Application for admission to graduating status

This information is for students who have an Overseas fee status. Students from Scotland, the rest of the UK or the EU should refer to the standard admissions application criteria.

Students typically return to their home institutions at the end of an exchange or study abroad period. However, every year many students apply for admission to graduating status to complete their studies and graduate from the University of St Andrews.

Programme requirements

To apply for admission to graduating status, you must be able to satisfy all the programme requirements for your intended degree. You may wish to discuss this with your adviser of studies.

Students who are only here for Semester 1 normally first apply to extend their stay to a full year before applying for admission to graduating status.

Overseas students attending St Andrews through an exchange or study abroad programme who are in their second semester or are here for Semester 2 only may apply for admission to graduating status with the permission of their home institution.

Application deadline

  • Overseas students: 23 April 

Applications will be considered after the results for Semester 2 and year-long modules have been reported in June. Students will be informed of the outcome of their applications in June each year.

How to apply

If you are not considered Home or EU for tuition fee purposes (see the fee status page for further information), you must complete the application for admission to graduating status form (Word) and email it to Registry at An official transcript from your home university is also required.

After you apply

Decisions on applications from overseas applicants will not be made until module results from Semester 2 are released. Candidates will be expected to have successfully studied modules that can build a clear pathway to a degree programme.

Where appropriate, students who are admitted to graduating status are responsible for securing a student visa. Student Services will assist students with this process.

Students whose application is unsuccessful may seek feedback by writing to the Registry undergraduate team within ten days of the decision being issued. Feedback will be provided in writing within a reasonable timeframe. Feedback does not mean reconsideration of an application.

If you believe there was a procedural error, irregularity or maladministration relating to the admissions procedures or policies and wish to make a formal complaint, you should address your complaint to the Academic Registrar by emailing The complaint will be handled according to the University’s complaints handling procedure. See the study abroad student policy for more information.