International and visiting students

The Department of History is pleased to welcome overseas students as either full-time undergraduates or as Visiting Students.

International undergraduates

International undergraduates

If you study with us, you would join a world-class department with courses that range from the fall of Rome to the present, from Britain, Europe and Russia, to the Americas, Iran, Hong Kong, India and Africa. This reflects the diverse research interests of our staff.

Our students can tailor their degree programme, with some students opting to choose options widely across periods, geography and subject whilst others follow a particular specialism, for example, in medieval history. Find out more about our undergraduate courses.

Language requirements

Our language requirements for undergraduates are:

  • IELTS 6.5+
  • TOEFL 603+ or 250+ in the computer based test, or 105 in the internet based test.

Visiting students

Visiting students

You can study at York as a visiting student for either a whole year or part of a year. If you choose to study for part of a year, you can either study for the Autumn term or the Spring AND Summer terms. Visiting students study alongside our home students.

York’s standard course load is 120 credits per year, divided into roughly 40 credits a term. As a visiting student, your course choices will depend on when you come to study with us.

Typical course structures for Visiting Students:

 Full year of study

Autumn: 2 x Histories and Contexts

Spring and Summer: 2 x Explorations plus Thinking Through History I and Thinking Through History II.

Autumn Term only (40 credits) 

2 x Histories and Contexts

Spring and Summer Terms (80 credits) 

2 x Explorations plus plus Thinking Through History I and Thinking Through History II.


Find out more about Visiting Students in the Department of History.