University of St Andrews

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The University of St Andrews was Scotland’s first university and only the third to be founded in the English-speaking world. It sits in the heart of the east coast town of the same name, in the Kingdom of Fife.

At a time when university status could only be conferred by the Pope, the then Bishop of St Andrews, Henry Wardlaw, sought a blessing from Pope Benedict XIII to establish a national university (most Scottish students in the middle ages were forced out of Oxford and Cambridge as a result of the Wars of Independence with England).

The papal blessing was granted in 1413, allowing the St Andrews school of higher studies, on the site of a former monastery, the authority to confer degrees.

Over 900 degree courses are now offered at the university, organised across four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine, and Science.

About a third of its 8,000 students come from Scotland while just under half are international, hailing from 120 different countries in total, and the university has some of the lowest drop-out rates in the country.

In 1892, the institution accepted its first women students, at a time when the majority of British universities still did not.

The town of St Andrews is small – just 17,000 permanent residents live among protected conservation areas, meaning university staff along with 7,500 students makes up about half its population. The university itself refers to the ‘thee people rule’. Supposedly a student walking down the street in St Andrews is bound to know at least one in every three people they pass.

The institution even has its own wind farm, making St Andrews self-sufficient for electrical energy.

Prominent St Andrew’s alumni include politician Alex Salmond, the inventor of logarithms John Napier, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine (née Middleton) Duchess of Cambridge.

The University of St Andrews was Scotland’s first university and only the third to be founded in the English-speaking world. It sits in the heart of the east coast town of the same name, in the Kingdom of Fife.

At a time when university status could only be conferred by the Pope, the then Bishop of St Andrews, Henry Wardlaw, sought a blessing from Pope Benedict XIII to establish a national university (most Scottish students in the middle ages were forced out of Oxford and Cambridge as a result of the Wars of Independence with England).

The papal blessing was granted in 1413, allowing the St Andrews school of higher studies, on the site of a former monastery, the authority to confer degrees.

Over 900 degree courses are now offered at the university, organised across four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine, and Science.

About a third of its 8,000 students come from Scotland while just under half are international, hailing from 120 different countries in total, and the university has some of the lowest drop-out rates in the country.

In 1892, the institution accepted its first women students, at a time when the majority of British universities still did not.

The town of St Andrews is small – just 17,000 permanent residents live among protected conservation areas, meaning university staff along with 7,500 students makes up about half its population. The university itself refers to the ‘thee people rule’. Supposedly a student walking down the street in St Andrews is bound to know at least one in every three people they pass.

The institution even has its own wind farm, making St Andrews self-sufficient for electrical energy.

Prominent St Andrew’s alumni include politician Alex Salmond, the inventor of logarithms John Napier, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine (née Middleton) Duchess of Cambridge.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Physical Science, Education, Psychology, Social Science

Location

United Kingdom
College Gate, St. Andrews, Fife, KY16 9AJ, United Kingdom

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The University of St Andrews provides students with a well-rounded academic as well as extra-curricular experience. The University is spread over the entire town, creating a spread out campus town sprawled with mostly students. There are 100’s of...

The University of St Andrews provides students with a well-rounded academic as well as extra-curricular experience. The University is spread over the entire town, creating a spread out campus town sprawled with mostly students. There are 100’s of courses to choose from and 1st and 2nd years are provided the flexibility of changing their courses every semester. On top of that, there are numerous clubs and societies involved in various activities from debating to dog walking to fashion shows to choose from. The town has an old-world charm, with its cobble streets and beautiful monuments. The town of St. Andrews greatly supports its locals, leading to lack of corporate brands in the the town. However, St Andrews is only a 20 minute drive to dundee and a 1 hour drive to edinburgh. The University is a prestigious one, known for its academic excellence and knowledgeable staff. Whether its research or practical based, each student gets an all-round education, eventually leading to high career prospects.

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St. Andrews is more than just a university. It is my home, my happy place and my comfort. People say that your first year of university is very difficult but it was just the opposite. The students, locals, faculty are all so friendly and...

