To help you make the most of your international experience, we aim to ensure you're as immersed in campus life as possible. You can take part in a range of trips and events, with plenty of opportunities to sample UK life, culture and history.
Meeting other students
A big part of your experience will be the opportunity to meet with current York students. Our diverse student community represents over 150 nationalities, so you'll be sure to connect with other international students as well as UK students, while you're here.
Our students will help you get settled in and share their knowledge about our campus, the city and what it's like to be a student in York. They'll also be interested to hear about what it's like to study in your country. So there will be plenty of opportunities to meet interesting people and share and exchange experiences.
We organise a range of social activities to help you feel at home, have fun and meet people while you're here. For example, our student-led societies (special interest groups) and college teams organise events such as tea parties, film nights, cake making, picnics and frisbee games.
You'll be able to practise your language and communication skills with people from other countries. We also offer formal language classes and you can watch student presentations about their university experience. You can also give a presentation about your experiences if you wish.
Trips and events
We organise a range of local trips and adventures further afield. York is a great base from which to explore the stunning scenery of Yorkshire. We're also close to the coast and within easy reach of other major cities in the UK. So while you're here you may get to see:
- Bettys Cafe and Tea Rooms where you can try a famous Yorkshire Fat Rascal scone among many other delicious cakes.
- Castle Howard and Harewood House which are both 18th century stately homes surrounded by beautiful grounds and countryside.
- Fountains Abbey a World Heritage Site that features a Cistercian abbey, elegant Georgian water garden and medieval deer park.
- Other major UK cities such as Leeds, London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
Facilities on campus include cafes and bars, sports facilities, the library, free wifi and lots of wildlife! You'll also get easy access to a microwave and kettle. If you're coming over the summer you'll find campus is a bit quieter than term time but there will still be plenty to do and see.
During your visit, you'll spend a lot of time in Derwent College. It's where your accommodation will be based if you stay on campus and it's where a lot of your activities will take place. There is also a cafe/bar and a dining hall (not open during the summer).