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Sojourn in St. Andrews

Experience the World-Famous University of St. Andrews

Sojourn in St. Andrews is one-week lifelong education abroad program in St. Andrews, Scotland, a historic, seaside destination on many bucket lists. The program offers participants the opportunity to study at the oldest university in Scotland and the third-oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of St. Andrews, which was founded in 1413 and embraces centuries of history within its walls.

Rugged cliffs and ancient ruins serve as a romantic backdrop for the town of St. Andrews. St. Andrews is known worldwide as the “home of golf,“ and six golf courses, including the fabled Old Course, occupy the grassy dunes of a promontory jutting out into the sea, which is skirted by two miles of uninterrupted beach. The iconic opening scene of “Chariots of Fire” was filmed here.

Golf aside, St. Andrews still retains its original medieval, compact street plan. Its streets converge beside the ruins of a 12th-century cathedral, once the largest building in Europe. St. Andrews Castle is perched on headland overlooking the sea and commands the northern end of town. There’s an abundance of stunning beaches, parks, historic sites and fantastic walks to explore. The town also has some independent, family-run businesses and there are many cafes and restaurants to enjoy during your visit.

About the 2022 Program

Each participant will enroll in one non-credit course of study taught by a University of St. Andrews tutor. During the program, participants will also take part in several excursions in the region that are either course-related or planned for all participants.

The inaugural program is planned for June/July of 2022 and is open to alumni and friends. Program information, including dates, courses, schedule/itinerary and tuition, is expected to be available in mid-October 2021. If you would like to receive more information about Sojourn in St. Andrews when it becomes available, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email.


2020-2021 Presentations

In anticipation of the program, there have been several presentations featuring a University of St. Andrews tutor. Garry MacKenzie is an academic, poet and non-fiction writer based in Fife, Scotland. He tutors at the University of St. Andrews and the University for the Creative Arts and will be one of the tutors at the inaugural Sojourn in St. Andrews program.

The first presentation was Battles, Migrations and the Loch Ness Monster: An Introduction to Scottish History and Culture. Check out our livestream archive for the presentation that you can watch at any time.

Scottish Writers and Scottish Independence was the second presentation. Check out our livestream archive for the presentation that you can watch at any time.

A third presentation is planned for fall 2021. This presentation will be free and open to all, but registration is required. Participants do not have to commit to attending the Sojourn in St. Andrews program in 2022. Alumni and friends who are interested in the subject matter are welcome.