How to apply

In order to submit your application to study abroad or on exchange with the University of St Andrews, follow these steps:

  1. Discuss your application with your home institution.
    Some partners will submit your application to St Andrews on your behalf while others will expect you to apply directly; please discuss with your home university if you are unsure. If you are applying to the exchange programme through a partner university, you must be nominated by your home university, and St Andrews will liaise with them about your application.

  2. Check the entry requirements.

  3. Complete an application form.

  4. Submit your application by the deadline.
    Ensure that all supplementary information (see below) is submitted by the application deadline.

Application deadline

Complete applications are considered on a rolling basis from the application opening date until the application deadline. You may normally expect to receive an answer within four weeks of submitting a complete application.

September entry

  • Opening date: 15 February
  • Application deadline: 15 April

Please note that we may still be able to accept applications after the 15 April deadline.

January entry

  • Opening date: 2 September
  • Application deadline: 31 October

Please note that we may still be able to accept applications after the 31 October deadline.

Supplementary information

In addition to your application form, you must submit appropriate supplementary information by the above deadlines.

Supplementary information includes:

  • Academic transcripts
    The transcript must be up-to-date and official, and you should include transcripts for time spent at other universities if relevant. To submit a transcript, please ask your home institution to email your transcript to; alternatively, you can send a hard copy to the Study Abroad team. Ensure that you include all pages of your transcript, including the transcript guide or key, which is often on the reverse of a transcript.
  • Academic reference
    You may submit your reference (signed and on letterhead) with your application form directly to the Study Abroad team; alternatively, your referee may email the reference to
  • Proof of English language ability, if appropriate
    If your first language is not English, you must submit evidence of your English language proficiency as part of your application. See English language requirements.

Further information about application and admission to study abroad and exchange programmes can be found on the exchange and study abroad student policy page. This includes information about deferred entry, applicants with disabilities or extenuating circumstances, disclosure of criminal convictions, and fraudulent or plagiarised applications.