St Andrews-W&L Partnership
Since 2001, Washington and Lee University and the University of St Andrews have partnered to provide a study abroad experience in two tracks. St Andrews, Scotland's first University offers historical surroundings in which to study 1) business, social sciences, or the humanities, or 2) the sciences required by American medical schools. Science students may enroll in specific science classes which receive credit and a grade on the W&L transcript, as well as a broad range of St Andrews courses. Pre-med students may participate in a special premedical seminar offered by a member of the St Andrews Medical Faculty. This course includes site visits to area hospitals and clinics.
All students on the program must complete at least 60 credit hours in the St Andrews system to be considered full-time. Students normally are not allowed to register for more than 70 credit hours. Students should enroll in 2000, 3000 or 4000 level classes in the humanities, although it is possible to enroll in a new subject at a lower level.
Enroll in any course offerings at St Andrews described in the course catalog. Credit will be awarded for courses taken, but grades will not be part of the W&L transcript, as per W&L study abroad policy.
Sciences courses currently approved for W&L transcript credit include:
Fall or Martinmas Term (subject to change)
- Biol 212S Molecular Biology at St Andrews
- Biol 211S Cell Biology at St Andrews
- Biol 244S Invertebrate zoology at St Andrews
- Biol 340S Evolutionary Biology at St Andrews
Winter or Candlemas Term (subject to change)
- Biol 215S Biochemistry at St Andrews
- Biol 245S Ecology at St Andrews
- Biol 24xS Vertebrate Zoology at St Andrews
- Biol 261S Comparative Physiology at St Andrews
Students taking one of these classes will receive credit and a grade for the class on a W&L transcript. This is particularly valuable for pre-med students as required courses for medical school admission, such as organic chemistry, must normally be taken at U.S. universities.
Students planning to take Biology courses must have approval of the W&L Biology department. Dr. Helen I'Anson serves as the Program Coordinator for the Biology department at W&L.
Students are free to choose other courses from the St Andrews curriculum in so far as prerequisites and departmental policies there allow (there may be courses for which you are not eligible). In the past, some pre-med students have elected to take such classes as The Geography of Health. There may be other courses of particular interest to students planning a health professions career as well.
Students should look through the St Andrews course catalogue to find suitable course offerings; single semester courses are offered in increments of 10, 15, 20 and 30 credits. These credits generally correspond to 2, 3, 4, and 6 W&L credits.
Students at St Andrews for the Martinmas or fall semester there are scheduled to complete final assessments (exams or other assessment instruments) by the last day of classes before the Christmas holiday.
- Saturday, August 31: Depart from your home. Arrive for check-in approximately 3 hours before flight time, and be sure to check the most up-to-date luggage restrictions
- Sunday, September 1: Arrive at Edinburgh airport by 12:00 pm. Arrangements will be made to transport you into town and check-in to the hotel.
- September 1-7: Orientation in Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands
- Saturday, September 7: Transfer to St Andrews and check into University Housing
- Monday, September 9: St Andrews pre-session orientation begins
- Monday, September 16: Classes begin
- Friday, November 29: Classes end
- Monday, December 2: Revision Week
- Monday, December 9: Examinations begin, students must be present at St Andrews through the last day of exams
- Saturday, December 21: Depart St Andrews for home or other adventures
Students on the program will be automatically enrolled in and integrated into St Andrews housing. The cost of the program includes standard catered housing. A surcharge may be added if a higher cost option is selected.
There is a range of accommodation for undergraduates. More information can be found on the accommodation page. We cannot guarantee your first choice of Residence. Please inform the program director of any special housing requests.
The cost of the program will be set approximately one semester before the term abroad (subject to change by the CIE office in response to exchange rate fluctuations).
Included in this program fee are: all normal tuition costs, double room in a standard catered residence (most accommodation includes 19 meals per week) at St Andrews, accommodation and activities during the orientation in Edinburgh and the excursion to the Highlands at the beginning of the program (students are responsible for some meal costs during this orientation period). Students must make and pay for their own travel arrangements and provide money for their books, academic supplies, and personal needs including linen throughout the program period. Please note: this cost is subject to change in case of significant currency variations or increases in the cost of services from the University of St Andrews or the orientation program providers. We will make every effort to inform you of any changes in a timely manner. There is no excursion to the Highlands during the Winter term.
Financial aid must be awarded by the student's home university. For W&L students, all financial aid normally received may be applied to this program.
The program is open to any W&L student, generally a sophomore or junior, with the prerequisite background and with a cumulative GPA of 3.200 or better. For the science track, a grade of B (3.0) in relevant introductory science courses is required. Students with a lesser cumulative GPA may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. The program is also open to select qualified students from other U.S. institutions.
Students are not eligible to study abroad if on academic or social probation during their semester abroad. Students accepted into study abroad programs who are then placed on academic or conduct probation will be liable for the full costs of the program even if they withdraw from the program.
The application deadline for Fall 2019 is February 15, 2019.
Applications must be accompanied by a $50.00 non-refundable application fee and should be submitted through the offcampus.wlu.edu site along with all supporting documentation.
For additional information, contact
Study Abroad Advisor
The Center for International Education
Center for Global Learning
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
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