How to apply

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 contact 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

Completed 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.

January 2023 entry

Applications for January 2023 entry will open on 1 September 2022 and will close on 31 October 2022. Please note that applications for September 2022 entry are now closed. 

Exchange partner nominations for January 2023 entry are currently being accepted and will be until 30 September 2022. Please email these to

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 official and up-to-date, and you should include transcripts for time spent at other universities if relevant. Applications cannot be accepted that are marked as unofficial. Upload your official transcripts directly to your application, or ask your home institution to email it to
  • Academic reference
    Your reference must be written by an academic member of staff at your current home institution. It must be signed and written on official headed letter paper. Upload your reference directly to your application, or ask your referee to email it 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.