Walk the storied halls of the University of St. Andrews and attend bespoke courses taught by the estemed faculty. Lodge in student accommodations on campus and explore the charming town of St. Andrews.

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Smithsonian at St. Andrews

A week-long study abroad program in Scotland

8 days from $4,995

Walk the storied halls of the University of St. Andrews and attend bespoke courses taught by the estemed faculty. Lodge in student accommodations on campus and explore the charming town of St. Andrews.

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McIntosh Hall

St. Andrews, United Kingdom

McIntosh Hall is centrally located in St. Andrews along the length of Abbotsford Crescent and many rooms offer spectacular views of the Old Course and West Sands. Highlights of St. Andrews are easily accessible from this convenient point. The hall was originally constructed as a hotel, and was acquired by the university in 1921. The hall serves as student accommodation during the school year. Rooms are simple but comfortable and are equipped with one or two single beds, a desk, bedside table, internet, and phone access. Please note that bathroom facilities are shared (one communal bathroom with several showers, toilets, and sinks for every five guests). Guests have access to communal facilities including a common room and library. Breakfast is provided daily in the dining hall.

Number of nights: 6

Ardgowan Hotel

St. Andrews, United Kingdom

The Ardgowan Hotel sits in an ideal location in this historic Scottish city – just 200 yards from the beach and the same distance (roughly a 6-iron for the professionals) away from The Old Course at St. Andrews, the world’s most famous golf course. It is also located directly across the street from McIntosh Hall. Built in 1847, this charming property comprises two adjoining two-story townhouses and offers a restaurant, full bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.  Each of the 29 guestrooms offers private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.  Please note that this hotel does not have an elevator.

Number of nights: 6

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate

Expectations: Week-long stay featuring one destination. Light pace with daily activities of four to six hours, but also features independent time for personal interests. Most activities are based at St. Andrews and are within walking distance. Included day excursion beyond St. Andrews is by motor coach and may be a full day depending on the course selection and entails walking tours of up to three miles. Throughout the program, walking may be over uneven pavement and cobblestones, and may entail some stairs without handrails and absence of elevators. Note that there are elevators at McIntosh Hall, but classrooms at the university can only be accessed via a short staircase.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Tour Extension

Glasgow Post-Tour Extentsion – 4 days, 3 nights

Day 1 – To Glasgow: This morning, travel from St. Andrews to Glasgow. Stop in Dundee en route to visit the new V&A Museum on a guided tour. The new V&A is Scotland’s first design museum, and is set to open in September 2018. The next stop is Hill House, one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most famous works. Continue on towards Glasgow and check in to your hotel. (B)

Day 2 – House for an Art Lover: After breakfast, enjoy a guided visit to the House for an Art Lover. This fascinating building was constructed in the 1980s and 90s based on a 1901 design by Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald. Different parts of the house vary greatly in style and color, creating an eclectic whole. Enjoy tea at the newly opened Mackintosh at the Willow tea rooms, a careful reconstruction of his iconic tea rooms. (B, Tea)

Day 3 – The Mackintosh Collections: Begin the day with a guided tour of Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Museum. Here, the interior of the Mackintoshes’ home in Glasgow has been meticulously recreated to look just as it did at the Southpark home where they lived from 1906 to 1914, where each detail down to the furniture was designed by Mackintosh and MacDonald. Continue to the impressive Kelvingrove Museum for a curator-led tour focusing on Mackintosh and the Glasgow design rooms. Back in the city center, visit the Lighthouse—now Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture—which features a distinctive tower designed by Mackintosh. Cap off the evening with a farewell reception and dinner at a local restaurant. (B,R,D)

Day 4 – Departure: Depart Glasgow this morning on individual flights home. (B)

Blythswood Square Hotel

Blythswood Square has been a prestigious address since the early 19th century. Overlooking a private garden square. One of Glasgow’s best-established and luxurious hotels, and the only one with an AA five-star accreditation. Widely acclaimed for its exceptional service. 

