. For advice and support, please contact the International Advice team at advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.

What should I do if I have a module timetable clash?

You can't take a combination of modules for which the timetables clash significantly (with some possible exceptions). If you discover that you have a timetable clash, you should contact your Adviser(s) of studies immediately.

How do I purchase bedding?
Bedding (duvet, pillows, sheets, duvet cover and pillowcases) are not provided. You will need to bring your own or purchase a bedding pack from UniKitOut prior to coming to the University. Quote ANDREW 18 to receive a 10% discount.
My University has a partnership with St Andrews, can I come to St Andrews as an Erasmus+ student?
You will need to work alongside your home institution to determine your eligibility to attend the University of St Andrews. In the meantime we would encourage you to review our Study abroad at St Andrews webpages.
Where do I find the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement?
The Erasmus+ learning agreement form can be found on our Erasmus+ study abroad documents webpage.
Where do I find the form to make changes to my Erasmus+ learning agreement?

The change form can be found on the Erasmus+ study abroad documents webpage, selecting the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement - Change to Mobility Form.

Where do I find the final/completion form for the Erasmus+ learning agreement?

The Erasmus+ final/completion form for your learning agreement can be found on the Erasmus+ study abroad documents webpage and selecting the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement - completion of Mobility Form.

Where do I find the Student Acknowledgement of Receipt of Grant (SARG) agreement form?
You can find the Student Acknowledgement of Receipt of Grant (SARG) document for your Erasmus+ study mobility programme on our Erasmus+ study abroad documents webpage.
Where do I find the certificate of attendance for my Erasmus+ study period?
The certificate of attendance form for your Erasmus+ study mobility programme can be found on our Erasmus+ study abroad documents webpage.
Where do I find the certificate of attendance for my Erasmus+ work period?
The certificate of attendance form for the Erasmus+ work placement agreement document can be found on our Erasmus+ WIYA & external placement documents webpage.
Can I bring my family with me as an international student?
Please see our guidance on dependants for details on bringing family members with you on a Student visa. For advice and assistance, please contact the International Advice team at advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.
Where do I find the work placement agreement for my Erasmus+ programme?
The Erasmus+ work placement agreement can be found on our Erasmus+ WIYA & external placement documents webpage and serves as both your application and training document.
Where do I find the forms to make changes to my Erasmus+ work placement agreement?
You will be able to find the Erasmus+ change to work placement form on our Erasmus+ WIYA & external placement documents webpages.
Where do I find the final/completion form for the Erasmus+ work placement mobility?
The final/completion form for the Erasmus+ work placement mobility can be found on our Erasmus+ WIYA & external placement documents webpage.
When do I need to complete the online linguistic support (OLS) assessment?

The online linguistic support (OLS) assessment will take place towards the beginning of your work or study placement. The Global Office team enroll you and you will then receive an email invitation from OLS to participate in the initial assessment which must be done within four weeks of receipt of the email.   You will receive a second email invitation towards the end of your work or study placement.

Do I need to do the online linguistic support (OLS) assessment for work placement?

All students participating in the Erasmus+ programme, whether it be work or study, will need to take the OLS (online linguistic support) assessment where any of the following are the main language of instruction or work: Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

How can I participate in the Erasmus+ teaching mobility?
You can find further information on the Erasmus+ teaching mobility exchange webpage.
What is required for the Erasmus+ teaching mobility?
You can find further information on the Erasmus+ teaching mobility exchange webpage.
I have had an issue that has caused me to be absent. What should I do?
If you have been absent, you need to report this to the University. Please see our advice and support information on absence reporting for guidance on what constitutes an absence and what you steps you need to take.
Can I study part time as an international student?
If you require a Student visa, the University does not permit you to study part time.
What collaborations are currently in place?
A list of our current collaborations can be found on our collaborative programmes webpages.
I represent another institution and would like to propose a collaboration. Who should I contact?
In the first instance please email the Global Office team at partnerships@st-andrews.ac.uk who will consider your proposal.
What is the difference between a Global PhD and a postgraduate taught collaborative programme?

A Global PhD is an arrangement whereby a student conducts their doctoral research under co-supervisors from two institutions, leading to a jointly awarded degree whereas a postgraduate taught collaborative programme is an over-arching agreement between participating institutions which requires students to spend part of their degree programme, often obtaining credits, at any of the participating institutions via a single certificate.

I am a Global PhD student. How much time do I need to spend in residence at St Andrews in order for the University to recognise my degree?

Global PhD students must spend at least twelve months in total in St Andrews, or may currently do so researching remotely but as a fully registered St Andrews student.  Students will divide their time into study blocks in order to facilitate access to the resources, human and otherwise, that will maximise their research opportunities.  Each study block should be at least six months in length, where possible.

Can a student who has already started on a St Andrews PhD convert to a co-tutelle degree?
It is not normally possible to convert to a co-tutelle degree and would depend on the academic rationale.
How do I put forward a Global PhD proposal?
Global PhD proposals must initially be put forward by the School in question. The supervisor should complete the proposal form. Any queries regarding the proposal process should be directed to the Global Office team at globalphds@st-andrews.ac.uk.
Who should I discuss the Global PhD proposal with?
We recommend that you discuss proposals with Christian Harding, Collaborations Officer at an early stage. Please refer to the Global PhDs webpage for further details.
What happens if there is a change to the agreed study dates outlined in my Global PhD agreement?
A significant variation in dates may require an addendum to the original agreement; should this be necessary, the Global Office team will prepare the document, seek approval and circulate as necessary.  Please inform the team by contacting globalphds@st-andrews.ac.uk.
Where does graduation take place for a Global PhD student?
Global PhD students may decide which graduation ceremony to attend. This does not necessarily have to be the lead institution.
How long does the Global PhD application process take?
The length of the application process will depend upon whether St Andrews already has an existing agreement or links in place with the partner institution. If there is no formal agreement in place, both parties will have to carry out relevant due diligence checks to ensure that both institutions can provide the best outcome for the student. In most cases, this will require a formal agreement to be drawn up between St Andrews and the partner institution which may lengthen the application process. Therefore, we advise students to apply well in advance of the intended start date.
Can I work in the UK if I am an international student?

If you have a student visa or have entry clearance as a student, you are permitted to work with certain restrictions. You will be permitted to work 20 hours per week during term and full time hours during the University vacation periods. All workers in the UK are required to have a National Insurance Number.

For further information please see Working in the UK during studies.

Can applications be made retrospectively for a Global PhD co-tutelle?
In most cases applications cannot be made retrospectively for Global PhD co-tutelles, this depends on the academic rationale.
Is there a review process for collaborative agreements and programmes?
A School Abroad Mobility Review (SAMR) is issued by the Global Office team to all coordinators via email with pertinent information and a request for feedback. This will determine whether existing agreements should be renewed, amended or terminated.
How do I propose a new department/school student or Erasmus staff exchange with another institution?
Further information on how to propose a new department or school exchange for staff and students can be found on our New Department/School Exchanges webpage.
Who should I discuss the exchange proposal with?

We recommend that you discuss proposals with Christian Harding, Collaborations Officer at an early stage. Please refer to the New Department/School Exchanges webpage for further details.

Can I participate in an exchange or study abroad programme which is not listed on the St Andrews website?
St Andrews students are only permitted to participate in approved study abroad and exchange programmes. All of our partners are carefully selected, and new partners are added on a regular basis.
Is there a deadline for exchange proposals?

All proposals should be submitted to the Global Office by November if the proposed exchange is due to commence the following academic year. Please refer to the New Department/School Exchanges webpage for further details.

How do I propose a new exchange agreement at faculty or institutional level?
Further information and guidelines on how to propose a new faculty or institutional exchange can be found on our New Department/School Exchanges webpage.
If a faculty/institutional exchange proposal is approved, what happens next?
Once the faculty/institutional exchange proposal has been approved, schools will be invited to apply to opt in to the exchange. Schools will be sent all relevant information and the necessary application to participate in the institutional exchange.
Do I need to identify a Supervisor?
We strongly recommend that you do and if possible contact them or the school directly before making an application. Indicating a potential supervisor on your application form will greatly speed up the application process. Further information on how to identify a potential supervisor, can be found at the research portal.
I am a student from the European Economic Area, can I work in the UK whilst studying?
From 1 January 2021, EEA and Swiss nationals will need immigration permission to live, study and work in the UK. The immigration permission you need will depend on when you started living in the UK. Contact the International Advice team at advint@st-andrews.ac.uk for further information.
How do I find a potential supervisor, or what do I do if I can't find one?

Please refer to our research portal   Here you will be able to find a list of our researchers and a summary of their research area.   When you find one whose research area matches your own, contact them directly to discuss your research interest project and application. If you have difficulty in locating a relevant researcher, please contact the school directly.

I am a postgraduate research applicant and unable to log back into my application. What should I do?

In the first instance, please check that you have used the same email address which you used when registering.  If you are still unable to access your application, please log an enquiry with the IT Service Desk and provide your registration details (surname and email address).  They will either resend your PIN or advise accordingly.

There is an error in my registration details, but now the field is greyed out and I am unable to change my name/date of birth/nationality. How do I change this?
Please log an inquiry with the IT Service Desk and provide the details that you would like to be corrected such as surname, date of birth or nationality. Please also indicate in your inquiry if you have submitted your application or not.
How do I change or add a potential supervisor to my submitted application?
Please contact the relevant school directly and advise them of any changes to your application.
I am a postgraduate research applicant and I need to change my referee(s) details. How do I do this?
Please log an enquiry and provide the following details: Title and name of new referee,the name of the new referee, the new referee, University or business email address, name of referee that is being replaced. As soon as your referee details are updated, you will be notified and a reference request e-mail will be sent to your new referee.
I am a postgraduate research applicant and my referee has not received the reference request email. How can I request the email to be resent?
Please ask your referee to check their junk or trash folder for the email. If they are still unable to locate the reference request email, please contact pgr.application@st-andrews.ac.uk to request for this to be resent.
I am a postgraduate research applicant, and I already have a copy of my references. How do I upload these?

We prefer referees to upload their own references via the link we send them. In exceptional cases where the reference has been sent to you directly, please forward the document to pgr.application@st-andrews.ac.uk and we will upload it to your application.

Please ensure your reference is on your referee's headed paper, includes a contact email and is signed and dated within the last 12 months; otherwise the reference may be disregarded. Referees will be contacted to confirm the safe receipt of any reference.

I would like to add a third reference to my submitted postgraduate research application. How do I do this?
A third reference is not necessary unless specifically requested by your school. The quickest way to upload a third reference is through your online application. Please log back into your research application and upload your third reference via the upload documents link. Uploaded documents are immediately attached to your application and are visible to your school selection committee.
I am an international student, will I be able to stay in the UK to work after I graduate?
The UKVI have various schemes that may enable international graduates to stay in the UK after studies. More information on working in the UK or contact the International Advice team at advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.
How many documents can I upload to my postgraduate research application?
Please only upload documents requested by the application form or those specifically requested by your school. A good, well planned application should have no more than 4 to 5 documents for science-based programmes and no more than 6 to 7 for arts-based programmes. Transcripts and certificates can be merged into one document and then reduced in size. First impressions count, so make sure you submit a thoughtful and carefully prepared application rather than one which has numerous documents haphazardly attached, or which may need to be replaced following submission.
Should I upload prize award certificates or published papers to my postgraduate research application?
No, it is not necessary to provide such documents. Please indicate any prize achievements or published papers in your CV.
I want to replace one of my documents in my postgraduate research application, but I have already submitted it. How do I do this?
We will need to do this for you. Please send the new document to pgr.application@st-andrews.ac.uk and remember to indicate clearly which document you would like to be replaced.
I have submitted my postgraduate research application but want to upload another document to my application. How do I do this?
Please check with your school if the additional document is required. The quickest way to upload an additional document is through your online application. Please log back into your research application and upload your document via the Upload Documents link. Uploaded documents are immediately attached to your application and are visible to your school selection committee.
I have now received proof of English language/final transcript. How do I upload these to my submitted postgraduate research application?
The quickest way to upload your English language certificate/final transcript is through your online application. Please log back into your research application and upload your certificates via the Upload Documents link. Uploaded documents are immediately attached to your application and are visible to your school selection committee.
How can I check on the status of my postgraduate research application?
Please contact your school directly as they are best placed to advise you on the status of your application.
I want to defer/change my postgraduate research start date. What do I do?

You should contact your school directly to discuss this possibility. A deferral is not formally confirmed until you receive a revised offer.

For international applicants, deferring your start date may have implications on your CAS/visa/ATAS clearance.

What is a Leave of Absence?
A Leave of Absence denotes a period of time where the University permits a student to disengage with their studies and return at a later date. This allows a student to manage a changes in circumstance such as illness, bereavement, family circumstances, financial reasons, internship opportunities. An application for a Leave of Absence can be made at any time, but this is not a guaranteed right, and falls within the scope of the Senate Regulations, which the Registry Support Officer will advise on as well as issues such as academic progression, visa conditions, fees, funding, accommodation
I am a postgraduate research student. How do I apply for a leave of absence?

We advise that in the first instance you discuss your situation and circumstances with your Principal Supervisor or Director of Postgraduate Research. As part of this process we also advise that you consult with Student Services to see if your situation and circumstances are best addressed by a leave of absence, or whether other avenues of support and advice can address your concerns. If you decide to take a leave of absence, you must make the application through MMS, and information on the procedure and evidence required can be found by visiting the Leave of Absence page.
If you require further detailed information, please contact the Registry Officer (Student Support - Postgraduate Research).

How do I return to my studies after a Leave of Absence?

It is a student's responsibility to ensure that they re-engage with the University following a period of Leave of Absence. The University will contact students towards the end of their period of leave of absence through our Re-engagement system. When a student receives a letter of re-engagement via their University email account, they can complete the process through the online e-vision link provided.

If a student is on a Leave of Absence for medical reasons, they will be required to upload medical evidence such as a GP Letter as part of the application. Furthermore, students on a Tier 4 Visa will need to request a CAS to apply for a new visa through the Student Services International Advice Team.

Failure to re-engage with your studies following a Leave of Absence can result in termination of studies under the Failure to Register policy, so it is therefore important you take sufficient steps to re-engage with the University at the end of your leave of absence.

I am a postgraduate research student who has returned from a leave of absence. What should I do if my ID card is inactive or not working?
You will require a new ID card. Please ensure that you have contacted the Registry Officer (Student Support - Postgraduate Research) to confirm that you have returned from your leave of absence. If you have already done this and you have received confirmation that your record has been updated, you should contact ID cards to request a new card.
I am a postgraduate research student. What is an extension to study?
You may find that you require extra time to complete your thesis. If you realise that you will not be able to submit your thesis by the set deadline, it is very important that you acknowledge this as early as possible and take advice from your Principal Supervisor or Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. An extension may be granted for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months for a PhD, and 3 or 6 months for an MPhil. Further extensions are only granted under exceptional circumstances and have considerable financial implications. The Registry Officer (Student Support - Postgraduate Research) will be able to advise on these implications.
I am a postgraduate research student. How do I apply for an extension?

Extensions are only granted under exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Associate Dean Students. In the first instance you must discuss taking an extension with your Principal Supervisor or Director of Postgraduate Research Studies. You may also wish to seek advice from Student Services if the reasons you are taking an extension to study are due to significant extenuating circumstances as they will be able to provide advice and support with respect to managing those circumstances. If you then decide to formally apply for an extension to your studies, you must contact the Registry Officer (Student Support - Postgraduate Research) who will advise you further on whether extension is a suitable option for you, the implications in taking an extension to study, and also the details of the application process.

