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Scotland: St Andrews

The Washington College in Scotland Program is a tuition only exchange program based at the University of St Andrews (USA). Founded in 1411, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland.

The University of St Andrews is located in the city of St Andrews. The city of St Andrews is small, with a population of 16,000 and the University has 6,000 faculty and students, which means an average of 1 in 3 of the people you see in shops or on the streets will in some way be connected to the University. Local and University events in the town blend to offer a rich cultural and social life for students and townspeople alike. The antiquity of the city and the university means wonderful old buildings, city walls, shops, and houses of stone, with a street plan with is still medieval. Many students use bicycles as a convenient way of getting around the town but all areas of the university are within easy walking distance of one another.


Classes will be taught by USA faculty members. Washington College student advising is done by the faculty at the University of St Andrews. USA uses the tutorial method of instruction comprised of lectures and labs.


All well qualified sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for the exchange program with the University of St Andrews. This program is open to students in all majors. Students should meet the following prerequisites:

  • GPA of 3.0 for Spring 2011. Fall 2011 onwards minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Strong academic record.
  • Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment.

The cost of international travel between the United States and Scotland, room and meals, local transportation while in Scotland, book costs, lab fees or other academic related fees, health insurance, and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student applicant unless other arrangements have been made. Students should make an appointment to speak to the Director of Student Financial Aid to discuss the financial aspects of the program they plan to attend.

Living Arrangements

University of St Andrews will provide housing. Students will be housed in residence halls with the majority of study bedrooms having wash basins and the bathroom facilities being shared. Each hall is equipped with common areas such as: cooking facilities, laundry facilities, libraries, and lounge areas.


USA is organized into three faculties—Arts, Divinity and Science. Students will be able to take courses in the following disciplines: Art History, Economics, English, Foreign Language, International Relations, Mathematics, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, and Natural Sciences.

Approximate Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: Mid-September to late May
  • Spring Semester: Early February to late May