Letter from the Director – July 24, 2018 – Departure Day!

July 24, 2018

Dear Parents of Oxbridge St Andrews Students,

It seems like just yesterday that we were first welcoming your children to St Andrews, taking them on tours of our beautiful town and showing them the places where they would be spending the next month. Now, in the blink of an eye, the program has ended, and we were all so sad to see it conclude. Tears were shed as your children departed this morning, and your son or daughter is now en route back home to you. We will all miss them immensely.

Over the fourth and final week of the program, I had the great pleasure of seeing your children wrap up the month in style. From class presentations to showcases to conferences from disciplines as wide ranging as Photography, Creative Writing, Medicine, and British History, your children’s growth over the past month and immense talent shined through as classes wrapped up their final days.

This past weekend, your children participated in our annual talent show, felt the rush of adrenaline during our ghost tour, and danced into the night at our final party. Jannetta’s gelato, faceprinting, and karaoke were among the highlights in a spectacular celebration of the conclusion of classes. In the Clan Competition, Buchanan, McHamish, and Swilcan all demonstrated immense creativity and sentimentality in working with their teammates to build their favorite scene of St Andrews out of supplies that could be bought or gathered for no more than five pounds. Ultimately, Swilcan claimed the Clan Cup, as the competition came down to the final day to decide the champion. Last night, at our Closing Ceremonies, we held a wonderful formal dinner that was illustrative of just how amazing our program has been. It has been a special and memorable summer, and they all can be proud of the community they have created.

Your children are now en route back to you. As I told them last night, over the past month, they formed lifelong friendships with students from across the globe, broadened their horizons, and tasted the freedom and responsibility that comes with being a university student. There’s palpable excitement among them about college and the years ahead. Most of all, your children are also leaving with confidence about what they have accomplished and gratitude for the opportunities they have had. I know they’ll take this mindset with them and go far.

Thank you for all your support over the course of the program and for sharing your children with us. It has been a true privilege for all of the faculty and staff to work with your kids, and we are grateful to have had the opportunity. No one will soon forget the summer of 2018 here at Oxbridge St Andrews. Be well, and best wishes to you and your families for a great rest of the summer!

All the best,

Greg Chalfin

Director, Oxbridge St Andrews


Bonfire at East Sands

On our last evening (how did it come so soon?) we finished with a bonfire at East Sands. After 4 weeks of uninterrupted sunshine, we got a taste of real Scottish weather as the rain came down on our festivities. The rain did however not dissuade our students from making American s’mores and paddling in the North Sea. Well done to all tour students for completing a fantastic program!


Final Party!

As this year’s program sadly draws to a close, our students enjoyed a night of festivities. Karaoke, piñata, limbo and much more were enjoyed last night as we move today into our last day of classes before departure day tomorrow!

Greg’s £5 Challenge

This afternoon the student clans were given a challenge: Take £5 and get materials to make a model of your favorite St Andrews landmark. The competition was fierce, but the final products (the West Sands beach, the Old Course, and, of course, the local Domino’s) were a true mark of creativity and engineering!


Creative Writing Meets British History

This morning, the British History and Creative Writing classes met in St Andrews Public Library to present poems and stories. One poem, If We Were, by Rye Hazlett, was the product of a collaboration with the Photography class. Walter Dobson read a gripping extract, Self Loathing, discussing a young man’s feelings after seeing his crush with another man. Next, Tyler Lynch told us about a crocodile’s old fashioned opinions in The Crocodile’s Story of Evolution before treating us to an interactive story about a dangerous goblin and some beer. Once all the stories were told, the History and Writing students teamed up to discuss the historical contexts of the tales, and where they might like the story to go next.

Very well done to everyone! The students in the Creative Writing class were given an official Creative Writing Major Anthology to cherish, which recorded all the literature they produced.