University of St Andrews

St Andrews, Scotland


The University of St Andrews is a British public university in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. It is the oldest of the four ancient universities of Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world (following Oxford and Cambridge universities).

St Andrews is made up of a variety of institutions, comprising three colleges – United College (a union of St Salvator’s and St Leonard’s Colleges), St Mary’s College, and St Leonard’s College, the last named being a non-statutory revival of St Leonard’s as a post-graduate society. There are 18 academic schools organised into four faculties. The student body is notably diverse: over 145 nationalities are represented with 45% of its intake from countries outside the UK; about one-eighth of the students are from the rest of the EU and the remaining third are from overseas — 15% from North America alone. The university’s sport teams compete in BUCS competitions, and the student body is known for preserving ancient traditions such as Raisin Weekend, May Dip, and the wearing of distinctive academic dress.

It is ranked as the third best university in the United Kingdom in two of three national league tables, behind Oxbridge. The Guardian ranks first in the United Kingdom the Schools of Physics and Astronomy, International Relations, Computer Science, Geography, English and Mathematics, whilst The Times and Sunday Times ranks the Schools of English, Management, Philosophy, Anatomy and Physiology and Middle Eastern and African Studies first and the Complete University Guide ranks Management, Divinity and Middle Eastern and African Studies first.

5 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1413
Size Medium
10,330 Students
St Andrews


3,4,5 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Theology
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS
Other Applications Accepted Common Application, Institution's own application

For International Students

6.5 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
CAE, CPE, PTE, Trinity ISE, TOEFL Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application for Scottish or EU Applicant
Deadline of application for English, Norther Irish, Welsh or International Applicant

Cost and Scholarships

£ 21,290
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available



Accommodation Award
Total Worth £1,500
Eligibility and Requirements Students should be from UK/EU Undergraduate Applicants must demonstrate a gross annual household income of under £40,000, or a below average household income for your country of residence.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline April 7
Other Details As part of the application you will be asked to upload Financial Statement, Household Income.
St Andrews General Wardlaw Scholarship (Margery V Turnbull Scholarship)
Total Worth £3,000
Eligibility and Requirements Students should be from Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, EU Undergraduate
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline April 7
Other Details Selection is on the basis of financial need. As part of the application you will be asked to upload Financial Statement and Household Income.
BA International Honours Scholarship
Total Worth $6,000 (USD)
Eligibility and Requirements Students should be Scotland; England; Northern Ireland; Wales; EU; International Undergraduate Enrolled in BA International Honours (Classics, Film Studies, Economics, English, History or International Relations)
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline March 18
Other Details Only available to students entering first year of the BA International Honours commencing at St Andrews. The Selection Committee seeks applicants who are gifted students with academic excellence. The successful scholars will be expected to fulfil an ambassadorial role and represent the University at a number of events and contribute to various University publications. You will be required to provide a statement of motivation in support of your application (recommended not more than 250 words). You will also be required to provide two references; both an academic and personal letter of recommendation (not more than 200 words each).