I am a postgraduate research student. What happens if I am not ready to submit my thesis at the end of my extension?
You must contact and log an enquiry with the Registry Officer (Student Support - Postgraduate Research) at reg-support-pgr@st-andrews.ac.uk, who will discuss your options.
I am a postgraduate research student. What is a mode of attendance change and how can I apply for this?
Mode of attendance relates to whether you are studying full-time or part-time. You may wish to change from either part-time to full-time study or vice versa if your circumstances change. You must however speak to your supervisor in the first instance to check whether this is possible. Please note that you cannot change from full-time to part-time when you are either entering or within your continuation period. If you are an Overseas Tier 4 student, you will not be able to change from full-time to part-time study. If you are considering a mode of attendance change, please contact the Registry Officer for research student support to discuss this. More detailed information can be found at study and advice.
I am a postgraduate research student. What is withdrawal from studies?
When you withdraw from your studies, you are requesting to leave your PhD or MPhil and stop studying at the University. It is very important to understand that once you have withdrawn, it cannot be reversed, and should you wish to resume your studies, you will need to apply for re-admission.
I am a postgraduate research student. How do I formally withdraw from my studies?
In the first instance you must discuss this with your supervisor and we also advise that you speak to Student Services. If you still wish to go ahead with your withdrawal, please contact the Registry Officer for research student support at reg-support-pgr@st-andrews.ac.uk who will outline the procedure you must follow.

Further information on this process and its implications can be found here.
I am a postgraduate research student. What is a change in degree registration?
You can request to change the type of degree for which you are registered. For example, you may decide to extend your MPhil research into a PhD thesis, or vice versa. Any proposed change in registration should first be discussed with your supervisor. Change in registration can have implications for your Tier 4 visa (if overseas) or your funding, so please contact the Registry Officer (Student Support - Postgraduate Research) to discuss.
I am a postgraduate research student. How do I change my degree registration?
After discussing the change with your supervisor, you will need to contact the Registry Officer for Research Student Support with the following information:a) the programme for which you wish to register, b) the reasons for requesting the change. Your school must also provide the registry officer written support for the change. This will then be passed to the Pro Provost for consideration.
I am a postgraduate research student. What research is classed as fieldwork?
Research classed as fieldwork is defined as study primarily conducted for the purpose of gathering data in a place outside St Andrews for a period of not less than three months, where no other arrangement or collaborative agreement is in place, where at least 75% of the time is spent outside St Andrews, and when the research could only be conducted outside St Andrews. Examples of such fieldwork include archaeological excavations/surveys, the gathering of ethnographic data or visits to sites of geological importance.
I am a postgraduate research student and my supervisor has changed. How is this updated on my record?
Your school is required to notify the postgraduate research team in Registry. Please contact the postgraduate secretary in your school.
I am a postgraduate research student. What is the Doctoral Extension Scheme (DES) and how do I apply for it?
DES is a 12-month work visa route for students studying a PhD or other doctoral level qualification. In order to qualify you must be on a Tier 4 (General) visa or Student visa, be studying a PhD or other doctoral level qualification, apply up to 60 days before the course end date, meet the financial requirement (maintenance), apply from inside the UK and have a valid Tier 4 (General) visa or Student visa at the time of application. You cannot apply if your Tier 4 visa has expired. You must contact International Advice in Student Services to apply.
Where can I get help with my anxiety?

Speak with Student Services, their team of Wellbeing Advisers and Counsellors can assist you in managing your stress/anxiety. For further information please see our information on stress and anxiety.

The coronavirus pandemic has presented a significant challenge to our mental health and wellbeing. It is important to look after your mental and physical wellbeing while studying and staying at home.

Here you can find guidance and resources for how you can take steps to study and live well, as well as key contact points you can get in touch with during this challenging period.

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/coronavirus/wellbeing/students/

I am a postgraduate research student and I am preparing to submit my thesis to Registry for examination. My supervisor is away and is unavailable to sign the declarations. Can I ask someone else to sign them on his/her behalf?
Electronic scanned signatures are acceptable. If you are unable to contact your supervisor, your head of school may sign the declarations on behalf of your supervisor.
I am a postgraduate research student and I have submitted my thesis. Do I get a copy of my thesis returned to me pre-viva?
The convenor of the examining committee may return one copy of your thesis to you following your viva (within two weeks). Should you require your own copy for your viva, please arrange for an extra copy to be printed.
I am a postgraduate research student. When will I be told the date, time and location of my viva?
The normal period of examination is three months from the date of submission of your thesis, and your viva should take place within this period. The convener of your examining committee is responsible for arranging the date of your viva and will communicate it directly to you or via your supervisor.
I am a postgraduate research student. Now that I have submitted my thesis, what is my status for exemption purposes (eg. Council Tax)?
You are only eligible for exemption up to the date of your viva.
I am a postgraduate research student, and I have been given three months for minor corrections as a result of the examination of my thesis. When will I receive my list of corrections?
Within two weeks of your viva, the convenor of the examining committee is required to send you a copy of the Report of Committee of Examiners detailing corrections required. Registry does not communicate this to you, so please contact the convenor of your examining committee directly.
I feel stressed quite a lot. Is there anything I can do about it?

Although some degree of stress is an expected part of the University experience, discussing your concerns with Student Services can help with managing the level of stress you experience. Please see our advice and support information on feeling stressed or anxious for further guidance and self-help materials.

The coronavirus pandemic has presented a significant challenge to our mental health and wellbeing. It is important to look after your mental and physical wellbeing while studying and staying at home.

Here you can find guidance and resources for how you can take steps to study and live well, as well as key contact points you can get in touch with during this challenging period. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/coronavirus/wellbeing/students/

What should I do if I have changed my name or my name is incorrect on the system?
Please log an inquiry indicating the change required. You should upload an official document which shows your correct name (e.g. passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate) and we will amend your details accordingly.
I am a postgraduate research student. What are the deadlines for eligibility to graduate at the next graduation ceremony?
Please refer to the graduation web page
I am a postgraduate research student. Am I eligible to graduate?
Provided you have received a letter from the Associate Dean approving your examining committee recommendation that your degree be awarded and you have submitted the hardbound copy of your thesis and CD to Registry you are eligible to graduate. You may wish to refer to our Graduation webpages.
How do I apply to graduate?
Please contact the Graduation Office directly via graduation@st-andrews.ac.uk.
I am a postgraduate research student and I have received a letter from the Associate Provost warning that my studies may be terminated. What should I do?
Please respond to the Associate Provost within the timescale as detailed in your letter.
I am studying for a PhD. Can I take a taught module for credit?
No, but you can request permission to audit a module as an appropriate way of gaining additional knowledge or skills. Seek permission from the relevant head of school who will determine whether and to what extent you may attend the lectures, seminars and/or practical sessions. You will not receive a grade or any credit for the module and will not necessarily receive resources for the module or access to school facilities.
I am a postgraduate research student and I have submitted my thesis. My ID card has expired. Will it be renewed?
There is no need to renew your ID card. You will have full access to University facilities for up to six months or until the Associate Provost approves the recommendation of your examining committee.
How do I apply for a postgraduate taught programme?
Applications to taught postgraduate programmes are made online.
My application is incomplete, how do I provide the documentation?
You will receive a message should you be required to provide any additional documentation. You will have the opportunity to upload this through the MyApplication portal using your username and password.
When will I know the outcome of my taught postgraduate application?
When all the required supporting documents have been provided, decisions on complete applications are usually made within four to six weeks unless your programme has a specific closing date. You can track the progress of your application through the MyApplication portal using your username and password.
Can the pre-payment be refunded?

Pre-payments will only be refunded under the following circumstances:

  • You do not fulfil our academic conditions of admission.
  • You do not fulfil our terms and conditions of your offer.
  • There are medical reasons for withdrawal.
  • You are not successful in securing a UK student visa.
  • The programme is full at the time the pre-payment is made.
  • within the 14 day statutory cancellation period during which you can change your mind about accepting an offer to study at the University.
When will I receive postgraduate entrant information?

When you hold an unconditional offer, having satisfied all entry conditions and paid any required pre-payment, you will receive a welcome pre-enrolment email ahead of your programme start date. This will include:

  • full details of all of our welcome and orientation events for new postgraduate students
  • confirmation of online enrolment procedures and fee payment options
I am worried about my mental health. What should I do?

Speak with Student Services about your concerns. You can get in touch by emailing theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk or you can book an appointment online.  You may also find it useful to look at the University wellbeing support pages: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/coronavirus/wellbeing/students/

The coronavirus pandemic has presented a significant challenge to our mental health and wellbeing. It is important to look after your mental and physical wellbeing while studying and staying at home.

Below you can find guidance and resources for how you can take steps to study and live well, as well as key contact points you can get in touch with during this challenging period.

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/coronavirus/wellbeing/students/

What should I do if I require a letter to confirm my registered student status?
Please log an inquiry via Ask a Question and a student status letter will be emailed to you.
I am being sponsored by SAAS/SLC. Why is my tuition fee on my financial statement?
If your tuition fee shows on your financial statement in MySaint, this means that we have not yet received notification from your funding body that you are being funded. Please provide a copy of your award notification letter by emailing studentfinance@st-andrews.ac.uk.
I am a registered student. Have you confirmed my attendance to Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)/Scottish Loans Company (SLC)?

Please contact Academic Registry by submitting a question providing your full name, date of birth, student support number and your student ID number to allow the team to investigate this further.

Can I request a pdf of a transcript of my academic record?
Information on requesting pdf transcripts is available online
How do I order a copy of my academic record?
You can find information on ordering a copy of your academic record online at letters and transcripts.
How do I order a copy of my degree certificate?
Information regarding ordering a duplicate degree certificate can be found on-line at letters and transcripts.
Can I request a letter confirming I am eligible to graduate for Visa purposes?

Please contact Academic Registry by submitting a question providing your full name, date of birth and your student ID number to allow the team to provide you with this.

I need an extension for a coursework item or deadline. What should I do?

If you need an extension, you should contact the relevant person within the school. This will normally be the tutor or module coordinator, but is sometimes the director of teaching - your school secretary will know if you are in doubt! It is important that you let the school know of any problems you are having as soon as they occur. Please see our advice and support information on extensions for coursework/deadlines for further guidance.

How long will it take to process my request for a transcript of my academic record?
Please allow up to five working days for your request for a transcript of your academic record to be processed. This may take longer should we be required to access your records held within our archive. We will update you on progress and confirm when you order has been dispatched to the necessary address(es) provided with your order.
Do I have to pay for a transcript of my academic record?

Information on ordering a copy of your academic record is available online at letters and transcripts.

Can I provide multiple addresses when ordering transcripts of my academic record?
Further information on providing multiple addresses can be found here
How do I order a confirmation of degree letter?
Further information on confirmation of degree letters is available at letters and transcripts.
How do I order a letter confirming my degree was taught/researched in English?

Please contact Academic Registry by submitting a question providing your full name, date of birth and your student ID number to allow the team to provide you with a letter.

How can I verify a student degree?
Please email transcripts@st-andrews.ac.uk ensuring that you have provided a signed release from the student, giving us their consent to release their information to you.
How can I verify the dates a student attended the University of St Andrews?
Please email transcripts@st-andrews.ac.uk ensuring that you have provided a signed release from the student, giving us their consent to release their information to you.
What is the difference between a MA and a BA?

MA is the main Honours degree offered in the Faculty of Arts, and is equivalent to BA offered at many other institutions. St Andrews uses the title MA for historical reasons, in common with the other ancient Scottish universities.

St Andrews also offers the unique BA (International Honours) degree, in partnership with the College of William & Mary in Virginia, USA.

How do I complete my Career Development Loan form?

Please contact Academic Registry by emailing transcripts@st-andrews.ac.uk and provide us with a scanned copy of the form for completion.

How can I tell if a particular course is registered for the Career Development Loan?
All courses listed on the University of St Andrews webpages are registered with Skills Development Scotland and are eligible for the Career Development Loan.
Have you confirmed my registration to Fife Council?

Please contact Academic Registry by submitting a question providing your full name, date of birth and student ID number to allow the team to check your registration has been confirmed to Fife Council.

Can you confirm my dates of attendance to the Council?
Information on Council Tax exemption is available here
Where do I access the exam timetable?
Further information relating to the examination timetable can be found directly or under examinations.
Where do I find past exam papers?
Past exam papers can be accessed via MySaint by clicking on Past Papers under the My courses tab. If the past paper you require is not available via MySaint, please check with the relevant School in the first instance. Please note that the School of Mathematics and Statistics has its own arrangements for making past papers available through its web pages, which are notified to students.
I would like to know information about the format of my exam paper etc. Who should I contact?
Students who require information regarding the format of their exam paper should contact their School for details.
Exams make me really nervous. Do you have any advice?
It is normal to feel apprehensive or worried about upcoming exams. Have a look at the exam anxiety webpage for plenty of hints and tips. If you would like to speak to someone about managing stress caused by exams, please email the ASC.
I will not be able to take the exam when scheduled. When will my deferred assessment take place?
Deferred assessment is not automatically granted if you cannot attend an exam. The School will determine whether or not to offer you a deferred assessment based on your reasons for being unable to attend. They will require proof of your reasons for absence. The School will also determine when the deferred assessment will take place. See also: If you do not attend the exam and are not granted deferred or alternative assessment you may not gain credit for the module. Therefore it is vital that you seek advice from the School, and ensure that you will be able to provide any documentation that they require to grant your absence from the exam and the deferred/alternative assessment.
I would like to provide feedback on the examinations process. Who should I send this to?
Academic Registry strives to provide you with the best possible exam experience. We greatly welcome any feedback or comments you might have. Any feedback relating to the exam venue, exam invigilators, exam timetable or general exam arrangements should be communicated to Academic Registry by submitting a question. Feedback relating to the content of your examination paper should be emailed to the relevant School.
How do I access my exam results?
Exam results can be viewed through your Student Record Card
When are reassessments held?
There is one annual resit examination (reassessment) diet held in August, for students eligible for reassessments from both semesters (see Future Exam Diets). Where a module is examined in both semesters, the School concerned may offer a resit examination in the May diet at their discretion if the student qualifies for reassessment from the December diet.
When will I receive my entrant bursary payment?

Please contact Academic Registry by submitting a question providing your full name, date of birth and student ID number to allow the team to provide you with the entrant bursary payment details.

What is my HESA ID number?

Please contact Academic Registry by submitting a question providing your full name, date of birth and student ID number to allow the team to provide you with your HESA ID number.

How can I amend my address details?

Please log into MySaint to update your personal details. Select 'My details and development' tab, and then 'personal details'.

Why have I not received my degree certificate?

Please contact Academic Registry by submitting a question providing your full name, date of birth, student ID number and your current address to allow the team to re-issue your graduation documentation.

What is a leave of absence?
A leave of absence is a period of absence formally requested by the student and authorised by the University. These absences can be requested on personal or medical grounds. For undergraduates and taught postgraduates, this is normally taken in blocks of a year or a semester, but some taught and research postgraduates can take one-month blocks of leave during their dissertation and research postgraduates.
How do I request leave of absence?
The process for requesting a leave of absence is different for taught students and research students. Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students should make an appointment to meet with an adviser in Student Services to discuss other options and alternatives. Once students have met with Student Services, the registry officer will meet with you to fully explain the implications and processes.
What are the implications for a leave of absence?
Taking a leave of absence can have an impact on your current fees and funding, as well as on future eligibility for funding. Depending on when you request leave, this may also incur a personal fee liability. If you are a student on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be able to remain in the UK while you are on leave, and you will not be permitted to remain in University accommodation while you are on leave. A leave of absence can also affect your advising and academic progression. Each student's situation is unique, so it is crucial that you seek advice from Student Services and the Registry Officer.
How do I re-enter after a leave of absence?
Towards the end of your period of leave you will be contacted by the registry officer from Student Support and asked whether you wish to request more leave, return to your studies or withdraw from the University. If you do not respond to this contact, you will fall under the failure to register policy, your academic record will be closed and you will have to re-apply for entry to the University. If you wish to re-engage, you will need to provide evidence to show that your reasons for taking leave have been resolved and that you are able to return to your studies. If you are a Tier 4 student, you will need to request a CAS to apply for a new visa.
What is a change of mode of attendance?
A change of mode of attendance is a change from full-time to part-time study or vice versa.
How do I request a change of mode of attendance?
Undergraduate students must contact the Money Adviser in Student Services to discuss the financial implications of changing their mode of attendance before contacting the Registry Support Officer to make the formal request for their registration to be changed. Taught postgraduate students should contact the Registry Support Officer directly to discuss and make the formal request.
What are the implications of a change of mode of attendance?
Changing to part-time student status means that you will take longer to complete your studies than originally planned. For undergraduate students, a change of mode has significant financial implications, as you may not receive any tuition fee funding or maintenance grant for part-time study. All students should be aware that they may also be liable for council tax, and will not be permitted to live in University accommodation. Students studying on a Tier 4 visa should be aware that they will not be permitted to study part-time.
How do I withdraw from the University?
For undergraduate and taught postgraduate students wishing to withdraw from the University, you should first meet with an adviser from Student Services to ensure that you have considered all your options. The registry officer will normally see students once they have met with Student Services to fully explain the implications and processes.
What are the implications of withdrawing from the University?
Requesting withdrawal from the University is a final decision, and if you later reconsider you will be required to re-apply for re-entry in competition with any other entrant student. The time at which you choose to withdraw will have an impact on current fees and funding, as well as future funding, and in addition may incur a personal fee liability. If you have a student visa, your visa will be curtailed, and you will be required to leave the country. If you are in University accommodation, you will normally have five days to vacate this from the date that you withdraw. Each student's situation is unique, so it is crucial that you seek advice from Student Services and the Registry Officer on this.
Is there a disability contact in my academic department?

