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Internationally focused teaching

IE's language and academic experts deliver foundation and postgraduate programmes, as well as pre-sessional and short courses that combine academic subject knowledge with English language skills and cultural adaptation studies.

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Programmes start in January and September each year


International Education Institute is now on Twitter

We now have a Twitter account for disseminating scholarly outputs of academic staff and postgraduate students! Our Twitter handle is: @StA_IEI. Follow us here:

IEI academic staff member wins University Teaching Excellence Award 2023 

IEI Programme Director Kirsty Duff is one of the five winners of the university-wide teaching excellence award, recognising Kirsty’s outstanding commitment to student engagement and learning.  Watch the video of the award presentation on YouTube and read more about the awards on the St Andrews News page

IE Academic Staff named a Top 2% Scientist in Education on the Stanford List.

Our Director of Impact and Innovation, Prof Sin Wang Chong, is named a Top 2% Scientist in Education on the Stanford List released on 4th October 2023. Sin Wang is one of five Social Sciences researchers at the University of St Andrews that are on the list, and the only one in Education. Sin Wang's achievement is based on his single recent year impact: Figures available at

You can read more about Sin Wang Chong and his work on his staff profile.