St. Andrews

The University of St. Andrews, founded in 1413, has gained a worldwide reputation for teaching and research that makes it one of Britain’s “Ivy League” universities. The university of around 7,000 students sits in the beautiful coastal town of St. Andrews on the northeastern shore of Scotland, in an area known around the world as the birthplace of golf.

See here for detailed information about studying abroad at St. Andrews.

JMU students can study at St. Andrews in fall or spring semesters, or for an entire academic year.  Students take small enrollment courses (called “modules”), and usually take 60 St. Andrews’ credits each semester. These 60 St. Andrews’ credits equate to 15 JMU credits. Courses can be taken at upper (3000 or 4000) or lower (1000 or 2000) levels. JMU students will work with Sara Hodges to arrange for appropriate JMU credit. The director is the main point person to answer questions from the JMU side.

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The application for admission for St. Andrews has a number of parts, all of which must be received by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) before your application can be processed. Please make certain that you have completed all steps in this application process.

A completed Study At Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews Program application consists of the following components as listed below:

  • JMU Study At Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrews Application.
  • Official school transcript.
  • "Statement of Purpose" essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city or country, relate to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals (i.e., How do you think you will benefit from the experience?).
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation from a current or former instructor or from your academic advisor, attached or emailed to
  • St. Andrews Application for Admission.

Applications are collected throughout the academic year beginning on the first day of fall semester classes in August for the upcoming open terms. Your application will be processed after the following deadline:

  • March 1 for Fall.
  • April 15 for Spring prior to the year you intend to study abroad.

If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next business day.

Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.


The application is submitted online and prompts will guide you to complete all required items.

Financial Aid

JMU allows financial aid to be applied on Study At Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews Programs subject to the standard restrictions. For more information, please contact JMU's Financial Aid Office. 


The approximate cost of St. Andrews:

For full year, $24,000 for tuition, approximately $12,000 for room and board, and an External Program fee of $500 per term.

For the spring or fall semesters, $12,000 or tuition, approximately $6,000 for room and board, and an External Program fee of $500.

Airfare is not included and exchange rates do fluctuate. JMU will bill for tuition and External Program fee, but room and board will be paid directly to the University of St. Andrews. 


Acceptance into a Study At Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews program is comprised of three stages:

  1. Admission is based on your general suitability for study abroad and will be considered based on a combination of factors:
    • Your most recent cumulative GPA.
    • Academic background in your proposed field of study.
    • Professor's recommendations (if applicable to your program).
    • Essay and other application materials (if applicable to your program).
    • Class level or seniority.
  1. You will be informed of the admission decision by the posted notification dates. You will be notified by email of your acceptance status by an official letter from the Center for Global Engagement (CGE). Letters are posted in your online application. Please note that although you may receive informal communication from your program director regarding the status of your acceptance, your admission to the program is not official until you receive the acceptance notice from the CGE. Acceptance is contingent on maintaining the minimum GPA required for the program and on review of your record with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and University Business Office.

  2. Oxford University, Cambridge University or University of St. Andrews will process each application recommended by JMU. Notification from the host institution will be distributed to the CGE and shared with each candidate.

If you wish to participate, you will be required to electronically sign the Statement of Intent to Participate to accept the terms of the program and secure your place. This form must be completed by the deposit deadline stated in the official acceptance letter. The deposit payment receipt information must be received for the non-refundable deposit of $750. This deposit will be applied to the program fee charged by JMU.

If at any time you wish to withdraw from the program, you must inform the Center for Global Engagement (CGE), not the program faculty director. The CGE will not accept verbal cancellations in person or by phone; official notification of withdrawal should be made in writing or by email. Otherwise, you will continue to receive bills and be responsible for payment of the tuition and course fees and/or instructional fees and study abroad program expenses. Please note that we cannot refund your deposit if you choose to withdraw after accepting your place in the program. However, if your application is not approved by St. Andrews, Oxford or Cambridge, the deposit will be refunded as a credit on your student account.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact CGE at 540-568-6419 or send an email to

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