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Visiting students

If you're already studying at another university, you can apply to spend time at York as a visiting student. During a period of full-time supervised study you’ll have the opportunity to fully integrate into academic and social life here on campus and in the city.

We welcome undergraduate and postgraduate visiting students from across the world. You can join us through individual university partnerships, third party providers and country-specific government initiatives, or as an independent applicant.

You can study with us for one term (typically ten weeks), two terms, or even a full academic year. After you've successfully completed your studies, we'll issue you with an academic transcript.

While we hope to deliver courses in the advertised format we will be guided by the public health advice in regard to the Covid-19 pandemic and our programmes will remain flexible. The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is our number one priority.

Timeline and checklist for the visiting students programme

Visiting student guide 2023 (PDF , 5,884kb)

From the Academic year 2023/24 the University of York is moving away from a Term System, to a Semester system for organising the academic year's teaching . This webpage gives more information on the changes to the academic year structure.

22/23 term dates and future semester dates

A global community

over 2,000 research students from across the globe

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one of 24 research-intensive UK universities

Why York?

  • Have access to a wealth of opportunities, including our York Strengths Programme, that will will prepare you for your future career
  • Study in outstanding spaces and state-of-the-art facilities
  • Live and study in our green, open campus and make friends through out college system
  • Enjoy a vibrant social life with over 200 social, cultural, international and religious student-led societies and over 60 sports clubs
  • Discover our safe, contemporary city that's rich in history

What can I study?

We have a wide variety of subjects that you can study across the University. The interdisciplinary nature of our teaching and research means you can apply to study in one or more departments, subject to acceptance and timetabling.

Study options

Teaching and assessment

Teaching normally involves a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, and for some courses, laboratory and practical work. The methods of assessment also vary across modules and departments.

Teaching methods, assessments and term structures

Fees and living costs

Our campus boasts a range of places to eat and drink, such as the 'Piazza restaurant' and 'The Courtyard'. We also have supermarkets, a bank, hairdressers and sports facilities all available on campus. Typically, your living costs will depend on your lifestyle, and tuition fees vary between courses.

Tuition fees and living costs for visiting students


If you'd like to join us as a visiting student, you can apply online. You can save your progress at any point and come back to it at another time, but make sure you submit a full application before the deadline.

Find out about deadlines and how to apply


We have a range of accommodation options for when you arrive in York, whether you're joining us for a full academic year, or just one or two terms. You'll also become part of a college that will allow you to become part of a community.

Accommodation for visiting students

In Derwent, the people really make you feel at home; you can study and enjoy life with friends at the same time.

Valimbavaka, MA Public Administration and Public Policy


We provide a wide range of support to you as a visiting student. The Academic Skills Community offers a range of in-person and online help to develop your academic writing skills to a high standard.

An academic supervisor will support you through your studies and you'll be studying alongside our full-degree students on the same degree modules.

Student support at York

The University has helped during these uncertain times. They launched an "Emergency Student Support Fund", which has provided up to £500 to individual students who have had financial difficulties because of the Covid-19. Secondly, the manager of Wentworth College, where I live, has provided us with many virtual activities, hoping to bring the community together online. These activities have been a great help to our mental health. At the same time, to make sure everyone in the community is safe, the staff have been calling us to find out if we have any difficulties and if we need any help. I don't think the epidemic has had much of an impact on my life and this is because of the help the University has provided.

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

After you accept your place

We will support you as you get ready to start your studies at York. You can attend pre-sessional English Language courses which are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills in preparation for your study at York.

Preparation and arrival

Life after study abroad

Find out everything you need to know about what you can do once you've completed your studies at York.

Next steps

Your steps to joining us