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Indian students will find that St Andrews offers a very global, yet intimate, studying environment. Students from all over the world choose to study at St Andrews for the intensive research-led academic life which is supported by the flexible nature of the Scottish system. The four-year undergraduate degree allows students to explore a range of subjects initially, building a foundation in at least one subject area, and only have to select one or two subjects (for single or joint honours) at the end of their second year. This is particularly helpful for students who are versatile and do not want to be forced to choose one future course of studies immediately on finishing high school. Medicine and taught postgraduate programmes have set structures.

Beyond academics, your time at the University will be filled with opportunities to join in local events and student traditions dating back hundreds of years. Find out more about the student experience at St Andrews.

Indian students can expect to experience some differences between studying at St Andrews and studying in India, including research-led teaching rather than textbook-led teaching. This means that the taught content is always up-to-date, based on the world-class research currently being conducted in St Andrews and elsewhere. St Andrews has a 12:1 student to staff ratio, offering our students smaller class sizes with the opportunity to engage in discussion with other students. There is also a greater focus on independent study and producing original coursework beyond the confines of the syllabus.

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Entry requirements

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

Undergraduate academic requirements

If you are interested in undergraduate study at St Andrews, you must meet the University's entry requirements as outlined below. 

  • Indian School Certificate, Intermediate Certificate, Higher School Certificate, Higher Secondary Certificate, All India Senior School Certificate and Pre-University course (awarded on completion of Standard XII) candidates are expected to obtain a minimum average of 90% (with 90% or higher in any prerequisite subjects) in Standard XII examinations, or A1-A2 if you are taking examinations used by Central Boards.
  • International Baccalaureate 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-level candidates are expected to obtain grades ranging from AAB to A*A*A. Candidates are strongly encouraged to 'cash-in' AS-level grades and report them on their UCAS application form. 
  • A foundation programme certificate. The University's Centre for International Foundation Programmes (CIFP) offers a range of programmes providing an excellent preparation for undergraduate academic study. Find out more about taking a foundation programme at the University of St Andrews.

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

Find out more about our flexible degree programme.

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

Postgraduate academic requirements

Postgraduate candidates will be expected to hold a good second division (2.1) or first division UK Bachelor's degree with Honours, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant degree or postgraduate qualification.

Typical Indian degree equivalents with first-class grades of 60% to 80% (minimum), depending on the institution attended, include:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com/BComm/B.Comm.) or Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) awarded from a recognised higher education, professional or specialist institution.
  • Bachelor of Engineering/Technology, when awarded from an institute of national importance, centre of advanced study, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), or the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.
  • Bachelor of Science Engineering/Technology, when awarded from a central university, a recognised state university, or a regional Engineering college.
  • Indian Institute of Engineers examinations A and B.

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.

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

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 India 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 India 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 or 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 .

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


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


The University offers a range of scholarships for international students. Students from India 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 India

The University of St Andrews staff are always pleased to meet prospective students in person. Our representatives have in-depth knowledge of the application process and what it’s like to study at St Andrews.

Candice Aldrich is Regional Manager for South Asia and Vir Singh Anand is Regional Director of our Global India Office in Delhi.

Email the entire team at for information on when and where you can meet them.

For all queries, please feel free to contact the entire team at for more detailed information on where and when you can meet them.

Find out more about our country representatives and agents.

Meet us

All of our information sessions and appointments are currently taking place online. Select the option below that best suits you and we would be happy to answer all of your questions as well as telling you more about St Andrews. Unsure which option is best? Email us at

Undergraduate programmes

Online information events

We offer tailored information events where you can find out about different levels of study and specific courses we run. Book an online information event.

Set up a meeting

You can book a meeting with our Regional Manager.

We can also set up a meeting with another one of our team. Let us know by emailing, including where you are in the world and your preferred way to be contacted, and we will set up a virtual meeting.

Ask a student

Want to ask a question to a current student? Ask a student

Masters programmes

Join an online session

We host online information session for Masters and other postgraduate taught programmes throughout the year. These will let you know more about what it is like to study at St Andrews, how to apply, and give you the chance to talk to our Admissions team. Book an online information event.

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 student support.

Follow these links for additional support from outside of the University:

GBMag: free content and useful information about the international student experience

Unikitout: student starter kits to make packing easier


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 India may be interested in the following student societies in particular:

  • South Asian Society (Sanskriti Society) aims to give students a taste of the many vibrant and diverse South Asian cultures. Past events have included a charity fashion show, bindi club nights, Asian movie nights, and more.
  • Muslim Student Association (STAMSA) is dedicated to teaching about Islam and engaging in dialogue with students, regardless of your religious or ethnic background. They host a number of social events such as pot-lucks, festive celebrations, knowledge circles, charity events and more.


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