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. This is a week long series of events dedicated to preparing you for your first classes and will allow you to complete matriculation.
Orientation Week begins on Monday 9 September 2019.
Monday 9 September, 1pm to 5pm at Gateway Building
During the matriculation event, you will meet with your academic advisor 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
For further information about visas, please check our visas pages.
We strongly encourage you to download our Orientation app which outlines all the events taking place during Orientation Week.
Student Services will be running a range of talks throughout Orientation Week including events about student life at St Andrews. Exchange and study abroad students are encouraged to attend. Further information about these events can be found on the Orientation app.
The Study Abroad Office has also arranged some events and we look forward to seeing you there:
Academic Culture Session
Wednesday 11 September 2pm to 3.30pm at Buchanan Lecture Theatre
This session aims to help students understand the distinctive features of St Andrews’ academic culture. The session will help you understand how the system works, types of assessment, the emphasis on independent learning, teaching styles and good academic practice.
Further details and venue will be confirmed via the Orientation app.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.