Social Science and Humanities

Social Science and Humanities summer course, by St Andrews University.

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Course Summary

Subject content

The curriculum for this course explores key concepts and theories in the Faculty of Arts at the University.

Topic examples
  • Critical Security and Terrorism
  • Human Rights Dynamics
  • Old English Heroic Literature
  • Author, Themes & Film Reflexivity
  • Elements of Film language.

These examples are merely a sample and are based on previous years. Topics may change based on the curriculum chosen by the department in any given year.

Academic skills

Aside from the study of specific content, students will learn to improve their academic writing in a Social Science and Humanities context across a range of disciplines, learning to shape arguments and developing an academic writing style, whilst also improving their subject-specific vocabulary.

Learning experience

Students will experience a mixture of lectures, seminars, group work and independent study on this course. University staff and experienced graduate students of the University of St Andrews deliver the lectures.

Additional information

Students will also have the opportunity to investigate some of the research methods used by social scientists.

Course outcomes

Students will receive an official certificate from the University of St Andrews to confirm their successful completion of the course.

  • Age range: 16-18
  • Full-board accommodation in St Andrews University
  • All-inclusive course fee
  • Tuition from St Andrews University academics
  • Live and study with students from all over the world
  • Explore this historic university and town!

What's Included?

  • tuition and instruction
  • reading material
  • lab equipment and sports equipment
  • accommodation
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • transportation to and from the airport on the specified arrival and departure dates
  • extracurricular programme including guest presentations
  • field trips
  • all cultural and social activities organised
  • Sports Centre membership.


SAEC students will be staying at Andrew Melville Hall or Agnes Blackadder Hall. All SAEC students have guaranteed accommodation, however, en-suite rooms are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Agnes Blackadder Hall, named after the first female graduate of the University, is a four-storey building situated on North Haugh near the various science buildings. It is also located near to the sports centre and is only a 15-minute walk from the centre of town. Agnes Blackadder Hall offers en-suite accommodation. Andrew Melville Hall is also situated on the North Haugh. Easily recognisable for its ship-like appearance. Every room looks out over surrounding parkland as well as towards the renowned West Sands beach. Students staying at Andrew Melville Hall will have their own room and shared bathrooms. Boys and girls are grouped, usually on separate floors within the building. Dedicated staff are on duty day and night to provide pastoral care and emergency first aid response, and to ensure students’ safety and well-being.


All of the courses on offer feature teaching from current academic staff from the University and offer students the opportunity to experience academic life in one of the UK’s oldest and highest-ranking institutions.

Extracurricular Activities

All courses are complemented by a vast array of extracurricular activities. Students can participate in a number of cultural excursions to places of historic importance or scientific interest, including a full day trip to the city of Edinburgh. There is also an ongoing programme of informal activities provided in the evening and on weekends.

Key Details
  • Available from: June - August
  • Provider: St Andrews University
  • Ages: 16-18
  • Fees: £4,800.00 / 3 Weeks

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