Before you arrive checklist
Below are the steps you must complete before coming to the University of St Andrews as an exchange or study abroad student.
After you have confirmed your offer of a place, you will receive an email with your University username and instructions on how to activate your University account and email.
You must activate your account in order to complete online registration and make module choices.
If you are an undergraduate study abroad student intending to reside in University halls, you must apply for accommodation before the appropriate deadline to be guaranteed a place.
Semester 1 entry: 30 June
Semester 2 entry: around 1 December
While postgraduate students are not guaranteed University accommodation, those who apply before July in their year of entry are normally accepted to University housing.
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Students will be expected to complete the online part of matriculation through the student portal, MySaint, before attending advising, where possible.
You must apply for your student ID (matriculation) card as soon as possible to allow time to produce your card ready for your arrival. Cards are normally collected at matriculation during Orientation week.
Your card serves as your identification as a St Andrews student, is used to gain access to many buildings (including the Library and Union), and is used to check out books from the library.
Before arriving in the UK, you must make sure you have the correct insurance or health care coverage for your visa status.
Get the MenACWY vaccine
Overseas students must get the MenACWY vaccine before arriving in St Andrews. New university students are at higher risk of infection from meningitis and septicaemia, and the MenACWY vaccine protects against several meningococcal bacterial groups. You should contact your home healthcare professional to get the vaccine.
If you are an international student, you should check if your medication is registered and licensed for use in the UK before you arrive.
If your medication is not permitted in the UK, you should get advice from your doctor at home about what alternatives you could access.
If you have a disability, learning difficulty or medical condition, you should get in touch with the Disability Team so they can help make any necessary arrangements before your arrival.
You will during Orientation who will explain your module choices and finalise and approve the modules you will take during your studies.
Before you meet with your adviser, you should have an idea about which modules you are interested in. You can take a look at the University’s course catalogue, and should also consider taking modules in one of the for inbound study abroad and exchange students.
You can provisionally select modules you would like to take through the online academic advising system.