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University of St Andrews

Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.

The early years of the young university were not without turbulence. In 1426, King James tried to move the university to Perth. In 1470, several masters and students were expelled for attacking the Dean with bows and arrows. In 1544 the University banned beards, the carrying of weapons, gambling and football.

By the middle of the 16th century, St Andrews had grown to encompass three colleges — St  Salvator’s (1450), St Leonard’s (1511) and St Mary’s (1538). The buildings of St Mary’s College and St Salvator’s Chapel date from this period.

From the 1500s to the 1700s, the University enjoyed a period of mixed fortunes. During this time St Salvator’s and St Leonard’s Colleges joined to form the United College which still survives today in a greatly enlarged form.

In the 19th century, the University made considerable progress in developing teaching and research in the arts, divinity and the biological and physical sciences. In 1897, the University was joined by a new academic centre in nearby Dundee and with it gained notable achievements in medical and applied science. This association ended in 1967 with the foundation of a separate University of Dundee.

In the 1980s, St Andrews embarked on a broad programme of investment to boost its research capabilities, a strategy that has helped establish its reputation today as an international centre of research excellence.

In 2009, St Andrews became the first Scottish ancient university to appoint a woman as Principal, recruiting Professor Louise Richardson from the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard, to lead it into its seventh century. She was succeeded in 2016 by Professor Sally Mapstone.

St Andrews recently celebrated 600 years of continuous existence during which time it has made an enduring contribution to the intellectual and cultural life of both Scotland and the wider world.

Important Facts

Why St Andrews

St Andrews offers a unique experience for international students. With a reputation for world-class teaching, your academic studies will be both rigorous and rewarding. You will have the opportunity to embrace new perspectives and challenge your own ideas while exploring a wide range of subjects.

You will be supported throughout your time at St Andrews, both academically and with personal issues. Dedicated advisers will provide guidance on modules and academic life, while Student Services can help with anything from wellbeing to financial issues.

Studying abroad also offers a wonderful opportunity to experience different cultures in a new setting. Nestled on the east coast of Scotland, St Andrews provides an intimate and friendly environment for your study abroad adventures. With historic buildings juxtaposed against modern facilities, along with the many student traditions, St Andrews offers a truly unforgettable way to experience Scotland.

Academic life

As an exchange or study abroad student, you will be able to take modules from a variety of unique Arts, Sciences or Divinity subjects.

The University offers award-winning teaching which is well known for being research-led – the University was ranked top in Scotland in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment for the quality of its research publications across Science, Arts, Divinity and Medicine.

Studying at St Andrews is a rigorous experience. Alongside attending lectures, tutorials and seminars, you will also be responsible for undertaking independent study, which includes completing assignments, using library resources and preparing for examinations.


You will be supported throughout your time at the University, both academically and non-academically.

Before you begin your studies, you will meet with your assigned Adviser of Studies who will help you choose your modules and explain St Andrews academic regulations.

During your semester or year abroad, the study abroad team will run daily consultation sessions. You can pop along to these sessions to discuss any issues you are facing, to get advice, or just to chat about your experience.


Undergraduate exchange or study abroad students who apply before the deadline are guaranteed accommodation in one of the University’s halls of residence. You will be able to select your preference of whether your accommodation is catered or self-catered, shared or single bedroom, and shared or en suite bathroom.

Ranking / Awards


As a 600-year-old institution, it's no surprise that the University of St Andrews is known across the globe as a world leader in education. Our consistently high rankings in both national and global league tables place us within the top 100 world universities.

The University was the highest-ranking Scottish University in the 2020 Complete University Guide and was judged to be the third best university in the UK. St Andrews was also the top Scottish University in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019. The 2020 Guardian University Guide ranked the University of St Andrews as the second-best university in the UK. According to the QS University World Rankings 2020, St Andrews is one of the world's top 100 universities. The University is ranked 100th in the 2020 guide, the 13th year in succession that St Andrews has been placed among the top 10% of global educational institutions. 

The University of St Andrews also ranks highly for research, with a particularly high percentage of research in Psychology and English Literature being rated at 4* by the REF 2014, which means it is world-leading in terms of originality, significance, or rigor.


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  • Type of Accommodation: On Campus


Annual Cost of living 9207 GBP /year
Average Annual UG Fee N/A
Average Annual PG Fee 20370 GBP
Application Fee 75 GBP

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  • St Katharine’s West 16 The Scores St Andrews KY16 9AX
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St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is situated in the small town of St Andrews in rural Fife, Scotland. The university has teaching facilities, libraries, student housing and other buildings spread throughout the town. Generally, university departments and buildings are concentrated on North Street, South Street, The Scores, and the North Haugh.

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Banking and Finance (MSc)

  • Length 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee 24240 GBP
  • Application Fee 75 GBP
  • Average processing time 14 days
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