Yes, each department has a disability coordinator who is a member of staff responsible for students with disabilities. The disability coordinator acts as a liaison between the disabilities team and the academic department. They are responsible for overseeing the implementation of teaching and examination arrangements. They will also be able to answer any course-related questions you might have. For the list of disability coordinators and their contact details, please see the information on School and Unit Disabilities Co-ordinators.

How do I transfer to another University?
If you wish to transfer to another University, it is your responsibility to apply and negotiate credit transfer. St Andrews can provide academic transcripts and a Dean Report if you are completing the Common Application. Once you are sure that you wish to transfer, you should contact the Registry Officer from Student Support after you receive your module grades and request to withdraw from the University.
Do I need to supply a medical certificate or other evidence along with my self-certificate?
Additional evidence is not usually required, but your school(s) will let you know if it is. An example of when you may be asked for further evidence is if you are requesting to defer an examination or other assessment.
Has my self-certificate been approved?
If your tutor or module coordinator is recording attendance on the Module Management System (MMS), you should be able to check whether your absence has been approved in the attendance section for the relevant module on your MMS record. If your attendance is not being recorded on MMS, check with your tutor or module coordinator directly.
I have an unapproved absence in the Module Management System (MMS). What do I do?
Absences are marked as approved or unapproved in MMS by schools, so contact your tutor or module coordinator to find out more if you have an absence that has been marked as unapproved.
How do I apply to study at the University of St Andrews?
You can find out more about the different ways to apply to the University at: How to apply.
When can I apply to study at the University of St Andrews?
Applications open in early September. You can find out about the deadlines for the different ways of applying to the University at: How to apply.
Is the University in Clearing or Adjustment for any courses?
No, the University of St Andrews does not enter either Clearing or Adjustment.
How do I transfer to the University of St Andrews from another University?
We accept a small number of transfer applications each year. You can find out more about this at transfer students.
What are the entry requirements for my chosen subject?
You can find entrance requirements at entrance requirements and country information and in our entrance requirements booklet.
Is it possible to apply for deferred entry?
We encourage applicants to apply in the year of entry, however some schools will accept applications for deferred entry, though you should be aware that only a very small number of deferred offers are made each year. Please check the specific information on the web pages of the school you are applying to.
Does the University accept reassessments for entry?
The University will normally consider only those results that have been achieved at the first sitting and in a single diet of examinations. Grades achieved across more than one diet, or through re-sits, will only be considered where there are extenuating circumstances.
Do I have to take all of my exams in one sitting to meet the entry requirements?
The University will normally consider only those results that have been achieved at the first sitting and in a single diet of examinations. Grades achieved across more than one diet, or through re-sits, will only be considered where there are extenuating circumstances.
I do not meet the faculty entry requirements for my chosen subject. Can I still apply?
If you do not meet faculty entrance requirements, you can still apply, but you should be aware that competition for a place at the University of St Andrews is very strong and the University will receive many applications from students who do meet the faculty entrance requirements. Further information about faculty entrance requirements can be found here.
How will I receive a decision on my application?
How we communicate our decision to you depends on the method you used to apply to the University. If you have applied through UCAS, you will receive an email alerting you that a change has been made on UCAS Track. If you applied directly to the University, we will email you using the email address you provided in your application. Further information can be found here.
I have not received a decision on my application. When can I expect to find out the decision?
You can find out more about how and when we will communicate our decision to you at after you apply.
I have applied to the University. How can I inform the University that I have mitigating circumstances?
The University will consider all information provided during the decision making process, including any mitigating circumstances that may have affected your studies. This information should be submitted as soon as possible to allow us to consider it. Please email any additional information you wish your school or other party to provide to myapplication@st-andrews.ac.uk.
How can I supply additional documents with my application?
Please submit any additional documents to us electronically in pdf format to the undergraduate team. If you would prefer to post documents to us, please send them to Registry Undergraduate Team, Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk, St Andrews, KY16 9LB, UK.
Do you accept documents through Naviance? Which routes can I use to get my documents to you?

We do not currently receive documents submitted through Naviance. Please provide all required information with your application where possible. Additional documents should be uploaded directly to your applicant portal.

However if you are applying through the Common Application, documents can be uploaded directly to them using Naviance.

What is your preferred format for additional application documents?
We prefer documents to be submitted in pdf format.
If I have not submitted all of the necessary application information, will you contact me to ask for it?
Yes, we will get in touch with you if we require any additional information to assess your application.
My application was unsuccessful. Can I apply next year?
If your application has been unsuccessful, you may apply again in the following academic cycle. Your new application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.
What is the University's college board code for electronic SAT scores?
The college board code for the University of St Andrews is 7775. This should be used when you register for your SAT program test and when you send scores to the University.
I have been offered first year entry, but I want to enter into second year. Is this possible?
Second year entry is only available in some programmes. Please refer to the specific programme details in the undergraduate prospectus.
I have met the conditions of my offer. What happens next?
Once we have verified that you have met all the conditions of your offer, including any English language requirements, we will confirm your offer of an unconditional place. The University will then transfer your applicant record to an entrant student status. You will receive an email confirming this process has been completed. It also provides details of your programme, relevant fees and the next steps that you must complete prior to matriculating as a student at the University. We start this transfer process in April and continue throughout the summer period as applicants meet the conditions of their offer.
I have not met my offer conditions, but I am getting remarked. What should I do?

You should send your official remarks to myapplication@st-andrews.ac.uk. They will be forwarded to our Admissions Officers for consideration.

I have a conditional offer, but I already have the required qualifications. How do I get my offer changed to unconditional?
Please email documentation relating to your qualifications to myapplication@st-andrews.ac.uk or send them by post to Registry Undergraduate Team, The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LB Scotland
UCAS has let me know that I have been accepted, but I have not heard from the University yet. Why?

Once we have verified that you have met all conditions of your offer, including any English language requirements, we will confirm your offer of an unconditional place, which will be transmitted to UCAS. You will receive confirmation via UCAS Track.

The University will then transfer your applicant record to an entrant student status, and you will receive an email confirming this process has been completed, providing details of your programme and relevant fees, and letting you know what steps you must complete prior to matriculating as a student at the University.

We start this transfer process in April and continue throughout the summer period as applicants meet the conditions of their offer.

What are the implications for my application if I query my fee status?

Fee status is designated at the point of application and offers are made using this information. In order to re-assess your fee status, in the event of a query, we will place your application on hold whilst we collect any necessary documentation.You can find further information in our fee status policy.

Who is my Adviser of studies?

To find out who is your Adviser of studies, check the online academic advising system, accessible via MySaint. Advisers of studies are usually allocated in August. See also the current list of Advisers of studies.

If you have an urgent advising-related problem that can't be resolved with your Adviser of studies, you can contact the relevant Associate Dean (Arts & Divinity) or Associate Dean (Science).

Why has my adviser changed?
Usually you will keep the same adviser for your sub-honours years, but if an adviser goes on research leave or leaves the University you may be allocated a new adviser. You may also be allocated a new adviser if your degree programme changes significantly. When you enter honours, you will usually be allocated an honours adviser for each subject named in your degree programme.
What is pre-advising? When and how do I do it?

As the name suggests, pre-advising takes place before the main advising meeting at which your module choices will be approved.

Pre-advising is an online process during which you submit your provisional module choices via the academic advising system. This helps you plan your academic programme for the next year, and saves time with data entry during the advising meeting. It also helps schools with planning if they have a rough idea how many students are likely to take each module. Choices submitted during pre-advising are not binding: you can change your mind any time up to the advising meeting (and indeed afterwards, up to the re-advising deadline).

You must complete pre-advising before attending your advising meeting. Your Adviser of studies may send you away again if you have not done so, telling you to make your choices and then make another appointment.

New students complete pre-advising in the summer before arrival (or January, for those arriving in semester 2); returning students complete pre-advising in June of the preceding academic year.

I am experiencing difficulties and am unsure whether I should sit an exam. What should I do?
It is entirely your choice as to whether you sit an exam after experiencing difficulties, however you should be aware that you will need to provide some evidence as to why you were unable to attend the exam, deferred assessment is not automatically guaranteed, and you need to talk to your school about your options. Please see our advice and support pages on exams for further guidance.
What modules are available to me?

See: choosing modules. You can find detailed information on each module in the course catalogue.

How do I find more information about modules?
You can find detailed information on each module in the course catalogue.
When and where is advising?

All undergraduate students in the Faculties of Arts, Divinity and Science must meet their Adviser of studies in person (or currently, online) at the beginning of each academic year (or in January if not studying in St Andrews during semester 1).

Attending the advising meeting is a compulsory part of the matriculation process, which must be successfully completed in order to become a registered current student. Until your module choices are approved by your Adviser of studies at this meeting, and validated in the academic advising system, you are not officially enrolled in those modules.

Advising meetings take place online during orientation week and the preceding week.

Postgraduate taught students may be required to see their Adviser of Studies at the start of the year, please contact your department on arrival. Your Adviser of Studies will discuss and validate your module choices to ensure they are appropriate to your intended degree programme.

The re-advising period is over. Can I still change my modules?
No, changes to module choices after the re-advising period are not usually allowed. If you believe you have an exceptional reason for making a late request to change your module choices you should discuss this with your Adviser of studies, who may seek permission from the Associate Dean of your Faculty if appropriate.
How do I get entry to honours?
See the Honours entry policy. You can check which modules and grades are required for honours entry for your degree programme in the programme requirements section of the course catalogue.
What credits and levels of modules do I need to take for a general degree?
To be eligible to graduate with a general degree you need to have passed at least 360 credits. At least 80 of these credits must be at 2000 level and at least 60 must be at 3000 level. You can check these regulations and the specific regulations for the general degree in your faculty in the undergraduate senate regulations.
I am an International student and I take regular medication. Will I be able to get this medication on prescription in the UK?

Prior to arriving in St Andrews, it is important that you contact the St Andrews Community Hospital to find out whether or not your medication is available in the UK. Please do not assume that the same medication will be available since there are different licensing rules in the UK. Please ensure that you have made the necessary arrangements before arriving at St Andrews so that you are able to continue with the medical treatment you require.For further information please see our information on health issues.

What should I do if I need a form completed to say I will get credit for an internship?
Please contact the Careers centre who can help with filling in forms about recognition of internships. Whilst we do not offer credit for internships and work experience, we offer an Internship Experience Certificate to recognise students who have undertaken professional level work experience for a minimum of four weeks.  If the student completes a case study of their work experience, the Internship Experience Certificate will appear on their academic transcript. This is acceptable to the majority of employers.
What do I need to bring to matriculation?
You should bring your matriculation (ID) card if you have one. If you are a new student or a returning student who requires UKVI permission to study in the UK you should bring your passport and visa or biometric card if you have one. New students who were born in the UK and have a UK birth certificate may bring this if they do not have a passport. If you have not already paid your fees, you may bring the means to do so (e.g. credit card) and a member of Finance staff will assist you.
I don't know my term address yet. What do I do?
If you do not know your term address yet, enter your home or other contact address and then update your details with your term address as soon as you know it using the term address portlet in MySaint.
What is TGAP, do I need to do it, and if so, how do I access it?
TGAP is Training in Good Academic Practice, a compulsory course all students must complete as part of the matriculation process. You can access TGAP in Moodle. See the good academic practice webpage for further information.
I am re-engaging after leave of absence. Do I need to matriculate again?
Yes, if you have been on a leave of absence, you will need to matriculate again. This will include meeting your adviser of studies in person and attending an identity check if you need UKVI permission to study in the UK, as well as completing online matriculation. Instructions will be included in your re-engagement letter.
How many credits do I need to take as a part-time student?
If you are a part-time daytime student you should take between 20 and 40 credits each semester. If you are a part-time evening student you should take between 15 and 40 credits each semester.
How do I update my address and next-of-kin details?
You can update your contact and next-of-kin details using the term address portlet in MySaint.
How do I update my personal details (including nationality, country of domicile, date of birth)?
If you wish to change your contact or next of kin details, you should do this via the term address portlet in MySaint. If you wish to change your name, date of birth, nationality or country of birth or domicile, please send or upload the evidence of the change.
What do I need to do before I arrive at the University?
Check the webpages for new undergraduate students for a checklist of things you need to do before you arrive and in Orientation Week.
When do I get my entrant email?

Your entrant email includes your username and course details, and you will get this in the summertime after your place is confirmed. If your offer was originally conditional, there may be up to two weeks between your offer becoming unconditional and the entrant email being sent to you.

If you are a postgraduate research student, you will receive the entrant email no earlier than 3 months before the start date of your programme.

How do I find out my username to set up my computer account?
Your entrant email gives you your username, and you will get this in the summertime after your place is confirmed. If your offer was originally conditional, there may be up to two weeks between your offer becoming unconditional and the entrant email being sent to you.
Can I apply for graduating status to complete a St Andrews degree?
If you are an non-EU international student on a non-graduating study abroad or exchange programme, you may apply for admission to a St Andrews degree programme. See the application for admission to graduating status page for further information.
What documents do I need to supply to apply for graduating status?
You should complete the application for admission to graduating status form and send us a transcript from your previous institution if you wish to transfer credits into your proposed St Andrews degree programme. See the application for admission to graduating status page for further information.
When will I receive a decision on my application for graduating status?
You will receive a decision on your application shortly after the semester 2 module results are published in June. See the application for admission to graduating status page for further information.
I need help writing my appeal against termination of studies. What should I do?
Student Services can advise you on filling in the appeal form if your studies have been terminated. The Advice and Support Centre at 79 North Street can make you an appointment or provide you with contact details of someone who can help you.
Where can I access my timetable?
You can access your timetable via MySaint. It may take a day or so after you have been advised for all your modules to show up on your timetable. See the timetabling page for further information.
Can I transfer summer school or internship credits into my programme here at St Andrews?
No, we do not accept credits from summer schools or internships for transfer into a degree programme.
I am having some issues with a relationship. Is there someone I can talk to privately?

If you would like to talk to someone about any relationship problems you might be having, you are welcome to set up an appointment to talk to one of our Life and Wellbeing Advisers or Counsellors. Please see our information and self-help materials on Relationship Problems for further guidance.

How can I obtain my Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number?

Do not apply for your visa until you have received your CAS number.  Once you have obtained your CAS number, the earliest you can apply for a Student visa is six months before the start of your course (if applying outwith the UK) and 3 months before your visa expiry (if applying from within the UK).

Once you hold an unconditional offer from the University of St Andrews you will be sent, via email, a link to the My Visa Matters section of the University website. This enables you to track the progress of your CAS number.

You will initially be asked to upload your details and an image of your passport.

We will use this information to create a preliminary CAS number. Information is provided by several departments within the University, therefore it may take up to five working days to produce the number.

You will then be sent a Pre-CAS information check email. It is vitally important that, using the link provided, you check the details on the CAS thoroughly as this is the information that will be sent to the UKVI.

