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 12.5-16 credits for the Fall or Spring or 25-32 credits for the Academic Year.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form

Special Considerations

You will apply to one of the three faculties which are comprised of different schools (departments) 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.

Course Restrictions

Admittance into 3000/4000 Level (Honors-level) classes is selective and at the discretion of St Andrews upon review of 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
  • Meet any other listed prerequisites

Most departments will limit you to no more than one or two (Honors-level) courses per semester.

Choosing Your Courses

Courses available are on the St Andrews website.

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

See below for a list of Schools within each Faculty:

  • Faculty of Arts
    • Art History, Classics, Economics and Finance, English, History, International Relations, Management, Modern Languages and Philosophical, Anthropological, and Film Studies
  • Faculty of Divinity
    • Divinity
  • Faculty of Science
    • Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Geography and Sustainable Development, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy and Psychology and Neuroscience



St Andrews Credits

US Credit Equivalent

Fall or Spring Semester 60 15-16
Academic Year 120 30-32
Course Credit Weightings 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60 2.5, 4, 5, 8, 10, 15

Most students take 2 to 4 St Andrews classes per semester. You must enroll in a minimum of 50 St Andrews credits per term.


Typically Offered
Semester 1 = Fall Semester
Semester 2 = Spring Semester
Full Year = Academic Year
Normal Year Taken
1st Year = a Sophomore level course
2nd Year = a Junior level course
3rd Year = Honors Level = a Senior/Graduate level course

Enrollment Process

Final course registration does not take place until you arrive at the University of St Andrews.

Submit your Academic Preferences Form to Arcadia.

List all course choices and alternates in order of preference. Each course preference should have one alternate listed in case your first choice is not available.

Also indicate the Faculty (Arts, Divinity, Science) where you plan to take most of your courses.

Grade Scale for University of St Andrews - AACRAO EDGE

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Range Description U.S. Equivalent
16.5-20 First Class A
13.5-16.4 Second Class Upper B+
10.5-13.4 Second Class Lower B
7 – 10.4 Third Class/Pass C
0 – 6 Fail F
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