Sierra Leone

If you are a student living in Sierra Leone, there are specific entry requirements depending on which qualifications you are studying. There are also English language requirements and country-specific fees and funding arrangements for students living in Sierra Leone.

Undergraduate - academic requirements

In addition to meeting the entry requirements of the Faculty you will be studying in, you must also obtain certain grades in the qualifications you are studying for.

  • High school qualifications from this country do not usually satisfy our entrance requirements. If you have not completed the International Baccalaureate, A-levels, or the American High School Diploma, you will be required to complete a Foundation Year Programme. Further details of this can be found from the Centre for International Foundation Programmes.

You will also be expected to meet the entry requirements set by the relevant Faculty for your programme of study. 

Applicants to Medicine should refer directly to the School of Medicine or the International Foundation Programme for Medicine.

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

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

Postgraduate - academic requirements

Postgraduate candidates will be expected to hold an Honours Bachelor's degree with an overall mark of 1st Class, 5, 70-74% or Distinction.

Postgraduate entry requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study. For more information please contact the international team in Admissions by emailing admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk

The degree of MD (Medicine) requires a medical qualification that is recognised by the UK General Council.

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

English language requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at St Andrews.

We accept a wide range of language tests and qualifications as proof of English language proficiency. If you were educated outside the UK and/or use English as an additional language, you should include information about your English language proficiency with your application.

Undergraduate English language requirements

For full information about the language tests and qualifications that the University accepts for undergraduate applicants, please see the English language requirements for undergraduates.

Postgraduate English language requirements

For information on the language tests and qualifications which the University accepts for postgraduate students, please see the the English language requirements for postgraduates.

Pre-sessional courses

In order to fully prepare yourself for academic study, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses. These combine language development with academic skills and orientation and provide an excellent introduction to university life.

It may be a condition of your offer that you are required to take a 10-week or 4-week pre-sessional course.

You can find out more about pre-sessional courses in the pre-sessional courses section.

Visas and English language proficiency

Overseas students typically need a visa to study in the UK. See the visa section below to find out more about the English language proficiency tests required to obtain a visa.

Visas

In order to obtain a visa, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires students to have passed a 'SELT' - a secure English language test. Language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University may not be accepted by UKVI, so you must take an approved SELT in order to obtain your visa. You can find a list of approved SELTs on the St Andrews language requirements page.

For further information and guidance on visas, refer to the visas page.

Fees and funding

Undergraduate

Undergraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (Scotland and the EU), RUK (rest of the UK) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.

The current tuition fees for undergraduate students, as well as more information about financial assistance, can be found on the undergraduate tuition fees pages. To find out more about the scholarships available to undergraduate students, take a look at the undergraduate scholarships page.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (EU) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.

The current tuition fees for postgraduate students, as well as information about financial assistance can be found on the postgraduate fees and funding page. For information on postgraduate funding and scholarships, take a look at the postgraduate scholarships page.