The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
See other program dates


This study abroad program through partnership with IFSA allows you to enroll as a visiting student at the University of St. Andrews. Beautiful, traditional and small; the University of St. Andrews is one of the oldest universities in the world. With a wide array of subjects, St. Andrews offers you the ability to study many different topics. You will live in a university residence hall.


The University of St. Andrews was founded in 1413, making it the oldest in Scotland and the third oldest in the United Kingdom. St. Andrews has an international reputation for teaching and research. Popular subjects include Art History, Biology, Classics, Earth and Environmental Sciences, English, History, International Relations, Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy. You will take classes alongside full-degree local students. You will take a traditional course load of 60 Scottish credits, which is two to six courses.

Full-degree UK students traditionally study only one subject during their undergraduate career. As a visiting student, you are expected to take the majority of courses within your department but can take classes outside of it as well. You must meet any course prerequisites. To take 3rd and 4th year level courses, you are expected to have a significant background in the subject matter. Know than timetable conflicts can occur when looking at courses in different departments.

Program Features

St. Andrews is small, beautiful and historic. The university is integrated into the town which is situated along the Fife coast and is full of old buildings dating back as far as the 6th Century. With easy access to the mountains and nearby coast, outdoor opportunities abound to explore the Scottish countryside. St Andrews is 45 miles north of Edinburgh and 13 miles south of Dundee. As a visiting student, you will live in a university residence hall with other students. You are encouraged to participate in student societies and clubs.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.
    • This program had a minimum GPA requirement of 3.2.