Courses of Study

Scottish Castles

The number of castles in Scotland is staggering. Since first coming into vogue in the 11th and 12th century, well over 2,000 have been built. Students on this program will focus on medieval castles and their role in Scottish history, literature, and culture. Lectures will be interspersed with excursions to some of Scotland’s proudest examples, including nearby St. Andrews Castle; Edinburgh Castle and elegant Holyrood Palace (the British monarch's official residence in Scotland); striking Dunnottar Castle perched on the sea cliffs; and Glamis Castle, childhood home to the Queen Mother. With a combination of classroom learning and firsthand visits, students will come away with a foundation for understanding the key role of these remarkable structures in the country’s history.

Scottish Crime Writing: From Gothic Horror to Tartan Noir

For centuries, Scottish writers have explored the darker side of human nature. This course begins with the Gothic horror writers of the 19th century, examining works by Robert Louis Stevenson—author of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—and James Hogg. Students will then delve into iconic crime writers like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, leading up to the present day with contemporary writers, including Ian Rankin and Graeme Macrae Burnet. The course will move outside the classroom on expert-guided walks at literary locations. Exclusively arranged meetings with published crime writers in the “Tartan Noir” genre—Scotland’s unique take on crime fiction—provide a glimpse into the minds of the authors who fill their fictional worlds with detectives, criminals, sinister events, and ambiguous morals.

Reading List
An Illustrated History of the University of St Andrews
By: Norman H. Reid
A history of St Andrews University. Six hundred years old, aware of its past, but facing forward, the University of St Andrews remains distinct. Now, more than ever throughout its long, sometimes troubled and often distinguished history, the University invites the highest objective: "ever to excel". Norman H. Reid uses the University's own rich archival holdings to introduce the reader to the vibrant and often turbulent 600-year story of the University and its town, set in the wider historical contexts of society, religion, politics and intellectual thought.
The University of St. Andrews: A Short History
By: Ronald G. Cant
Handbook to the City and University of St. Andrews (Classic Reprint)
By: James Maitland Anderson
Excerpt from Handbook to the City and University of St. AndrewsThe purpose of this Handbook is to enable those Quincentenary guests who happen to be strangers to St. Andrews to make them selves acquainted with the City and the University in as short a time as possible. It contains a succinct history of the' City, with brief descriptions of its most interest ing buildings. Then follows a more detailed, but still very inadequate, sketch of the fortunes bf the University during the five centuries of its existence, together with some account of its present position, build ings, and equipment. I have done the best I could for the book in the time at my disposal. It has been put together at odd moments, amid other pressing work, during the past few weeks - part of it when I was away from St. Andrews - and it went to the printer as fast as it was written.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
James Colquhoun Irvine: St Andrews' Second Founder
By: Julia Melvin
The life story of James Colquhoun Irvine, KBE, FRS, DSc (1877-1952), takes place against the backcloth of the pageantry of Scotland's most ancient university, whose servant he was for over fifty years. As the University of St Andrews celebrates its 600th year, this biography unfolds the life of a great Scotsman, who led the University at its most significant point of development. Principal and Vice-Chancellor for over thirty years, Irvine is often referred to as its second founder. He brought to St Andrews the lucid and penetrating habit of mind of the scientist that he was, and a passionate love for the university where he had been a student, lecturer and professor. The University of St Andrews essentially owes its present-day form to the vision and talents of this man, who fought for its survival and turned the ancient university into a leading modern one. Irvine's life, played out on the world stage, was full of colourful incident and adventure. This fully researched biography recounts the history of his roots in the west of Scotland; the influences of his boyhood; his work as a pioneering organic chemist; the part that he and his chemical laboratory played during the First World War; and his important role in the history of the University of St Andrews.
24x36 World Wall Map by Smithsonian Journeys - Tan Oceans Special Edition (24x36 Paper Folded)
By: Smithsonian Journeys
Swiftmaps is proud to partner with Smithsonian Journeys to bring a new and exciting World Map series to the American marketplace. Featuring eye-catching bold and vivid colors complemented with rich vintage tan ocean tones that will make this the perfect reference piece --- sure to stand-out and highlight any home or business wall. The precise detail and digital accuracy shows color-matching visual shaded 3D relief and other physical features without sacrificing the maps readability. Now printed on high-quality 80 lb. paper and professionally FOLDED in a compact 8x10 inch size. FEATURES: 1) Africa centered allowing viewers to see continents complete and intact 2) Clearly labeled country and city names for easy location 3) Latitude and longitude indications 4) Shaded relief of ocean and land topography 4) Desirable Miller Projection. The Smithsonian Journeys wall map series serve not only as a handy reference piece, but as an eye-catching accent for any room or office. NOTE: each map is professionally folded to 8x10 inches and when unfolded the map is 24 inches high and 36 inches wide.
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan through Travel Guard with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes On-tour medical evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), emergency medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only, not including U.S. Territories). Travel must be more than 100 miles from the Insured’s primary residence.

