The Univeristy of St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotlnd and the third oldest in the english speaking world. It received a papal bull in 1413, giving it university status and making it more than 600 years old. It is based in Fife.
St Andrews has four faculties: Arts; Divinity; Medicine; and Science. It has less than 9,000 students so doesn’t offer an extensive number of courses, but does provide a range of undergraduates and postgraduate programmes as well as some short courses. It also allows its students to choose a flexible degree structure and modular system for their studies. Its academic staff to student ratio is around 1:12.
Of its students, around 45% are from outside the UK: of its total student population around 15% is from the US or Canada.
Notable alumni of the university include John Stuart Mill, JM Barrie, Rudyard Kipling and also the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.