The Catholic University of America

The University of St. Andrews, Scotland
With Arcadia University

Dates  |  Introduction  |  City   |   Academics   |   Accommodation   |   Costs   |   Eligibility   |   How to Apply


Fall 2014:
Depart US: August 31
Arrive in Edinburgh: September 1
Arcadia Orientation: September 1-3
Homestay: September 3-6
University Orientation: September 8
Semester Begins: September 15
Semester Ends: December 19
Return to US: December 20
Spring 2015:
Depart US: January 18
Arrive in London: January 19
Arcadia Orientation: January 19-21
University Orientation: January 22
Semester Begins: January 26

Semester Break: March 16-27
Semester Ends: May 20
Return to US: May 30


This program is offered as part of the affiliation agreement with Arcadia University's College of Global Studies. St. Andrews is one of the top universities in the United Kingdom, founded in 1413. It is located on the east coast of Scotland, bordered by sandy beaches and the North Sea.This program features a broad range of course offerings on a campus fully integrated with the city.


The City

St. Andrews is a city of old stone buildings and narrow lanes, a bustling market town which maintains a medieval flavor. It grew from a religious settlement, when legend tells us that a Greek monk brought the relics of St. Andrew here. 

The University, as Scotland's oldest, offers a rich blending of town and gown, with more the 30% of the city's population formed by students and University staff. 

The city's coastline of sandy shores and cliffs attracts a variety of sea birds and marine life. The surrounding areas invite your exploration, and include attractive villages, pastoral farmland, historic houses and small fishing communities.  

St. Andrews offers a wide range of social and leisure pursuits, with local and university events featured throughout the year. There is an array of ways to spend your free time, which includes dramatic and musical performance, cinema, pubs, restaurants, cafes, and shopping. The city offers a peaceful, tranquil, unique atmosphere for students and visitors alike.


Academics and Curriculum

St. Andrews is particularly well-known for its humanities curriculum, with the departments of art history, English literature and language, classics, religious studies, anthropology, politics and international studies, history and philosophy offering courses of note. In the sciences, St. Andrews' strong offerings are enhanced by the the largest operational optical telescope in the UK. Additionally, courses in sustainable development and terrorism and political violence have garnered a substantial reputation for their excellence.

As an overseas student at St. Andrews, you will apply to one of the three faculties 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, and you will enroll in three or four courses per semester for a total of 15 hours of credit per semester, or 30 per academic year.

Students enroll in three St. Andrews courses and receive credit for three CUA 3-credit courses as well as two CUA course-by-credit free electives.

Arcadia course selection information

View the St. Andrews course catalog


Accommodation and Meals

The Arcadia St. Andrew's Program offers two housing options. Housing is included in the program fee, however meals are not.

  • Catered Residence Halls-  19 meals are provided per week (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday-Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday). Bed linen is provided and laundered for you. You must bring your own towels (or purchase them in St Andrews) Please note that there is an additional fee for the meal plan.
  • Self-Catered Residence Halls- Shared kitchen facilities are available in each hall for students to prepare their own meals. Students must provide their own bedding and kitchen supplies, including: sheets, pillows, blankets, towels and personal crockery and cutlery. Students can purchase these items cheaply in St Andrews.

Program Costs

Application Fee: $100 non-refundable, due at the time of application

Program Cost: Full-time CUA tuition and a $5,000 program fee to cover most overseas expenses.
  • A $500 non-refundable deposit is due to Arcadia upon acceptance and applicable toward the program fee.
  • CUA tuition and balance of program fee ($4,500) is charged to the student's CUA student account.
What's included
• Tuition
• Housing
• On-site staff support
• On-site orientation and all pre-departure advising and services in the US (through Arcadia and CUAbroad)
• Health & emergency evacuation insurance

Round-trip airfare, meals, passport, visa, field trips, supplementary course fees, excursions, and personal expenses are not included. Please contact CUAbroad for an estimated cost breakdown sheet.

View the CUAbroad Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy

CUAbroad reserves the right to make changes and raise the program cost in light of currency fluctuations or any other unforeseen circumstance.



For eligibility requirements, please see the general eligibility criteria. 
The minimum cumulative G.P.A. requirement for this program option is 3.2.

How to Apply

All applicants must follow the CUAbroad application guidelines and submit the CUAbroad online application with all required supplementary documentation. For details, please click on the How to Apply guidelines link.

Additional application materials to submit to Arcadia University: 

  • Arcadia Application form
  • Two (2) academic letters of recommendation. One should be from a professor whom you have had in class within the last year. He/She should evaluate your overall academic work. Hardcopy recommendations should be written on departmental letterhead, placed in a sealed envelope, and signed across the flap. They should be returned to you to include with your application. Alternatively, recommendations may be emailed to CUAbroad directly by the professor.
  • Arcadia Scholarship form (optional)


After Acceptance

Students are not allowed to work on a UK student Visa


111 McMahon Hall


Information Session

Education Abroad 101

Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays

4 p.m. McMahon 111


Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

  • March 1

Spring Semester:

  • October 1


Ask a Student 

Read about the experiences of students who have studied in St. Andrews and contact them with any questions.