Founded in 1413, St Andrews is the third oldest University in the English-speaking world and is ranked in the World Top 100 (QS World Rankings and Times Higher Education).
St Andrews is a former royal burgh on the east coast of Fife. It is relatively small, with the University accounting for approximately half the town’s population. It has a distinctly cosmopolitan air thanks to the constant infusion of visitors who come to experience the spectacular scenery and famous golf courses. St Andrews has a student population of around 7,500 students with a third of the students from overseas.
The University of St Andrews specialises in arts and the humanities but also has expertise in sciences and medicine. The university ranks in the top 10 for research, teaching and the student experience. One of its most distinguishing features is the strong sense of community reinforced by the size and location of the town and the many cultural and social activities on offer at the university.
Two of the University’s most famous alumni are Prince William and Catherine Middleton who met while studying at St Andrews and shared a flat in the town. The couple returned to St Andrews in 2011, six years after graduating, to launch the University’s 600th anniversary fundraising appeal. The Prince said it felt like “coming home” and described his alma mater as “the best university in the world”.