This is the University’s own pre-degree programme which prepares international students for undergraduate study in the UK and at the University of St Andrews in particular.
Nine months, full time
Start date: 5 September 2022
End date: 12 May 2023
The schedule for this programme differs slightly from the standard University semester dates. All weeks from the programme start date to end date are teaching, in-class revision or assessment weeks, other than the following:
- independent learning week: 17 to 21 October 2022
- winter vacation and inter-semester weeks: 21 December 2022 to 13 January 2023. The start date of the winter vacation may be subject to change.
- February vacation: 20 February to 24 February 2023.
This course is for:
International students who are academically able, but whose high school qualification is not recognised for application to an undergraduate degree at St Andrews. International Foundation students typically use English as an additional language.
Who can apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
Applicants must have studied sciences at school, and Chemistry should have been studied in the applicant’s final year at school. If you studied Chemistry only to IGCSE level or Grade or Year 10, you may be eligible for the Medical Sciences (Extended International Pre-Med) programme.
Typical International Pre-Med academic requirements (PDF) are listed alphabetically by country. If your qualification is not shown here, please email email@example.com about the grades needed from your high school system.
You can demonstrate that you have met the academic requirements with a high school transcript from your final year at school. Any high school qualification you use as evidence of your academic ability should be from the last year you attended high school and dated within the previous three years.
You should apply before your final results are available, as the University can make you a conditional offer based on your past exam performance and predicted grades.
English language requirement
All International Foundation applicants must submit a Secure English Test (SELT) as evidence of their English language ability, unless they have a UK passport.
See a list of approved English language tests and required scores for International Foundation programmes.
You do not need to have your result when you apply, as this can be a condition of an offer made by the University.
Work experience requirement
Students are required to have experience that allows them to demonstrate interpersonal skills relevant to the practice of medicine. This may include voluntary or work experience, and clinical observations. Applicants are advised to keep a record (for example, a diary) of this, as students will reflect upon these experiences throughout their International Foundation programme.
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
Students who wish to move onto the degree in Medicine at St Andrews will require a competitive score in the UCAT.
The School of Medicine requires students to take the test in the same year they start the Medical Sciences (International Pre-Med) programme. Entrants to the September 2022 programme must therefore take the test between July and September 2022.
The University will ask you to provide the following documents as part of your application:
- your most recent high school transcript
- a personal statement outlining why you wish to study medicine at St Andrews and reflecting on your life and learning experiences to explain why you feel you would be successful on this programme
- an academic reference from your high school on their letterhead or from a school email
- your official English language test result.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 July 2022. You only need to provide your high school transcript and personal statement when you first apply so that the University can consider your application. Your academic reference and your English language evidence can be provided later.
How to apply