International befriending

The information on this page is for international students whose first language is not English. 

Moving away from home can be a daunting prospect wherever ‘home’ may be, but we know that it can be an extra challenge for international students and any family members who come with them. Fiona Barnard, Honorary Global Chaplain, is happy to talk to you and offer support in getting used to a new culture, practising your everyday English speaking skills and engaging more with life in the UK.

Local Link

Befrienders are local people who want you to feel at home in St Andrews and enjoy your time in Scotland. They are volunteers who can assist you practise your English speaking skills and share details about Scottish culture. They may meet you in a café or in their homes 2 to 3 times a semester.  Please contact the Chaplaincy for further details.

Hidden St Andrews

If you are interested in taking a short walk to discover new places around town and then visit a local home, contact Fiona Barnard

Group discussions

For students who would like to discuss the Christian faith, there are two groups.  These take place either in the Chaplaincy or in a local home.

  • What is in the Bible?: an introduction to Christianity
  • Reading the Bible together: for Christians or those familiar with Christianity.

Support for partners and adult family members

If your partner or an adult family member (non-student) is interested in English lessons (run by Fife Council) or a social group, please contact Fiona Barnard.

If you are interested in any of the above and would like more information, please contact either Fiona Barnard (Honorary Global Chaplain),, or the Chaplaincy office