The Origins of the Mind

St Andrews, Scotland


Language of Instruction


Finance Options
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: February 1 (early bird) or March 1 (regular)
Min. GPA for Consideration:
Typical Credit Load:

About The Origins of the Mind

IFSA is pleased to offer this unique Global Seminar program to all U.S. universities in partnership with the University of California at San Diego. Non-UC San Diego students must apply through UC San Diego and are encouraged to contact Tonia Pizer by email or phone at 858-534-1123 with any questions regarding the program, its content or requirements.

The Origins of the Mind Benefits

  • Live and study in the beautiful and historic city of St Andrews
  • Have class on the campus of St Andrews, which is the oldest university in Scotland, founded in 1413
  • Meet with experts at the SLaCE Center as St Andrews, which is internationally renowned for its comparative approaches to cognitive evolution
  • Participate in academic excursions to the Edinburgh Zoo and Moray Firth, and go on a foraging activity in Fife

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at The Origins of the Mind


The curriculum includes two courses taught by a UC San Diego professor:

  • Animal Cognition 
  • Modeling the Evolution of Cognition
Transcripts will be issued by UC San Diego

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Students will live in university student accommodations. Students will have access to a shared kitchen for preparing self-catered meals. Internet access is included. 

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

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Kerry Uniyal

Program Advisor, Australia, China, India, Israel, Custom

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Ruth Casey

Senior Resident Director, Scotland

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Summer 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
June 30, 2019
Program End Date
August 3, 2019

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

Books & Supplies
Local Transportation
Personal Expenses
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs