International Foundation programme
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: 9 September 2019
End date: 29 May 2020
This course is for:
International students (not from the UK or EU) who are academically able but whose high school qualifications are not recognised for application to an undergraduate degree at St Andrews. Applicants should be due to leave school soon or should have left school within the past 18 months and have not yet studied at college or university.
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.
Typical academic requirements (PDF) are listed alphabetically by country. If your qualification is not shown here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details 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 dated within the previous two 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
An IELTS (Academic) test report form with a minimum of 6.5 overall and no component score below 6.0.
If you require a visa, your IELTS test must be for UKVI purposes. See an overview of the English language requirements for foundation applicants.
You do not need to have your result when you apply, as this can be a condition of any offer made by the University.
Work experience requirement
Students are required to have voluntary work experience relevant to Medicine, clinical observations or both. Applicants are advised to keep a record (for example, a diary) of this, as students will reflect upon these experiences throughout their foundation programme.
The University requires 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 IELTS (Academic) test report form.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 30 June 2019. You must 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