Confirm that the details are correct or inform us of any amendments using the appropriate buttons.

Once you have confirmed the details are correct we will request your CAS number from the UKVI.

A further email will then be sent to you, within five working days, with a link to the number.

I have a new passport. How can I amend my Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number?

If you need to amend your Passport details for the purpose of your Visa then you should contact the following CAS teams:

If you are an undergraduate student, email casugadmin@st-andrews.ac.uk

If you are a postgraduate student, email caspgadmin@st-andrews.ac.uk 

I have changed my course of study. Do I need to let the UKVI know?

No, we will inform UKVI of any change in your course of study that affects your visa. Please note that if you move onto an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)-registered course of study, you must obtain an ATAS certificate.  You may be required to apply for a new visa depending on your course change - please check with the International Advisers advint@st-andrews.ac.uk.

How can I apply for an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate?

ATAS clearance is required for students from certain countries, studying specific subject areas at Postgraduate level.  You must apply for your ATAS certificate before you start your visa application process and clearance can take up to a month to be approved in busy periods.

You should apply for an ATAS certificate through the foreign and commonwealth office.

More information is available on our academic technology approval scheme (ATAS) page.

I am on an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) - registered course. What does that mean?

This scheme is operated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the UK's commitment to counter proliferation, and is specifically designed to ensure that those applying to study in certain sensitive subjects do not acquire knowledge that could potentially be used in Weapons of Mass Destruction programmes.

ATAS clearance is required for some nationalities who are studying specific subject areas at Postgraduate level. All subjects offered by UK Higher Education Institutions are identified by a JACS (Joint Academic Coding System) code, and only specific codes require ATAS clearance. If you are intending studying an area that requires ATAS clearance, the University will contact you once an offer has been made to ensure you are aware of the process and to provide the additional information you will require to successfully apply for ATAS clearance. You must apply for you ATAS certificate before you start your visa application process. ATAS clearance can take up to a month to be approved in busy periods.

https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/international/information/visas/atas/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme

I am an international student. If I withdraw or take a leave of absence, do I have to leave the country?
Yes, the conditions of your visa state that you must leave the UK within 60 days if you take a leave of absence or withdraw from your studies.
My Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate has been refused. What should I do?

Your refusal letter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will indicate why your ATAS certificate has been refused. The University is not given this information so you should contact the relevant team in Registry:

If you are a postgraduate student, email caspgadmin@st-andrews.ac.uk

If you are an undergraduate student, email casugadmin@st-andrews.ac.uk

How is my visa affected if I want to study or work abroad as part of my course?
The University would continue to be your sponsor and would notify the UKVI that, for an agreed period of time, your location of study had changed.
I have changed onto an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) registered course. Do I need to apply for ATAS clearance?

If you are studying at the University on a Student visa and move onto an ATAS-registered course of study, you may be required to obtain an ATAS certificate from the foreign and commonwealth office depending on your nationality:

Students who are nationals of EU countries, the European Economic Area (), Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland or the United States of America do not need an certificate.

The requirement for an certificate applies to all other students irrespective of the country of residence when they apply.

Information on how to apply can be found on our academic technology approval scheme (ATAS) page.  Please do contact us at:

advint@st-andrews.ac.uk

Do I need to get a new visa after my leave of absence?

When you take a leave of absence, the UKVI will be informed and your visa will be curtailed. When you are ready to return, you must ensure that you obtain a new CAS and apply for a new visa.

You should initially contact our International Student Adviser by emailing advint@st-andrews.ac.uk. You will be sent a Pre-CAS information check email. It is important that you check the details thoroughly as this is the information that will be sent to the UKVI.

Confirm that the details are correct as per the instructions on the email. Once you have confirmed the details are correct the International Adviser will request your CAS number from the UKVI. You will then be sent a further email with your CAS number.

I have withdrawn from my studies. Am I eligible for an award?
If you have withdrawn from your studies, you may be eligible for a certificate or diploma of higher education. To be awarded a certificate of higher education, you need to have achieved 120 credits. For a diploma of higher education, you need 240 credits, of which at least 80 must be at 2000 level. Transferred or advanced standing credits cannot be used towards either of these awards. To check your eligibility or to request an award, contact the registry undergraduate team
When can I apply for accommodation?

Applications for entrant undergraduate students open on 1 April. For undergraduate students to be guaranteed accommodation, we need to have received the form by 30 June.  Applications for entrant postgraduate students open on 1 March.  

What is the General Council Fee?
Full details on the General Council Fee are available on our General Council webpage.
How do I apply to attend St Andrews as a non-exchange study abroad student?
Applications to our International study abroad programme can be made online. We normally advise that you discuss your application with your home institution. Completed applications are considered on a rolling basis from the opening date until the application deadline. You may normally expect to hear from us within four weeks of submitting a completed application.
What is the deadline for payment or setting up a payment plan for tuition fees?

Full details can be found on the payment deadlines webpage. The University operates strict payment deadlines for each academic year.

Is there any help available towards paying my tuition fees as I am having financial problems?

UK students who are experiencing significant longer-term financial difficulties may be eligible to receive help from the Discretionary fund.

If you have a short-term temporary problem, you may be able to borrow money from the University for a period of time.

To enquire about financial support, please email Money Advice.

I am a postgraduate research student preparing the final hardbound copy of my thesis and CD for submission to registry. What date should be on my thesis title page?
The date on the title page of your final copy should be the date on which you submitted your thesis to registry for examination.
How do I apply for accommodation?
Once you have accepted an offer to study you can apply online with your student ID number and date of birth on our how and when to apply for accommodation webpage.
I am a postgraduate applicant. How do I make the pre-payment?
There are two preferred methods to make the pre-payment. Information on these can be found on the pre-payment section after you apply
How do I apply for funding?

The scholarships and funding catalogue offers a searchable directory of funding options offered by the University towards fees, living expenses, travel and initiatives. Please see the scholarships webpages for more information.

Applicants to the University will receive an email with information on how to access the scholarships and funding catalogue after their fee status has been determined.

Current students can access the scholarships and funding portal through their MySaint account

How do I find the scholarships and funding catalogue?

Applicants to the University will receive an email with information on how to access the scholarships and funding catalogue after their fee status has been determined. Current students can access the scholarships and funding catalogue through their MySaint account.

How do I know which scholarships and funding I can apply for?

The scholarships and funding catalogue allows you to filter your search by academic School, funding type (e.g. accommodation or travel) and your level of study. It is also possible to search for key words such as science or internship to further narrow your search.

Each scholarship or fund in the catalogue has a summary page with the eligibility criteria and a link to further information where applicable. We advise reading the summary and any additional guidance carefully before starting your application.

Details about eligibility criteria for each scholarship are also available on the scholarships webpages.

How do I apply for tuition fee funding?
Please select Tuition and maintenance from the drop-down list in the scholarships and funding catalogue to narrow the search. Each scholarship or funding opportunity has a summary page with the eligibility criteria and a link to further information where applicable. We advise reading the summary and any additional guidance carefully before starting your application.
Can I apply for money towards books?
The scholarships and funding searchable catalogue in MySaint allows you to pre-filter your search. It is possible to search by a key word(s) such as books to narrow the search. Each funding opportunity has a summary page with the eligibility criteria and a link to further information where applicable. We advise reading the summary and any additional guidance carefully before starting your application.
Can I apply for money towards accommodation?
The scholarships and funding searchable catalogue in MySaint allows you to pre-filter your search by award type. For accommodation awards please select accommodation from the drop-down list to narrow the search. Each funding opportunity has a summary page with the eligibility criteria and a link to further information where applicable. We advise reading the summary and any additional guidance carefully before starting your application.
When do I need to apply for funding or scholarships?
The scholarships and funding searchable catalogue in MySaint displays the application deadline date for each fund. You need to apply before this date to be considered for an award. You will no longer be able to access the application form after the deadline date has past.
I am stressed about my exams. What can I do?

Speak with Student Services about your concerns, and to discuss strategies on reducing the effect the stress may be having on your exam preparations. Please see our advice and support pages on managing exam stress for further guidance.

I tried to log in to apply for accommodation and received an error message
If you have only just accepted an offer to study, please try again in 48 hours to allow the system to update. If it is after 48 hours please contact Student Accommodation by emailing accommodation@st-andrews.ac.uk
Can I apply for hardship help?
Hardship funding is available in the form of financial assistance or short term loans. Please contact the Advice and Support Centre for more information.
Does the University provide student loans?

Hardship funding is available in the form of financial assistance or short term loans. Please contact the Advice and Support Centre for more information.

When will I find out if I have been awarded funding?
You can monitor the progress of your application from the View My Funding Applications link in the scholarships and funding portal on MySaint, which you may access any time via your applicant link (if you are an applicant) or MySaint account (if you are a current student). You will also receive an email when a decision has been made, so please ensure your contact details are up-to-date on your student record.
I have changed my course. Will I still receive my funding?
If the course you have changed to is still eligible for your funding, then yes. However, if the course you have changed to is not eligible, you will be notified by email and your application status will change. You can then search and apply for relevant funding for your new course.
I am currently on or plan to take a leave of absence. Will I still receive my funding or scholarship?
You need to check the terms and conditions of your award. Awards will vary; some sponsors allow short periods of leave without stopping your funding. Longer or cumulative periods of leave may result in your funding being suspended while you are on leave. If your funding has been suspended, you should notify your school office as soon as you return to reactivate your payments.
I have been awarded funding. When will I receive the first payment?

If you have been awarded a scholarship paid through the University, you can find your maintenance payment dates in MySaint by clicking on the My Applications tab.

Please ensure you have provided or updated your bank details in MySaint and have fully completed matriculation.

If you are expecting to receive a maintenance grant from the Student Loans Company (SLC), these payments will be released as scheduled by SLC when the University confirms your registration after you have completed matriculation.

Does the University of St Andrews offer any funding?
Yes, details of University awards are available in the scholarships and funding searchable catalogue in MySaint, where you can search and apply for different types of funding. All applicants will receive an email with information on how to access the scholarships and funding portal after their fee status has been determined. All current students can access the scholarships and funding portal via their MySaint account.
I can't pay a large bill. Is there any help I can receive?
Hardship funding is available in the form of financial assistance or short term loans. Please contact Advice and Support Centre for more information.
Is funding available for international/overseas students?
Details of University awards are available in the scholarships and funding searchable catalogue in MySaint, where you can search and apply for different types of funding. It is possible to search on a key word(s) such as international or select a specific country. We advise checking the summary information for any nationality or domicile specific criteria before starting your application.
Do I need to apply for funding every year?
This depends on the funding being offered. Some awards are only for the first year, some are for the duration of your course and others may be set amounts or one-off payments. This should be clear from the summary information on each fund. However, where funds are financial needs-based, this may depend on your personal situation.
I have started my course but have I not received my maintenance loan/grant yet. Why is this?
To receive your payment, you need to be fully matriculated (i.e. a registered student) and have provided your bank details to allow the payment to be processed. You can go to View your funding payments in the Scholarships and funding portal via your MySaint account or find further information on payment of University scholarships here
I've heard the University offers short term loans for students. Is this true?

Hardship funding is available in the form of financial assistance or short term loans. Please contact the Advice and Support Centre for more information.

I have found a company that will sponsor me or pay for a scholarship. What do I do next?
The University can assist by acting as a negotiator and in a legal capacity. Please contact Finance for advice and support at finfas@st-andrews.ac.uk.
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
Yes, you can apply for as many scholarships or funding opportunities as you like. However, each scholarship or fund has different eligibility criteria, and this may include whether you can accept additional funding if more than one application is successful. This information will be included in the terms and conditions of each scholarship or fund, where applicable.
Can I apply for the same funding again next year?
This depends on each fund terms and conditions, which are indicated on its summary page in the scholarships and funding catalogue.
Can I apply for funding part way through my course (for example, in third or fourth year)?
This depends on each scholarships terms and conditions, which are indicated on its summary page in the scholarships and funding catalogue.
I don't have a student UK bank account yet. Will this prevent me from applying for scholarships or funding?

No, not having a UK bank account will not stop you from applying for funding, but you will need a UK bank account if you are awarded a maintenance scholarship so that the payment can be processed. The University can make foreign payments, but this normally results in a delay and charges. For more details see international students.

I have not applied for a course at the University of St Andrews yet. Can I still apply for scholarships or funding?
You need to apply for your chosen course at the University of St Andrews before applying for any scholarships. However, you do not need to have received an offer before applying. After your fee status has been confirmed, you will receive an email with information on how to access the scholarships and funding catalogue.
Where can I check the status of my funding application?

You can monitor the progress of your scholarship application in the 'View or continue my funding applications' section in scholarships and funding.

Details on how to access scholarships and funding are available on the scholarships webpage.

What does my funding application status mean?

Pending review

This means your application has been submitted and is under consideration. It is likely that a decision will not be made until after the deadline date. If you think the application has moved to this status before you have fully completed or submitted your application, please contact the Scholarships team by submitting a question.

With committee

This means your application has progressed to the committee stage and a decision will soon be made. If your application remains at this status for longer than four weeks, please contact the Scholarships team by submitting a question.

Incomplete application

This means you have not completed all the questions in the application, and therefore your application has not been submitted. Go to continue with application to complete and submit your application if you wish for your application to be considered. Applications are not accepted after the deadline date has passed.

Evidence required

This means you have not uploaded all the relevant documentation required to process your funding application. Go to continue with application and attach all the documents requested, then submit your application before the deadline date. If you think you have uploaded all documents and the status has not changed, please contact the Scholarships team by submitting a question.

Provisionally acceptable

This means your application has been successful and that you have been awarded funding for the year indicated. When submitting your application, you accepted the University funding terms and conditions. This means that you need to meet the conditions of the award in order to receive your funding. This may include your offer conditions (if any) and becoming a registered student at the University of St Andrews, staying on an eligible course, or providing annual reports for the scholarship donor.

Accepted

This means that you have been awarded funding and it has been approved. You need only to remain a registered student and to have provided your bank details (where relevant) in order to receive payment. See the 'View my payments' section in scholarships and funding to check when payments will be made, and to provide your bank details.

Reserve

This means a decision has been made and your funding application has been unsuccessful at this time. However, your application was found to be highly ranked and therefore has been kept in reserve in case a funding place becomes available. There is no guarantee that you will receive funding as it is entirely dependent on another student rescinding their offer. You will be contacted by email if a funding place becomes available. If your application remains at this status for an extended period of time, please contact the Scholarships team by submitting a question.

Rejected

This means that you have not met the terms and conditions of the award or that you have not been selected by the panel for an award on this occasion. You can view the reasons for rejection in the 'View my funding applications' section in scholarships and funding. You are welcome to search and apply for other relevant scholarships or funding.

I attached the wrong documentation to my scholarship application but it has already been submitted and won't let me back in. What can I do?
You should email the correct documentation to the scholarships and funding team at scholarshipsandfunding@st-andrews.ac.uk. Include the name of the scholarship you have applied to and your student ID number.
Can I apply for a specific residence as an entrant undergraduate?
Due to the high demand for specific residences as an entrant undergraduate, we ask students to apply for the type of accommodation they prefer rather than a specific hall. This way, we can ensure there is a mix of cultures, nationalities and ages giving a diverse community spirit in each residence.
I am a parent/partner of a student. How can I find out the progress of their funding application?
Anyone can browse for University scholarships, but funding information about a particular student is restricted. As stated in the University confidentiality code, personal information will not be given out externally without the permission of the student. This restriction includes passing information to parents, legal guardians and next of kin.
I have lost my log in information and cannot apply for funding. What should I do?
If you have received your log in information and deleted it or misplaced it by mistake, you can request a new link via ask a question. Please provide your name, address, UCAS number or date of birth in a request via ask a question and your log in details will be provided by email.
My fee status has changed and I am no longer eligible for funding. What can I do?
If you are no longer eligible for the funding you have applied for, your application status will change to rejected. You can now search and apply for relevant funding for your new fee status.
I have not received my first scholarship payment as stated in the award email. Why is this?

If you have been awarded funding that includes maintenance, you can view your payment schedule by going to View my funding payments in the Scholarships and funding section in your MySaint account. Here you can find out when your next instalment is due to be paid.

