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Foreign Payments

Accounts Payable are responsible for processing all foreign currency payments.  The same regulations apply to any foreign invoices or expense claims as with GBP payments - i.e. document must be an Invoice, must be made out to 'University of St Andrews' and must be authorised.

Accounts Payable will make the decision as to how to process payment depending on the information provided by the payee. 

For most foreign transfers there is a £5 transfer fee which will be automatically charged to the same cost centre as the invoice. For payments to individuals the charge will be deducted from the amount being sent unless a specific request is made otherwise.

Please note that the University has no control over the amount that may be charged by a recipient bank and so the amount received could be slightly less than we have sent.


Payment Runs

Foreign currency payment runs are sent every second Thursday. Payments can take up to a week to reach the recipients depending on the currency paid and the country the funds are being sent to.

Any invoices to be included on the fortnightly payment run must be received in Accounts Payable at least 3 days prior to the date of the payment run.


Payment dates from September 2019 to April 2020:

Thursday 12th September 2019

Thursday 26th September 2019

Thursday 10th October 2019

Thursday 24th October 2019

Thursday 7th November 2019

Thursday 21st November 2019

Thursday 5th December 2019

Thursday 19th December 2019

Thursday 16th January 2020

Thursday 30th January 2020

Thursday 13th February 2020

Thursday 27th February 2020

Thursday 12th March 2020

Thursday 26th March 2020

Tuesday 7th April 2020 - Early due to Easter Bank Holidays.

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Tuesday 5th May 2020 - Early due to May Day Bank Holiday move.


Future payment dates will be confirmed in line with the University's Holidays and Financial Year End arrangements

If you have any questions regarding foreign currency payments please contact the Accounts Payable team on 01334 463094 or e mail







Accounts Payable

The Old Burgh School
Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 463094
Fax:01334 462535


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