Accessibility statement

International students

We welcome students from all over the world to study with us in the Department of Biology. International students form an important part of the community at York, with undergraduate students joining us from all around the world including China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, USA, Greece, France, Germany and Italy. 

We offer our international students:

  • an outstanding educational experience in a dynamic multidisciplinary department with an international reputation for teaching and research
  • a friendly, supportive environment, with close interactions between students and staff, which allows students to flourish
  • a strong emphasis on small group teaching, with weekly tutorials in groups of usually only five students
  • an international student coordinator within the department, and a personal supervisor to oversee your academic progress and welfare.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Please consult our list of acceptable international qualifications to find out more about our typical offers for your own country’s qualifications.

Our programmes have subject-specific requirements; you will need to refer to individual course pages for full information.

If there is no information available for your country, please email for advice. You may also contact the International Office for more general enquiries.

English language requirements

A qualification in English as a foreign language will be required for countries or qualifications where the language of instruction is not English. We normally ask for a score of 6.5 in the IELTS test, with at least 6.0 in each component. Alternative qualifications are accepted; please consult our list of acceptable English language qualifications and entry requirements.

Additional English language support is available for international students. The International Pathway College (IPC) offers a range of pre-sessional courses that you can apply for. These language courses take place in the summer before the start of taught programmes for students who need to improve their English slightly before admission.

There are also excellent academic English courses taking place during the academic year through the Writing and Language Skills Centre.

Student blogs

Studying in the Department of Biology, an International Student perspective!

Posted by Louisa on 8 July 2020

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Contact us

If you have any questions about the course, or you would like to discuss your own personal circumstances, please feel free to contact the Biology Undergraduate Admissions team.

Tel: +44 (0)1904 328 548


Postal address: Student & Academic Services
Department of Biology (B/T/008)
University of York
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom