Saudi Arabia

This page outlines the entrance requirements for students who normally live in Saudi Arabia and wish to study at the University of St Andrews. This includes the academic and English language requirements, as well as information on fees, scholarships and visas.  

Undergraduate - academic requirements

If you are interested in undergraduate study at St Andrews, you must meet the University's entrance requirements as outlined below.

If you have graduated from a high school with a national school leaving certificate, we would also expect you to have one of the following:

  • At least 3 A Levels
  • An IB Diploma
  • At least 5 'Group A' advanced placement subjects
  • A foundation programme certificate. The University's Centre for International Foundation Programmes (CIFP) offers a range of programmes providing an excellent preparation for undergraduate academic study. Find out more about taking a foundation programme at the University of St Andrews.

You will also be expected to meet the entrance requirements set by the relevant Faculty for your programme of study. 

Applicants to Medicine should refer directly to the School of Medicine or the International Foundation Programme for Medicine.

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the undergraduate admissions policy. 

Postgraduate - academic requirements

Postgraduate candidates will be expected to hold a Bachelor's or Masters degree (when awarded as an advanced specialisation of a Bachelor's degree) with grades of B, 'very good', or 3.6/5.

Postgraduate entrance requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study. For more information please contact the international team in Admissions by emailing pgrecruitment@st-andrews.ac.uk

The degree of MD (Medicine) requires a medical qualification that is recognised by the UK General Council.

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the .

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the admissions policy.

English language requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at St Andrews.

We accept a wide range of language tests and qualifications as proof of English language proficiency. If you were educated outside the UK and/or use English as an additional language, you should include information about your English language proficiency with your application.

Undergraduate English language requirements

For full information about the language tests and qualifications that the University accepts for undergraduate applicants, please see the English language requirements for undergraduates.

Postgraduate English language requirements

For information on the language tests and qualifications which the University accepts for postgraduate students, please see the the English language requirements for postgraduates.

Pre-sessional courses

In order to fully prepare yourself for academic study, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses. These combine language development with academic skills and orientation and provide an excellent introduction to university life.

It may be a condition of your offer that you are required to take a 10-week or 4-week pre-sessional course.

You can find out more about pre-sessional courses in the pre-sessional courses section.

Visas and English language proficiency

Overseas students typically need a visa to study in the UK. See the visa section below to find out more about the English language proficiency tests required to obtain a visa.

Visas

In order to obtain a visa, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires students to have passed a 'SELT' - a secure English language test. Language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University may not be accepted by UKVI, so you must take an approved SELT in order to obtain your visa. You can find a list of approved SELTs on the St Andrews language requirements page.

For further information and guidance on visas, refer to the visas page.

Fees and funding

Undergraduate

Undergraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (Scotland and the EU), RUK (rest of the UK) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.

The current tuition fees for undergraduate students, as well as more information about financial assistance, can be found on the undergraduate tuition fees pages. To find out more about the scholarships available to undergraduate students, take a look at the undergraduate scholarships page.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (EU) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.

The current tuition fees for postgraduate students, as well as information about financial assistance can be found on the postgraduate fees and funding page. For information on postgraduate funding and scholarships, take a look at the postgraduate scholarships page.

Country representatives and agents

For more information about applying to the University of St Andrews, you may contact the international Admissions team by email on international@st-andrews.ac.uk

Alternatively, the University of St Andrews has the following agents in Saudi Arabia:

IDP Education PTY Ltd 
Office No 208, 2nd Floor, Arabian Business Centre
NE of Tareq Bin Ziad Square, Wali Al Ahd St
Jeddah

Phone: 966-920001705
Email: info.jeddah@idp.com
Web: www.idp.com


IDP Education PTY Ltd 
Al Rabiea Tower, Al Fahd Hotel, 6th Floor, Office 601
Olaya Main Road (South) Cross with Kherais
Riyadh

Phone: 966-12015010
Email: info.riyadh@idp.com
Web: www.idp.com


IDP Education PTY Ltd 
Floor 3, Office 301 Silver Tower, King Abdulaziz Street
Ad Dammam
Al  Khobar

Phone: 966-38983836
Email: info.alkhobar@idp.com
Web: www.idp.com