College Counseling - Top Five Things to Know about Scotland's University of St. Andrews and University of Edinburgh
College Counseling Associate Dana Clark recently traveled to Scotland to visit two colleges and here she shares her findings with students interested in exploring education abroad.
University of St. Andrews - Fife, Scotland
1) St. Andrews is a coastal city with great local hospitality. You will find students wandering around the town, mingling in coffee shops, shopping, or walking the cliffs for exercise. To many, the Old (Golf) Course at St. Andrews is considered to be “the home of golf,” as the sport was first played here in the 15th century. Needless to say, many golfers are attracted to the school for this reason!
2) St. Andrews and the College of William and Mary are very proud of their joint program where students will spend two years at each campus, allowing for a semi-permanent abroad experience (for Americans) alongside another slice of history in Williamsburg, VA.
3) The University is moving away from “passive learning” lectures and encouraging more active learning by engaging human interactions through student empowerment. Mental health is a large focus on campus, ensuring students are supported not only academically but as a whole being, mentally and physically.
4) Even students who journey back home to America will receive top notch career counseling before they depart, thanks to the Career Center on campus which hosts a global career search and alumni networking resource for students.
5) All “first years” (freshmen) are required to live on campus in a traditional residence hall style building. Rather than Resident Directors, the building has a “Warden” to supervise and mentor its residents. Contrary to the name, the Warden does not punish students, but instead serves in a role similar to an older sibling. He or she eats with the students, wanders the halls to check in with them, and ensures all residents are living healthfully.
University of Edinburgh - Edinburgh, Scotland 1) The University of Edinburgh is an urban school in the midst of a historic city. Students from all different backgrounds attend the university, representing over 150 different countries, and the city caters to such diversity, offering lots of different restaurant options. Not only is there a plethora of shopping and dining but there are great hiking, biking, and running trails close to campus.
2) The University is home to the founder of “Lifi,” a wireless internet connection that uses light as its energy source and is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi. The school anticipates it will begin using this source of connectivity within the next year or so.
3) Many students stay in the city over the summer to attend or work at the Edinburgh Art Festival, the United Kingdom's largest art festival that attracts people from all over the world.
4) The university’s tuition and fees are fixed each year, so after the time of enrollment a student can expect to have the same tuition cost for the remaining three years of study.
5) The application process requires a personal statement, which is somewhat different than the Common App essay we are accustomed to in the US. The university is looking for students to outline on their academic pursuits while offering their understanding of the program they’d be entering, explaining how pursuing that field of study is in line with their career goals.