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  • App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Ben Briggs Program type: Exchange, Non-exchange
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.2 Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Graduate courses available: Yes Housing options: Residence Hall
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
Location| Courses & Credits| Housing| Program Costs| Application Process | More Information|

University of St Andrews

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.


Location

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.  
 

Courses & Credits

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.

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
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Housing

St. Andrews offers a wide range of accommodation, and two-thirds of all students live in university-owned accommodation. Eleven halls of residence are available, which provide a meal plan for students. For students who wish to prepare their own meals, the university has 86 self-catering student houses.  
 
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad

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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
  3. Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
 
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/24/2020
03/04/2020 09/05/2020 12/21/2020
Spring 2021 09/10/2020
09/17/2020 01/17/2021 05/29/2021

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App for Spring & Calendar Year open July 1/Apps for Summer, Fall, & Academic Year open December 1