Full-time pre-degree course to prepare students who use English as an additional language for postgraduate or undergraduate degree programmes.
- Start date: 6 August 2020 (including compulsory orientation days on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 August 2020)
- End date: 3 September 2020
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
Fees must be paid in full before the start of the course.
A deposit of £300 is required to reserve your place on the pre-sessional course.
A limited number of pre-sessional places are offered each year, and these are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Payment can be made by the following methods:
When making a payment by bank transfer or credit card, please choose the ‘Tuition fees’ option and enter the relevant amount. This applies to deposits and balance payments.
To enter, applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer for any degree programme at the University of St Andrews
You must also have an IELTS (Academic) or equivalent score that meets the minimum requirement in your subject area for the 4-week Pre-sessional on the English language requirements for pre-degree students page.
Students who have an English language score which satisfies requirements for the 4-week pre-sessional course should send evidence as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org including your full name and student ID number.
To apply, you will need to provide a copy of your passport.
The deadline for applications is Monday 6 July 2020. If you are a conditional offer holder and require a Tier 4 visa, you should ensure that you have made your application and received an offer of a place on the pre-sessional course before Monday 29 June 2020.
Students who require a visa must submit their required English language evidence by Monday 6 July 2020 to allow time for processing their visa if they are planning to attend classes in St Andrews.
Students who do not require a visa must submit their English language evidence before the start of the course.
You can apply for a combined visa (for your pre-sessional course and your degree programme) if you are a Tier 4 student and you have an offer for a programme in one the following subject areas:
- Computer Science
- Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Economics and Finance
- International Relations
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Physics and Astronomy
If you are eligible for a combined visa you can submit one of the following as evidence of your English language ability:
When to apply for your combined visa
Even if you decide to attend all of your pre-sessional classes online, you can apply for your combined visa to begin in late August. This will allow you to arrive in plenty of time for your degree.
Students who do not apply for a combined visa
If you are not able to apply for a combined visa, you will have to wait until you receive your final grades for your pre-sessional course and then apply for a visa to start your degree. This may result in you having to delay your degree visa application and start your degree online. To avoid this, you could do a part of the pre-sessional course in St Andrews, and then apply for your degree visa once you have arrived in the UK.