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Working abroad

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Students on specific degree programmes in Biology, in Chemistry and in Modern Languages may apply to undertake a work placement abroad as an integral part of their degree programme. Full details of these programmes are available through the Schools.

Completing a work placement abroad is a good opportunity to gain work experience in another culture or language and to acquire valuable skill sets. The benefits of completing a work placement abroad will extend well beyond graduation.

If you are undertaking a work placement in Europe (outside the UK) which will count towards your degree and will last a minimum of three months, you may be eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funding.‌‌

See more profiles and photos of St Andrews students who have worked abroad as part of their degree programme.

Please note that all placements must finish before the start of the following academic year, ideally by 31 August.  You should return to St Andrews for Orientation week.

Recognition and assessment

As part of your external placement, you will be required to complete a project or dissertation for St Andrews.  Further information will be provided by your School.

If you undertake an external placement, such as a British Council Language Assistantship, this will be recorded on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) transcript which you will receive at graduation.

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Exchanges & Study Abroad

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

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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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