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Chinese students will find that St Andrews offers an environment of intense academic rigour across a wide range of degree options in an incredibly international yet also intimate setting.
Additionally, with an impressive student to staff ratio of 12:1, students will be able to enjoy small classes and teaching styles which are focused heavily on discussion and research. There is a strong emphasis on independent study, and students will be expected to produce original coursework that ventures beyond the confines of the syllabus.

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Entry requirements

The University of St Andrews accepts the following qualifications from China for entry to undergraduate or postgraduate study.

Undergraduate academic requirements

For entry into undergraduate study at St Andrews, you must meet the University's entry requirements as outlined below. If you have graduated from a high school with a national school leaving certificate, we would also expect you to have one of the following:

  • Foundation programme certificate: Our International Foundation Programmes offer a range of programmes providing excellent preparation for undergraduate academic study at the University of St Andrews.
  • US curriculum: one form of standardised testing, in addition to a school transcript with A to B+ grades in academic subjects. Applicants may apply with more than one standardised test, with scores as follows: - AP: Three subjects with scores of 4+ and 5 in required subjects. AP scores of 4 with 5 in required subjects. - SAT Subject Tests: Three subject tests with minimum scores of 650 with 700 and above in required subjects.. - ACT score of 28+ (writing optional). Applicants are welcome to submit all of their ACT test scores. We will consider the highest scores submitted for each section across multiple testing dates. - SAT: We will accept both the SAT Reasoning Test and the Redesigned SAT Test. SAT Reasoning Test: Redesigned SAT Test (essay optional): Score of 1320.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 36 (HL 6,6,5) to 38 (HL 6,6,6 plus SL 6,6,6). From 2021, programmes requiring A-levels Mathematics will accept either Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation at higher level.
  • A-levels: AAB to A*A*A
  • SQA Highers: AAAB to AAAAB

You will also be expected to meet the entry requirements set by the relevant Faculty for your programme of study.

Applicants to Medicine should refer directly to the School of Medicine or the International Foundation Program for Medicine.

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the admissions policy.

Postgraduate academic requirements

Postgraduate candidates will be expected to hold a Bachelor's degree from a prestigious university with an overall mark of 85% or above.

The degree of MD (Medicine) requires a medical qualification that is recognised by the UK General Council.

Postgraduate entry requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study. For more information, please contact the international team in Admissions by emailing

Individual programme requirements can be found on the programme pages.

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the admissions policy.

English language requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at St Andrews.

We accept a wide range of language tests and qualifications as proof of English language proficiency. If you were educated outside the UK or use English as an additional language, you should include information about your English language proficiency with your application.

Undergraduate English language requirements

For full information about the language tests and qualifications that the University accepts for undergraduate applicants, please see the undergraduate English Language requirements.

Postgraduate English language requirements

For information on the language tests and qualifications which the University accepts for postgraduate students, please see the postgraduate English Language requirements.

Pre-sessional courses

In order to fully prepare yourself for academic study, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses. These combine language development with academic skills and orientation and provide an excellent introduction to university life.

It may be a condition of your offer that you are required to take a 10-week or 4-week pre-sessional course.

Find out more about pre-sessional courses.


Students from China will need to obtain a visa to study at the University of St Andrews. The type of visa you will need depends on the duration of your studies.

For further information and guidance on visas, refer to the visas pages.

You can also find out more about living and working in the UK by visiting our moving to the UK pages.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for students from China are set at the following for the academic year 2020-2021.


Faculty of Study Tuition fees
Faculty of Arts, Divinity or Science £23,910
Faculty of Medicine £31,950

Tuition fees in the Faculty of Arts, Divinity and Science are fixed at this level for the duration of your programme. Tuition fees in the Faculty of Medicine may increase annually by up to 5% or up to the national levy for overseas medical students to cover the costs of NHS clinical teaching.

Find out more about undergraduate tuition fees for international students.

Students from Scotland, elsewhere in the UK or EU may pay different fees, more information can be found in fees and funding.


Postgraduate fees are determined by the individual programme. See tuition fees for postgraduate programmes for 2020 entry.


The University offers a range of scholarships for international students. Students from China may be particularly interested in the following:






There are plenty of accommodation options to suit all needs. All entrant undergraduate students are guaranteed accommodation, and most choose to apply to stay in one of our halls of residence.

There are also a number of postgraduate halls, as well as accommodation options for couples and families.

Find out how to apply for accommodation.

Meet us in China

Wei Lin is our Admissions representative for China for undergraduate, postgraduate Taught programmes and postgraduate Research. Email Wei Lin at

Eoin Jordon, Lesley Thirkell, and Alison Malcolm-Smith are our representatives for China for International Foundation programmes, short courses and in-country language tests.

Find out when you can meet us in your country and information on our country representatives and agents.

Support for international students

The University provides advice and support for international students. Whether you need guidance on applying for a visa, travelling to the UK, paying your healthcare surcharge or anything else relating to studying as an international student, the University’s Student Services team can help you out.

Find out more about support for international students.


Sport at St Andrews is a vibrant, dynamic and important part of student life. With over 50 sports clubs and 100 competitive sports teams, and a thriving hall sport programme, we offer sport for everyone at all levels. 

St Andrews also has over 160 student societies ranging from artistic and musical through to religious and cultural, meaning our societies cater for a huge array of interests.

Students from China may be interested in the following student society in particular:

  • Chinese Hongpao aims to provide support and opportunities for Chinese-speaking students to bond with other communities and promote Chinese culture in St Andrews.


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