St. Andrews is more than just a university. It is my home, my happy place and my comfort. People say that your first year of university is very difficult but it was just the opposite. The students, locals, faculty are all so friendly and positive that it always keeps my spirits high. I wish everyone has the same university experience as me because according to me it’s the best one. I study management and the school is so inclusive and everything is so applicable to the real world which always makes learning more fun. The professors are very engaging and most of them even write the books of our syllabus. The traditions are definitely the icing on the cake.

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My experience at St. Andrews has been a wonderful one. The small quaint town has a bustling life. It is one of the safest towns, where making friends is a piece of cake. I would never ever trade this experience for anything else in the world.

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Being an Indian from Singapore, i was hoping to join a University with immense diversity and inclusion. The University of St Andrews did not disappoint me. I felt right at home instantly, with such great internationality and friendly faces all...

Being an Indian from Singapore, i was hoping to join a University with immense diversity and inclusion. The University of St Andrews did not disappoint me. I felt right at home instantly, with such great internationality and friendly faces all over the town. Being a small town, everyone in St Andrews becomes like family and treats you no less than that. I have been involved in a number of the hundreds of societies that the univeristy offers and it has enhanced my CV like i would have never imagined. Being from such an academically excellent university is also a plus point when looking for an internship during University. I feel appreciated by all the professors and appreciate them equally. With the flexibility in courses, it has been easier for me to explore and decide on what im interested in.

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I just finished my first year of university at the University of St. Andrews. It has been a very unique experience. I wouldn’t say that there are no lows. I have definitely felt lonely and scared at times. However, I have met the most wonderful...

I just finished my first year of university at the University of St. Andrews. It has been a very unique experience. I wouldn’t say that there are no lows. I have definitely felt lonely and scared at times. However, I have met the most wonderful freshers and seniors who have been there for me through everything. I have learnt so much from the faculty. I studied a very different academic system in high school so adjusting to the new system was something I feared for very very long. However, I received continuous support from the psychology department and the career centre- Which helps you write your essay step by step. This definitely made me a better write and student. Moreover, it eased my anxiety and made it easier for me to make friends and enjoy in my free time. I love all my classes. We have lab classes every week for 2 hours which gives you a practical experience of what we study the entire week. It makes it easier to apply what we’ve studied to the real world- this definitely makes me fall in love with what I am studying even more. I enjoy all the events and parties in college. Being a place with a lot of International students, everyone is very open-minded and friendly. St. Andrews is definitely a great university and I would definitely recommend it.

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One of the most renowned universities for a reason. St. Andrews is definitely worth all the praises and more. It has the best student life - parties, balls, events and numerous traditions. When it comes to academics, professors are always...

One of the most renowned universities for a reason. St. Andrews is definitely worth all the praises and more. It has the best student life - parties, balls, events and numerous traditions. When it comes to academics, professors are always available to help and there are small tutorials so you can get individual attention and help every week!! Moreover the views are breathtaking.

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I am loving my experience here. I have met most of my close friends during my first two years at St Andrews. The university has so many resources for academic, personal, and professional growth. Being a chemistry student, I am very much satisfied...

I am loving my experience here. I have met most of my close friends during my first two years at St Andrews. The university has so many resources for academic, personal, and professional growth. Being a chemistry student, I am very much satisfied with the faculty, facilities and curriculum.

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Anyone who has been to St.Andrews will observe that it is a small town. People may find it a bit monotonous as the options of restaurants and cafes are limited. The fact that the town is isolated from the big cities ensure that students build a...

Anyone who has been to St.Andrews will observe that it is a small town. People may find it a bit monotonous as the options of restaurants and cafes are limited. The fact that the town is isolated from the big cities ensure that students build a close bond with everyone in the town making you feel homely. Everyone knows someone and you don’t ever feel like an outsider. On top the people are very courteous and kind, trying to extend a helping hand to everyone. Teachers at the university are more than supportive, ensuring you are given all the help possible making it a less stressful uni life.

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