In addition, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment from unforeseen events, such as missed flight connections, lost luggage, and cancelled plans. There are many plans you can consider. For your convenience, you may visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1.800.208.6142 to learn more.

Terms and conditions

Our Mission

Smithsonian Journeys engages travelers in the mission of the Smithsonian – “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. Your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian’s 19 museums, national zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.

What Is Included in the Tour Cost

  • Expertise of St. Andrews Tutors.
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Meals as indicated on the tour page, including special welcome and farewell dinners (B-breakfast; L-lunch; R-reception; D-dinner).
  • All sightseeing and visits as noted in each itinerary.
  • Pre-tour information, including a reading list.
  • Baggage handling for one bag plus one carry-on bag per person.
  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • All on-tour transportation, unless otherwise noted.
  • On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only).

What Is Not Included in the Tour Cost

  • Round-trip international airfare and air and departure taxes.
  • Transfers to and from your home to the program site and transfers to and from the airports, unless specifically noted
  • Transfers to and from airports for individuals not arriving or departing on scheduled program dates. 
  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Room service and valet/laundry service.
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Other items not specifically mentioned as included.  
  • Optional Travelers’ Protection Plan: Unexpected events before or during a trip may leave you with cancelled plans, lost luggage, or unforeseen medical expenses. This optional plan offers an affordable package of benefits and services that can provide coverage and assistance for the unexpected. Visit TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys to learn more.


Space is reserved in the order of receipt of phone or web reservations.

To submit a request for a reservation, please order using our secure online process, or call 855-330-1542 to speak with a Reservations Specialist, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Submitting an online request does not guarantee space on a tour. You will be notified of your status when your request has been received and processed. Please note: No new registrations can be accepted within 30 days of most tours. Some tours are more restrictive; please see individual tour pages for these exceptions.

To complete your request, the following is necessary:

Required Information
For all international departures, passport information including the following, in accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program as well as by our international travel partners: your full name as it appears on your passport, date of birth, and gender (for further information, please visit www.tsa.gov). In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, or if you use a different passport than originally cited, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Deposit of $500 per person, per tour, payable by check to the tour operator or by major credit card, is required to reserve a space on a tour program. Deposits are applied to the payment of the program price.

Balance due upon invoicing at least 95 days prior to the program. If payment is not received by the final payment due date, your place cannot be guaranteed on the tour.

Late Registration
Any registration received within 95 days of departure is considered a “late registration” and must be subject to special confirmation. Payment in full must be made immediately by credit card or by check and sent by overnight mail to the tour operator before confirmation is possible.

Once confirmed, cancellation penalties apply as set forth below. If confirmation is not possible, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Late registration confirmation procedures apply to any participant who is transferred from the wait list to the program within the designated late registration period for that program.

For additional information, please call a Reservations Specialist at 855-330-1542, Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) or visit www.SmithsonianJourneys.org/Contact.

A Note About Costs

Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, currency values, and on the basis of a minimum number of participants. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change. Should actual enrollments fall significantly below minimum numbers, a surcharge may be added. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee (e.g. internal flights, cruises, etc.). Details and costs will be advised prior to departure. 

