University of St Andrews

With a rich history dating back to the 15th century, the University of St Andrews is a prestigious university with many accolades to its name. It is pleased to be partnering with Chevening to support future leaders from around the world.





Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland and the third oldest university in the English-speaking world.

It was named ‘top university in the UK’ in the Guardian University Guide 2023 and ‘Scottish university of the year’ in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

The University of St Andrews was ranked top in the UK for student academic experience with a 92.7% satisfaction rate (National Student Survey, 2020), and it also secured a Gold Award in the most recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked the University of St Andrews amongst the highest quality in the country, with more than 88% of research carried out by the university classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

There are over 150 student societies at the University of St Andrews, covering a range of artistic, musical, religious, and cultural pursuits.  Sport is also a valued aspect of university life, with over 50 sports clubs and 100 competitive sports teams to choose from.

With more than 140 countries represented in the 2020-2021 student population, the University of St Andrews is the most international of Scotland’s universities.

The University St Andrews and Chevening

The University of St Andrews will sponsor up to ten awards for applicants from the following countries:

  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

The partnership supports scholars studying all Chevening eligible programmes at the University of St Andrews.

Why has the University of St Andrews partnered with Chevening?

“The University of St Andrews has a long history with Chevening and is looking forward to bringing future leaders from around the world to St Andrews and contributing to a world-class education experience.”

“We aim to attract and select scholars who demonstrate the greatest potential to become leaders, decision-makers, and opinion-formers in their own countries.”

Did you know?

The University of St Andrews boasts some very notable alumni, including:

  • William, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cambridge
  • Catherine, Princess of Wales, Duchess of Cambridge