Founded in 1413, the University of St. Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe’s leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research. The University provides an invigorating intellectual climate in which staff have close contacts with one another and with colleagues in other U.K. and overseas universities and research establishments. All schools in both the sciences and the arts are actively involved in pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. St. Andrews is relatively small, despite being a “city,” with a population approaching 17,000. The University population of staff and students numbers nearly 9,000. On average one in three people you see in the street have something to do with the University. You start to feel very quickly that you belong. With a general liberal arts curriculum, similar to HPU, St. Andrews offers many courses that will count towards degree requirements.
Location: St. Andrews (population: 17,000)
University: St. Andrews (8,000 students)
Minimum Application Requirements: 3.5 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: United Kingdom page for detailed
St. Andrews students come from across the United Kingdom and European Union as well as from a number of countries around the world. With a general liberal arts curriculum, similar to HPU, St. Andrews offers many courses that will count towards degree requirements. Students will select 4-5 courses in programs such as Ancient History, Environmental Geoscience, and Royal Scottish Academy of Music/Drama.
To view the course selection, visit the University of St Andrews course catalog.
For more information about life at the university, go the the University of St Andrews website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
At St. Andrews, students will stay in on-campus apartments.
Meals at St. Andrews are provided through an on-campus meal plan.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$24,624.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, fees, room & board.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Board‡||$3,565.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
At St Andrews we believe that your residence is more than just a place to stay; it is a place to live. Perhaps you dream of playing the piano in an oak panelled library, or donning your University gown for a top table dinner with the Warden. Maybe a cheese and wine evening, or attending a hall ball will be what you remember from your time in halls. Alternatively, your social life may include gaming, film nights, relaxing in the gardens, or a game of pool. Whatever your interests the range of communal areas and facilities in our residences ensures we have something to suit everyone.
Reason for Going: When I was looking into study abroad I wanted to go to Europe, since I had never been out of the country, I wanted be able to visit as many places as possible while I was away. Also, as I was considering places, I narrowed it down to schools that spoke English, because I thought that would be the easiest transition for someone who had never left the United States. As I was looking into St. Andrews, I liked the idea of going to a relatively small place that gave me the option to travel around. I was nervous that St. Andrews would be too small and make you feel trapped, but I soon found out due to the size of the classes and the setup of the school, that this was not the case. I also thought that going abroad would be a hard adjustment and it would be a difficult transition. While there were some definite differences, within the first couple of weeks I was able to adjust and everything felt normal.
St. Andrews, Scotland: St. Andrews is a very small town where everything is in walking distance. In the center of the town there are four major streets that have everything that you will be looking for, from restaurants to shopping opportunities. The people are very friendly and it’s a very safe environment. The town is mostly made up of students from the university, giving you a chance to get to know the people better. The school is located on the famous golf course and right next to the golf course is the beach. This offers gorgeous scenery and a great environment to live in.
University of St. Andrews: The university and classes were very different than what I expected. St. Andrews University does not have a main campus. The university buildings are mixed in throughout the town of St. Andrews. This helped me to get familiar with the town and within the first couple of weeks I knew where everything was and was able to get very comfortable with the town of St. Andrews. The classes were also a very new experience. I was very fortunate in my scheduling and only had classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, giving me opportunities to travel on the three day weekends. I was only able to take three classes because they only allow students to take a specific amount of credits each semester. All of the classes that I took were in lecture halls with about 50 students. Along with lectures, we also had to have weekly tutorials. These were small groups of about 7 people from your class that would meet with a graduate student who took the class. We would discuss the readings for that week and other topics from the class. Most of the classes only have one or two essays for the entire semester and then the final exam. The grading system is also very different. The scale is from 4-20, 7 being a passing grade.
Accommodations: At St. Andrews the majority of the students live in single room dorms. I, however, lived in a double with another study abroad student. In my room we had full sized beds, two desks, and private bathroom facilities. We also had access to kitchen facilities that were shared with about 10 other students. My housing was self-catered so I used the kitchen to prepare all of my meals. I was able to get all the supplies I needed from a local grocery store that was within walking distance. There were also a variety of delicious restaurants in town to choose from that are reasonably priced.
Travel: While I was abroad I had many travel opportunities. There was a local bus station that was fairly cheap and we were able to bus to places around St. Andrews like Dundee, Glasgow, Anstruther, and Edinburgh. Through a local travel company called Ask Clair 4 Travel, we were able to go on a guided bus tour from St. Andrews to Loch Ness. We made many stops along the way, giving us opportunities to take pictures and really enjoy the scenery of Scotland. I was also able to travel outside of the country. My friends and I were able to spend weekends in London, Dublin, Paris, Florence, Rome, and Pisa. In each of these cities we visited the major tourist attractions, monuments, and museums to fully appreciate where we were. We were able to find affordable hostels to stay in for the weekend, which were very safe and actually quite nice.
Advice: This was an amazing experience for me and I would advise anyone to take advantage of it. Travel as much as possible and participate as much as possible. The professors are used to study abroad students, so they are willing to help if you are struggling with your classes. While you are abroad take pictures of everything. Finally, try new things because you never know if you’ll have another opportunity to do it, especially all of St. Andrews traditions. The decision to study abroad at St. Andrews was one of the best choices I have ever made. I learned a lot about myself and grew as a person. If you choose to study abroad at St. Andrews you will not regret your decision and you will have the time of your life!