Scotland Study Abroad Program at the University of St. Andrews
University of St. Andrews
Hallo agus fàilte! We’re so excited that you’re preparing to study abroad on an IFSA-Butler program and have chosen the University of St. Andrews as your destination. St. Andrews, Scotland is a student-friendly, beach town that is the birthplace of golf. The University of St. Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2013. We’re sure you’re going to love studying there!
What St. Andrews has to offer
We look forward to working with you! You can learn more about the University of St. Andrews by visiting their website.
Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What if I need to take a required course?
What courses am I eligible to take?
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
Study abroad students are not allowed to take courses on the Lifelong Learning or Distance Learning programmes.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Accepted students will receive their provisional schedule shortly after an admissions decision is made. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
Standard housing means that you would share a bathroom with other students. En-suite housing means that you would have your own full bathroom.
For more information about your housing options at St. Andrews, please click here.
What is catered accommodation like?
What is self-catered accommodation like?
Will I have a phone and internet connection?
I have a friend who went to St. Andrews and recommended certain buildings. Can I request those buildings?
Will I have to walk a lot?
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Dates & Fees
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* The other date options for the fall family visit is October 21-23 and October 28-30.
* The other date options for the spring homestay weekend are February 10-12 and February 17-19.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Scotland, exams are taken under formal examination conditions and changes cannot be made for individuals.
Independent travelers must arrive by 1 p.m. on the date marked "Mandatory arrival in Edinburgh." IFSA-Butler orientation begins with a welcome meal at 3 p.m. on the program start date.
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Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Program Fee Bills
† Housing Deposit
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
*Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the U.K. for less than six months (180 days) do not need to apply for a visa, but can instead enter the country as a student visitor at no cost. Student visitors are allowed to remain in the U.K. for up to six months but are not allowed to undertake any paid work or unpaid volunteer activities. Citizens of some countries may be required to obtain a student visa. If this applies to you, your IFSA-Butler program advisor will notify you. Detailed instructions regarding U.K. visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Scotland:
Program Advisor Julia Lieberman assists the student through the application process in addition to answering cultural and logistic questions about the study abroad experience. Julia graduated from Clark University with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She studied abroad twice during undergraduate, for a semester in Belize and then for an independent study in Nicaragua. She has traveled extensively studying, working and living abroad, mainly in South America and Europe. These life-changing experiences lead Julia to her interest in study abroad and he desire to help others do so. Currently, Julia advises students traveling to the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. She can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 3638.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office in Edinburgh. Click here to read more about Resident Director Ruth Casey.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
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IFSA-Butler and St. Andrews are proud to offer a terrific pre-med opportunity for fall semester students. This option is geared toward participants who plan to attend medical school after graduation.
The fall pre-med option includes an Organic Chemistry course that is designed exclusively for IFSA-Butler pre-med students and taught by St. Andrews faculty. Students can round out their fall semester with other related courses from St. Andrews’ science schools, which offer study in areas such as biology, biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, etc. or they can choose courses from non-science schools at St. Andrews. Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee placement in this course.
There is no additional charge for the pre-med option. Please contact your IFSA-Butler program advisor for more information or for a syllabus.