St Andrews is one of the top universities in the United Kingdom and, having been founded in 1413, is also Scotland’s oldest institution of higher education. Though many original buildings and landscape features have been replaced over the years with state of the art facilities, you can still see a thorn tree planted by Mary, Queen of Scots in St Mary's Quad. It also possesses one of the lowest student to staff ratios among Scottish universities: 12 to 1, allowing you personal access to your instructors.

You will have access to more than 140 clubs and societies with the Students Association, and be able to take advantage of a campus that is fully integrated with the city and the nearby nature, including the sandy beaches of Scotland’s east coast.

St Andrews is the most international Scottish university with staff and students from over 120 nationalities. Students from all over the world, and from a wide range of backgrounds, come to study with us, and many find St Andrews becomes a second home to them.

We celebrate our student diversity and support many pathways for international students to join us, whether they are applying through an exchange or study abroad program or for study through our many different degree routes. St Andrews encourages students from different backgrounds to apply and offers a number of scholarships for international students.   

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), St Andrews performed at the highest level in many subjects including, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, German, Mathematics, and Psychology. Additionally, it was named Scottish University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2014; ranked 6th in the United Kingdom by the Complete University Guide.