Coronavirus information and guidance

Pre-arrival information 2021-2022

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the academic year 2021-2022.

Key dates

  • Orientation week starts Monday 6 September 2021.
  • Teaching starts Monday 13 September 2021.

Some Schools may schedule taught classes during Orientation week which students are expected to attend.

The University will offer dual-mode teaching in 2021-2022. This will allow students who are unable to attend in-person classes to start their studies through a blend of:

  • traditional, in-person classes
  • pre-recorded content
  • live, interactive online sessions.

We hope that you will be able to travel to St Andrews and begin in-person learning as soon as it is possible to do so. For some, this may mean starting your studies online and then changing to in-person learning.

Pre-arrival checklist

Before you start the semester, you must provide the following pre-arrival information to the University.

  1. Update your study plans and your study location details (under 'My Details' in MySaint)
  2. If you need to isolate or quarantine on arrival:
    1. Request isolation accommodation
    2. Request managed quarantine
  3. Book travel and arrival slots (for those not isolating)
  4. Vaccination status update (under 'My Details' in MySaint) - see also the Covid-19 vaccination privacy notice (PDF)

Please provide as much information for each point as you can for now. You should only complete the tasks in the pre-arrival checklist relevant to you. You do not need to complete these in order.

If your circumstances change, you must update your information by revisiting each link above.

If you plan to study online away from St Andrews all semester, you only need to complete task 1 in the checklist: ‘Update your study plans and your study location details’. Online study is not available to students studying BSc Hons Medicine or the Graduate Entry to Medicine (ScotGEM) programme.

Your studies

You do not need to request permission to study online, but you are required to keep your study location details up to date. It is especially important that you inform us when you intend to switch between online study and in-person learning, or vice versa. If your circumstances change before the start of semester, please update your study location details through MySaint.

If you are unable to begin studying in person when the semester starts on 13 September, you may join in person at two later dates:

  • Monday 4 October (Week 4)
  • Monday 25 October (Week 7).

Students studying BSc Hons Medicine or on the Graduate Entry to Medicine (ScotGEM) programme must attend in-person from the start of the semester. 

If you plan to join us at St Andrews for in-person learning but then become unable to continue in person, you may change to online learning. However, once you have begun in-person learning, you can only move back to online learning with permission from an Associate Dean.

If you are required to self-isolate via the NHS Track and Trace app, you can study online for the duration of your isolation period. Find out more about support available when required to self-isolate from our Coronavirus FAQs online.

The University is committed to offering dual mode teaching throughout 2021-2022, and we will publish details about plans for Semester 2 later this autumn. This means that you will be able to continue studying online or resume in-person learning from the beginning of Semester 2 (Monday 17 January 2022). 


Orientation is when students who are new to St Andrews settle in. The orientation webpages offer advice, support and guidance for new students.


Scottish Government Covid guidance on quarantining may mean that you will not be able to attend in-person teaching as soon as you arrive in St Andrews. You should prepare for this in your travel arrangements. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the Scottish Government’s quarantine guidance as this may be different to other areas of the UK and other countries.

If you are an international student, see arrangement for quarantine in our Coronavirus accommodation FAQs. Currently, we are awaiting Scottish Government guidance on arrangements for students from red-listed countries, and we will update you as soon as we are notified.


While you are not required to have a vaccination by the Scottish Government, we strongly encourage all students to have completed vaccination before arriving in St Andrews.

We will support any unvaccinated student arriving in St Andrews to receive a vaccination as part of the UK National Health Service vaccination programme. Please inform us of your vaccination status before you arrive in St Andrews: we can use this information to help speed your access to the NHS vaccination programme. See more information on vaccinations for international students on the Scottish Government website.

See our Covid-19 vaccination privacy notice (PDF)


If you have reserved accommodation at the University but are unable to join us in person for the start of Semester 1, please contact as soon as possible to notify staff of your intended arrival. To secure your accommodation, charges will still apply if you plan to arrive after the start of Semester 1.

If you have any enquiries about managing quarantine, please email  


If there is anything we can do to assist with your preparations to arrive in St Andrews, please get in touch with the Advice and Support Centre (ASC) by emailing

The Students’ Association is also available to provide support as the new semester starts; please email

Please check your University email regularly and the Coronavirus information pages for up-to-date information.