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USA

Students from the USA will find that St Andrews offers an exceptionally high standard of research-led teaching in a vibrant and diverse environment. With US students representing our largest international population, St Andrews will feel like a home away from home.

US students will notice some differences between studying at St Andrews and at a US institution. For undergraduates, our four-year flexible degree structure allows students to explore up to three subjects of their choice and then later focus their studies from the start of their third year. Additionally, there is a greater focus on independent study at St Andrews than most US institutions.

Attending St Andrews is not just about academics. Students will be able to take part in and enjoy our broad range of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities alongside their studies. Additionally, the University boasts a stunning coastal location, over 600 years of history and a fascinating array of traditions. All this combined make the St Andrews student experience a truly unique one.

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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements vary by programme, with some undergraduate and most postgraduate courses requiring previous knowledge. 

We accept a range of qualifications for admissions, including those from the USA.

USA entry requirements

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the admissions policy.

For more information, please contact the Admissions team by emailing admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Visas

Students from the USA will need to obtain a visa to study at the University of St Andrews. The type of visa you will need depends on how long you intend to study with us.

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.

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 admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk.

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 set up a meeting for you and one of our team. Let us know by emailing admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk, 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.

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for students from the USA are set at the following for the academic year 2021-2022. We will update these once 2022 entry fees are available.

Undergraduate

Faculty of study Tuition fees
Faculty of Arts, Divinity or Science £25,100
Faculty of Medicine £32,910

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 undergraduate tuition fees for international students.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate fees are determined by the individual programme. See tuition fees for postgraduate programmes.

Scholarships

The University offers a range of scholarships for international students. Students from the USA may be particularly interested in the following:

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Funding

Eligible students from the USA may be able to apply for federal aid or alternative education ('private') loans to fund their studies at the University of St Andrews. See US funding for more information. 

Accommodation

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-only halls and options for couples and families.

Find out more about accommodation and how to apply.

Regional Manager - Thomas Marr

Our Regional Manager for the USA is Thomas Marr.

You can contact Thomas on thomas.marr@st-andrews.ac.uk.

 

 

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.

Societies

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

  • At Home and Abroad Society (AHAsoc) is a support and social network for both students who choose to take a semester or year abroad as part of their degree and for international students studying in St Andrews.
  • A Cappella is very popular at St Andrews and there are several groups you could be part of. They also host the Scottish A Cappella championships.
  • The Debating Society is the oldest debating club in the world and is open to all students. It runs weekly training sessions, outreach activities with local schools and attends competitions internationally. 
  • Charities Campaign and St Andrews Voluntary Services (SVS) offer volunteering and fundraising opportunities for students, supporting the local community as well as national and international charities.

Contact

USA team

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

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2150
Email: admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk