Summer Course in Sustainable Development


Program Description


The University of St Andrews International Summer Programme offers students aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to experience lectures and tutorials taught in the Scottish academic tradition. During their time in St Andrews students will become familiar with a number of the same lecturers and tutors that they could potentially encounter while pursuing an undergraduate degree in an ancient institution ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018, Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017).


Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development course will cover the basic ideas and debates associated with sustainable development as well as exploring and discussing a number of illustrative local and global sustainable development cases. By applying basic ideas to the case studies students will be given an insight into how sustainable development is fairing and how it could be improved in the future. The course benefits from contributions from the School of Geography and Sustainable Development as well as stakeholders representing local sustainable development initiatives. It is designed to be an interactive, engaging, and hands-on learning experience with content being delivered in the format of lectures underpinned by tutorials and field trips to relevant St Andrews and Fife destinations. The main objective of this course is to inspire students to think outside the conventional box of production and consumption when considering and exploring pathways towards a more sustainable future.


Students are housed in one of the most charming and centrally located University halls of residence, McIntosh Hall. Originally built as a hotel, it has been an integral part of the University since 1921. McIntosh Hall stretches the full length of Abbotsford Crescent, and is centrally situated near the Students' Association and the main shopping area on Market Street. Students on the programme have a choice of sharing a room with a fellow ISP student or having their own bedroom. Boys and girls are housed on separate floors within the building, and dedicated staff are on duty day and night to provide pastoral care, emergency first aid response, and to ensure students’ safety and well-being. Meals are provided by the University catering team in the hall and are included in the programme fee.


Applications will open Monday 2 October.

All of the courses at the University of St Andrews International Summer Programme are very competitive, and applications are assessed on a rolling basis. As a result, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible.

Upon completion of your initial application the University will request:

  • A recent grade transcript
  • One reference letter
  • Evidence of a level of English language fluency, where it is not your first language

Course fees

The fees for the International Summer Programme 2018 have been set at £3,400.

The course fee includes:

  • Full board accommodation
  • Transfers to and from Edinburgh or Glasgow airport
  • Matriculation and an issued student card
  • All tuition, books, lab equipment, and printed handouts
  • Regular cultural trips to venues such as Stirling Castle and RSS Discovery
  • All evening and weekend activities
  • Full access to the University Sports Centre

Please note that flights to and from Scotland are not included in the price. A £250 deposit will be required within one month of acceptance onto the course to reserve your place on the programme. The remaining balance should be paid prior to Monday 2 April 2018.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The International Summer Programme offers the unique opportunity to experience courses taught in the Scottish academic tradition by current University faculty.

The International Summer Programme offers the unique opportunity to experience courses taught in the Scottish academic tradition by current University faculty. Read less
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