You must have completed matriculation, be a fully registered student and have provided your bank details to receive maintenance payments. Please see bursaries and scholarships for more details.

I am not sure if I am eligible for a Research Council studentship. How can I check?
Please see the Research Councils UK general terms and conditions for eligibility requirements. Current students can search and apply for Research Council funding in the scholarships and funding catalogue via MySaint. If you are a new applicant to the university you will receive information by email of how to apply for funding. Eligibility requirements are available on the summary page of the application.
I am an EU student. Am I eligible for Research Council funding?
Yes, EU students are automatically eligible for a fees-only award. If you have been resident in the UK for the last three years prior to starting your course, you may also be eligible for maintenance. Please read the terms and conditions for the research council you are applying to for verification and further details can be found on the Research Council webpages.
Does my stipend stop if I go on holiday or am off sick?
You need to check the terms and conditions of your award as awards will vary. Some sponsors allow short periods of leave without stopping your funding. Longer or cumulative periods of leave may result in your funding being suspended while you are on leave. You must notify the University of any leave as soon as possible. If your funding has been suspended, you should notify your school office as soon as you return. Check the terms and conditions of your award to see if you qualify for an extension to your funding related to your period of leave; retrospective leave is not usually funded. Find out more information on leave of absences.
How will my stipend/funding be paid?
You can view your funding payments in the scholarships and funding portal via your MySaint account, or see bursaries and scholarships for further information. Payments will only be made once you have fully completed matriculation, have become a registered student at the university and have added your bank details on your MySaint account.
Can I request to share a room with a friend?
Please put this request in the special requirements text box on the application form, and ask your friend to put the request on their application form too.  You must include your friends name and student ID number in the request. 
What are the requirements for receiving support as either an independent or dependent student?

Independent

You must meet one of the following conditions to receive support as an independent student:

(a) You have reached the age of 25 before the start of the academic year (normally 1 August for semester 1 courses).

(b) You have supported yourself from earnings or benefits outside full-time education for any three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course. This can include government training schemes and advanced research level postgraduate study where you received an award.

(c) You have a child who is dependent on you at the start of the academic year, and who lives with you for the majority of the week.

(d) You have no living parents.

(e) You are married, in a civil partnership or live with a partner prior to the first day of the first academic year of your course.

(f) You are permanently estranged from your parents for at least 12 months before the start of the academic year we are assessing you for.


Dependent

If you do not meet any of the independent student conditions above, you will be considered as a dependent student and we will ask for the income of your parents (or step parents, parent's partner) to assess your financial need.


Information for postgraduate applicants

If you are applying to a postgraduate course and applying to scholarships that require income details, we would normally consider you an independent student and therefore we would expect you to provide details of your own income rather than that of your parents/guardians. However, if you are currently dependent on your parents' or guardians' income, you may provide details about your household (i.e. parents' or guardians') income instead of your own, although this must be clearly indicated in the scholarship application.?

If using the Financial Profile, please complete the Dependent profile. Subsequently in any scholarship applications you complete that ask about personal or household income, please select Household income for the relevant question. You will also need to provide evidence of your parents' or guardians' income if evidence of income is requested as part of the scholarship application.

Is my accommodation bursary paid to me or directly to the University?
If you are staying in University accommodation eligible for funding, the award will be directly offset against your accommodation fees. If you are staying in private accommodation, then your bursary will be paid in the form of a monthly maintenance payment.
My/our income is just over the threshold but we have substantial outgoings. Is this taken into consideration for financial support?
Yes, you should make this clear in your financial profile statement, which is used in the assessment process to identify difficult or unusual circumstances.
How are successful funding applicants selected?
A selection panel, usually composed of academics and/or senior University staff, will review and assess your application form and supporting documentation in line with the terms and conditions of award once the deadline has passed.
If I withdraw from the University early, do I have to repay all my funding?
This will depend on the funding terms and conditions. You will not normally need to repay the full amount unless you do not meet the terms and conditions of the award. As most funding is paid in advance, you will need to repay any funding that falls after your end date.
What should I include in my Financial Statement for scholarships and funding applications?

A written personal financial statement describing any history of financial need (such as free school meals/fees), your current financial circumstances (written context of declared household income), any changes to your income (known changes such as job loss or retirement), and how a scholarship will assist your learning.

  • Details of your personal financial situation
  • Household members earning and those not earning income
  • Any expected changes to this income after you start your intended course
  • Whether you have been in receipt of any financial support such as benefits
  • Any previous needs based scholarships/bursaries you have held
  • Any extenuating circumstances such as carer, dependents, disability, refugee
  • Where self-employed details of wages and drawings are required
  • Any other information that will help us understand why you need funding

Where you are required to provide documentary evidence of household or personal income with the same scholarship application, the Financial Statement is also where you should include any useful notes relating to the documents you are providing, such as currency rate of conversion, date of conversion and any income figures that may need further clarification.

Do I need to complete the financial profile? What is it used for?

The financial profile is a guide to the financial elements that make up your household or personal income and is part of the Scholarships and Funding application process. By completing the financial profile, the household or personal income question will be pre-populated in all future applications you make via the Scholarships and Funding system. It is intended to save you time by breaking down the elements of the question to make it easier to answer, and can be easily updated if your situation changes.

You will be required to provide evidence of your household or personal income where this question appears in the application form. When this information is requested, the award will be means-tested, based on financial need.

I/we are self-employed. What evidence is required to prove income?
If you are self-employed, you will need to provide a copy of your most recent self-assessment return or your company accounts.
What happens if my household income changes mid-year?
You can update your financial profile at any point in the year. However, it will only affect future applications and will not change an application that has already been submitted.
I am an undergraduate student. How much are my accommodation fees?
Undergraduate accommodation fee information can be found here
Can I make changes once I have submitted my accommodation application form?
The system does not allow for the applicant to make changes. If you need to make changes please contact Student Accommodation by emailing accommodation@st-andrews.ac.uk
I am a postgraduate student. How much are my accommodation fees?
Further information for postgraduate accommodation fees can be found here
What is my accommodation fee liability if I take a leave of absence?
Please see our undergraduate accommodation FAQs page for more information.
How do I apply for an accommodation bursary?
Applicants will be sent an email with instructions on how to apply for scholarships and funding. You can then search for the accommodation bursary in the funding catalogue.
I am an undergraduate student. How do I apply for an accommodation award?
University accommodation awards provide financial support towards University or private accommodation costs at St Andrews. Current students can access this via their student MySaint account. New students will receive an email with instructions on how to apply once their fee status has been confirmed.
I am a new entrant student. What scholarships am I eligible for? When are the opening/closing dates?
The Scholarships and Funding searchable catalogue is now available, where you can search and apply for different types of funding. All applicants will receive an email with information on how to access the Scholarships and Funding portal after their fee status has been determined. Deadline dates are clearly displayed on all scholarships within the catalogue.
I am a current student. What scholarships am I eligible for? When are the opening/closing dates?
The scholarships and funding catalogue is now available, where you can search and apply for different types of funding. All current students can access the scholarships and funding portal via their MySaint account. Deadline dates are clearly displayed on all scholarships within the catalogue and in the application form.
How do I apply for Research Council funding for my PhD?

Research Council funding is available to apply to through the Scholarships and Funding catalogue in MySaint; EPSRC, STFC, BBSRC, ESRC, AHRC and MRC funding is listed by name and school.

It is advisable to refer to the Research Council terms and conditions before applying. It is also worthwhile checking the terms and conditions for additional funding available such as research expenses, travel or fieldwork.

If I filled in the wrong application form, can I cancel it?

The system does not allow the applicant to cancel the form. Student Accommodation Services can cancel this for you. Please contact Student Accommodation by emailing accommodation@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Do I need to apply separately for scholarships, or will I be considered automatically?
You will need to apply separately for each scholarship in the scholarships and funding catalogue to determine your eligibility, accept the terms and submit your application. Each application should only take a few minutes to complete. If you intend to apply for many awards, it is recommended you first complete the financial profile, as doing so will enable any financial need-related questions to be pre-populated in the relevant application forms.
Can I be awarded more than one scholarship?
You are able to apply for as many scholarships as you wish. However, if you are awarded any funding, the terms and conditions of the scholarship may limit the amount of funding you can accept from other sources. We recommend you read the terms and conditions of each award carefully.
At what stage of my University course application should I apply for a scholarship?
You need to apply to your chosen course at the University of St Andrews before submitting your scholarship application. However, you do not need to have received an offer of a place before making an application for a scholarship or funding. We would recommend applying as soon as possible as many scholarships will have an application deadline date.
Is there any funding available for conference travel or fieldwork for students?
The scholarships and funding catalogue is now available, where you can search and apply for different types of funding. All current students can access the scholarships and funding portal via their MySaint account. Search for travel, conference or fieldwork in the search box to filter the results.
Is there any funding available for visiting postgraduate students?
The availability of funding may depend on your status as a student. The academic school in which you will be studying will be able to offer advice on this.
Which date each month can I expect to receive my maintenance?
You can view your funding payments in the Scholarships and Funding portal and further information here
Can I offset maintenance against accommodation?

Students can make arrangements to have deductions taken from their scholarship payments towards their University accommodation fees by choosing this option while completing matriculation or by emailing the finance scholarship team, finschol@st-andrews.ac.uk . Further information can be found on the Payment of University Scholarships webpage.

Can I pay my accommodation directly from my scholarship?

Students can make arrangements to have deductions taken from their scholarship payments towards their University accommodation fees by choosing this option while completing matriculation or by emailing the finance scholarship team, finschol@st-andrews.ac.uk. Further information can be found on the Payment of University Scholarships webpage .

When should I submit my scholarship application for funding?
We advise applicants to submit their scholarship application as soon as possible, you do not need to wait on receiving a course offer. You will need to submit your application before the funding deadline date. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline date has past. The application deadline date is displayed in the scholarships and funding catalogue and in the application form.
Are there scholarships for women (for example, women in science)?
For scholarships whereby the University of St Andrews is responsible for undertaking the selection process, we do not include gender as part of the eligibility criteria. You can search for outside funding opportunities in the scholarships and funding catalogue, accessible through MySaint.
Are there scholarships for ethnic minorities?
Scholarships and funding at the University of St Andrews do not include ethnicity as part of the eligibility criteria. All ethnicities will be equally considered for an award. Search for funding in the scholarships and funding catalogue, which can be access on MySaint.
Are there scholarships for musicians?
The music department offer reductions for music lessons and other funding. Full details are in the scholarships and bursaries booklet available from the music centre or music scholarships and bursaries.
Are there scholarships for athletes?
The department of sport and exercise, in partnership with the Athletic Union, offers support to athletes who show exceptional abilities and potential whilst studying at St Andrews. Visit Saints sport to search for sport related funding.
I am an overseas student. Am I eligible for research council funding?
The research councils offer a small number of awards to international postgraduate students in strategic areas. You should first consult the relevant research council terms and conditions for the subject area you are interested in. If you believe you may be eligible, contact your school postgraduate secretary on the best way to apply.
What is the Research Council UK (RCUK) standard rate?

The RCUK rate is the set fee and minimum stipend rate set by research councils UK for all the research council awards, although some variations or eligibility criteria may apply.

The new rates are published at the start of every calendar year for the new academic year starting in September and can be found on the RCUK doctoral stipend level and indicative fees pages.

I am on leave of absence. How do I apply for accommodation for my return?
Once you have become a matriculated student and are in accommodation, if you decide to take a leave of absence, on your return you will be classed as a returning student and are therefore not guaranteed accommodation. You will need to apply online with the other returning students in February of each year if you are returning for semester 1. You will not receive any confirmation from Student Accommodation Services as to how and when to apply so please email the office to confirm the actual date of when to apply. All information will be available on Wednesday memos and on the accommodation website from the end of January. Any student who takes a leave of absence and is coming back in semester 2 should contact Student Accommodation by emailing accommodation@st-andrews.ac.uk in November to ask about the availability of accommodation. We cannot guarantee any returning student accommodation.
When are scholarships advertised?

This depends on the sponsor and the type of funding available. The majority of scholarships for applicants to a new course are available from October for the following year, they are advertised in Fees and funding. Funding for current students can be found in Money matters.

Scholarships and funding advertise new funds and deadlines on our Twitter account:
@StAfunding

How do I know my funding application has been submitted?

You should receive an email confirmation.

You can view the status of your application in scholarships and funding in View my applications to ensure your application status has moved to pending review. If you do not receive the email or the status is not correct please submit a question to the scholarships and funding team.

I am a dependent student. What should I include as part of my household income calculation?
If you are a dependent student providing details of your parents' income, please include (where relevant): parents annual salary (from PAYE), any income from self employment, private pensions or income from investments, state pension or benefits, working tax credits (excluding childcare) and any other income not listed above. Do not include any child benefit or child tax credits.
I am an independent student living with a spouse/partner. What should I include as part of my household income calculation?
If you are an independent student living with a spouse/partner you will need to provide your joint household income details. Please include (where relevant); your earnings, your partner/spouse income, any family contribution, student loan, bursary/maintenance grant, trusts/scholarships/stipends, Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) lone parent grant, disability living allowance, working tax credits, state pension/benefits and any other income not mentioned above. Do not include any child benefit or child tax credits.
I am an independent student. What should I include as part of my personal income calculation?
If you are an independent student with a personal income only (not a joint household income) please include (where relevant): your earnings, any family contribution, your student loan, any bursary/maintenance grants, trusts/scholarships/stipends, if you have a Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) lone parent grant, disability living allowance, working tax credits,  state pension/benefits or other income not already mentioned. Do not include an child benefits or child tax credits.
Who should I choose for my academic references?
Appropriate people to provide your references would include a personal tutor (or equivalent) or another academic who has taught you at undergraduate or masters level. They should be able to comment on your potential to undertake postgraduate study. If it is a while since you graduated you may be able to supply a work-related reference in place of an academic one. This would typically be written by a line manager.
When will my Timetable be available?
Your personal timetable can be viewed in MySaint once you have completed matriculation and advising. Module timetables can be viewed at any time here
The email address I put on my accommodation application form is not valid anymore. How can I change it?

Undergraduates can change email address by contacting the Undergraduate Registry Team by emailing registry-ug@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Postgraduates can change email address by contacting the Postgraduate Registry Team by emailing registry-pg@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Why are my tutorial classes not showing in my personal timetable?
Only core teaching activities (a core activity is defined as a session where all students enrolled on the module are expected to attend, such as lectures) are displayed in your personal timetable. Some schools use MMS for tutorial sign up and others use alternative methods.

Please contact the relevant school for further information regarding tutorials.

Further information about personal timetables can be found here
How can I find a part-time job in St Andrews?
The Look Local, accessible through Career Connect advertises local part-time and temporary work, suitable for students.
I need a National Insurance Number. Where can I get one?

From 17 March 2020, in line with national approach outlined by Her Majesty's Government to reduce the spread of COVID-19, National Insurance Number (NINo) teams across the country are not undertaking interviews which are required to obtain a National Insurance Number.  This means National Insurance Numbers are not currently available.  It is anticipated the interview service will recommence sometime in May.

How do I see a careers adviser?

We offer one-to-one appointments where you can discuss any career-related issue with one of our team of advisers.  Careers advice appointments are bookable online through Career Connect.  Appointments will be held online via Microsoft Teams.

If you are unable to access an appointment, please use online advice through Career Connect.

I am a returning student and want to apply for University managed accommodation. Is this a different application from residences?
University managed accommodation is let to groups of students who all have to apply using the online form. A list of available properties will be available during the application period. Full details on how to apply will be available at the end of January on our Returning undergraduates: information and application form webpage.
I have a summer internship in France (or other European country) and have been asked to complete a Convention de Stage or other document to verify my internship. Can the Careers Centre help?

