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Until further notice, we will be offering a revised programme of Access and Widening Participation activities in a range of virtual formats. A decision will be made on the format of future events and Summer Schools in early 2021.
Admissions staff are in contact with all pupils currently involved in these programmes.
If you have further questions or think you should have been contacted, please email email@example.com and we will provide you with more tailored guidance.
A guide to student finance in Scotland and up-to-date information relating to how to apply as well as how SAAS are addressing the ever-evolving situation with Coronavirus can be obtained from Student Information Scotland.
No. The University is committed to delivering parity in quality of study and student experience for all students. For any period of time that you may need to spend engaging with your learning remotely, parity of tuition fees will also apply and there will be no adjustment to tuition fees.
The University’s priority is to transition to face to face learning as soon as it is safe and possible to do. This may mean that for some of the learning activities students will engage remotely. As it is likely that various social distancing measures will be in place and students will be joining us at different stages, we have committed to dual delivery (both online and face to face) as long as it takes to have all our students here.
The University is committed to ensuring parity for students engaging remotely in terms of content, intensity, learning outcomes and academic development. Your access to academic staff is equivalent and where necessary, additional support has been put in place to support you academically.
You will also be able to access essential Library materials as if you were studying in St Andrews, and we are currently enhancing access to on-line resources further. Regardless of where you are studying, full Student Services support is available to you across all aspect of university life. Additionally, as far as possible you will be able to engage with student societies, halls of residence communities and events.
While we will support our students to transition effectively between the different methods of engagement, our objective is to integrate our community and ensure that as soon as it is safe and sensible to do, students can join us in St Andrews.
From 8 June 2020, all those entering or returning to the UK will be required to provide journey and contact details prior to travelling to the UK and self-isolate in the place that you are staying for 10 days.
You can provide your journey and contact details by completing the passenger locator form but it cannot be submitted until 48 hours prior to your arrival. You will be required to show this form when you arrive at the UK border, either by printing a copy or showing it on your phone. The Government will use this information to contact you should you or someone you have travelled with develops symptoms and also to ensure that you are self-isolating for the required 10 days after arrival in the UK.
There are different self-isolation rules and penalties depending on where you are travelling to, find out more about the guidelines on entering the UK.
Some Visa Application Centres have started to reopen and have resumed application services. However, many remain closed and where this is the case you will be unable to complete your visa application, including booking and attending a biometric appointment.
You can check which Visa Application Centres are reopening on the commercial partner websites:
We hope you will be able to obtain your visa and arrive in time for classes starting on September 14 and we are doing all we can to support this. If you are not able to, do not worry, teaching at St Andrews next semester will be a blend of traditional, in-person classes, pre-recorded content and live, interactive online provision. This means that you will be able to start your studies online and receive the same high standard of teaching wherever you are in the world and then travel to St Andrews to commence face-to-face teaching as soon as you are able to.
The visa you received in your passport is a single-entry visa, allowing you to enter the UK before your course start date so you can collect your BRP card (your Student visa). This visa validity has been extended to 90 days, allowing you more time to enter the UK if you have suffered a delay.
If you have experienced delays in securing your visa due to the current pandemic and can only arrive after 7 October 2020, do not worry. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to notify them of your new arrival date and we will make sure the UKVI are aware that you will be arriving after the stated latest entry date.
The UKVI have introduced some flexibility to this rule and they are not enforcing it in the current circumstances. We will therefore not return your BRP card if you are not able to pick it up within 10 days of your arrival.
You will be given an appointment to complete the required document checks and pick up your BRP card when you complete online matriculation. Further information about this can be found on the matriculation web page.
After your successful visa application, your returned passport will contain a short-term entry clearance vignette allowing you to enter the UK. You can arrive in the UK on or after the date on this vignette, which will be no more than 30 days prior to your official course start. Please ensure you check the date on your vignette when planning your arrival in the UK.
Parents and families
You are supporting someone to make an informed decision on university. You and your family may have planned to spend the spring visiting some college and universities. The coronavirus has made this whole process a bit chaotic. We know this is not a normal year. There's never a good time for a pandemic.
We are here to help.
We know you may not be able to visit us (just yet). We are working hard to make sure that even if you can't visit us in person, you can still meet us and get a sense of the university and town.
We have adapted all our visiting options (visiting days and the daily talk and tour) to be delivered virtually. Online, you will meet with experienced staff who will answer any questions you have about the application process and life in St Andrews.
We want to offer you a variety of sources to make an informed decision by connecting you with current students and our alumni.
Our incredible alumni and current students across the globe have offered to help by sharing their own personal experiences of studying and at living in St Andrews. If you are interested in virtually meeting alumni or a student ambassador, please email email@example.com.