University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Scotland
The University of St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in the UK. For almost six centuries it has upheld a tradition of excellence, attracting world-renowned scholars and the brightest students from every continent. Prince William earned his Master of Arts degree from St Andrews. Today the university has evolved into two colleges: United College, in which all Arts and Science subjects are taught, and St Mary's College, in which Divinity courses are taught. St Andrews is closely integrated with the town. Many of the 7,200 students use bicycles as a convenient way of getting around the town, but all areas of the university are within easy walking distance.
You will be able to participate in activities, student organizations, and sports and have full access to the advising, library, and computing facilities at St Andrews. There are almost 150 student societies including the academic, cultural, political, and sporting options. As a student at University of St Andrews, you can play golf at all seven local golf courses for a nominal fee which allows limited access to all seven local golf courses.
St. Andrews is particularly well-known for its humanities curriculum, with the departments of art history, English literature and language, classics, religious studies, anthropology, politics and international studies, history and philosophy offering courses of note. In the sciences, St. Andrews' strong offerings are enhanced by the largest operational optical telescope in the UK. As an overseas student at St. Andrews, you will apply to one of the three faculties and take the bulk of your course load within that faculty. Your assigned advisor will correspond with you about the course choices which are most appropriate for you, and you will enroll in three or four courses per semester for a total of 15 hours of credit per semester.
Review the Exchanges and Study Abroad
and Once You Arrive Guide
at the University of St. Andrews guide.
Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session
Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. The minimum cumulative GPA for this program is 3.5
Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester
Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to University of St. Andrews by their published deadline. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
2017 Semester 1:
Orientation: September 18 - September 15
Term: September 18 - December 22
Exams: December 11 - December 22
2017 Semester 2:
Orientation: January 19 - January 20
Term: January 23 - May 26
Spring Vacation: March 13 - March 24
Exams: May 8 - May 26
Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.
Students are admitted to a particular Faculty (arts, science and divinity) and then select courses under this Faculty. You can take courses in other Faculties if the scheduling allows for it. Students typically enroll in either two or three courses per semester. Courses are taught by lecture with course handbook, tutorial sessions and support. Students are able to enroll in up to 60 Scottish credits each semester, which is equal to 15 US credits.
Course Restrictions - Admittance into 3rd Year/ Honors- level classes is selective and at the discretion of St Andrews' departmental tutors upon review of students’ official transcripts. To qualify, you must have: taken at least 3 prior classes in that subject at your home university, earned a grade of a B or above in each of those classes. Most departments will limit a qualified student to no more than one or two 3rd Year courses per semester.
The Course Catalogue has information about all available modules, including a brief description of content, credits, level, semester availability, contact hours and independent study hours, and assessment. Most modules come in values of 10, 15, 20 or 30 St. Andrews credits so students might take fewer classes than at Goucher, but each module has a high workload. One credit represents the outcome achievable by the average student through 10 notional hours of learner effort.
First-year (1000 level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience. Second-year (2000 level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses. Third-year (3000 level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses. Fourth-year (4000 level) courses are equivalent to courses for a postgraduate degree and are not available to study abroad students.
Please note that entry to Honours (Third and Fourth level), and some sub-honours modules is subject to having equivalent pre-requisites. Students who wish to enrol in Honours modules should have taken at least four modules in their chosen subject at their home institution. The final decision about module eligibility will be made at the point of Advising on arrival in St Andrews. Please check our Course Catalogue to research the pre-requisites required to avoid disappointment. Students who wish to study Science modules at both sub-honours and Honours level should have a strong background in the subject as many First level modules are not beginners' level. It is highly unlikely that students admitted at undergraduate level will be allowed to take any postgraduate (Fifth level) modules.
Please be aware that Goucher cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course even though it is listed in their catalog, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you should correspond with the program directly during the application period.
Goucher students will find themselves directly enrolled in courses with UK and other international students, therefore it is critical to be prepared for immersion in the British education system by understanding some of its important characteristics. Take the time to read the article about Academic culture at St. Andrews. Please read the article Ready To Go To Great Britain and Prepare for Success to gain an understanding of the academic cultural differences between Goucher and universities in the UK.
The University is delighted to offer a huge range of modules to visiting students across a number of disciplines in Arts, Divinity and Science.
Undergraduate students might be interested in browsing the modules available under one of our five study abroad themes:
Most modules at St. Andrews are weighted at 10, 20, or 30 SCOTCATS each. A normal course load is 60 SCOTCATS per semester. 10 SCOTCATS = 2-1/2 Goucher credits. 20 SCOTCATS = 5 Goucher credits. 30 SCOTCATS = 7-1/2 Goucher credits.
Grades count toward a Goucher GPA
Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits
All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.
Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.
This program has an additional $1,500 program fee to be billed by Goucher.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
St. Andrews guarantees housing in University-managed accommodation (which may be on or off campus) to all Goucher students who enroll as long as they apply by the published deadline. Goucher students attending St. Andrews are required to stay in University housing and must choose their own housing in conjunction with the Exchanges & Study Abroad Office at St. Andrews. Students will pay housing fees directly to St. Andrews.
St. Andrews will write to all students with accepted offers with information on how to apply for accommodation. You are responsible for applying through their application link yourself.
Some residences offer meal plans but others are self catered. Please see the link in the housing section above for a comparison chart.
St. Andrews, Scotland
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
U.S. Embassy and Consulates in the UK
All students without an EU/EEA passport are required to obtain a visa to study for a semester in the UK. Please take a look at the UK Government website to see if you need a Tier 4 visa (typically for students staying for a year or students participating in an internship for a semester). U.S. students studying for one semester and not participating in an internship can normally use the Short Term Student route and have the visa issued upon arrival when carrying the proper paperwork (.(US passport holder, proof of funds, letter from host/home institution, round trip airline ticket, etc) Students from countries outside of the EU and U.S. should look at the referenced website to find out what is required for entrance.
You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad. Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance:
Study Abroad Insurance
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.
Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.