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  • Locations: St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll Recommended GPA: 3.5
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: None
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Science Language of Instruction: English
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 Program Director: David Younger
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Two Academic References
Program Information:


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St. Andrews University was founded in 1413 and bears the distinction of being Scotland’s oldest and most prestigious university, ranking consistently among Britain’s top five universities. St. Andrews is located on the east coast of Scotland overlooking the North Sea about 45 miles from Edinburgh. Today it is one of the few universities still fully integrated with its medieval city, where students and scholars from around the world experience the latest in teaching and research in the midst of medieval ruins, centuries-old stone houses, and the world’s most famous golf course. There are approximately 6, 500 students of which 40% are from outside of the UK. Approximately 20% of the students are from North America. It is a Scottish University with a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Program Dates*
Spring Semester (Candlemas): Mid-January through mid/late May

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • St. Andrews is renowned for its academic strength in numerous disciplines, but is particularly distinguished in Medieval Studies.
  • The ND St. Andrews program is open to all Art and Letters majors and Computer Science majors. 
  • St. Andrews has consistent high teaching quality within a strong research environment
  • The University of St. Andrews' curriculum is based on a modular system which is a combination of lectures and tutorials.
  • Students generally enroll in two, three or four modules for a combination of 60 credits, which transfers as 15 ND credits.
  • Independent learning is required for study at the British University. Those with that learning style are encouraged to apply.
  • Modules will include: traditional lectures, tutorials, seminars, one-to-one discussions and unsupervised independent study.
  • Assessment is usually in the form of assessed coursework and end of semester exams.
  • List of past approved courses for Notre Dame students for St. Andrews
  • Current courses available at St. Andrews University
Site Calendar
  • St. Andrews University provides a few days of orientation in the week preceding classes.
  • There is a two-week spring vacation and exams end in late May.
  • Notre Dame students currently attend St. Andrews during the spring semester only.
  • The minimum GPA for St. Andrews is 3.5.
  • Students apply in the fall semester of their sophomore year to study at St. Andrews in the spring semester of their junior year.
  • Please note that this is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces.
Housing and Meals
  • 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 two-thirds of the students live in University owned accommodation.
  • Notre Dame students will not only will attend the same classes, but also live and eat in the same residence halls, and participate in the same social, cultural, athletic sporting and academic extracurricular activities as their Scottish counterparts. Students live on campus in one of the many fully catered residence halls on St. Andrews University campus.
  • Additional information can be found at St. Andrews Accommodation.
If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.