Yes! The Careers Centre can supply a blank Convention de Stage document which the student, the employer and the Director of the Careers Centre should complete and sign. This is a three party agreement which validates the internship.  Please contact careers@st-andrews.ac.uk 

I have an unpaid internship in the USA but my employer is asking for proof of credit for this work experience. What should I do?
The Careers Centre can provide a letter explaining that whilst we do not offer credit for work experience, we offer an Internship Experience Certificate to recognise students who have undertaken professional level work experience for a minimum of four weeks.  If the student completes a case study of their work experience, the Internship Experience Certificate will appear on their academic transcript. This is acceptable to the majority of US employers.
I am currently applying to an American graduate position that requires class standing and/or GPA - is there an official grade conversion between the 20 point system to the American letter system?

The University of St Andrews uses a non-linear internal marking scale in order to award grades. Their final St Andrews GPA then determines the student's degree classification. In order to illustrate how this translates to other systems, here is an outline of how the St Andrews system roughly corresponds to the common US GPA-style reporting system.

Please note - the University of St Andrews does not recognise an undergraduate's first two years as part of their St Andrews GPA. Neither does the University of St Andrews grade to any curve nor take part in other grade inflation. The St Andrews GPA must be taken into account along with the overall Degree Classification in order to determine the suggested US GPA conversion.

Please also note, this scale sets the minimum grade level of 4.0 at a First Class 17.5 on the St Andrews Scale. If using a 4.3 or other scale, the 17.5 St Andrews GPA should be viewed as a 4.0 floor for that scale.

See Undergraduate assessment and awards for further information.

How do I make an appointment with a Life and Wellbeing Adviser

To make an appointment with a Life and Wellbeing Adviser, you can use the following link to access our Online Booking System http://universitystandrewsstudentservices.simplybook.me/v2/ 

Alternatively you can call The ASC at 01334 462020 or email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk.

I am a returning student. How do I apply for accommodation?
Applications for returning students open for one week only in February. Details on how to apply can be viewed on our Returning undergraduates: information and application form webpage.
I have accepted my offer of accommodation but don't know the room number and address?
The address of the residence you have been allocated can be found by clicking on the individual residence links on the Undergraduate residences page. Room numbers will be emailed to entrant students approximately a fortnight before arrival.
How do I obtain proof that I should be exempt from Council Tax?

If you are a full-time registered student you should be exempt from Council Tax. If you take a leave of absence or change your mode of attendance from full-time you may become liable for Council Tax.

The University submits a list of registered full-time students to Fife Council twice annually (at the beginning of each semester).

If you are not normally resident in Fife you will need to complete a Council Tax exemption form and take it to the ASC at 79 North Street. The ASC will be able to offer advice and will stamp the form for you. You must be a registered student for this to be done and will need to show your matriculation card.

Further information can be found on Money Matters.

How do I change my name for my degree certificate and for the graduation programme?

Please send a scanned copy of your passport or birth certificate to graduation@st-andrews.ac.uk.

I didn't get my first preference of accommodation. Can I get another offer?
We will guarantee undergraduate entrant students one of their four preferences of accommodation, not necessarily their first preference as long as they apply by 30 June in the year of entry. We are unable to change offers of accommodation.
When will I receive my degree certificate if I graduate in absentia?

Further information is found on the graduation web page.

I am a postgraduate research student currently on a leave of absence, and need to extend this. How do I take a further period of leave of absence?

Towards the end of your leave of absence, you will receive an email from the re-engagement system asking you whether you intend to return to your studies or whether further leave is required. At this point you can indicate whether you require further leave, and the reasons why you require this leave. Once this has been submitted the Registry Officer (Student Support - Postgraduate Research) will proceed to process this further application.

I am a postgraduate research student applying for an extension. What evidence is required to support my application, and how should I structure my completion plan?

Extensions are granted on the basis of personal or medical circumstances. The MMS form provides an upload option for Supporting Documentation if you wish to supply documentation to support your application. If you are applying on medical grounds you will require a note from a medical professional confirming that an extension of medical grounds would be of benefit, and this should be uploaded in the Supporting Documentation field. Every application for extension requires a completion plan and this should outline the volume and nature of work that has been completed so far, and also the volume and nature of work that is still to be completed, accompanied by a timeline of completion.

How is accommodation allocated?
Accommodation is allocated based on the student preferences. We match roommates based on answers to the lifestyle questions from the application form. We guarantee entrant undergraduates one of their four preferences of the type of accommodation.
I am a postgraduate research student. What is a change in mode of attendance?

Postgraduate Research students at the University are normally registered on a full-time or part-time basis of attendance when they matriculate into the University. Sometimes circumstances change where a student may wish to change their mode of attendance at the University. For example, a student may be enrolled on a full-time PhD and decide that owing to work commitments that a change to a part-time mode of attendance better fits their circumstances. In contrast, a part-time student may find that a full-time mode of attendance better suits their circumstances as they progress through their studies. In both cases, a change in mode of attendance would be requested from the Registry Officer (Student Support - Postgraduate Research).

Tier 4 Visa Holder? Please note that change in mode of attendance is not possible for students under the sponsorship of a T4 visa. This is because all Tier 4 Visa Holders are expected to be studying on a full-time basis.

How can I pay my tuition and accommodation fees by card?

To make payment, either in full or in instalments,by card please click on the Online Payments link. Please note that we accept all major credit/UK debit cards except for American Express, JCB and Diners cards.

Can I appeal against a grade?

You can appeal against a mark for a particular piece of work, or an overall grade for a module. The allowable grounds for appeal are limited to extenuating personal circumstances, or improper conduct of an assessment or application of academic regulations. You cannot appeal on the grounds that you disagree with an academic judgement. The time limit for submitting an appeal is five working days from the date of receiving the mark or grade.

See: Policy on Student Academic Appeals.

What is an adviser of studies?

Your Adviser of studies (sometimes just called Adviser) is a member of academic staff who approves your module choices. They will also advise on keeping degree options open for as long as possible, and help you understand any relevant aspects of academic regulations.

You must meet your Adviser of studies at the start of the academic year. You won't normally have other regular scheduled meetings, but if necessary you can contact them for academic advice at other times.

What is academic advising?

The academic advising process provides students with the advice necessary to make appropriate academic choices and to address academic problems if they arise. The main point of contact is the Adviser of studies.

Do I have to attend advising?

Yes, unless you are studying Medicine. All undergraduate students in the Faculties of Arts, Divinity and Science must meet their Adviser of studies in orientation week (in September, or in January if not studying in St Andrews during semester 1). Most advising meetings are currently conducted online.

Attending the advising meeting is a compulsory part of the matriculation process, which must be successfully completed in order to become a registered current student. Until your module choices are approved by your Adviser of studies at this meeting, and validated in the academic advising system, you are not officially enrolled in those modules.

If you fail to attend academic advising, you may be required to re-apply to the University, or be placed on compulsory leave of absence.

An exception to the requirement for a compulsory meeting can be made if you are entering fourth or fifth year of an Honours programme and you are not on academic probation, or returning from an external placement, study abroad or leave of absence: by mutual consent with your Adviser of Studies you can confirm your module choices by email. Both you and your Adviser of Studies still have the right to request a meeting.

What is re-advising?

It's possible, particularly if you're taking a module in a subject that you haven't studied before, that after attending the first couple of lectures you'll decide that the module isn't for you. The re-advising period is a short time during which you can make any changes to your module selections that you like, subject to approval of your Adviser of studies. The re-advising period ends at midday on Monday of week 2 of semester 1 and Wednesday of week 2 of semester 2 for undergraduate students, and at the end of week 2 for postgraduate students.

Changes to semester 2 module choices made at the start of the academic year can be made before or during the semester 2 re-advising period.

When is re-advising?

The re-advising period begins at the start of each semester, and ends at midday on Monday of week 2 semester 1 and Wednesday of week 2 semester 2 for undergraduate students, and at the end of week 2 for postgraduate students.

What is matriculation?

Matriculation is the process of registering as a student with the University and is compulsory for all students, every academic year.

The online matriculation page is accessed through MySaint. Registry will send access details to your University email address in August (or January for semester 2 entrants and those returning from leave of absence).

What will happen if I reject my offer of accommodation?
If you reject your offer of accommodation, that will be the end of the allocation process and you will not be sent another offer.
How do I access the advising system?

The online academic advising system is used by all undergraduate and taught postgraduate students to make their module choices. The system is accessible via MySaint.

How many modules should I take?

Most students take six modules in first year, but the rules are specified in terms of numbers of credits. A normal full-time undergraduate credit load is 120 credits per academic year, with 180 for postgraduate Masters programmes. In first year, most modules are 20 credits each.

What does module availability mean?

The availability of a module defines which students can take it. Some modules are available to any student who has passed the pre-requisites (if any). Other modules are restricted in their availability, and can only be taken by students in a particular year or faculty, on a particular programme, or subject to some other restriction. Some modules have limitations on student numbers, and operate a balloting system to ensure fairness. Any such availability restrictions are listed in the module's course catalogue entry.

Can I take an extra module?

If you are a full-time student, you will normally take 60 credits per semester. You can take more than the normal credit load, with permission of your Adviser of studies, subject to the absolute maximum of 160 credits per academic year (enrolled, whether or not passed). You should think very carefully before taking more credits than required, since the additional work-load may adversely affect your grades.

Can I take fewer credits?

The normal credit load for full-time students is 60 credits per semester. The absolute minimum number of credits that you can take and pass in any semester is 20, to avoid academic probation.

You must take a minimum of 80 credits in any academic year in order to remain registered as a full-time student, and these must be reasonably balanced across semesters. Failure to do will result in you being re-registered as part-time, which may have implications for fees, funding, council tax liability etc. You cannot study on a student visa as a part-time student.

If you wish to take less than 120 credits in an academic year, you should discuss this with your Adviser of studies.

Do I have to take more than one subject?

You must take the modules specified in the programme requirements for your registered degree programme. Usually you have some flexibility to choose other modules to make up the normal full-time credit load of 60 credits per semester. It's up to you whether these are in the same subject (although in many cases there won't be a full load available in one subject anyway), but in general it's a good idea to take another subject or two in order to keep your degree options open, in case you change your mind, or don't do well enough in your original subject to progress to Honours. Your Adviser of studies can offer advice.

Can I take an evening degree module?

Only if you are registered on a part-time evening programme; these modules are not available to other students. The modules can be identified by the second digit of the numerical part of the module code being 9.

Can I take a second year (2000-level) module in first year?

Usually not, unless it is specified in the programme requirements for your degree programme. If you think you have a good reason to do so, and have any necessary pre-requisites, you should discuss with your Adviser of studies.

I accepted my offer to study but have not been sent an offer of accommodation. Why?
For entrant undergraduates, offers of accommodation are sent out after the guarantee deadline of 30 June and continue throughout the summer. Postgraduate offers are sent out from the end of April onwards.
Can I take an Honours module in second year?

Usually not, since you can't take any 3000-level module before you have gained 200 credits, including at least 40 at 2000-level. It also wouldn't usually make sense. Any 3000-level modules taken before entering Honours are not included in the final degree classification.

Can I take Arts modules if I'm a Science student?

Yes, as long as you take the modules you need for your registered degree programme, you can also take modules in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity (but not in Medicine).

Can I take Science modules if I'm an Arts or Divinity student?

Yes, as long as you take the required modules for your current registered degree programme, you can also take modules in the Faculty of Science (but not in Medicine).

Can I take a 4000-level module if I'm doing a General degree?

Yes, as long as you have permission from an Honours Adviser in the school offering the module.

What is a pre-requisite?

Many modules have pre-requisites, which define the prior knowledge or studies needed to take the module. In most cases this is expressed in terms of passes in other St Andrews modules, though it may also involve external exam passes such as school exams. If you believe that you are appropriately qualified through some other route, you can discuss this with your Adviser of studies. Permission from the school concerned and also your Adviser of studies is required to waive a pre-requisite.

Pre-requisites are listed in the course catalogue. There are also anti-requisites, which say that you can't take both of a particular pair of modules.

What is an anti-requisite?

An anti-requisite is a rule attached to a particular module, which says that you can't take this module if you have already passed some other module, or have a particular qualification.

It's worth checking anti-requisites carefully before choosing a module. If it has an anti-requisite that you've already passed, then you won't be able to take it. Or it might be that taking this module means that you won't be able to take the anti-requisite in the future.

Can I take a module if I've failed a pre-requisite?

Normally no, the pre-requisite module must be passed first, although the School offering the module has discretion to waive the pre-requisite if they consider it appropriate.

Can I take a module if I haven't taken a pre-requisite?

Normally no, the pre-requisite module must be passed first, although the School offering the module has discretion to waive the pre-requisite if they consider it appropriate.

Can I take a module again?

Yes, if you haven't previously passed the module. No, if you have previously passed the module.

Can I take a module at the same time as a pre-requisite?

Normally no, the pre-requisite module must be passed first, although the School offering the module has discretion to waive the pre-requisite if they consider it appropriate.

I have only paid for the semester 1 accommodation fees so can I move into private sector accommodation for semester 2?
If you are contracted and have accepted an offer for the full academic year you are liable for the full contract. Please refer to the terms and conditions that you accepted.
What is an Honours degree?

Honours degrees are offered in all faculties. These are undergraduate programmes, comprising a sub-honours part followed by an Honours part. Most programmes normally take four or five years of full-time study.

Honours degrees involve study at 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 level (and at 5000 level for some programmes).

What is a General degree?

The General degree is available in the Faculties of Arts, Divinity and Science, as MA (General) and BSc (General). It can be completed in three years, with a maximum of four years, and involves study at 1000, 2000 and 3000 level.

If you start on an Honours degree programme, but do not meet the requirements for entry to Honours, you may need to transfer to a General degree programme.

What is the difference between an Honours and General degree?

A General degree can be completed in three years of full-time study, as opposed to four or five years for an Honours degree. The General degree requires a total of 360 credits, including at least 80 at 2000 level and 60 at 3000 or 4000 level. Taking 4000 level modules requires permission from the relevant Honours Adviser.

What is the difference between the postgraduate master's degree (MSc) and undergraduate integrated master's degree (MSci)?

The MSc (Master of Science) is a one-year postgraduate programme, whereas the MSci (Master in Science) is a five-year undergraduate integrated masters programme.

Can I have extra time to finish my degree?

For Honours degrees, it's possible to take two additional semesters (six in total, if you start your degree with first year entry) to complete the sub-honours part. If you would like to do so, you should discuss this with your Adviser of studies, and take advice from the Student Services money adviser. If you are studying on a visa, you should also take advice from the Student Services international adviser, since you may need to reapply for a new visa.

The maximum time allowed to complete the Honours part of an Honours degree is fixed at four semesters for BSc and MA, and six semesters for Integrated masters degrees.

The maximum time allowed to complete the General degree is fixed at eight semesters.

The maximum time allowed to complete a postgraduate Masters degree is fixed at two semesters plus the dissertation.

Additional time is only granted in very exceptional circumstances. The times given above are for full-time study; more time may be available if you are studying part-time.

Can I change degree?

Yes, in some circumstances. Your Adviser of studies can approve a change to a different degree programme, after the end of your first year of study. Obviously, you will only be able to change if you have taken the necessary modules for the new degree.

If you have accepted an offer for a specific undergraduate degree programme, you cannot change degree until the end of the first year of study, and you must take the required modules for that degree during first year. Nonetheless, you may be able to choose modules in first year that will enable you to change at the end of the year.

Can I change faculty?

Yes, in some circumstances: if you have taken the necessary modules for the new degree, and have sufficient time remaining to complete the new degree. The semesters that you have completed in the original faculty are still included in the time limits for completing the new degree.

Can I take a joint degree if it's not in the course catalogue?

No, the course catalogue lists all of the degree programmes that are currently available.

What is direct entry?

Some degree programmes in the Faculties of Divinity and Science offer the possibility of direct entry to second year, for appropriately qualified applicants.

The advantage of direct entry is that you can complete your degree in a shorter time. The disadvantages are a loss of flexibility, and greater academic risks.

Can I change to direct second year entry?

If you are interested in direct entry you are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant school to discuss the advantages and disadvantages, and then to state your wish for direct entry in your application.

Nonetheless, some schools will consider requests for direct entry made when you first arrive in St Andrews. If you wish to make such a request, you should discuss this with your Adviser of studies at your advising meeting. The time limit for resolving such requests is the end of the re-advising period, though it is very strongly recommended that you sort things out during orientation week.

