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College of William and Mary


At a glance

Located in downtown Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, approximately 150 miles south of Washington DC, The College of William and Mary (W&M), founded in 1693, is the second oldest in the USA. It is a ‘Public Ivy’ with around 8400 students (6200 undergraduates). Its campus is spread over 1200 acres and includes woodlands and a lake.

Williamsburg is a lively college and tourist town of historic importance with a population of 20,000 (incl. students).
Established : 1693
Student Population : 8437

Website and links

Website : The College of William and Mary

Academic information

Who can go

Students on degree programmes in the following subject areas may apply to study abroad during their Junior Honours year at College of William and Mary:

Please note the following restrictions when considering the list below: Arabic - Joint Hons only; German - Joint Hons only; History - History (Joint Hons), Mediaeval History (Joint Hons), Modern History (Single and Joint Hons); Psychology - full year only.
  • Arabic
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Classics
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Economics & Finance
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Management
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Anthropology
  • Spanish
Semesters Available
  • First Semester
  • Second Semester
  • Full Year
Note: Joint Honours students may only apply for a full year abroad if BOTH subjects are listed above. Joint Honours students applying for one semester must seek permission from both Schools.

Study abroad coordinator

Each School has a designated Study Abroad Coordinator.

Semester dates

Semester dates are as follows

Semester 1 Aug 2021 to Dec 2021
Semester 2 Jan 2022 to May 2022

Your studies abroad

St Andrews academic requirements
  • Minimum Credit in Academic year : 27
  • Minimum Credit in Semester : 12
  • Maximum Credit in Academic year : 30
  • Maximum Credit in Semester: 15
  • Module Weighting : 3, 4
St Andrews academic requirements
  • Minimum Credit in Academic year : 27
  • Minimum Credit in Semester : 12
  • Maximum Credit in Academic year : 30
  • Maximum Credit in Semester: 15
  • Module Weighting : 3, 4

Partner Course Catalogue : St Andrews expects you to take the equivalent of a full course load at W&M. Please see the course catalogue for further information.

See our Credits and modules abroad webpage for information on the number of credits we expect students to take at our partner institutions. St Andrews expects students to attend all classes as part of their programme abroad. Assessment methods may vary across partners and could include class participation, continuous assessment in the form of homework and final exams. All courses must be agreed with your Study Abroad Coordinator. See Academic information for further details, as well as information about credit and grade conversion.

Application and selection

Application and selection

This institution is part of the St Andrews Abroad Programme. .

Places available

Places available : Normally 8 semester places or 4 full year places are available.

Places available may vary from year to year depending on the exchange balance. Numbers for the following academic year will be confirmed at the information meeting.

Living there

Getting there and getting around

There are three airports close to Williamsburg which are convenient for travel: Richmond International, Norfolk International and Newport News/ Williamsburg airport.

Exchange students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the College. Comprehensive instructions are given in the welcome package.

There is a free College shuttle bus which connects the main campus with shopping areas in Williamsburg.

The downtown area of Williamsburg is walkable.


Accommodation is guaranteed. Information regarding housing on campus is sent out in the welcome package and students should apply online as soon as they receive this information.

Once your form has been received, you will be allocated a shared room on campus automatically.

Please note that St Andrews is unable to guarantee housing at any of our partner institutions. Guidance on finding accommodation abroad is available on the Global Office webpage.

Student services and orientation

You can find out more information about the services and support available to students during their exchange experience through William and Mary Student Services

Please note that students studying at William & Mary will be charged a fee of around $500 at the start of the semester which covers items such the new student orientation, ID card, international orientation fee, transcripts, and sheets and pillow. Please note that these costs may change each year.

Please be aware that student support services will be different across all of our partner universities.

Finance and insurance

Living costs

A detailed summary of living costs can be found online.

Overall living costs at William & Mary will be very much dependent on your lifestyle. It is also important to factor in the cost of any travel that you may wish to do while abroad when considering finance.


It is mandatory to take the William & Mary health insurance plan.

St Andrews students authorised to study or work abroad as part of their degree programme will be covered by the University’s insurance policy. Please reference to our travel insurance pages for further information.

Passports and visas

Please refer to our passports and visas page for further information.

Student experience

See profiles and photos of St Andrews students who have studied abroad.