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The waterfront promenade in Fife, St. Andrews, Scotland.

Program at a Glance

University of St Andrews

Country or area United Kingdom - Scotland
City St Andrews
Class Level So, Jr, Sr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 3.0
Term Spring Semester, Fall Semester, Year
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

If a medieval university with a picturesque bay surrounded by cliffs on the shore of the North Sea sounds like your jam, welcome to the University of St Andrews. You'll keep charming traditions like wearing colorful robes at various times of the year. Every year, students jump into the North Sea on the first of May for good luck on exams. Class sizes are small and courses are taught in English. St Andrews is a small, ancient town known for its spectacular coastline, a great place to walk and unwind after class.


As Scotland's oldest university, St Andrews holds on to many fascinating academic traditions you won't see anywhere else. Imagine wearing colorful academic robes on occasions to identify your class year. And there's always the May Dip, when students jump into the North Sea at sunrise on the first day of May. It's said to promote good luck in exams—and let's add that it's colder than the waters off the California coast. St Andrews is a charming university town—the kind of place where you bump into friends at independent bookstores and cafés. The School of Psychology and Neuroscience has an international reputation for research-based teaching that's equivalent to US Ivy Leagues. The School is fully committed to an inclusive environment to the level that it holds an Athena SWAN Silver award for its efforts to support gender equality. You'll take classes in one of two research centers, the Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution and the Institute of Behavioral and Neural Sciences located in St Mary's Quad in the heart of the ancient town of St Andrews.