Established in 1412, the University of St. Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest in Great Britain. St. Andrews boasts a 1:15 overall staff / student ratio; most tutorials are actually smaller. The university's strong research programs keep both students and teachers learning.
The University of St. Andrews does not have a campus: rather, it is integrated into the city of St. Andrews. The student body numbers about 6,000, and the city is small, with 16,000 people, so university students quickly feel a part of the community.
Most of the university's departments are located in one of three groups, corresponding to the original collegiate system. The Arts departments are found near St. Salvator's Quadrangle, St. Mary's College Quadrangle contains Divinity, with the Psychology and Biological and Medical Sciences schools nearby. The modern site, the North Haugh, houses the physical and mathematical sciences, including Computer Science.
St. Andrews is rich with extracurricular activities. Over 100 athletic, drama, social, academic, musical, and other clubs are all open to international students. The Union offers a variety of entertainment options such as films and a game room, has reading rooms, a travel service, and a bookstore, and provides good food and drink at the restaurant and the Coffee Bar.
Students can also enjoy the cultural life of the city of St. Andrews, with its local and visiting performing arts companies, two theaters, musical options, and decorative arts shops and exhibitions. Over 20 pubs and cafes welcome students as well. The rural Scottish, mountainous landscape is great for hiking and skiing. Students hoping to travel will enjoy St. Andrews' convenient location. Edinburgh is 50 miles away, and Glasgow is 70 miles away. London is five hours away by train; Paris, about twelve.
The University of St. Andrews, like most British universities, offers an education very different from that found in the U.S. Students take a greater responsibility for their education in Great Britain. Professors provide reading lists and essay topics, arrange class time, make their expectations clear, and then expect students to fulfill them. However, St. Andrews doesn't expect study abroad students to adapt to a new system overnight. Professors' doors are usually open, and an academic advisor assists international students adapting to the new academic environment.
Academic facilities available to students include the University Library, the Computing Laboratory, which has computers available for use on a 24-hour keycard system, and the Language Teaching Services unit.
St. Andrews is on the semester system, and classes begin in September and end in May. Students choose three classes per semester from St. Andrews' entire course offerings; the exams are taken at the end of each semester. Successful completion of these courses allows students to transfer 24-30 credits back to UNC-CH for a successfully completed year at St. Andrews.
UNC-CH students studying at St. Andrews during their sophomore year will be limited to courses at the 1000 and 2000 level.
Fall semester only students are graded via early assessment. Please see the Study Abroad Advisor for more information.