Getting to St Andrews
If you are a short-term visitor who resides outside of the EU and do not possess a Tier 4 visa, then we recommend that you do not fly to the UK via Dublin, Ireland, as this causes problems with immigration into the UK. If you enter the UK via this route, you will be required to leave the country after two weeks and return again to ensure the appropriate immigration visa. Hainan Airlines offer a flight to Edinburgh from Beijing which may go via Dublin where there will be no immigration control. You should not take this flight when entering the UK for the first time.
On entry to the UK please do not use e-gates if you are on a short term study visa.
This advice also applies for international students from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA who are coming to study in the UK for less than six months. You will still need to see an officer and get a stamp in your passport unless you have applied for entry clearance before travel.
If you mistakenly use the e-gates and are coming to study in the UK for less than six months, you will have to leave the UK and re-enter and will have one month to do so, which is a concession from the Home Office within the current rules.
St Andrews is well connected to a number of international airports within Scotland. Edinburgh Airport is around 50 miles from the town and has good connections to the city of Edinburgh that offer transfers directly to St Andrews.
Further Information about finding your way to St Andrews, including airport shuttle information, can be found on the Orientation webpage.