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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering

Students looking for a challenging academic experience will be warmly welcomed in St. Andrews. The university offers world-renowned courses in all humanities and social sciences, but particularly in international relations, politics, finance, theology, and psychology. Other strong areas include biology, chemistry, computer science, and physics. St Andrews University consistently ranks in the top universities in the UK for student satisfaction; class sizes tend to be small, courses are taught in great depth, and the campus is steeped in fascinating and charming tradition.

Unique study opportunities

You may take any combination of courses, but if you are interested in making connections across disciplines, St Andrews offers five Study Abroad Themes:

  • Scotland: Offers you a distinct Scottish flavor and highlights courses in Arts and Science that deal with some aspect of Scottish culture, history, or geography.
  • Sustainability: Offers a key interdisciplinary research interest at St Andrews and highlights the wealth of expertise offered in this area available for undergraduate study.
  • Travel & Exploration: Exposes you to new ideas and ways of life, and brings together courses that deal in some way with travel and exploration through the ages and today.
  • Science for Arts Majors: Expands your academic horizons and brings together science modules that are suitable for students with diverse academic backgrounds.
  • Unique to St Andrews: Takes advantage of St Andrews being one of the UK's leading research institutions and highlights courses that stem from key areas of research.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Foreign language study available. Notable options: Persian, Russian, Arabic, Greek, and Latin. Check host institution catalog for additional offerings.

Courses and credit

Requirements while abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: Two to four courses for 21-24 quarter/14-16 semester UC units per semester.
  • A total of 42-48 quarter/28-32 semester UC units is required per year.
  • You may take up to one-third (33%) of your total unit load pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

After arrival, on-site staff will help you find and enroll in classes to fulfill degree or general requirements. Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Catalogs and resources

  • University of St Andrews Course Catalog: Search by subject area, individual courses do not state whether or not visiting students can enroll. Choose several extra courses in case you do not meet the prerequisites for your top choices.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Academic Offerings: See an overview of academic offerings at all Scottish partner institutions.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

Studying abroad in Scotland helps you develop an independent learning style, with strong writing skills and active participation in your own learning.

  • Many lower-level courses at Scottish universities are equivalent to upper-division UC level. Third- and fourth-year courses are specialized and demand significant background knowledge.
  • There is more emphasis on writing and independent reading than at UC, and your participation can influence the final grade.
  • Differences in teaching style may include less detailed instructions, fewer in-class sessions (except science classes), and fewer in-term assessments.
  • Many courses are taught with lectures and seminars; lecture class sizes can be quite large and seminar groups are smaller.
  • Faculty (called lecturers) do not often hold office hours, but welcome individual questions and are eager to help visiting students. Several instructors may teach a single course, each lecturing on their specialist area.
  • Past exam papers are available and local students use them to prepare for exams. Your final grade will heavily and sometimes fully depend on the final exam.
  • Exam dates are not flexible, and UC policy does not allow UCEAP participants to retake exams (called re-sits).

Grades

Grades for the fall semester are typically available late March, and grades for the spring semester are typically available late July or early August.

Tip: If you intend to put yourself on your campus degree list for graduation while on UCEAP, consult your campus advisors before departure about possible delays in the degree verification process.