Wait List

If the tour of your choice is fully subscribed, you may choose to be placed on a waitlist by contacting a Reservation Specialist at 1-855-330-1542 Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time), or SJReservations@si.edu. Individuals on the wait list will be contacted if space becomes available and can inquire about tour status by contacting a Reservation Specialist. If you choose to withdraw from a wait list, please notify us.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Per person cancellation fees are based on date of notice to Smithsonian Journeys.

  • Cancellations within 7 days of booking (if not within final payment date): full refund.
  • Cancellations after 7 days of booking: $500 retained (entire deposit).
  • Final payment due: 95 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations made less than 95 days prior to departure: no refund.
  • Cancellation by the Smithsonian: full refund.
  • No refund for unused portions of the tour, including but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights, and sightseeing.

Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policy.

Air Service

For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown. Airfares from other cities are available upon request. Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight.

Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservations, you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes.

Neither Smithsonian Journeys nor the tour operator has any liability for any loss resulting from tour cancellations or changes in international gateways, travel dates, or airline schedule changes. If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense. For tour packages that include round-trip international airfare, we will be happy to help with arrangements. Please note that seat assignment on your international flight is usually done at airport check-in. The tour operator is unable to guarantee any seat assignments.

When planning our tours that include international round-trip airfare, the tour operator contracts with those airlines that they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates that enable us to offer you the best possible travel value. Please note that frequent flyer mileage credits are issued at the discretion of the airline(s) and may not be available for the flights on your tour. If you prefer to make your own airline reservations, “land only” pricing is available on most of our tours.

Individual Arrivals and Group Transfers
A designated group flight is not included on most tours. However, transportation from the arrival airport to the ship/hotel is included in your tour cost if you arrive in time to meet the scheduled group transfer. Your first tour bulletin will thoroughly explain the details of the options available for your individual flights.

Air Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour
We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Tours also can be canceled due to low enrollments. Neither Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan, through Travel Guard, with the price of your tour. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.

Travel Documents

For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours in this catalog. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation. You are responsible for obtaining these documents. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.

Physical and Medical Considerations

Please note that these tours require that participants be in good physical condition. You must be capable, without assistance, of walking a minimum of two miles over uneven terrain and of climbing stairs that may not have handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of travelers on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Some tours have additional notes regarding physical and medical considerations, which are noted on the Tour Information link

Itinerary or Program Modifications

Smithsonian strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary is sent. Please note that weather conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise programs. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule.


Smithsonian chooses hotels based on a combination of their location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and programs in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used. In most cases, hotels have elevators and meeting rooms for Smithsonian lectures. Program prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.

Singles and Roommates
Hotel rooms are always reserved for single travelers; however, the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will apply for a single room. If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room. When a roommate cannot be found, the single supplement will be charged. 


All tours, except family programs, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for older children. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, and a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

Special Travel Arrangements
Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel. Please note that the tour operator can assist you in making post-tour arrangements only. We regret that we are unable to help with pre-tour arrangements.

Participants on tour may be photographed for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution. Photographs may be printed in publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys. Travelers who prefer that their image not be used must advise the tour manager at the beginning of the tour.

Smoking Policy
For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.

Preparing for Your Journey

Prior to departure, you will receive Tour Bulletins containing both general and tour specific information to help you prepare for your travel experience. These bulletins will include:

  • Passport and visa instructions
  • Flight information
  • Weather, clothing, and packing suggestions
  • A suggested reading list
  • General information about the countries you will visit, e.g. the food, customs, medical precautions, and currency.
  • Information about your Smithsonian Journeys Expert and tour staff
  • Baggage tag(s) and name badge(s)
  • Final itinerary
  • Participant list  


Read Carefully: Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer
Smithsonian Journeys are managed by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer its members a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. If your tour does not include airfare, your Tour Bulletins will provide information about when participants are recommended to purchase airline tickets. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to/from the tour departure city if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.


The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour brochure(s), and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.

By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.