University of St. Andrews Courses

You will apply to one of three faculties/schools and take the majority of your courses in that faculty/school.  You will take 2-4 classes per semester for a total of 15 credit hours. Prior to leaving, you must obtain approval for 8-10 classes per semester. Final course registration takes place upon arrival at the University of St. Andrews.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

As an overseas student at St. Andrews, you will apply to one of the three faculties and take the bulk of your course load within that faculty. Your assigned advisor will correspond with you about the course choices which are most appropriate for you, and you will enroll in three or four courses per semester for a total of 15 hours of credit per semester, or 30 per academic year.


Academic Year = 120 St Andrews credits = 30 semester hour credits

Fall Semester = 60 St Andrews credits = 15 Semester Hour Credits

Spring semester = 60 St Andrews credits = 15 semester hour credits

Most students take 2 to 4 St Andrews classes per semester.

Course Catalog

Courses available to study abroad students are located on the St Andrews website.

This URL will take you to a page with a link to the Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Courses are presented by School and there are separate links for 1000/2000-level courses and Honors-level courses in each area.

Clicking on these links will take you to a page describing that School and its degree requirements, as well as the course duration, year of study, requirements, credit load, and brief descriptions for particular classes.

Please note that you will need to scroll down to view particular course descriptions.

Delivery PeriodNormal Year Taken
Semester One = Fall Semester 1st Year = a Sophomore level course
Semester Two = Spring Semester 2nd Year = a Junior level course
Full Year = Academic Year 3rd Year = Honors Level = a Senior/Graduate level course

Course Restrictions

Admittance into 3rd Year/ Honors- level classes is selective and at the discretion of St Andrews' departmental tutors upon review of students’ official transcripts.

To qualify, you must have:

  • Taken at least 3 prior classes in that subject at your home university
  • Earned a grade of a B or above in each of those classes

Most departments will limit a qualified student to no more than one or two 3rd Year courses per semester.

4th Year courses are not open to study abroad students.