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Travel and orientation

Getting to St Andrews

We recommend that you do not fly to the UK via Dublin, Ireland, as this causes problems with immigration into the UK.  If you enter the UK via this route you will be required to leave the country after 2 weeks and return again to ensure the appropriate immigration visa.

Information about finding your way to St Andrews can be found on the getting to St Andrews webpage.

Orientation Week

For information on 'Orientation' i.e. activities for new students and the advice, help and support available to you during your time in St Andrews, please see the Orientation web pages.

Please note that Orientation is a critical part of your St Andrews experience, and you should plan to arrive in St Andrews at the start of Orientation.  As well as a variety of social activities, Orientation includes compulsory events such as matriculation and academic advising.

Students coming to St Andrews in semester two should arrive in time for Orientation which will begin on Thursday 25 January 2018.  Halls of residence will open on Wednesday 24 January.

CSA Orientation September 2017

The events listed below are organised by the CSA team.  Please refer to the Orientation webpages for details of other events happening during the week commencing 11 September.  

DateEvent/ SessionLocationDescription/ additional information
Saturday 9 September Student accommodation opens Various

For arrival information, please refer to the accommodation webpages.

Monday 11 September

Advising and matriculation for Study Abroad and Exchange students

Time: afternoon

Gateway Building

Meet with your Adviser and finalise your class choices as well as completing the matriculation process.

Tuesday 12 September

Welcome from the CSA Team and Student Services; Academic Culture Session

Time: 2pm

Buchanan Lecture Theatre

Colleagues from the CSA Team and Student Services will welcome you to St Andrews and provide you with information on the support available for inbound students. 

This session aims to help inbound Exchange and Study Abroad students from universities across the world understand the distinctive features of the St Andrews’ academic culture. The introduction will be followed by the Academic Culture session which will help you understand how the system works, types of assessment, the emphasis on independent learning, teaching styles and good academic practice. This will be a helpful session in being able to hit the ground running in week 1.

Wednesday 20 September

Study Abroad and Exchange Student Welcome Reception

Time: 3.30pm 

Students' Association, Club 601 Meet other inbound students and St Andrews students who have just returned from their year abroad.  If you have signed up to our Buddy Scheme, this reception will provide you with an opportunity to meet with your Buddy.

You can also download the University of St Andrews Orientation App.






General enquiries

Exchanges & Study Abroad

Outbound St Andrews Students
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Tel:  +44 (0)1334 462245
Fax: +44 (0)1334 463330

Collaborations & Study Abroad
University of St Andrews
St Katharine's West
16 The Scores
St Andrews
Fife, KY16 9AX
Scotland, UK

CSA student consultation hours and appointments: 2-4pm, Monday - Friday during term time

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Study and Work Abroad Pre-Departure Guide 2017-2018 (PDF, 611 KB)

Study and Work Abroad Coordinators

Study Abroad Pocket Guide 2017-2018 (PDF, 1,328 KB)

Study Abroad - Key Contacts 2017-2018 (PDF, 572 KB)


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