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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 February 2022 to July 2022:

  • Thursday 24 February 2022
  • Thursday 10 March 2022
  • Thursday 24 March 2022
  • Thursday 7 April 2022
  • Thursday 21 April 2022
  • Thursday 5 May 2022
  • Thursday 19 May 2022
  • Tuesday 31 May 2022 (Jubilee Holiday Amendment)
  • Thursday 16 June 2022
  • Thursday 30 June 2022
  • Thursday 14 July 2022
  • Thursday 28 July 2022

Future payment dates may be subject to change and 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 +44 (0)1334 46 3094 or email