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The BA (International Honours) Programme combines the best aspects of two academic traditions, while offering students a greater range of academic choices and the opportunity to acquire direct knowledge of two distinct intellectual and national cultures. The curriculum in each of the disciplines offers more breadth than a traditional St Andrews degree as well as more specialisation than is usual at William and Mary.

Individual programme requirements are explained in the Regulations document below.  In addition, detailed module information is available in the appropriate subject entries in the Course Catalogue.

Home and Host

The institution to which you are admitted is your Home Institution. This is where you will spend your first year.

You will spend your second year at the other university, your Host Institution.

Your interests and programme of study will help you to decide whether to spend your third year at your Host Institution, or return to your Home Institution.  You will move again for your fourth year of study, so that you spend two years at each institution in total.


Whether or not St Andrews is your Home Institution, it's important to note that you have access to the full range of services available to all St Andrews students.  You will also be subject to our general regulations for the years that you spend with us. 

You can read the specific regulations which govern the Joint Programme in the BA (International Honours) Policy and Regulations (PDF, 372 KB)‌.

Programme contacts

The main programme contacts at the University of St Andrews are the Pro-Dean Arts Curriculum, Dr David Evans, and the Head of Academic Partnerships and International Experience, Samantha Lister.

BA (International Honours) Key Contacts 2017-2018 (PDF, 571 KB)

Subjects contacts

 SubjectSt AndrewsWilliam & Mary
Classical Studies

Prof Rebecca Sweetman (semester 1)

Dr Giuseppe Pezzini (semester 2)

Professor Molly Swetnam-Burland 
Economics Dr Peter MacMillan Professor Martin Schmidt

Dr Lorna Burns (semester 1)

Dr Alex Davis (semester 2)

Professor Kim Wheatley
Film Studies

Dr Paul Flaig

Prof Michael Cowan

Professor Rich Lowry
History Prof Frank Müller  Professor Gerard Chouin
International Relations

Dr Jaremey McMullin

Dr Mateja Peter

Professor Katherine Rahman

Breadth requirements

BA (International Honours) students will, in consultation with their Adviser of Studies, compile a ‘breadth portfolio’ comprised of courses satisfying the six knowledge-, nine skills-, and three values-objectives that underlie the William & Mary General Education Requirements.

Below are some examples of the modules which can be taken to satisfy these requirements.  However, you should discuss your options with your Advisor of Studies.

Quantitative Skills:  Economics, EC 2003 or EC2004; any modules in Computer Science or Mathematics & Statistics (a strong background in Mathematics from high school is often a pre-requisite for many of the Computer Science/ Mathematics modules).

World of Nature:  any module from the Faculty of Science; Psychology as a Natural Science; modules Geography & Geosciences such as ES 1001, GG1001, GG1002, SD1001 and SD1003;  ID1004 Great Ideas 2 or ID2003 Science Methods; AS1002 The Physical Universe.

Individual and Social Behaviour: any module classed as a Social Science including: Economics; some in Geography & Geosciences; International Relations; Social Anthropology (eg SA1002); Psychology as a Social Science; ID1003 Great Ideas; ID1004 Great Ideas 2.

History:  any History module; any course focused on History in Classics (for example, AN1001 Greek History to Alexander the Great or AN1002 Roman History from Foundation to Empire); ID1003 Great Ideas 1.

Masterworks:  Art History; Classics modules focused on art or literature (for example, CL1004 or CL1005); English; Film Studies (for example, F1001); any Modern Languages module with heavy content in art or literature; Music History (MU1004; MU1005; MU2002); ID1003 Great Ideas 1.

Philosophical and Religious Thought: any module in Divinity or Philosophy; SA1002; ID1003.

Non-Western: modules focused on Middle Eastern History /Art/ Culture and Latin American History/ Art/ Culture.  Language modules are not suitable.

Full module descriptions can be found in the Course Catalogue.

St Andrews resit examinations

BA (International Honours) students have the option to resit St Andrews exams at either William & Mary or St Andrews.  Students are responsible for consulting the resit examination diet to ensure that they are available during the resit period in August.  Please consult the Examinations FAQs for further information.  Please note that there is not a charge to resit exams at William & Mary.  

Honours Dissertation

Guidance on preparing the St Andrews Honours Dissertation can be found on the School webpages.

Classical Studies

Dissertation handbook


Dissertation in English

Film Studies

Honours modules and dissertation


Honours Dissertation

Guidelines for the Honours Dissertations in History 

Honours Project in History (HI4998) 

Recording the Past (HI4997)

General enquiries

Tel:  +44 (0)1334 462245
Fax: +44 (0)1334 463330

Collaborations & Study Abroad
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CSA student consultation hours:

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2017-2018 Events Calendar First Years Semester One (PDF, 463 KB)

2017-2018 Events Calendar Second Years Semester One (PDF, 463 KB)

BA (International Honours) Key Contacts 2017-2018 (PDF, 571 KB)

BA (International Honours) Orientation Guide Spring 2017 (PDF, 899 KB)

See also

Information for applicants

Information for new students

School of Classics

School of Economics & Finance

School of English

Department of Film Studies

School of History

School of International Relations

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