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Types of placement

The University has a range of exchange and Study Abroad programmes, all of which are carefully selected and monitored.  We have good relations with our partners overseas and work closely with them to ensure our students enjoy a successful period abroad and a smooth return to St Andrews thereafter. Find out more about the different types of placement. 

Undergraduate placements

  • St Andrews Abroad
    These are exchange programmes which are open to students across a number of subjects in Arts, Divinity and Science.  Applications are competitive and the selection process is led by the Pro Deans. Most St Andrews Abroad programmes involve a full academic year of study at one of our partner institutions, though some exchanges are available for one semester only (usually during Junior Honours year). 

  • School Study Abroad programmes
    These are programmes specific to a certain Department or School. Several Schools have Erasmus links with other European institutions.  While many of these are for students of Modern Languages, a number of opportunities exist for students in other Schools, and several of our exchange partners offer courses in English as well as the host language. Students may spend one semester or a full academic year abroad, depending on the programme.

  • Erasmus+ 
    The Erasmus+ programme enables you to study or, in come cases, work in Europe for a semester or full year as part of your degree. Most students are also eligible for an Erasmus+ mobility grant.

  • Multi-Lateral Student Exchange Programme
    Study at three partner institutions on three continents to consider the environmental challenges facing the world in the 21st Century, and the different approaches that societies are taking towards them. Students will have the opportunity to spend a semester at two host institutions: Queen’s University, Canada and semester two studying at the National University of Singapore.

  • Working abroad
    Students on specific degree programmes in Biology, in Chemistry and in Modern Languages may apply to undertake a work placement abroad as an integral part of their degree programme.
  • Recent Graduate Traineeships (Erasmus+)

    The Recent Graduate Traineeship programme is available for undergraduate students who will be graduating in summer 2019. The programme provides funding for independent traineeships that you will be expected to arrange yourselves and is available for a maximum of 12 months from the date of your graduation.

Postgraduate placements

Programme availability

Many study abroad programmes depend on incoming/outgoing balance and consequently the number of places available may vary in any given year. We cannot guarantee that all programmes will be available every academic year.

Programme evaluation

All of our programmes are reviewed annually (a process that includes evaluation of student feedback) and we may withdraw exchanges if staff or students report serious problems. This happens rarely as all of our partners are carefully selected and we maintain good relations with them, but our chief concern is the welfare and experience of all St Andrews students participating in study abroad placements.

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