Common Application

The University of St Andrews accepts applications through the Common Application, provided that:

  1. You are liable to pay tuition fees at the Overseas rate. You can find out more about your fee status on the tuition fees page
  2. You are not applying via UCAS or a direct application.

If you fulfil these criteria, you may apply through the Common Application website.

Application process

If you wish to apply to the University of St Andrews through the Common Application, this timeline will help you through the process.

  1. Take a look at the courses available at the University of St Andrews. All courses can be found online in the course search section or the Undergraduate Prospectus.
  2. Check the minimum grades and any subject specific prerequisites for your country, area or state. These can be found on the entry requirements page.
  3. If there is a choice of course between the Faculties of Arts (MA) and Science (BSc), you must decide which Faculty is for you.
  4. Once you have decided which course and Faculty is the most appropriate, you can start the application process on the Common Application website.
  5. Draft your writing supplement carefully so that it reflects your choice of course. You can find more information about what we look for in an application on the how to apply page.
  6. Pay the required application fee through the Common Application website. The fee is currently $75 for all applicants.
  7. Submit your application by the appropriate deadline. The current Common Application deadlines can be found below.

Essential information

Students who apply to the University of St Andrews through the Common Application website should not have also applied or be planning to apply through either UCAS or the direct application.

Our Common Application ID number is 2880.

Answers to many questions about the Common Application process can be found in the Applicant Help Centre.


The deadline for Medicine for Overseas students is 31 January without exception.

The deadline for all other applications is 1 May. Your application, including all supporting information, should be submitted by this date. The University may accept applications after this date, although this decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. You should contact the international undergraduate team ( to ensure that a late application will be accepted.

Please be advised that while late applications may be considered, places at the University fill up quickly and it is in your best interest to apply as early as possible. We normally receive the bulk of applications between September and February each year.

All dates are subject to change.

How to submit your application

All applications through the Common Application should be submitted via the Common Application website. Further information on this process can be found in the Common Application Applicant Help Centre.

After you apply

For information on when you should expect a response to your application, as well as the different kinds of offer the University extends, take a look at our after you apply page.