About the Program
Tulane students have the opportunity to directly enroll at the University of St. Andrews which is located in the medieval coastal town of St. Andrews, Scotland. The university, founded in 1413, is steeped in history and set in a stunning location. Direct enrollment in this prestigious university offers an unrivaled student experience which will can the scene for the rest of your life. The town of St Andrews is approximately three miles long with University buildings interspersed throughout. The town really is synonymous with the university campus. It is a thriving, close-knit community with a population of 20,000.
As you might expect from a University dating back over 600 years, the University of St Andrews has its fair share of student traditions in which visiting study abroad students are able to participate. From the May Dip to Raisin Weekend, read about what traditions you could take part in as a student at the University.
St. Andrews, Scotland
St Andrews is situated on the east coast of Scotland, 50 miles north of Edinburgh. In St Andrews you will experience sunshine, rain, blustery winds and, occasionally, some snow – often all in one day! The town boasts long hours of daylight during the summer months when you can enjoy fantastic local beaches, while the winter evenings can be long and dark when you will socialize in your Hall of Residence or in the many inviting coffee shops in town. The town is in a beautiful and unique location, which a great deal of history reflected in its ancient buildings. The town provides easy access to unspoiled beaches and recreational activities, as well as travel opportunities to visit the Highlands and Islands for which Scotland is known worldwide.
- 3.0 CGPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study
Admission as a visiting student is determined by Faculty; based on your degree program at Tulane, your course history and the module choices you select, St. Andrews will to determine the most appropriate Faculty for you. Teaching at St Andrews is innovative and research-led. Modes of teaching vary depending on subject and level, from traditional lectures to small tutorial groups, lab classes and fieldwork.
St. Andrews students are expected to undertake their own unsupervised independent study and as a directly enrolled student, the same will be expected of you. The Course Catalog gives an indication of the number of contact hours and the number of independent study hours for each module. The ethos of independent learning allows students to study topics in great depth and helps to develop analytical and problem-solving skills.
Assessment is varied across subjects and modules, but is usually in the form of assessed coursework and exams at the end of the semester. The Course Catalog details assessment methods for each module. The University has four faculties within which exchange students may take courses: Arts, Divinity, and Science. Within the faculties of Arts and Science, academic subjects are grouped into Schools. Students usually take 60 St Andrews credits (30 ECTS) per semester or 120 credits per academic year.
Most modules come in values of 10, 15, 20 or 30 credits. This means that you might take fewer classes than you would at home (e.g. two 30 credit modules), but that each module has a high workload.
Visiting students have access to academic counseling through the International Office and the Advice and Support Center and the Center for Academic, Professional and Organizational Development, in order to help you transition to a new and different academic culture!
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Economics, English, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology
Life as a student at the University of St Andrews is a unique experience. From the bonding experience of the student traditions to the numerous sports clubs, societies and volunteering activities, there really is an activity for everyone. As a visiting student, you will be encouraged to get involved in the University’s over 140 student societies. They range from artistic and musical through to religious and cultural, meaning our societies cater for a huge array of interests. Not only that - if you are unable to find one that suits you, then you can start your own!
Sport is also a valued aspect of student life in St. Andrews. With over 50 sports clubs and 100 sports teams to choose from, as well as a varied and dynamic program of fitness classes, it is easy to fit sport and exercise into your life at University. If you’re engaged in the Arts, St. Andrews offers many opportunities to engage, just like at Tulane. Whether you want to spend your free time making and listening to music, performing in shows, or writing, you will not be short of recreational activities. The University boasts a dedicated music technology studio, student radio, and a vibrant performing arts scene.
If you don’t know where to start, the Students' Association is the center of activity for students in St Andrews. Responsible for running societies, events and services, and representing the student body throughout the University, the Students' Association provides valuable support for all students in St Andrews.
International visiting students are fully integrated into student life. You can read about the experiences of previous visiting students here.
One of the great strengths of the University of St Andrews is its residential system and the variety and range of its residential accommodation. The University is unique among other Scottish universities in the extent and variety of its residential accommodation. Nearly half of our students live in University owned accommodation.
Single undergraduate students in their first year are given special priority and, under normal circumstances, are guaranteed accommodation usually in a Hall of Residence provided they apply by 30 June in the year of entry.
Each residence has a mixed population of first year and returning students, Home and Overseas student as well as students from different Faculties. Living in a residence in your first year is the best possible start for your studies. Currently the hall population is made up of 34% returning students and 66% first year students.
St. Andrews Study Abroad Page
St. Andrews Course Catalog
About St. Andrews
St. Andrews Tourism Information
Contact Past Participants
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