Can I terminate my accommodation contract? Is there a penalty for cancelling it?
Please refer to the terms and conditions of occupancy section 5 which forms part of your contract. For more information or to notify the University about any break in contract clauses, then contact Student Accommodation by emailing accommodation@st-andrews.ac.uk with your request. You will be contacted as soon possible.
Can I change from direct second year entry to first year?

If you have accepted an offer for direct second year entry, it may still be possible to change your mind and revert to first year entry. If you wish to do this, you should discuss this with your Adviser of studies at your advising meeting. The time limit for resolving such requests is the end of the re-advising period, though it is very strongly recommended that you sort things out during orientation week.

What is a fast track programme?

Fast track is an option available with some integrated masters programmes, which allows the programme to be completed in four years of study. It is similar to direct second year entry, but provides some additional support in the first year.

Fast track is currently offered for various MMath programmes in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Can I repeat a year?

Strictly speaking no, in the sense that all modules that you've taken remain on your transcript. Also, you can't retake any module that you've already passed, though you can retake a failed module.

However, for Honours degrees, it's possible to take two additional semesters (six in total, for first year entry) to complete the sub-honours part. If you wish to do so, you should discuss this with your Adviser of studies, and take advice from the Student Services money adviser. If you are studying on a visa, you should also take advice from the Student Services international adviser, since you may need to reapply for a new visa.

The time allowed to complete the Honours part of an Honours degree is fixed at four semesters for BSc and MA, and six semesters for Integrated masters degrees.

The time allowed to complete the General degree is fixed at eight semesters.

The time allowed to complete a postgraduate Masters degree is fixed at one year.

Additional time is only granted in very exceptional circumstances. The limits given above are for full-time study; more time may be available if you are studying part-time.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is a mode of study offered for a small number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. As the name suggests, it does not require students to be resident in St Andrews.

Can I appeal against not getting into Honours?

Yes: see the honours entry review policy. The only grounds on which you can appeal are:

  • extenuating personal circumstances significantly affecting your academic performance
  • improper conduct of assessment or application of regulations affecting the decision not to permit honours entry
Can I try to get into Honours a second time?

For integrated masters programmes, you must meet the Honours entry requirements at first attempt. For BSc/MA/BD/MTheol programmes, it may be possible to take the required 2000-level modules again in the following academic year, as long as you can do so within the overall limit of 6 semesters at sub-Honours.

The Honours entry policy allowing this is restricted to students entering Honours before February 2023; more stringent requirements may be introduced for those entering Honours at a later date.

It may also be worth considering whether you could get into Honours in a different subject. Your Adviser of studies will be able to advise you.

See also the Honours entry review policy.

How do I make a complaint?

See the complaints handling procedure.

What is probation?

You will receive a probation warning letter if your module results mean that you cannot gain enough credits in the current academic year to meet senate regulations on minimum progression rates.

As you are now in breach of senate regulations, you can only continue your studies on probation, meaning that you must meet the probation conditions specified in the letter.

If you are already studying under probation, and you are now in breach of the conditions imposed previously, your studies will be terminated.

What is termination of studies?

Termination of studies is the final level of academic intervention, applied in situations where there is no feasible way to complete your degree within the time limits, or where you are already studying on probation and have not met the conditions of probation. If your studies are terminated, you cease to be a student at the University.

If you are informed that your studies are to be terminated, you will receive details of how to appeal against the decision, should you wish to do so.

What is a resit?
A resit is an exam taken as part of re-assessment in a module.
I will be arriving in St Andrews before my accommodation contract begins. Can I move in earlier?
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate students before the start date of their accommodation contract.
What is re-assessment?

Re-assessment provides an opportunity to repeat assessment of a module, if the original grade is 4 or higher, but below the pass threshold of 7. The details are specified in the course catalogue. Re-assessment may not be available for modules assessed solely by coursework.

At Honours and Masters levels, grades awarded at re-assessment are capped at 7.

If you fail a module at re-assessment, you are not eligible for any further re-assessment, though it may be possible to take the module again.

Can I resit a module twice?

No, you cannot be re-assessed in a module more than once.

How long can I be absent from classes?

See: absence.

What is fitness to study?

See: fitness to study.

Who is the Director of Teaching?

Ask at your school office, or try your school website.

What is S-coding?

S-coding is a process through which allowance can be made for special circumstances affecting the final grade for a module. It cannot be applied to modules at 1000 or 2000 level (except for students on the BA International Honours programme).

What is V-coding?

The V-coding policy allows, in exceptional circumstances, all grades received in a semester or year to be nullified. Such modules are marked as V without a numerical grade, with the effect as if the modules had never been taken.

V-coding is applied rarely, only in situations when all other options for academic progress have been exhausted. Students cannot request V-coding, but it may be offered by the Proctor or delegate where the circumstances are considered sufficiently serious to justify it.

Who is the Associate Dean/Associate Provost?

See the lists of Associate Deans and Associate Provosts.

What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct is defined as a failure to adhere to the principles of good academic practice. Penalties include written warnings, reduction of module grades (in some cases to zero), and in extreme cases, termination of studies.

What is plagiarism?

Plagiarism is the act of taking another's ideas and representing them as one's own. It is one of the forms of academic misconduct that is forbidden under the policy on good academic practice.

I do not have anyone to share a private flat with next year, but I enjoyed living in halls my first year. Is there anything I can do to make sure I live in halls again next year?

Only incoming first years are guaranteed a place in hall.  We able to accommodate a number of returning students in halls of residence and managed properties, If you want to look at other accommodation options for next year - ask people you know to see if they have found accommodation yet and, if they have, if there is a spare room you could have. Spread the word it can be amazing how that works in St Andrews. Try to stay positive and remain open to other possibilities! If you are feeling distressed about this process, please speak to your wardens or someone in Student Services. If you apply for accommodation in halls/managed properties at the same time as you are looking in the private sector and no longer want to be considered for halls/managed property, you should let Student Accommodation know as soon as possible that you no longer want your application considered. Some returning students do get allocated a room in hall, prioritised according to specific needs, such as those students who may have a disability, or who have financial issues, or those who have played a significant role in hall in a previous year. So be sure to highlight such a priority if it applies to you in the special requirements field. 

Where do I collect the key for my room/house?
This will depend on your residence. Please click on the residence link for specific arrival information. If you are moving into University managed accommodation you should collect your key from Student Accommodation Services, Butts Wynd, St Andrews.
What are advanced standing credits?

See: advanced standing credits.

What are lateness penalties for coursework?

See: lateness penalty.

What is exam deferral?

Deferral of an assessment refers to taking it after the end of the corresponding semester. The module grade is then reported at a later module board. Requests for deferred assessment must be made to the Director of Teaching of the relevant school in advance of, or as soon as practically possible after, the published deadline or examination date. This is not a right and permission will be granted only when the school judges that genuine and compelling grounds for deferral exist. Appropriate written evidence will be required: self-certificates alone for examinations and class tests will not be accepted.

How is my degree classification calculated?

See: degree classification.

Has the University received my FAFSA?

After you have received an offer from St Andrews, the US loan team will review your Student Aid Report to check your eligibility and send you further instructions and some guidance.

  • Before June - the US loan team will provide an estimate of the loan amounts you may be eligible to apply for.
  • After May – the cost of attendance will be updated, and the loan team will confirm the maximum loan amounts you will be eligible to apply for to the US Department of Education.

With the large volume of applicants to St Andrews, it may be some time before the US loan team can contact you. For a quicker reply, or if you are making an application during term time, please email usloan@st-andrews.ac.uk to let them know you have completed your FAFSA and that you have already reviewed and corrected any comments on your Student Aid Report from the US Department of Education.


How do I apply for a US Loan?

Once you have completed your FAFSA please follow the guidance on our US funding webpage.

Please note, studying at a foreign school means that you are ineligible for the usual US-based federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins Loans and State Aid. The US Loan Team at the University of St Andrews can only administer your applications for US loans - this is borrowing that must be repaid.

Can you give me the name of my roommate/flatmate?

Unfortunately, due to data protection we are unable to give out personal information regarding other students. If you would like us to pass on your name and contact information to your room/flatmate please contact Student Accommodation by emailing accommodation@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Can I get my US loan funds earlier?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. Under US DoE regulations these funds may only be provided to the student once they are in attendance at St Andrews and have fully completed matriculation.

How do I find out what's going on during Orientation Week?

Download the Orientation App (available for iOS and Android devices) or visit our online orientation schedule. Full details are available here.

Can I study music at St Andrews?

The Music Centre offers nine music modules that can be taken as part of any undergraduate degree in any faculty or discipline with the agreement of Academic Advisers of Study. Further details can be found here. St Andrews does not offer full Music degrees.

When is my graduation ceremony?

Please refer to the  Graduation web page.

Can I learn the bagpipes?
Yes, we have a bagpipe teacher at the Music Centre. 
Information about booking lessons can be found here.
Can I learn to play the accordion at the Music Centre in St Andrews?

Although we do not have an accordion teacher at the Music Centre, if you email us we will be able to forward you details of accordion teachers in the area for you to arrange your own lessons.

Can I apply for a music scholarship?

The University of St Andrews offers music scholarships which cover the cost of weekly music lessons and, in some cases, additional coaching.   These are awarded to students who have already been offered a place at St Andrews.  Auditions take place at the beginning of each academic year and, in the case of choral scholarships, on other dates during the year.  Full details can be found here.

Can I learn a musical instrument?

Yes, the Music Centre offers one-to-one lessons in all orchestral instruments, piano, organ, bagpipes, saxophone, drums, guitar, harp and singing.  The Music Centre is open to everyone: students, staff and members of the public including children.  You can find further information here.

Do I need to empty my room over the holiday periods?
All undergraduate residence contracts include the Christmas and spring vacations except standard catered and John Burnet Annexe which are closed over the Christmas vacation. However, those residences are closed for business so you do not need to remove your belongings. All postgraduate accommodation include both the Christmas and spring vacations so rooms do not need to be emptied. For information on catering arrangements during the vacations please download the residents guide available on the arrival information webpage.
I have a new card, how can I update my details for my payment plan?

You can update your card details securely online here.

For security reasons, please do not send card details by email.

If you have any issues updating these online, or have any queries, please call the Cash Office on 01334 462585.

I have a debt on my account, can I still graduate?

Students may not be permitted to graduate from the University of St Andrews with any outstanding debt and they will also be excluded from any graduation literature.

Where a student is funded by a sponsor, and their sponsor has failed to make payment of any tuition and/or accommodation fees, the debit will be transferred to the student's account and must be paid in full prior to graduation.

Students will not be issued with their Certificate of Degree whilst they have an outstanding debt.

I have a debt on my account, can I still matriculate?

A student cannot matriculate for the next academic year whilst an outstanding debt owed to the University. For further information please see the Failure to pay policy.

How can my child/children get involved with musical activities?

The Music Centre is open to all, including children. We have a children's choir, youth choir and youth orchestra, and beginners classes in guitar, violin and bagpipes. We also offer individual tuition in most instruments, and many of our groups welcome young members.  For further information, visit the Music Centre office (01334 462226).

Online Matriculation - It won’t let me finish changing my personal details/it’s not marked as complete?

Click the reset button on the matriculation elements page, you will have to restart this element.

Online Matriculation - Can I change my name/personal details?

Some details can be edited within the online matriculation forms, but some information cannot be. If a content field that you wish to amend is ‘greyed out’, then you should get in touch with the necessary evidence (eg, passport, legal name change documentation, etc.) to support your request for a change.

Undergraduate students: registry-ug@st-andrews.ac.uk

Students on postgraduate taught degrees: taughtpg-reg@st-andrews.ac.uk

Students on postgraduate research degrees: researchpg-reg@st-andrews.ac.uk

Online Matriculation - My home/term address is wrong in?

You can update your home/term address through online matriculation or through the ‘My Details and development’ tab in MySaint.

Online Matriculation - What do you mean by term address?

Your term address is the address at which you will be staying whilst studying at the University. 

What do I need to do at the end of my accommodation contract?
Please ensure you remove all your belongings and return your keys to reception. For University managed properties two weeks prior to departure you must contact jsr@st-andrews.ac.uk to book an inventory check. For managed properties, Gregory Place, St Gregory's, Angus and Stanley Smith houses, return your keys to Student Accommodation Services.
Online Matriculation - I’m staying in University accommodation, but I don’t know which room?

If you only know which hall you will be staying in but not the room, please enter the address of the hall of residence. You can edit your address through the ‘My Details and development’ tab in MySaint once you know your specific room allocation.

Online Matriculation - I do/don’t have a disability?

If your details are incorrect, contact disability@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Online Matriculation - My qualifications are incorrect?

If your qualifications are incorrect, please let us know by email. 

Undergraduate students: myapplication@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Students on postgraduate taught degrees: pgt.application@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Students on postgraduate research degrees: pgr.application@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Online Matriculation - Where/when is Advising?

Advising details for this year can be found in the academic advising section on the University website.  

Online Matriculation - Who is my Adviser of Studies/Supervisor?

Students can view their details in MySaint, on the ‘My Courses’ tab, under ‘Task’ and then ‘Academic advising’.

Adviser allocation will not be completed until August for undergraduate students.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact us by email:

Undergraduate students: registry-ug@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Students on postgraduate taught degrees: taughtpg-reg@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Students on postgraduate research degrees: researchpg-reg@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Online Matriculation - My accommodation fee hasn’t been generated.

If you are staying in University accommodation, please make sure you have accepted your accommodation offer. Once accepted, wait 24 hours then click the ‘Reset’ button and check again. If a fee still hasn’t been generated, contact accommodation@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Online Matriculation - It won’t let me exit/complete the ‘Accommodation fees’ element?

If you can click the ‘Reset’ button on the ‘Fees and Funding’ elements page, do so. If you do not have the option to reset the task, please contact studentfinance@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Online Matriculation - I added a sponsor by mistake?

Click the reset button on the ‘Fees and Funding’ elements page, you will have to restart the element if you have not fully submitted it. 

If you have submitted this element please email studentfinance@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Online Matriculation - My sponsor isn’t listed?

Please select ‘Add Sponsor details’ and continue to next page to add the details of your sponsor.   For further information on sponsors please see https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/money/fees/howareyoupaying/externallyfunded/   

How do we get the utilities switched on before arrival at a University managed property?
The utilities will already be switched on for your arrival. However, you will have to set up the accounts for the property in your own names, using the meter readings provided for you on the inventories, which you will get from us with your keys.
Online Matriculation - My parents are paying my fees, are they a sponsor?

No, your parents are not classed as a sponsor. Please select self-funded option.

Online Matriculation - I would like a scholarship?

All the available scholarships are available to view on the study at St Andrews webpages

Online Matriculation - Can I confirm my scholarship?

Please contact ugscholarships@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Online Matriculation - My tuition fee hasn’t been generated?

If you can click the ‘Reset’ button on the ‘Fees and Funding’ elements page, do so. If you do not have the option to reset the task, please contact fees@st-andrews.ac.uk. 

Online Matriculation - It won’t let me exit/complete the ‘Tuition fees’ element?

If you can click the ‘Reset’ button on the ‘Fees and Funding’ elements page, do so. If you do not have the option to reset the task, please contact studentfinance@st-andrews.ac.uk. 

Online Matriculation - What is the General Council fee, and why do I need to pay it?

Information about the General Council fee can be found on the pages for current students.

Online Matriculation - I have questions about the General Council Fee?

Information about the General Council fee can be found on the pages for current students. If you still have questions, contact transcripts@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Online Matriculation - It won’t let me exit/complete the ‘General Council fees’ element?

Please e-mail studentfinance@st-andrews.ac.uk to advise of the problem you are having. 

Online Matriculation - How do I pay the General Council Fee?

The payment options available can be found on the online matriculation page, however if you require further information please contact studentfinance@st-andrews.ac.uk. 

Online Matriculation - I am a St Andrews graduate, does the General Council Fee still apply?

Contact transcripts@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Do I need a letter with my address on it for the police?
The booking confirmation letter that you were sent by email can be printed by you and if you take it to the Advice and Support Centre at 79 North Street they will endorse it with the University stamp.
Online Matriculation - I’ve completed TGAP but it’s still displaying as ‘Incomplete’?

Please send a copy of your ‘Training in Good Academic Practice’ certificate (found on the TGAP Moodle page) to lej6@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Online Matriculation - What is a proxy and why do I need one?

A proxy is someone who can act on your behalf in communications with the University whilst you are away.

Online Matriculation - My proxy is incorrect?

Click the reset button on the matriculation elements page, you will have to restart this element.

Online Matriculation - Why is my ‘Passport and Visa’ element pending?

This element will remain pending until you have your passport physically checked as part of the matriculation process. Further information can be found at Visa Confirmation Events. 

Online Matriculation - It won’t let me exit/complete the ‘Passport and Visa’ element?

If you can click the ‘Reset’ button for this element, do so, else please contact theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk. 

Online Matriculation - I need help with completing the ‘Passport and Visa’ element?

Contact visas@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Online Matriculation - I can’t click on the matriculation agreement.

This usually occurs when you haven’t completed every element in the matriculation process. Look for any categories which are marked as ‘Incomplete’. ‘Pending’ categories will not stop you matriculating.

Online Matriculation - I have completed the agreement, but it isn’t showing as complete.

Click the reset button on the matriculation elements page, you will have to restart this element.

I need a letter for the bank with my residence address on it. How do I obtain this?
If you log into MySaint, you can print off a letter for the bank with your residence address on it.
How do I access my module timetable?

Log into MySaint and select the Events tab in the menu bar. Your personal timetable should be displayed.

What is an academic alert?

An academic alert is a warning sent to you if you are at risk of encountering academic problems. Alerts do not appear on your transcript; they are intended to give you early warning of potential problems while you still have an opportunity to address them.

I am an undergraduate student, when is my second fee instalment due?

The University operates strict payment deadlines for each academic year. 

Undergraduate payment deadlines

Postgraduate payment deadlines

When will my modules appear in other IT systems?

When your Adviser of Studies has approved your module choices, they will show with a solid 'tick' in the advising system, and your 'advising status' will be 'confirmed'. At this point, your choices are recorded in the main student database. It takes some time for the information to be transferred to other IT systems:

  • MMS, Moodle and personal timetables are updated at 6am each day
  • the student record card is updated three times per day (early morning, lunchtime, early evening)
  • personal timetables are updated twice per day (Mon-Fri)

If you think there is a problem with confirmed modules not showing up in other systems after these times, you should contact itservicedesk@st-andrews.ac.uk for MMS, Moodle and student record card, and timetabling@st-andrews.ac.uk for personal timetables (please allow two working days for new or changed modules to show on your personal timetable).

What should I do if I cannot pay my instalment by the due date?

You should contact Student Finance via Ask a Question and request an exceptional payment plan. A decision will be made by the Student Finance team. 

Are tuition fees affected by Brexit?

The fee status of EU students admitted to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in 2020-2021 will remain unchanged and will apply for the duration of each student's programme.

There will be no change for any current UG or PGT student that is currently funded by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. Likewise, there is no change for any current PGR student who is currently funded as a Research Council PhD studentship. Both agencies have confirmed that they are committed to providing the same funding arrangements for students who started their programme in or before academic year 2020/21 for the duration of their course.

For information regarding the academic year 2021/22 please visit https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/undergraduate/eu/ for Undergraduate courses or https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/ for Postgraduate courses. 

Are national ID cards valid after Brexit?

You will not  be able to use an EU, or Swiss national card to enter the UK from 1 October 2021 unless you are in a specified category, for example if you have settled or pre-settled status under the Settlement Scheme or have an Settlement Scheme family permit.  In these cases, you can continue to use your national card to enter the until at least 31 December 2025.

Please visit the UK Government website to learn more about what documentation you need to enter the UK after Brexit.

 

Can I pay my accommodation fees monthly?

Accommodation fee instalment options can be found on our finance webpages below.

Undergraduate options

Postgraduate options

Is the Settlement Scheme only based on five years’ work or will periods of self-employment or study be counted?


The Settlement Scheme is based on residence, not employment. There is no requirement to have been working for the full five year duration and periods as a student can count towards continuous residency.

What documentation is required to prove your residence?


You will be asked to give your National Insurance number when you apply to allow an automated check of your residence based on HMRC records. If this check is successful, you will not need to provide any documentation as proof of residence. If you do not have a National Insurance number, or if UKVI cannot confirm the entitlement to status you claim via HMRC records, the you will have the opportunity to provide additional evidence of your residence.  Permitted documents are listed at www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-settlement-scheme-evidence-of-uk-residence.

I am unable to matriculate online as there are no accommodation fees showing?
If you have just accepted your offer of accommodation please wait 48 hours for the fees to be transferred. If it has been more than 48 hours please email matriculation@st-andrews.ac.uk.
What are the rules on continuous residency and absences outside the UK when applying for Settled Status?


Continuous residence means that - over 5 consecutive years - you have not been outside the UK for more than 6 months in total, in any 12-month period. There is no restriction on the number of times you can be outside the UK, provided that the total period of time outside the UK is not more than 6 months, in any 12-month period.
There are some exceptions. You can have a single absence from the UK for no more than 12 months due to an important reason, such as pregnancy, childbirth, serious illness, study, vocational training, or an overseas posting for work. Any period outside the UK on compulsory military service is allowed. Continuous residency is broken if you have been subject to a deportation order, exclusion order or exclusion decision. It can also be broken by periods of imprisonment.
Absences due to study abroad periods as part of your course at St Andrews could be argued as an ‘overseas posting’. The evidence to cover these periods of absence from the UK would require a letter from the University confirming the study abroad requirement.
Any period of time prior to continuous residency being broken cannot be relied upon when applying for the EU Settlement Scheme.

If an individual has been resident for 4 years and is granted Pre-Settled Status would this automatically change to Settled Status after one more year?


No. Their status will not change automatically. They will need to apply for Settled Status once they become eligible to do so.

Is there a way an individual’s Settled Status could lapse?


Yes.  If you have settled status, you can spend up to 5 years in a row outside the UK without losing your status (4 years for Swiss citizens and their family members).  If you have pre-settled status, you can spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing your status. You will need to maintain your continuous residence if you want to qualify for settled status.

What if I get a new passport after I am granted Settled or Pre-Settled Status?


Your status is available to view on the gov.uk website and the status is linked to your current passport or residence card. You must update your status online if you change your passport or residence card for any reason.

Can I change my course if I have Pre-Settled Status or Settled Status?


Yes.  There are no restrictions imposed by the EU Settlement Scheme which prevent changing one's course, university, or student status.

Can we share devices to use the EU Exit ID Document Check app?


Yes.  The EU Exit ID Document Check app allows applicants with an e-passport to confirm their identity and nationality remotely. This is currently only available on Android devices (Android 6.0 and newer) and iPhones (iPhone 7 / 7 Plus or newer). Applicants may choose to use another individual’s device to use the EU Exit ID Document Check app. No personal data is stored on the device at any time. The device is used only to facilitate access to the app which is fully secure. Applicants can complete the remainder of the application process on any smartphone, tablet or computer using the gov.uk website.

I am living in University managed accommodation. Do I need to pay council tax?

Accommodation wholly occupied by student residents will normally be exempt from any Council Tax charges levied by the local council for the services they provide (water, sewerage, waste collection, street lighting etc. Further information is available from: Fife Council Finance, Asset Management Services, Fife House, North St, Glenrothes, Fife KY7 5LY phone: +44 (0)8451551144. https://www.fife.gov.uk/kb/docs/articles/housing2/council-tax

https://online.fifedirect.org.uk/MyHome/index.cfm?fuseaction=ctax.getFrom&formid=64B1F6BB-DF71-4E30-B319-D8A9A5FD43EB

What is the procedure for the EU Exit: ID Document Check app?


You will be required to verify your identity by using this app as part of your application.


The app requires you to do four things:
• Scan the photo page of your passport using the camera on your device (desktop computers cannot be used).
• Place the device on top of your passport or residence card to read the document information.
• Scan your face
• Take a photo of yourself.


Details can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/using-the-eu-exit-id-document-check-app

Am I eligible for public services under the EU Settlement Scheme?


Yes. Your rights to public services in the UK, including access to the NHS, as an EU national do not change as a result of the EU Settlement Scheme.

What will be the process of applying for British citizenship following approval of EU Settled Status?


The process will remain the same as it currently is: generally (unless they are married to a British citizen) applicants must have been free from immigration restrictions for 12 months before they are eligible to apply for British citizenship. Unless the applicant already has permanent residence, this 12 month period will start from the date that Settled Status is granted.

Does the Settlement Scheme give the right to work in the UK?


Yes.  The Settlement Scheme gives the same access to work, study, healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK as EU citizens currently have under the free movement principles.

Is there any restriction on working hours under the EU Settlement Scheme similar to that for Tier 4 students?


No.

Do I need to carry extra documentation to travel to the UK after 1 January 2021?

EU staff and students who are travelling to the UK should carry a valid passport and a hard copy of their EU Settlement Scheme status outcome letter (if they have status).  There is further guidance on the Government's website.

If you experience difficulties at the UK border, border staff will be able to contact the University at any time of day or night via the Brexit Helpline (+44 (0)1334 464222) or the University out-of-hours number (+44 (0)1334 468999).

Can we choose which utilities company to use for our managed property?
You are free to use any supplier you like to provide your utilities. Transco (phone :08706 081524) and S.Power NPAS (phone: 08452 709101) will be able to confirm who the current suppliers are for your property, and you will also be able to get current prices from utility providers from one of the web comparison sites.
How do I obtain the equivalent of a 1098-T form or Canadian Tax Form?

Please contact Student Finance via Ask a Question and request the required form to be filled out by a member of the Finance team. Please ensure to state the academic years you require in regards to a US Tax Form and the calendar year for a Canadian Tax Form.

How do I pay for the utilities in University managed properties?
You will have to set up the accounts for the property in your own names, using the meter readings provided for you on the inventories, and you will make payment directly to the utility company you decide to use.
What can I expect from a catered contract?
Menus generally operate on a three-week cycle, and meals are taken in the dining rooms of the halls. Chefs aim to vary items to incorporate seasonal foods. Both daily and weekly menus are displayed at or near the point of service in each residence. Meals are prepared fresh and include a balance of the following principles (amongst other things): low salt in preparation, stable oils for frying, low saturated fats, foods containing omega 3 and 6, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Items on the menu that are prepared using healthier ingredients and cooking methods are identified using an apple logo or are marked as healthy living.
I do not like the food in catered halls. Can I change to self-catered accommodation?
If you have a special dietary requirement, please contact the chef manager in your residence. Changing from a catered to self-catered contract means a transfer; these do not open until four weeks into the start of term and only if we have vacancies. Please contact the warden regarding transfer requests.
The meal times don't match my timetable. Can I get a rebate for meals missed?
If you have commitments, please contact the chef manager who will be able to advise you about the availability of packed meals. You cannot be self-catered in a catered residence.
I have a special diet/allergy. Can the catered residences accommodate me?

Our residential catering chefs are delighted to cater for majority of special diets, however if you have a specific dietary or allergenic requirement and would like to discuss catering options, please contact the Residential Catering team by emailing studentcatering@st-andrews.ac.uk 

Please note: to enable us to reduce risk and manage any special dietary requirements effectively, new applicants should declared all dietary and/or allergy requirements on the electronic accommodation application form available from the Student Accommodation Services team by emailing accommodation@st-andrews.ac.uk . Once you have been allocated a residential package, we encourage you to introduce yourself to the Chef Manager of your allotted residence to discuss your dietary requirements in more detail.

For further information regarding catering options within our catered residences including our current menus, please visit the catering web page; www.st-andrews.ac.uk/accommodation/catering/catered/ 

Can I have a guest to stay in my room?
If you are in a shared room, you may only entertain guests if you have a prior arrangement with your roommate. If you are living in a shared house or flat, then you should also check with your housemates. You may have a temporary guest for a maximum of three days in any week and no more than twice in a four week period. All overnight guests must be recorded by either notifying the residence management team or by completing the guest sign-in book if there is one available.
What size are the beds?
Single rooms in David Russell Apartments, Fife Park ensuite and Agnes Blackadder Hall have double beds. Shared rooms in David Russell Apartments are single beds, and shared rooms in Agnes Blackadder Hall have two double beds.  Andrew Melville Hall, Fife Park standard, Powell Hall and Whitehorn Hall have small doubles. All other residences have single beds.
Can I bring a personal fridge?
For health and safety reasons we do not allow personal fridges in rooms unless it is for special medical requirements. Pharmacy fridges can be provided on request during the application process.
What is provided in my room?
Each study bedroom has a mattress and bed, either a free standing or built-in wardrobe, a study desk, a lamp and operator chair.
I am on a self-catered contract. What equipment is provided in the kitchens?

All self-catered kitchens come equipped with oven, hob, fridge, freezer, iron and ironing board, brush and mop as well as basic cooking utensils.

David Russell Apartments, Fife Park, Powell Hall and Whitehorn Hall also have a set of pots and pans provided for the induction hobs. 

Are University managed properties furnished?
University managed properties are all fully furnished and equipped. The following standard inventory will give you an idea of what is provided as part of the let: Bedrooms (per student) - maximum 2 persons per room
  • 1 x 3ft bed and mattress, 1 duvet, 1 pillow, 1 mattress protector, 1 wardrobe, 1 chest of drawers, 1 desk/table, 1 desk chair, 1 study lamp, 1 waste bin, 1 mirror, bookshelves (movable or fixed - approx. 6ft per person)
Sitting/dining room
  • One easy chair or equivalent per student, adequate dining table and chairs for tenants, coffee/occasional tables
Kitchen
  • 1 cooker (oven and hob), 1 fridge or fridge freezer, 1 washing machine, 1 kettle, 1 iron, 1 ironing board, cutlery and crockery, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, rubbish bin, vacuum cleaner, dustpan and brush, sweeping brush, floor mop and bucket, toilet brush and holder.
Is there a telephone connection and is internet provided in University managed accommodation?
Telephone and internet service provision is a private arrangement tenants have to make directly with the service provider of their choice. You can arrange to have the telephone connected and the service set up in your name by contacting British Telecom or a similar provider and any charges would obviously depend on the level of service you arrange. Further information on how to go about this along with costs etc. from BT can be obtained. It is however also worthwhile checking current prices etc. from other utility providers from one of the web comparison sites such as: money supermarket or broad band genie.
What happens if I don't get along with my roommate?
Life in University halls may at first appear very different to your previous living environment. However, within a few weeks most students find they have settled in and are enjoying life in their hall. Wardennial teams take responsibility for encouraging a sense of community within each hall and are experienced at working sensitively with students on a wide range of issues. If you are experiencing any difficulties, it is important that you first try to resolve any issues by talking to a member of the hall wardennial team; they can then liaise with Student Accommodation Services directly if your situation is urgent.
How do I request a repair or report a defect?
If you are in a hall of residence, please contact reception or the residential services manager. If you are in University managed property, please email jsr@st-andrews.ac.uk.
I don't like the room I am in. Can I transfer to another room?
If there is a specific problem with your room, please contact reception or the residential services manager.
I live in University managed accommodation. Who do I contact in an emergency?
Any issues that arise outwith our office hours should be directed to our out-of-hours staff who can be reached on +44 (0)1334 476161 or extension 1212 from an internal phone.
What is the pre-payment refund policy?

Pre-payments will only be refunded in certain circumstances. For further information, instructions and contact details please see the After You Apply sections of our website for either Undergraduates or Postgraduates.

How do I pay my tuition fees?

You can pay your tuition fees by credit/debit card or by bank transfer. For further information about payment methods and available payment plans, please see the relevant sections of our website below:

Undergraduates

Postgraduates

If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, you can do so on our online payment page.

How do I get a tuition fee refund?
If you think you are entitled to a tuition fee refund, please contact Finance by submitting a question. Finance staff will confirm if there is any refund due. Any refund will be returned to the original source of payment.