Located on the east coast of Scotland, the University of St Andrews is a truly beautiful place to pursue your studies and, as a 600-year-old institution, it’s no surprise that the University is known across the globe as a world leader in higher education.
Recently ranked as the best university in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, learn more below about what makes the University of St Andrews so special for international students.
Five Reasons to Study at St Andrews
1. High student satisfaction
The University of St Andrews has been voted the best student experience in the UK again in the National Student Survey 2021, meaning it is the 13th time in 15 years that the university has topped the National Students Survey for academic experience.
More than 93% of St Andrews’ final year students surveyed gave top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
With a student to staff ratio of around 12:1, small class sizes also mean you will have a much greater level of access to your academics and teachers allowing for a much more individual learning experience. This level of access to your teachers means you have an extra level of support and guidance while you complete your studies.
2. World class degrees
University of St Andrews courses are ranked as some of the best available in the UK and provide expert teaching across a wide range of industry-recognised foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
A flexible degree structure allows you to try multiple subject areas before you decide what your final degree will be, allowing you to do the degree you want, and have the flexibility to change your mind.
3. Global ranking and reputation
The University of St Andrews is Scotland’s top university and is ranked 1st in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. It is also ranked 3rd in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022 and 91st in the QS World University Rankings.
In addition to its overall ranking, the University also finished top of the subject rankings for the following subjects:
- Business Management
- Computer Science
- Middle Eastern and African studies
- Physics and Astronomy
- International Relations
4. International experience
The University of St Andrews has an international community from over 140 countries and around 40% of students come from outside the UK. This friendly and welcoming community offers a huge variety of opportunities, with over 150 different societies and clubs, all formed by students about the things they love.
5. Great location
The University of St Andrews is in a truly beautiful location, part of the small town of St Andrews, which sits on the east coast of Scotland beside the sea. This unique setting is a wonderful place to live and study allowing you to explore the best that Scotland has to offer.