- Scotland’s oldest and top-ranked university
- Located 50 miles north of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh
- Around 7,500 students attend the university
- Notable alumni include former First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine
- Ranked number 1 in the UK for Physics, Politics and Computer Science according to the Guardian University League Tables 2016
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Founded in 1413, the University of St. Andrews has established itself as Scotland’s oldest and most prestigious university for over 600 years. The university prides itself on being an incredibly international and cosmopolitan institution, with over 45% of the student population coming from outside the UK and representing over 125 different countries.
Students are offered a unique experience when studying at St. Andrews in that it’s a university which elegantly combines its historic architecture and traditions with its modern facilities and advancements. The Students’ Association building is currently undergoing a £12 million redevelopment, to be completed by the end of 2015. Students have the opportunity to take part in over 140 student clubs and societies and over 50 sports clubs whist at St. Andrews-from ballroom dancing to baking society, there’s loads to get involved in! The University also manages ‘the best small theatre in Scotland’, providing an educational resource, general arts venue and music centre for its St. Andrews community and beyond!
Top Five Things to do whilst at the University of St Andrews
1. Watch some of the world’s best golfers at one of the many tournaments held in the sport’s birthplace each year. Or better yet, grab some friends and play a round yourself!
2. Raisin Monday: each Fall, join other new St. Andrews students for a fun-filled day of costumes and a HUGE foam fight!
3. Experience a spectacular walk to the end of the stone pier on a warm, sunny day
4. If you’re around in the spring, take part in the May Dip- the annual tradition in which students run into the North Sea at dawn
5. Listen to members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra in Residence at the University of St. Andrews, during one of their Early Evening Concert Series performances.
With its beautiful coastal location, St. Andrews is a small town steeped in rich natural beauty and tradition. The beautiful beaches and fresh air provide a perfect antidote to the classroom or laboratory and students can enjoy some of Europe’s most spectacular views along the two unbroken miles of the West Sands. Given its coastal location, the town also offers a plethora of water sports to explore such as sailing, sea kayaking and windsurfing. St. Andrews is also the home and birthplace to the sport of golf and the seven esteemed courses locally located often host major international tournaments throughout the year.
The University of St. Andrews is the town’s major employer and its students contribute immensely to the town’s unique atmosphere and culture, making up over half the town’s population during term time! The town itself is of particularly modest size given its international reputation, making it an ideal location for students looking for a warm, visitor-friendly place to call home during their time abroad. With a town centre that is less than one mile across, students find the convenience of all nearby shops, academic buildings and amenities to be a real plus during their time here. The University also funds a night bus which helps get students home safely seven nights a week from 10pm until 2am-great for those long nights at the library or out and about in town with friends! Beyond St. Andrews you can also explore Dundee, the nearest city, which is only 13 miles away or spend a day in Edinburgh, which is an hour away by train. St. Andrews also operates express buses that run to Scotland’s major cities, almost hourly.
Want to learn more about what it’s like to study abroad at St Andrews? Watch UCEAP student Sarah show what a day in the life of a student there is like!
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