Tuition fees

The University of St Andrews operates a credits-based tuition fee policy which is consistent across all programmes and cohorts and therefore also applies to students studying or working abroad. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you inform your funding body of your intention to go abroad. Please be aware that your funding body may not provide a tuition fee grant for full tuition fees. Whether or not you receive, or indeed are entitled to receive, funding support for tuition fees is a matter for you and the relevant funding body.

Information about tuition fees for each academic year can be found in the Money Matters section of the website

For advice about arrangements with your funding body, please contact Joyce Lapeyre, Money Adviser at money.advice@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tuition fees for study abroad students

If you participate in an undergraduate Study Abroad programme you will be charged your normal tuition fee for a full academic year, whether you spend a full year abroad or one semester in St Andrews and one semester abroad.

Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

If you apply for tuition fees from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and are spending either the full academic year abroad or one semester abroad, a full tuition fee grant is available from SAAS.

Student Loans Company (SLC)

  • If you apply for tuition fees from the Student Loans Company (SLC) and are spending the full academic year abroad, a half tuition fee loan is available from SLC.
  • If you are spending one semester abroad and one semester in St Andrews, a full tuition fee loan is available from SLC.

Tuition fees for Modern Language WIYA students

If you participate in a 60 credit Modern Languages WIYA (Integrated Year Abroad) programme you will be charged half your normal tuition fee for the academic year.

  • If you apply for tuition fees from the Student Loans Company (SLC) and are undertaking a full integrated year abroad, a half tuition fee loan is available from SLC.
  • If you apply for tuition fees from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and are undertaking a full integrated year abroad, a half tuition fee grant is available from SAAS.
  • If you intend to spend you the full academic year in Russia, you will be charged a half tuition fee by the University of St Andrews. You will also be liable for RLUS fees.

Tuition fees for external placement students (Biology and Chemistry only)

If you participate in a Biology or Chemistry External Placement programme, you will be charged your normal tuition fee for a full academic year.

  • If you apply for tuition fees from the Student Loans Company (SLC) and are undertaking a full year placement, a half tuition fee loan is available from SLC.
  • If you apply for tuition fees from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and are undertaking a full year placement, a half tuition fee grant is available from SAAS.

Russian language undergraduate studies (RLUS)

If you participate in an RLUS Programme for one semester, you will be charged half your normal fee for that semester and full fee for your other semester. You will also be liable for RLUS fees for the semester you spend in Estonia or Kazakhstan.

RUK (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) tuition fee scholarships 2022-2023

The Global Office does not yet have clarity on the tuition fee arrangements from SLC for RUK students participating in full year study abroad and work placements in the academic year 2023-2024.   However, we anticipate that, based on the funding available in previous years, students studying or working abroad or in the UK for the full academic year, will only be able to borrow a half tuition fee loan from SLC.

The University of St Andrews is committed to supporting and enhancing study and work abroad opportunities for all students. In the context of current restrictions on tuition fee loan funding for RUK students spending the full 2023-2024 academic year on a study or external work placement, students within this category are eligible to apply to the University for a needs-based tuition fee scholarship to a maximum of £3,600 (please note that the maximum scholarship amount is determined by the fact that SAAS-funded students must also pay £910 tuition for external placements in Biology and Chemistry - please see above for further details).

Making your online application

  • To apply, log into your MySaint account and click through to eVision.
  • On the ‘Scholarships and Fundingtab, click on ‘View Scholarships and Funding Catalogue 
  • This takes you to a search page, just click on the ‘refresh list’ button which will bring up a search box at the bottom of the page.
  • Put RUK Study Abroad Tuition Scholarship’ in the search box and click ‘next’.  Details of the RUK Scholarship will come up in your search results listed below. Please ensure that you search under the academic year 2023-2024.
  • Click ‘apply’ in the actions column.
  • Deadline: 27 April 2023

At the bottom of the page you will be asked to ‘Start Application’ – please complete each of the boxes.

You do not need to complete these steps in order and you can save your application and return at any time.

As part of the application, you will be asked to upload a short personal statement outlining your reasons for applying for the Scholarship. You should also provide a recent bank statement as indicated on the application form. 

When completing the financial information section of the application, please note that:

  • You should provide your student loan payments as a yearly amount;
  • You should provide your gross household income (before tax).

For further information and advice about eligibility criteria, please contact the Global Office at outbound@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tuition fees for RUK (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) students on full year study and work placements in receipt of funding from the Erasmus+ or Turing programmes in the academic year 2022-2023

Students participating in a study or work abroad programme for the full academic year through either the Erasmus+ or Turing programmes are eligible for tuition fee funding in addition to monthly mobility funding. The effect of this additional funding is that your personal tuition fee liability will be reduced to £1,385.  Please note that the reduced tuition fee is applicable only if you participate in the full year placement – if you are undertaking two separate study or work abroad placements over the year, it is important that you complete each of them to retain eligibility for this, and if you participate in a full-year placement, this must be of a minimum seven-month duration. Withdrawal from or shortening of your placement activity will affect your eligibility.

US Federal Loans

If you normally apply for a US Federal Loan, you should contact the US Loans Team at usloan@st-andrews.ac.uk as early as possible to discuss your funding options.