Once you arrive
The day you arrive in St Andrews is an exciting and busy time. If you are travelling from abroad, you should first figure out how to get to St Andrews.
As an international exchange or study abroad student, you will need to take some extra steps to make sure you complete all the necessary requirements after you arrive.
You first step on arrival will be to settle in to your hall of residence (unless you have other living arrangements). You will be met at your hall by a wardennial team who will help you settle in and give you important information about residence life.
You’ll probably want to get connected as soon as possible so that you don’t miss any important emails. Find out how to access the internet.
Before teaching begins, you must attend Orientation week - a week dedicated to matriculating you to the University and preparing your for you first classes.
Orientation Week, which includes Matriculation, will begin on Monday 9 September and we will share more information about the events organised for Study Abroad students later in the
Matriculation is the process of registering as a student with the University and is compulsory for all students. If your matriculation is not fully complete by Monday of Week 1 of teaching, you will begin to receive warnings under the failure to register policy.
There are two main parts to matriculation: online matriculation and the matriculation event.
You must complete the online matriculation through the student portal, MySaint, before advising. The University will email all new students expected to matriculate with details on accessing MySaint. As part of online matriculation, you must complete the Training in Good Academic Practice (TGAP) module which helps you understand the University’s expectations of academic conduct and how to avoid misconduct. The practice and rules may differ slightly from your home institution, and so this course provides a necessary introduction to ensure you make a smooth transition to the St Andrews academic environment.
During the matriculation event, you will meet with your to discuss module choices and have them approved.
You will also attend a UK Visas and Immigration check.
International students must bring the following items to matriculation:
- visa or biometric card.
If you are studying under a Tier 4 visa, you should register with a doctor. You are encouraged to do this as soon as possible so that you will already be registered in case any medical concerns arise. Find out how to register with a doctor.
Students studying for only one semester will not be able to register with a doctor, but can request consultations at one of St Andrews local practices.
See the for more information about making medical arrangements as an international student.
Most banks will provide overseas students with a basic account when they are in the UK. However, if you are here for six months or less, your options may be limited.
A basic bank account will allow you to:
- access cash via a cash machine
- set up direct debits or standing orders.
You will be supported throughout your time at St Andrews, whether you need advice on academic matters or help with personal issues.
The full range of student support services can be found on our Advice and support pages. We have highlighted a few services below which may be of particular help to study abroad students:
Study Abroad Consultation Hours
The Study Abroad Office offers consultation hours for students from 2 to 4pm Monday to Friday during semester time. No appointment is necessary and you
are welcome to drop in with any study abroad related questions we can help with.
Study Abroad Office
University of St Andrews
St Katharine’s West
16 The Scores
Phone: +44 (0)1334 462245
The Advice and Support Centre (ASC)
The ASC is a drop-in service open from 9.30am to 5pm,
Monday to Friday and offers help with financial, personal or academic queries.
The Advice and Support Centre
University of St Andrews
79 North Street
Phone: +44 (0)1334 462020
Academic Skills Support (CAPOD)
CAPOD provides a wide range of academic study skills support to help students throughout their university studies. Students can make individual
appointments, attend seminars and utilise online guides and resources among other things. For further information, please visit Academic Skills Support.
In-Sessional English Language Service (iELS)
In-sessional English Language Service (iELS) offers free workshops, tutorials and online materials for all St Andrews students who use English as a second or additional language.
Support for International Students
We are pleased to offer a range of support for our international students, whether you need help applying for a visa or advice on travelling to the UK. Please visit support for international students to explore the support available.
Student Health Hub
The Student Health Hub is an office located within the St Andrews Community Hospital operated by University staff who understand how to help you access health advice quickly.
For any health concerns, please contact the Student Health Helpline on +44 (0)1334 465777 or visit our health issues pages for further information.
Wellbeing, Counselling and Mental Health
Our Wellbeing Advisers are frontline staff members who will listen and provide advice on a broad range
of issues. To make an appointment, please call +44 (0)1334 462020 or email email@example.com. Find out more about how our Wellbeing Advisers can help.
We recommend that all new inbound Study Abroad and Exchange students take a look at our St Andrews terminology pages so that you can familiarise yourself with the academic terms and policies at the University.
We also have a glossary of useful terms which outlines and defines a number of terms relating to academic advising.
You should also familiarise yourself with the Module Management System (MMS), an online system used for submitting coursework, returning feedback, and processing exam results, and Moodle, an online system used for providing course materials.