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Sojourn in St. Andrews

Experience the World-Famous University of St. Andrews

Sojourn in St. Andrews is a 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.


About the 2022 Program

The inaugural program is planned for June 26 - July 2, 2022 and is open to alumni and friends. 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 two courses of study are:

  • Clans, Outlaws, Artists and Revolutionaries: A Literary Journey Round Scotland
    Tutor: Garry MacKenzie
  • From Bannockburn to Brexit: An Introduction to Scottish History
    Tutor: Sean Murphy

A typical day’s schedule includes classes in the morning and course-related excursions in the afternoon. Participants should plan to participate in the program in its entirety, which includes all course lectures, scheduled excursions and group meals, to maximize your experience. There is an abundance of activities in St. Andrews and the region of Fife and if you would like to explore these options, we respectfully request you plan to do so during scheduled free time and/or before or after the program. We cannot provide any assistance with personal arrangements.

View Program Brochure

For complete program details, please thoroughly review the brochure. We are not printing and mailing any brochures. 


Registration for the 2022 Program

Registration for the 2022 program is now open. Online registration is strongly preferred. If you do not have regular access to a computer, there is a mail-in registration form available. 

To register:

  1. Submit the requested information and be sure to select both a course of study and your requested accommodations. 
  2. We will review registrations as they are received.
  3. We will contact you via email within three business days of your submission to let you know if your selected course of study and requested accommodations are available.

Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID 19 and how this may impact international travel and this program, we will not be collecting the $500 per person deposit until January 2022. The balance of the fee will be due April 1, 2022 and we will send you a statement in regards to this.

All online transactions are handled through the university’s secure, PCI-compliant server. We cannot accept credit card information over the phone for this program.

Physical Requirements for the 2022 Program

We strive to treat all participants fairly and equally and keep everyone safe while enjoying the program. To fully benefit from this experience, participants must be able to keep pace with the group. This program will be challenging for anyone who has difficulty walking, other mobility issues, visual impairments, some pulmonary or cardiovascular conditions.

The MSU Alumni Office reserves the right to decline to accept or dismiss any person from the program should such person’s physical or mental condition, action or attitude impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of other participants. Any requested accommodations and/ or any physical or mental condition that may require special assistance or medical attention must be reported in writing at the time of registration. Requested accommodations must be approved prior to travel and the MSU Alumni Office and St. Andrews cannot accept responsibility for, or provide any ongoing assistance to, any participant who does not communicate such requests prior to the program. This will ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the program for all participants.

We respectfully request that prospective participants honestly consider whether this program is a good fit for them, and if there are any questions, we encourage prospective participants to contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106 prior to registering for the program.


All who participate in the program should assess their personal risk and be prepared to abide by all required safety protocols, whatever they may be at the time of the program. As the program date approaches, the MSU Alumni Office will contact participants regarding what the program safety protocols will entail, e.g., masks indoors, social distancing, etc. Participants should review our COVID-19 Statement.

2020-2021 Presentations on Scottish History, Literature and Culture

In anticipation of the program, there have been several presentations featuring Garry MacKenzie, a University of St. Andrews tutor. Garry 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 for the inaugural Sojourn in St. Andrews program.

The presentations include:

  • Battles, Migrations and the Loch Ness Monster: An Introduction to Scottish History and Culture 
  • Scottish Writers and Scottish Independence
  • Robert Burns and Scottish Literature

If you missed any of these presentations, or would like to watch them again, they're available in our livestream archive.