International Foundation programmes

The International Foundation programmes at the University of St Andrews have been specifically designed to enable international students from a wide range of countries to develop the necessary skills to meet the demands of a degree programme at the University. 

Not all education systems equip students for the style of study required at a British university, so a foundation programme provides excellent preparation, combining academic subjects with language development and the skillset for successful studying.

These programmes are for you if you:

  • are an overseas student
  • plan to study an undergraduate degree in the UK
  • have good academic results in your national high school qualification
  • need to improve your academic English language skills
  • would like to improve your study skills
  • want to increase your knowledge of your chosen degree subject.

Find out why you should study a foundation programme.


September Foundation programmes - 2020

Pathway to Medicine Foundation
Medicine Foundation
Management, Economics and Finance Foundation
Science (International Year One) Foundation
Social Science and Humanities Foundation

January Foundation programmes

Applications for January 2021 entry will open in March 2020.

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If you are interested in studying at St Andrews, join us at a visiting day or talk and tour to explore the town, find out about our courses and meet current students.

Upcoming visiting days:

  • Wednesday 1 April 2020
  • Wednesday 8 April 2020
  • Wednesday 15 April 2020

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International Education Institute
University of St Andrews
Kennedy Gardens 
St Andrews
KY16 9DJ

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2255

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