St. Andrews Study Group

Coastline in St. Andrews

The philosophy department sponsors an annual study group at the University of St. Andrews. Located on a cliff overlooking the North Sea, the University of St. Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland (founded in 1413), and one of the premier institutions of higher learning in Britain. The university draws more than a fifth of its 5,700 undergraduates from overseas, representing some 75 different nationalities.

Participants in Colgate’s study group register as students at the University of St. Andrews and have the same access to all of its facilities as degree-seeking students.

Study group participants live with St. Andrews students in the university’s halls of residence.

Course Credits

In order to earn the equivalent of four Colgate credits, each student takes the course offered by the study group director and two to three courses from the St. Andrews curriculum.

This study group meets Colgate’s Global Engagement requirement.


The director organizes a number of local day trips in Scotland and overnight group trips throughout Britain. The St. Andrews Study Group also offers many opportunities for individual travel and exploration throughout Europe.

Application Procedure

The application procedure is the same as for all other Colgate study groups. Students apply in November of their sophomore year for study groups that take place during fall or spring of their junior year.


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