Transfer students

The University of St Andrews accepts a small number of applications each year from students who wish to transfer to the University from another higher education institution. If you are classed as “Overseas” for fee paying purposes (see fee status), and St Andrews is the only university within the UK that you are applying to, then you can use our direct application. If you are applying to more than one university in the UK or are classed as “Home” for fee paying purposes, then you must apply through UCAS.

Application process

If you wish to apply to transfer to the University, this timeline will help you through the application 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 in the Undergraduate Prospectus. As a transfer student, you must identify two courses, both of which you have studied at your current university and that you would like to study at the University of St Andrews.
  2. Check the minimum grades and any subject specific prerequisites for the courses that you are interested in. For UK qualifications, these can be found on all online course pages and at the back of the Undergraduate Prospectus. All other students can find the international entry requirements on the entry requirements page. You must hold at least the minimum grades and any subject specific prerequisites for the courses to transfer.
  3. You should also check the Faculty entry requirements for the course you are interested in. These can be found on the appropriate Faculty pages.
  4. If there is a choice of course between the Faculties of Arts (MA) and Science (BSc), you must decide which Faculty is for you. If you are applying for a course in one Faculty which is also offered in another faculty, great care should be taken to cite the UCAS code numbers correctly; for example the course code for the Psychology (MA) degree differs from the Psychology (BSc) degree.
  5. You must now decide if you should apply through UCAS or the St Andrews direct application. If you are classed as 'Overseas' for fee paying purposes, and St Andrews is the only university within the UK that you are applying to, then you can use our direct application. If you are applying to more than one university in the UK or are classed as ‘Home’ for fee paying purposes, then you must apply through UCAS. 
  6. Once you have decided which courses are the most appropriate, note the course codes of your chosen courses. This is the four digit code which can be found in the key information section on each course page.
  7. Draft your personal statement carefully so that it indicates that you are applying for a transfer and addresses your reasons for wishing to move from your current institution. Your personal statement should also reflect your choice of courses. You can find more information about what we look for in an application on the how to apply page.
  8. Submit your application using the correct course code by the appropriate deadline; for more information you can see the UCAS page and the direct application page. The current UCAS deadlines can be found below. You must clearly state that you are applying for a transfer, and details of your current place of study should be listed in the ‘Your education so far’ section.
  9. You must also submit the supplementary documentation listed below directly to the University.

Supplementary documentation

The following supplementary documents must be sent directly to myapplication@st-andrews.ac.uk to arrive as soon as possible after you submit your application. Please mark all documentation clearly with your name and UCAS number, if applicable.

  • A second academic reference or referee’s report.
  • A detailed academic transcript from your current university showing the academic subjects you have taken and grades obtained. This should include an explanation of any non-standard grading systems.
  • If you are an international student, we also require an academic transcript from your high school containing your final year grades.
  • A copy of your syllabus so that we are able to establish which of your courses are common to our degree programme. Whenever possible, we will transfer credits to the total needed for a university degree award.
  • An indication of a second academic subject that you have already been studying at your home institution and which you wish to study if you are offered a place in second year. The structure of degree courses at the University of St Andrews requires that you must take two subjects at second year level, and consequently your application must be acceptable to two academic Schools.

Essential information

As we receive many applications from well-qualified students, the number of places available to transfer students is limited and entry is competitive. Transfer students will usually need to have exceptional academic records and a valid reason for wishing to transfer their studies to the University of St Andrews.

If you wish to transfer to the University, you must already hold the minimum grades and any subject specific prerequisites for the courses that you are interested in transferring to. For UK qualifications, these can be found on all course pages and at the back of the Undergraduate Prospectus. All other students can find the international entry requirements on the entry requirements page.

It is not possible to transfer into the Faculty of Medicine.

It is not possible to transfer into the final year of a four-year MA or BSc degree programme at the University.

Deadlines

UCAS applications

The UCAS deadlines differ according to your fee status. You can find out more about the different fee statuses on the tuition fees page.

The relevant deadlines for submission of applications to UCAS are:

  • 15 January for all applicants classed as a home student for fee paying purposes.
  • 31 March for applicants classed as an international student for fee paying purposes.

No distinction is drawn between applications which arrive early and those which arrive at UCAS just before the closing date. It is, however, in your own interest to submit your form as soon as possible.

Direct applications

The deadline for transfer requests via direct applications is 1 May. All forms and supplementary information should be submitted by this date.

Common application

The deadline for transfer requests via the Common Application and the St Andrews direct application is 1 May. All forms and supplementary information should be submitted by this date.

BA International Honours

First year BA International Honours students who wish to transfer must submit a new application to St Andrews through the usual admissions routes. Applications will be considered in the context of the relevant applicant pool and there is no guarantee that such an application will be successful.

First year students in the Faculties of Arts and Divinity at St Andrews may apply to transfer into the BA International Honours Programme no later than 30 April in their second semester.

How to submit your application

If you are classed as an overseas student for fee paying purposes (see fee status), and St Andrews is the only university within the UK that you are applying to, then you can use our direct application.  If you are applying to more than one university in the UK or are classed as a home student for fee paying purposes, then you must apply through UCAS.

UCAS applications should be made online using the UCAS website, where full information on the application procedure will be found. An application fee is payable to UCAS when you submit your completed application. Once you have submitted your application through UCAS, you must also send the secondary documentation (detailed above) directly to myapplication@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Direct applications and supporting information should be sent either by mail to:

International undergraduate admissions
The University of St Andrews
St Katharine's West
16 The Scores
St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AX
Scotland, UK

Or by email to myapplication@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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.