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Minimum GPA: 3.20

Terms and Dates:

  • Academic Year 2019-20
  • Fall 2019
  • Spring 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Academic Year 2020-21
  • Spring 2021


Alayne Prine

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

St Andrews, University of


Opportunity Description

Study at the University of St Andrews and experience world-class teaching, cutting edge research and the flexible degree structure of Scotland’s first university.

What is unique about this program?

As an exchange or study abroad student, you will be able to take modules from a variety of unique Arts, Sciences, or Divinity subjects. The University offers award-winning teaching which is well known for being research-led – the University was ranked top in Scotland in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment for the quality of its research publications across Science, the Arts, Divinity, and Medicine.

St Andrews is a small town so it doesn't offer the same type of nightlife a big city might, however the university more than makes up for that with student creativity and events.  The Students' Union puts on events throughout the year. With over 140 societies, students are bound to find something to get involved in. For a full list of societies check the Students' Union web pages. There is also a student radio station (STAR FM) and a student newspaper (The Saint), both of whom welcome contributions from study abroad students. 

St Andrews is also home to a large number of events that are put on by different groups throughout the year including many balls, charity fashion shows, debates, drama productions, concerts and arts festivals and students meet in the numerous pubs, bars, and cafés to socialise with friends.

Despite being one of Europe's leading research institutions, the third oldest in the English speaking world and, of course, far and away the best university in the world, St Andrews still has that uncanny knack of feeling like home.

HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, University of St Andrews Graduate, 2005

What is unique about St Andrews?

The University of St Andrews is located on the east coast of Scotland, 50 miles north of Edinburgh, in the mediaeval town of St Andrews. We enjoy a breathtaking position, surrounded by rolling fields and wooded hills on one side, and the North Sea on the other. Our beautiful beaches are to be enjoyed both in summer and winter time and were made famous in the opening sequence of the film 'Chariots of Fire'. We are also famous for being the 'Home of Golf'.

The population of the town of St Andrews is around 20,000 including the students, so it is a very close-knit community. The town of St Andrews is approximately three miles wide with University buildings interspersed throughout. The town really is the campus and students walk almost everywhere, passing shops, cafes, pubs, and supermarkets on their way to class.

How do I choose among programs?

  • See the Office of Global Learning’s “Selecting a Program” page for information on program types and considerations
  • Use the search features on the Experience Cornell  Opportunities page to filter for programs approved by your college, and by particular subject areas
  • Go to the “Get Advice” page for information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
  • Find out about upcoming events, check out FAQs, and read stories from returned study abroad students

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.)