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

Find out more about entry requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.


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


Find out more about undergraduate tuition fees for international students.

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.

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 2021 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

Jane Tian is our Admissions representative for China for undergraduate, postgraduate Taught programmes and postgraduate Research. Email Jane 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.
  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association aims to enrich Chinese students' academic and cultural life in St Andrews and to bridge cultural exchange between Chinese and international communities


China team

University of St Andrews
St Katharine's West
16 The Scores 
St Andrews
KY16 9AX


Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2150

China Office

Phone: +86 (0)10 85251111 ext. 366

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