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 be able to offer strong grades in any subjects that are relevant to their intended degree. For example, Maths if you wish to study Computer Science, Physics if you plan to study Astronomy, or Chemistry if would like to do Biology.
Typical academic requirements (PDF) for this programme are listed alphabetically by country. If your qualification is not shown here, please email email@example.com for details about the grades needed from your high school system.
You can demonstrate that you have met the academic requirement 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 6.0 overall and no component score below 5.0.
If you require a visa, your IELTS test must be for UKVI purposes. See an overview of our 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.
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 Science 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