Recognition of Prior Learning

The University of St Andrews offers recognition of prior learning that has taken place elsewhere as outlined in Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning.

Advanced Standing Credit

The University Policy on Advanced Standing Credits formalises how the University awards and withdraws advanced standing credits to enable direct entry to second year in some programmes, and to fast track programmes.

Matriculation and Failure To Matriculate

Matriculation is the process of registering as a student with the University. All students must complete the matriculation process each academic year in which they are actively engaged in their programme of studies in order to maintain their University of St Andrews student status.

Any student who fails to complete the matriculation process by Monday of week 4 by 9:00am, or who fails to obtain permission from the University to interrupt their studies within a prescribed time, will lose their fully matriculated student status at the University of St Andrews. Advising must be completed earlier, by Monday of week 3. Please consult the the University Failure to Matriculate Policy for more details.

Location Of Studies

Please note that the university expects students to reside at a term address within a commutable distance from St Andrews during their studies unless they have requested and been granted permission to study online (for academic year 2020/21) or they have formal permission from the University of St Andrews for their study location to be outside St Andrews as outlined in the Policy on Location of Studies. To request a change in location, please refer to advice given at Change of Location.

For more information on the criteria to study online please see the policy on Eligibility to study online.

Recording Devices in Lectures

If you have a disability or some medical condition which means that you are unable to take notes in lectures, you may seek permission from Student Services to use a voice recorder or other computer-based device to record lectures and/or tutorials. If you are not authorised by Student Services to record lectures then you must request permission from the relevant academic member of staff prior to the lecture taking place. See the Academic Adjustments Policy and Guidance for Students.

Academic Flexibility for Students with Recognised Sporting Talent

There is a policy which allows allow eligible students (with the permission of the School and Sports Performance Manager) to have time off from their studies in order to participate in key sporting tournaments and competitions. See further details.

Deans’ List

This is an annual award for academic excellence, promoted by the Deans of the University. See further details.

Student Fees

Graduating in person or in absentia marks the end of your degree or diploma course of studies at the University of St Andrews. If you have been accepted onto a new degree or diploma programme at the University, the new programme is separate and distinct from the course of studies from which you are about to graduate, and you will be liable for all fees associated with that new programme.

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Last Published: 20 Jul 2021.