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.
Biometric Residence Permits
Arrive at your hall of residence
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.
Access the internet
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.
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.
Inbound exchange and study abroad students must attend the matriculation event at the following times:
- September 2018 entry: 1pm to 5pm, Monday 10 September in the 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.
Student Services will run two talks about Student Life on the afternoon of Monday 10 September at 2pm and 4pm. Exchange and Study Abroad students are encouraged to attend one of these sessions either before or after your advising appointment.
Academic culture session
Tuesday 11 September, 2pm to 3.30pm
Buchanan Lecture Theatre (TBC)
This session aims to help students understand the distinctive features of the St
Wednesday 19 September, 3pm to 5pm
Club 601, Students’ Association (TBC)
This event will allow you to meet with other Study Abroad and Exchange students and to participate in a traditional Scottish ceilidh!
Register with a doctor
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 healthcare section for more information about making medical arrangements as an international student.
Open a bank account
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, from academic counselling and English language skills building to advice and support for personal well-being.
Find out more about support for international students.
Terminology and Systems
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.