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International Foundation Programme January Intake: Social Sciences and Humanities (SS&H)

Key Features

January Intake (SS&H) students have the potential to progress onto a Single or Joint Honours degree within the Faculty of Arts. With an intake in early January each year, this intensive, multi-discipline programme enables students to complete their studies in time to enter university in September of the same year.

Jan Intake 2015

There are two study routes available:

Faculty of Arts

Route 1

Semester 1 Academic subjects







Semester 2 Academic subjects
Management Economics Finance

Route 2





Semester 1 Academic subjects







Semester 2 Academic subjects








We aim to produce students with the knowledge, competence and skills to cope with the demands of the University’s degree programmes. The January Intake programme has both academic and language elements.

  • Subject-specific modules
  • Integrated English language and Academic Skills modules: Exploring Academic Identities, Researched Writing 1, Communicative Literacy and Researched Writing 2.


A combination of coursework and end of semester exams test students’ subject-specific knowledge, oral and written skills, as well as their ability to think critically.

Entry requirements

Academic evidence: you should have good school leaving qualifications from your home country with an A grade average, or more than 85%, or a GPA of at least 3.2 (depending on country). Please contact us for specific details about the grades needed from your high school system.

Language evidence: we require IELTS 6.0 with no lower than 5.0 in each component. If you require a visa, your IELTS must be for UKVI purposes. For an overview of language requirements please see our language requirements and pre-degree pages.


  • an academic reference (from your high school)
  • a personal statement. This should be about 400 words long, outlining why you wish to study at St Andrews and reflecting on your learning and life experience to suggest why you feel you would be successful on our Programme
  • All students are interviewed in person or on Skype, and you may also be asked to write an entrance test paper. 

Please do not wait for all your evidence to be in place before you apply. You may apply before your results are available and we can make you a conditional offer, pending your results.


Accommodation is included in the International Foundation Programme’s fee package.

Foundation students are allocated a room in a David Russell Apartments (DRA), just a 10-15 minute walk from the Centre for International Foundation Programmes. In each apartment there is a shared kitchen and living space and 5 bedrooms (typically same gender, all foundation students), each with a shower-room and study area.

Undergraduate students have a meal plan giving them 14 meals per week during semester (i.e. not during University vacations). On weekdays (Monday-Friday) students are provided with breakfast and an evening meal, on Saturday and Sunday they are served breakfast and lunch. View sample menus for the 14-meal plan at David Russell Apartments.

Apply for January 2018

Applications are now closed for January 2018 entry. Applications for January 2019 entry re-open in March 2018. 

Semester dates:  

Accommodation opens: Wednesday 10 January 2018
Orientation: Thursday 11 January 2018 to Friday 12 January 2018
Teaching begins: Monday 15 January 2018
End of programme: Friday 10 August 2018

Fees: The all-inclusive fee package for 2018 is £24,000. This includes tuition fees, accommodation and meals. For further information see our Fee Package.

CIFP undergraduate brochure (PDF, 8,523 KB)

Programme Director: Kerry Tavakoli

English Language Teaching
Kennedy Gardens
St Andrews
KY16 9DJ
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (1334) 462257
Fax:+44 (1334) 462270