Coronavirus information and guidance

Pre-semester 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:

  • 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.

Orientation App

Make sure you download the St Andrews Orientation App for a diary of events, helpful hints, access to advice and links to all the information you’ll need for your arrival in St Andrews.

Important update: Pre-semester information 2021-22

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to academic year 2021-22 which begins next month. Orientation week starts Monday 6 September, and teaching starts Monday 13 September.

This page contains important information about:

Please read the following information carefully.

Whether you are a new entrant student or a returning student there is information we need you to provide as you prepare to start the semester. If you have not already provided this information, please do so now by completing our pre-semester checklist, and if your circumstances have changed, please update your information. Providing as much information as you can for now for each point of the checklist helps us manage your safety, class timetabling, arrivals, transport, quarantine, and isolation requirements. You should only complete the tasks relevant to you in the pre-semester checklist. You do not need to complete these in order.

If you plan to study online away from St Andrews all semester you only need to complete task 1 in the checklist. Please note online study is not available to students studying BSc Hons Medicine or on the Graduate Entry to Medicine programme.

Pre-semester checklist

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

  1. Engaging with your studies and updating your location of studies (using MySaint)
  2. Travelling to St Andrews including:
  3. Updating your vaccination status (using MySaint)

Please provide as much information for each point as you can for now. You should only complete the tasks in the pre-semester 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.

Keeping us up to date

We want to offer you the best support for your own personal situation, but we can only do this if we have up-to-date information about your circumstances. Please complete the tasks relevant to you as fully as possible. You must return to update the pre-semester checklist tasks if any of your plans change.

Joining your studies

If you are unable to join us in St Andrews at the start of semester to engage with in-person learning you may start your studies through online pre-recorded content and live, interactive provision.

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 for planning purposes 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 in MySaint.

To minimise the number of classes involving both online and in-person teaching, students who are unable to begin studying in-person when the semester starts on 13 September may do so at two later dates: Monday 4 October (Week 4) or Monday 25 October (Week 7). Once you begin to study in person 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 undertake your studies online for the duration of your isolation period. You can find out more about support that is available when required to self-isolate from our Coronavirus FAQs online.

The University is committed to offering dual mode delivery of teaching throughout academic year 2021-22 and details about plans for Semester 2 will be published 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).

Arriving in St Andrews

UK Government requirements have changed for travellers arriving in Scotland through UK Border Control. If you are arriving in Scotland from outside the UK, you will need to complete a Passenger Locator Form before you travel.

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 make provision for this in your travel arrangements. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the Scottish Government’s guidance as this may be different to other areas of the UK and other countries. Arrangements for quarantine for international students can be found via the Coronavirus FAQs.

Please make sure you take PCR test for Covid before you travel to St Andrews. If you can’t arrange or access a PCR test before travelling, please take a Lateral Flow Test. We want everyone in our community to be safe, and testing for Covid before you travel is a very important step for everyone in our community.

Quarantine arrangements 

Scottish Government guidance on arrangements for travellers arriving at Scottish airports from red-listed areas and countries has recently changed. If you’re arriving from a red-listed country and want to quarantine with us in St Andrews, you can request quarantine accommodation.

If you have been in a country or area on the red list at any point in the 10 days before arriving in Scotland, we can provide accommodation for quarantine within our St Andrews University accommodation at £20 per day to match the cost of students travelling from amber-listed countries. We will provide transport for quarantining students arriving at Scottish airports. We will also reimburse hotel-based managed quarantine costs (minus £20 per day) for all incoming quarantining students who are not eligible for managed quarantine in St Andrews (for example, students arriving at English airports who must book into hotels in England to isolate) or if we do not have available quarantine accommodation. You can apply for reimbursement through MySaint after Wednesday 25 August by uploading details of your hotel quarantine, the invoice, and a receipt.

Students from red-listed areas and countries quarantining in University accommodation will be required to take PCR tests on day 2 and day 8 of their managed isolation period. These will be provided by the University. In addition, you will be given a Managed Isolation Invoice reference number which must be entered in the Passenger Locator Form that the Government requires you to submit before travelling.

The University has a Hotel Quarantine Fund to refund compulsory hotel quarantine costs for students who are flying into England from a red list country to commence studies in the academic year 2021-22. Information on travelling to England from a red list country can be found on the Government website.

The fund will cover the reimbursement of the cost of the quarantine, it will not cover food costs and covid tests.

Vaccinations

Whilst it is not a requirement of the Scottish Government, we strongly encourage all students to have completed full vaccination before arriving in St Andrews. We encourage you to inform us of your vaccination status ahead of your arrival in St Andrews. As part of the UK National Health Service vaccination programme, we are working with NHS Fife to support access for any student who has not been vaccinated by the time of their arrival in St Andrews. Vaccine drop-in clinics for students will be provided in St Andrews at the start of semester at the St Andrews Community Hospital and the Boys Brigade Hall. For students who need to quarantine, vaccinations will only be available after quarantining. General information on vaccination for international students is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further contacts

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

If you have enquiries about quarantine provision at St Andrews, please email residences@st-andrews.ac.uk. If you are concerned about not being able to cover any out-of-pocket expenses, please contact the University's Money Team (moneyadvice@st-andrews.ac.uk) to discuss applying for financial support.

If there is anything we can do to assist with your preparations to arrive in St Andrews, please get in touch through the Advice and Support Centre (ASC) (theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk) or 01334 462020. The Orientation webpages also offer lots of helpful information and resources to help you settle in. The Students’ Association is also available to provide support as the new semester starts, please email president@st-andrews.ac.uk.

You are reminded to check your University email regularly and the Coronavirus Information pages, which are accessible via the homepage of the University website.