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Change of Circumstances

The University of St Andrews recognises that there is times that students may need to spend a period of time away from their studies. The University does not wish students to withdraw from their programme of studies and there may be in fact other solutions such as taking a Leave of Absence, reducing your study to part-time, or getting some practical advice about your studies.

Leave of Absence
A Leave of Absence is a 'break' in your studies. You can take a Leave of Absence for one Semester or the full Academic Year subject to approval by the Registry Support Officer and the Pro-Dean. The minimum period of a Leave of Absence for Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught students is one Semester. The clock will be stopped on your studies and nothing will appear on your transcript for that time. You can apply for a Leave of Absence for Personal or Medical Reasons. It is important to quickly identify whether a Leave of Absence is the right choice for you, so that the application can be made as soon as issues arise, or alternative support can be put in place.

For further information about the University’s Leave of Absence Policy:

Change of Mode of Attendance
If you feel you are unable to take a full-time programme of studies at the University of St Andrews you should first contact the appropriate Registry Support Officer for information about switching to a Part-Time programme. Although many degrees can be studied part-time, the structure of some courses makes satisfying the requirements of the degree difficult if studied part-time.

Change of Location
All students are expected to reside at a term address within a commutable distance from the University unless they have formal permission for their Study Location to be outside of St Andrews.  This permission can be granted for academic purposes: for example, to conduct essential research. This permission can also be exceptionally granted for non-academic purposes at Undergraduate or at Taught Postgraduate level with the support of the School and with agreed mechanisms in place for continued academic support.

For further information about University’s Change of Location of Studies Policy:

Withdrawing from the University of St Andrews
If you do decide to withdraw from your studies, the Registry Support Officer can give you advice on the procedures in place as well as more general advice about the necessary non-academic steps to take to complete the process. If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, please contact the relevant Registry Officer (Support) who will be happy to help you with your query.

Student Services
You may also feel that you wish to discuss your various options with Student Services who can offer practical advice, suggest options and contact the Registry Officer on your behalf to make an appointment. The Advice and Support Centre can give information on any student matter and you can arrange an appointment by contacting the ASC (

Contact details

Undergraduate/Postgraduate (Taught)
Registry Officer (Support)
T: 01334 462129

Postgraduate (Research)
Registry Officer (Support)
T: 01334 462256

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Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 (46)2020


Student services

Eden Court
The Scores
St Andrews
KY16 9AS
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: 01334 462720
Fax:01334 464007

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Encountered any difficulties?

Not the right match?  If you haven’t formed a good rapport with your Adviser or you’ve encountered any difficulties and wish to speak informally to someone, please contact Ruth Unsworth ( or Lara Meischke (, Deputy Directors of Student Services, in the first instance.

Please also be aware that the University has Complaints Handling Procedure for formally addressing concerns.


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