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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See what students from India think about St Andrews, from what made them choose to study in Scotland to the differences they have found between India and St Andrews, and what they do in their spare time.