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University of St Andrews

St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. The University has a long-standing reputation as one of Europe’s leading institutions for teaching, research and student satisfaction. It is consistently ranked amongst the top five universities in the UK and is currently placed amongst the top 100 universities in the world.

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University is integrated into St Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews

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 Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Divinity, Faculty of Medicine


Why Choose the University of St Andrews?

St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. The University has a long-standing reputation as one of Europe’s leading institutions for teaching, research and student satisfaction. It is consistently ranked amongst the top five universities in the UK and is currently placed amongst the top 100 universities in the world.


Teaching Quality

St Andrews has a 600 year reputation as one of Europe’s leading institutions for teaching and is ranked first in Scotland for teaching quality.

  • St Andrews is ranked the 4th best University in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2013 and is consistently ranked amongst the top five institutions in the UK in independent league tables.
  • The University has one of the highest course continuation rates in the UK of 98%.
  • University staff have well established connections with other staff within the University and across UK and Overseas universities and research establishments.
  • In the most recent National Student Survey St Andrews achieved the highest satisfaction with teaching score in the UK of 95%, ranking above both Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Several award-winning academics are members of the teaching staff at the University.
  • One of the world’s top 20 Arts and Humanities universities, THE World Rankings 2010.
  • The University has a student to academic staff ratio of around 12 to 1.
  • The Sunday Times has described St Andrews as the ‘leading multi-faculty alternative to Oxford and Cambridge’.


Research Quality

St Andrews is a world-leading research intensive university that is constantly expanding its research activity.

  • St Andrews is one of the top rated European universities for research.
  • Research grants and contracts make up over 25% of the Universities turnover.
  • According the most recent Research Assessment Exercise results (2008) St Andrews is ranked 14th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland for the quality of its research across all Science and Arts disciplines.
  • The results also indicated that 94% of research activity at the University is internationally recognised and 60% world leading or internationally excellent.
  • St Andrews is one of the most research intensive institutions in the UK, with more than 92% of academic staff having been submitted for consideration in the RAE 2008.
  • The University is a dedicated supporter of the Scottish Funding Council strategy of developing research pooling across Scottish Higher Education Institutions, which aims to develop a world-class research landscape in Scotland that will benefit the Scottish economy.



As Scotland’s most cosmopolitan university the University of St Andrews welcomes students from all over the world.

  • St Andrews has an international reputation for excellence and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.
  • Out of the 7,500 students studying at St Andrews a third of these are International students.
  • 1,500 St Andrew’s undergraduate students come from overseas and represent more than 120 different nationalities.
  • The University’s Student Service staff are able to give International students one-to-one advice and information on living and travelling to the UK prior to their arrival.
  • The University offers foundation program for non-native English speakers that is designed to assist students with the transition to degree level study as well as life in the UK.


Student Satisfaction

St Andrews students are some of the most highly satisfied in the UK.

  • For the past 6 years St Andrews has ranked as one of the top mainstream universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS).St Andrews has a tradition of ‘Academic Families’, in which older students adopt first year students as ‘children’ and help to guide them through the first year of university life.
  • The University has around 100 societies available for students that suit all interests, from theatrical and musical, to charitable, religious and academic.
  • In the most recent National Student Survey (NSS) 92% of respondents were satisfied with the teaching on the course . We are ranked top for staff are good at explaining things and staff have made the subject interesting.


Employable Graduates

Students from the University of St Andrews have excellent graduate prospects on leaving university.

  • According to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from HE survey (DLHE) results 90% of St Andrews graduates have in paid employment or are undertaking further study six months after graduation.
  • The University’s Career Centre is able to provide students with information and advice on future career paths and career related issues, furthermore Career Advisers are available for one-to-one consultations throughout the year.
  • Students graduating from St Andrews have a good first destination record; popular career areas include finance, teaching, management consultancy, research and development, marketing and media.
  • The St Andrews Summer Internship Scheme offers students the opportunity to undergo placements within nine different University Units during the summer, whilst the University’s Undergraduate Research Internship Awards Scheme means student can apply for a funded position within their academic discipline during the summer period.


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

As an ancient Scottish university, St Andrews is dedicated to providing its students with a broadly based education that encourages them to experiment intellectually before specialising.

  • The modular system at St Andrews allows students to tailor a degree that suit them.
  • St Andrews offer a four-year Honours degree program different from the English system, studies choose a faculty in which to study out of Arts, Divinity, Medicine and Science.
  • Students are part of a faculty rather than a specific degree program, offering breadth and flexibility to students who can change subjects over the first two years before choosing a degree path.
  • There are a number of opportunities for students to spend a full academic year studying in the USA or Canada as part of their degree programme.
  • Students are mainly taught through a series of lectures given by subject specialists, as well as this teaching takes place through tutorials, seminars, reading, laboratory work, field work and computer assisted learning.
  • Honours students occasionally participate in residential reading parties that allow students and staff to discuss relevant topics in an informal atmosphere.


Campus Facilities


The University of St Andrews is integrated into the mediaeval coastal town of St Andrews and contrasts beautiful historical building with world-class facilities. The town and the campus merge into one, making a thriving, close-knit community in which a third of the population are connected with the University.

A wide range of university residences are spread throughout the town that all differ in appearance and atmosphere; ranging from beautiful stone buildings to modern apartments. The main University library is a contemporary building consisting of four floors and is easily accessed from all departments and residences due to its central location. As well as this a modern sports centre and playing fields are located close to the student halls of residence.

St Andrews is located on the east coast of Scotland, just North of Edinburgh. It is surrounded by wooded hills of the Fife countryside and the Fife coast. The historical layout and buildings of St Andrews remains untouched and the main shopping areas are located on two principal streets. The city is internationally renowned as the ‘home of golf’ with golf having been played in St Andrew since 1400 AD. The city currently has six 18-hole courses and one nine-hole course. St Andrews provides a stunning mediaeval setting for students to live and study and students and they soon feel part of the small and diverse community.

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