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How to apply - School Abroad programmes

These are programmes specific to a certain Department or School. A number of Schools offer opportunities, and several of our exchange partners offer courses in English as well as the host language. Options exist for a semester or a full year abroad, depending on the partnership and the student’s degree pathway. Find out more about School Study Abroad opportunities

If you are a Modern Languages student wishing to study abroad or to undertake a WIYA placement, you must also complete the Outbound Study Abroad application.  Please see below for full application details.

You should follow the below steps in order to apply.

Contact your School's Study Abroad Coordinator

Before you begin your application, please ensure that you have researched the options available to you on your degree programme, and the eligibility criteria. In particular, if you are a Joint Honours student applying for a School Abroad programme, you must seek permission from your other School. You may also wish to consult with your Study Abroad Co-ordinator if you have any questions about studying abroad.

If you intend to pursue Joint Honours, you should discuss your intention to apply for a School Abroad programme with your other School’s Study Abroad Coordinator before submitting an application.

Permission

You should ask your Study Abroad Coordinator for permission to study abroad. Most Coordinators will send this to us directly. 

Investigate the university you're thinking of applying to

Consult the website and course catalogue for the university you are interested in, and take time to research your options carefully, in the context of your degree programme.

Your GPA

The application system will calculate your first year GPA for you.  You must have an average of 13.5 in the subject(s) you intend to take to Honours.  NB: the system will count all modules within a particular subject area and not only core requirements.  For example, if your degree intention is Sustainable Development but you have also taken Geography modules in first year, these will be taken into consideration as part of the GPA calculation. However, all applications will be considered by the Pro Deans who will look at your academic record to determine your GPA.

Submit your application via MySaint

Complete the Outbound Study Abroad application through My Applications in MySaint.

NB: third year Classics students applying to study at Sapienza in their final year should not apply via MySaint.  Applicants should complete the Study Abroad application for Classics Sapienza (Word, 118 KB)

Applications will open on 1 October.   Please do not apply before this date or your application will not be considered.

The deadline for students wishing to study abroad in the academic year 2022-23 will be 10 November 2021.  Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

Please refer to our Study Abroad and WIYA application - user guide (PDF, 861 KB) before applying.

You will be informed of the outcome of your application early in semester two. 

You cannot click ‘back’ in the application so please ensure you are happy with your answers before proceeding to the next section. 

Before submitting your application, please ensure that you take note of the restrictions and additional information below:

Art History Abroad programme

Art History programmes are open to Single Honours and Joint Honours students. Application to Art History Abroad programmes is competitive. The most important criterion is a strong academic background, with a minimum entry requirement of 13.5 in Art History (and your other intended Honours subject if Joint Honours) in first year.  Participation in Art History Abroad programmes takes place during Junior Honours year.

Biology Abroad programme

Biology Abroad programmes are open to Single Honours and Joint Honours students. Application to Biology Abroad programmes is competitive.

The most important criterion is a strong academic background, with a minimum entry requirement of 13.5 in Biology (and your other intended Honours subject if Joint Honours) in first year.

Participation in Biology Abroad programmes takes place during Junior Honours year. The James Cook exchange is available in semester two only.

Chemistry External placements

External Placements are co-ordinated through the School of Chemistry.

Classics Abroad programme

Students wishing to study in Sapienza in year 4 should use the Study Abroad application for Classics Sapienza (Word, 118 KB)‌. The most important criterion is the strength of academic background; we require an average of 13.5 or better in the subjects to be taken in Honours. Further information is available from the Classics Study Abroad Coordinator.

Divinity Abroad programme

Divinity programmes are open to Single Honours and Joint Honours students. Application to Divinity Abroad programmes is competitive. The most important criterion is a strong academic background, with a minimum entry requirement of 13.5 in Divinity (and your other intended Honours subject if Joint Honours) in first year.

Participation in Divinity Abroad programmes takes place during Junior Honours year.

English Abroad programme

Students may participate in English Abroad for a full academic year only. 

English Abroad is open to Single Honours and Joint Honours students. As a guideline, applicants should have an average grade of 13.5 in First Year English modules, though students with slightly lower averages may also be considered.

Participation in English Abroad takes place during Junior Honours year.

Geography and Sustainable Development Abroad programme

Geography and Sustainable Development students should speak to the School’s Study Abroad Coordinator before applying to Study Abroad. Study abroad programmes are open to Single Honours and Joint Honours students. Students intending to take one semester abroad should be aware that in doing say they may be missing required elements of their programme of study. We would encourage Geography students taking one semester abroad to do so in Semester 1 of their third year, while SD students should go abroad in Semester 2. This point may be especially relevant to those studying languages. Students eligible for a full year abroad must carefully select their module choices to adequately prepare them for their studies in 4th year. They should liaise carefully with SGSD on their module choices.

History Abroad programme

Participation in History Abroad programme is restricted to specific St Andrews History degree programmes; further information is available from the History Study Abroad Coordinator.

The Universiteit Leiden and Keio University are only open to Modern History students.

You may apply for either semester one, semester two or a full academic year on all History Abroad programmes.

Application to History Abroad programmes is competitive. The most important criterion is a strong academic background, with normally a minimum entry requirement of 13.5 in History (and your other intended Honours subject if Joint Honours) in first year. Your grade(s) in your second-year first-semester History module(s) will also be taken into account.

IR Abroad programme

You may apply for either semester one, semester two or a full academic year on all IR Abroad programmes. 

IR Abroad programmes are open to Single Honours and Joint Honours students. Joint Honours students who wish to apply to Renmin may apply for one semester only.

Application to IR Abroad programmes is competitive, but some exchanges are more competitive than others. The most important criterion is a strong academic background, with a minimum entry requirement of 13.5 in IR (and your other intended Honours subject if Joint Honours) in first year.

Participation in IR Abroad programmes takes place during Junior Honours year.

Philosophy Abroad programme

You may participate in Philosophy Abroad for one semester, or a full academic year.

Application to Philosophy Abroad programmes is competitive. The most important criterion is a strong academic background, with a minimum entry requirement of 13.5 in Philosophy in first year.

Participation in Philosophy Abroad takes place during Junior Honours year.

Physics and Astronomy

The School of Physics and Astronomy has an undergraduate exchange with Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena in Germany.  One place will be available every second year for Astrophysics students on the MPhys degree programme in their Senior Honours year, with scholarly interests that would be complemented by courses offered at Jena that are unavailable at St Andrews.

Please contact Dr Helling at ch80@st-andrews.ac.uk for further details.

Social Anthropology Abroad programme

Most students participate in Social Anthropology Abroad for one semester. If you wish to spend a full year abroad, please consult with the Study Abroad Coordinator before you apply.  

Social Anthropology Abroad programmes are open to Single Honours and Joint Honours students.

Application to Social Anthropology Abroad programmes is competitive. The most important criterion is a strong academic background, with a minimum entry requirement of 13.5 in Social Anthropology (and your other intended Honours subject if Joint Honours) in first year.

Participation in Social Anthropology Abroad programmes takes place during Junior Honours year.

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