Preparatory courses

As well as the information below, students intending to be Language Assistants may be interested in the Supporting learning in TESOL course. This intensive three-day course introduces students to the principles of teaching English to speakers of other languages and the key practical tools and strategies used in the classroom to support student learning. A reduced course fee is available to University staff and students.

Language courses

Studying in another European country will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to improve your language skills. While some of our partner institutions offer courses in English, a working knowledge of the language of the country you are visiting will benefit you greatly. Whether socialising, shopping, dealing with bureaucracy, or finding a part-time job, having some language skills will give you the confidence to make the most of your time abroad.

Evening classes

Within the University, the evening language courses offers evening classes in a variety of languages throughout the two semesters. Courses last for 10 weeks and, depending on resources and demand, may be available from beginners to advanced level.

Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED)

CEED provide short programmes for students to help them enhance their workplace skills. This could be highly beneficial if you are about to embark on a British Council Placement or an Independent Work Placement. There are over 50 skill topics on offer, from how to be a team leader to time management skills and what’s more, they are all completely free. The courses, offered through the U-skills programme, come in the form of online workshops to lunchtime/evening workshops so as to fit around your timetable. 

Students working abroad may also wish to consider the Saints Skills Builder Award.  This award is for students who want to strengthen and develop a range of skills by undertaking varied activities. It is based around the University’s 20 graduate attributes, which comprise the knowledge, skills and capabilities that the University seeks to give all students the opportunity to develop throughout their time at St Andrews.

The Saints Skills Spotlight Award is another programme which can support students undertaking work placements by preparing you for an interview.  It helps you talk about your skills, making you more employable. It can also help you apply for further study.