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St Andrews - W&M Joint Degree Program: Visas

Routine visa services are impacted at most U.S. Embassies and Consulates due to COVID-19, however, many embassies are allowing applicants to schedule visa appointments on a limited basis. Please check the Department of State and embassy websites for the most up-to-date information.

Below is a chart outlining the visa process for students participating in the St Andrews – William & Mary Joint Degree Program. The chart is organized by year, citizenship, and home institution (i.e., where you began the program). To read the chart, look at the year of participation and follow the line corresponding to your citizenship (US, UK or All Other) to the column corresponding to your home institution.

For example, for year 1 of the program, a US citizen starting at St Andrews (St Andrews is their home institution), would require a UK student visa to study at St Andrews. For year 2 of the program, they would require no visa to study at W&M (because of their US citizenship) and the UK student visa would be maintained through St Andrews.

US visa matters for study at William & Mary are handled by the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs (ISSP). UK visa matters for study at St Andrews University are handled by the The Advice and Support Centre. 

chart of visas required by citizenship and location and year
Year 1
Citizenship St Andrews Home Student W&M Home Student
UK No UK visa needed F-1 student visa
US UK Student visa No US visa needed
All other UK Student visa F-1 student visa
Year 2
UK J-1 student visa (No UK visa needed, thus none maintained) No UK visa needed (F-1 maintained while at StA)
US No US visa needed (UK student visa maintained while at W&M)

UK Student visa

(No US visa needed, thus none maintained)

All other J-1 student visa (UK student visa maintained while at W&M)

UK Student visa

(F-1 maintained while at StA)

Year 3 at William & Mary
UK J-1 student visa (No UK visa needed, thus none maintained) F-1 student visa (No UK visa needed, thus none maintained)
US No US visa needed (UK student visa maintained while at W&M) No US visa needed (UK student visa maintained while at W&M)
All other J-1 student visa (UK student visa maintained while at W&M) F-1 student visa (UK student visa maintained while at W&M)
Year 4 at St Andrews
UK No UK visa needed (J-1 maintained while at StA) No UK visa needed (F-1 maintained while at StA)
US

UK Student visa

(No US visa needed, thus none maintained)

UK Student visa

(No US visa needed, thus none maintained)

All other

UK Student visa

(J-1 maintained while at StA)

UK Student visa

(F-1 maintained while at StA)

Year 3 at St Andrews
UK No UK visa needed (J-1 visa maintained while at StA) No UK visa needed (F-1 maintained while at StA)
US UK Student visa (No US visa needed, thus none maintained) UK Student visa (No US visa needed, thus none maintained)
All other

UK Student visa

(J-1 visa maintained while at StA)

UK Student visa

(F-1 visa maintained while at StA)

Year 4 at William & Mary
UK J-1 student visa (No UK visa needed, thus none maintained) F-1 student visa (No UK visa needed, thus none maintained)
US No US visa needed (UK student visa maintained while at W&M) No US visa needed (UK student visa maintained while at W&M)
All other J-1 student visa (UK student visa maintained while at W&M) F-1 student visa (UK student visa maintained while at W&M)