Oxbridge at St Andrews

Grades 9-12
June 27–July 24, 2018
Tuition: $8295

Oxbridge at St Andrews is housed in St Salvator’s Hall in the University of St Andrews. Our students live in the same rooms as undergraduates during the year, and work with leading academics, including university lecturers, Gates and Marshal Scholars, and creative professionals. They choose two courses - a Major and a Minor - from a myriad of courses including British History, Medicine, Molecular Biology, or Terrorism and the Modern World, through which they discover Scotland’s oldest university and one of its most striking and fascinating cities.  Students go on field trips to Edinburgh and local sites of historic interest. Scroll down to read course descriptions, faculty bios, and apply now!

Courses

Students on Oxbridge at St Andrews can choose from over 16 academic and creative courses that are specially designed to explore and exploit everything St Andrews has to offer.  All courses are experiential.  They typically involve museum visits and field trips, eminent guest speakers, project work, and more. Our most popular courses include Medicine, Economics, and Terrorism and the Modern World.  Descriptions for these are below, and you can follow the link to read more about all our courses.

British History 

A tour through the most dramatic and pivotal moments of British History, exploring off the beaten track to examine the forgotten, the strange, and the controversial. From Pictish warlords to Reformation heretics, through questing knights, witches, spies, scientists, sportsmen, and soldiers, to the ordinary men and women engaged in shaping "Britain" and the British past. The course will examine how Britain was constructed, politically, economically, and culturally, and will explore the tensions this created to provide an understanding of Britain and its historical presence in the 21st century.

Medicine

Taking advantage of the University’s state-of-the-art School of Medicine, this hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students discover the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and are introduced to the wide and growing range of possible careers in medicine.

Terrorism and the Modern World

Students debate what makes a terrorist and what makes one person’s freedom fighter another person’s criminal. They chart the successes and failures of terrorism throughout the ages - its justifications, its methods, and its networks. Case studies range from late-19th century anarchists, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the Stern Gang, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the 21st-century concept of the non-state actor. Students seek to grasp how contemporary governments are dealing with the legal and moral challenges posed by terrorists.

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Faculty

Our teachers are academics and researchers drawn from the University and established creative professionals.  A few biographies are listed below, but please follow the link to read biographies for all our faculty.

Dr. Predrag Bjelogrlic

MD University of Belgrade, MSc University of London

Dr. Bjelogrlic is the Principal Teaching Fellow in Clinical Medicine at the St Andrews University School of Medicine. He moved to the UK after graduating in Medicine from the University of Belgrade, and completed a number of internships before reading for an MSc in Histopathology at the University of London. Since 1997 he has taught at St Andrews, where today he serves as the Objective Structured Clinical Examination Manager and the Clinical Medicine Skills Program Coordinator.

Katie Bootland

BA Manchester School of Art, MFA Edinburgh College of Art

Katie is a professional artist based in Edinburgh. Her current projects rely principally on photography, film installation, and performance. Her work is held in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the University of Edinburgh, and private collections in the U.K. She has been shortlisted for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Prize, and in 2015 the Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh commissioned a solo exhibition from her. Katie also co-ran Sheer Wonder Press, an independent publishing house for artists' books, and has recently performed at the WOW Festival, the Southbank Centre in London, and the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art.

Dr. Rafael Torrubia

MA, M. Litt., PhD University of St Andrews

Dr. Torrubia is a Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of St Andrews. His research interests spread across five centuries. Recently he has taught on topics as diverse as America and Europe in the 1960s and British Imperialism in India dating back to 1600. He is a decorated scholar and a former winner of the coveted Bonarjee Prize, in addition to having received generous grants from the British Association for American Studies and the University of St Andrews. Dr. Torrubia is passionate about teaching and has been nominated for the Best Tutor Award by the St Andrews Students’ Association.

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Our Residence

Standing between the scenic Scores and bustling North Street, and just seconds away from St Andrews Castle and West Sands, St Salvator’s Hall, affectionately known as “Sallies,” is perhaps the most beautiful and famous hall in the University. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, then Prince William and Catherine Middleton, lived there during their first year at the university. Students make use of outstanding communal facilities, including a fine dining room, library and computer room, study rooms and common rooms with TVs, a piano, comfy couches, and table football. The rooms are singles or doubles with shared hall bathrooms and nearly all have spectacular views of St Andrews Castle and the North Sea.

Students are housed in singles or doubles.

Activities

Our extracurricular program is designed to strike a healthy balance between study and leisure and to help students relax and unwind. Our team organizes daily sporting and cultural outings and activities. These typically include dances, hikes in the hills, soccer, tennis, Quidditch, cricket, running, and chess tournaments.  Students practice their short game on the hilly course at the unique Himalayas Putting Course while enjoying views of internationally renowned golf courses and the North Sea. Some students like to go for a jog to reenact the famous scene from "Chariots of Fire", which was filmed on the St Andrews' beach.  They also have multiple options every day to satisfy their creative and intellectual ambitions. They visit the ruins of St Andrews cathedral and St Andrews castle, which are perched on a rocky promontory, and take in the spectacular views from St Rule's Tower. In their free time, they wander along the beach while enjoying an ice cream at West Sands, which at low tide seems to extend forever into the ocean. In the afternoons and on weekends, students escape to the oasis of the St Andrews Botanic Garden, where they discover a haven of rare and unusual plants as they stroll among ponds, small waterfalls and rock gardens; they catch a play at the Byre Theatre, or check out the penguins at the St Andrews Aquarium. They can get a glimpse of the lives and times of previous students and the history of this prestigious institution at the Museum of the University of St Andrews, or relax with tea and scones at the cafe on the grounds of Cambo Estate Gardens.

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PROGRAM ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Every student is met personally at Edinburgh or Glasgow airport upon arrival and escorted to St Andrews. At the end of the program, they are accompanied back to the airport, where we oversee check-in and departure. A representative stays at the airport until every flight has departed.

SAFETY AND SUPERVISION

St Andrews is extremely safe.  St Salvator’s has controlled access and twenty-four hour security. Day-to-day life is overseen by teams of Deans - professional educators drawn from leading schools in the US, Canada, and Australia. The residence has a program office, in a central location, which is open and permanently staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight. Every student checks in personally, every evening, with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of faculty live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision.

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Program Blog

Every summer, students and teachers on Oxbridge at St Andrews maintain a blog, which provides unparalleled insight into daily life, classes, and activities.  Last summer’s blog is available here!

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