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Founded in 1413, the University of St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university, and the third oldest in the English speaking world.The University is located in the mediaeval coastal town of St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland.  The town, with ... read more

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During my semester I got to experience another culture and a different type of learning environment. It was definitely worthwhile. It was the perfect Febmester experience. I got to travel and start school when my other friends were. Also coming here, starting classes again was not as scary as it was for other Febs who hadn't... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about my study habits and what type of teaching I enjoy. I also learned how to navigate a much different social scene than I was used to. I think the opportunity to gain these skills was worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. Learned to be more independent and learned about living abroad and all that comes with it. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I became a stronger and more independent person. It was worthwhile, but maybe at a different point in my life. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
It was definitely worth while. I learned a lot inside and outside of my courses. I learned about a different way of learning. I learned about how to be more responsible for my own learning. I learned about how to be a better traveler. About how to organize all of the things that you need to travel: transportation, lodging, vis... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I always rolled my eyes when people would say that "study abroad is a life changing experience", "you make life long friends", etc. But it's true. Every word of it. Studying abroad gives you a type of clean slate. This is your chance to grow as a person and change without the influence of close friends or peers. Normally being a... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I could have tried to put myself out there more, as I'm not naturally very outgoing, and that limited my enjoyment of daily life in a new place. However, I don't regret going, as I got to do some great things. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I learned how to live a long way away from my parents on a small budget with little clothing. It was worthwhile, but I wish I'd met some better people. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile - I think the most significant thing I gained was a greater perspective on my field. I'm an English major, and having four months to explore and study the UK in person, physically visiting locales from stories I read, added a new layer to my perception I didn't have before. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
I can't answer that in a small box, but yes it was worthwhile. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
My experience was very worthwhile. I noted the downfalls because I believe other students should have an idea of what they're getting themselves into, but none of the pitfalls were a huge problem for me. I enjoyed my classes, loved the country, and made amazing friends. I highly recommend a similar experience to other culturally... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the world being exposed to different people from around the world. I would love to go back to Europe again. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I'm incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to study abroad. That said, I do love Wellesley and studying here has made me realize that. St Andrews was a lot of fun for a semester, but I don't think I could do it for much longer; I really began to miss the small, close-knit, single-sex community at Wellesley. I had great c... View Entire Review
Looking back, I'm not sure if I would have studied at St. Andrews for my Febmester. I think that I would have really enjoyed doing a backpacking trip in Asia or South America because I had spent time in Europe before doing my Febmester and it would have been great to try something different. I made some really great friends,... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I enjoyed being in an entirely new academic and social environment, and I think it was this novelty that challenged me more than anything else about my time at St Andrews. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
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Cultural differences. Yes, worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I honestly didn't enjoy my abroad experience. I would have loved to be in a big city. Also, I wasn't 100% sure that I actually wanted to go and made the decision very last minute before taking the time to really look at the school. I think that College is a very special time in a persons life and looking back, I would have rathe... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Gained a much broader understanding of how the world works. Yes - Middlebury College View Entire Review
YES, so worthwhile! I found out that I love field geology and field mapping, and I got to hang out with future geologists/miners/oilfield engineers. My experience abroad put me on a completely new path, one that branches in a thousand directions. It really opened up a world of possibilities for me. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a greater degree of self confidence than I had before. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
So much. I learned more than I ever expected--I got a whole new perspective on life, friendships, and academia, as well as, dare I say it, other cultures. I had done a lot of international traveling before this experience, but have never felt culture shock like I did when i first arrived for study abroad...and never felt like I ... - Barnard College View Entire Review
I learned that I, and only I, am the only one in the way of my own progression. Regardless of what I liked and disliked about the program, the experience I had in St Andrews, Scotland is a reflection of my own choices. If I could go back, I definitely would! With maybe a few tweaks here and there, but overall I am so glad I did ... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
Studying abroad in general has helped me determine what kind of career I want to have after university. The close interaction with faculty and seeing my fellow students' senior honors dissertations has guided me towards what I want to actually do. I would not have had that experience at my home institution simply because of th... - University of California - San Diego View Entire Review
Absolutely, I learned so much about a culture I knew nothing about and I met the coolest people I could ever meet from around the world. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Direct Enrollment: St. Andrews - St. Andrews University
Yes, despite the similarities between the Uk and the US, there are still many cultural differences. Experiencing and coping with these cultural differences taught me about how I think, tick, and operate. It helped me address my own strengths and personal weaknesses; how American society has influenced me etc. I am also much ... - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review

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Founded in 1413, the University of St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university, and the third oldest in the English speaking world.

The University is located in the mediaeval coastal town of St Andrews on the east coast of Scotland.  The town, with its close-knit community, is very much our campus with University buildings interspersed with shops, cafes, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants.  Surrounded by rolling countryside we also boast some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland and access, by good public transport connections, north to the Highlands of Scotland and south to England.  Our nearest international airport is Edinburgh from which students can travel to Europe relatively cheaply during breaks.

Academically, St Andrews is consistently ranked amongst the UK’s top 5 universities and is one of Europe’s leading and most research intensive universities.  In particular, a number of subjects are internationally recognised: Chemistry, Divinity, Earth Sciences, English, Film Studies, German, History, International Relations, Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics.

With around 7,500 students, one-third of whom come from overseas, we have also been ranked first in the UK for student satisfaction for five years running.  Students enjoy a vibrant social life in St Andrews, taking part in student societies, sports, musical and drama productions, and dancing at one of the many Balls that take place throughout the year.

St Andrews welcomes a large number of non-graduating students to our International Study Abroad Programme each year.

For more information about entry qualifications, application procedures, deadlines and accommodation please check our website.

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