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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 Program

The program is open to alumni and friendsEach participant enrolls 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. 

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.

For an idea of what the program entails, including a schedule, review the brochure from 2022. 

Spouses/partners who do not register for the program may be able to participate in some excursions, for a fee and based on availability. Contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email for more information.

View 2022 Program Brochure


Future Programs

The dates and courses of study for a future program are to be determined. If you are interested in receiving information about a future program, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email.

Program Accommodation

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.

Excursions involve walking that may range, over time, from one - three miles, less than half an hour to a couple of hours and may necessitate walking on uneven, steep or hilly ground, uphill terrain, unpaved surfaces or climbing steep and narrow stairs. 

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 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.

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.