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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, as a part of your junior year abroad or as an independent applicant.

You can study with us for one semester or a full academic year. After you've completed your studies, we'll issue you with an academic transcript.

You can personalise your learning experience by choosing from a wide range of modules delivered by renowned academics in a supportive teaching environment.

Timeline and checklist for the visiting students programme

Visiting student guide (PDF , 5,968kb)

The Visiting Student Programme is about more than exchanges. To find out about the many ways we can offer an international experience to your students check the information for higher education institutions webpage.

Why York?

  • Be inspired by world-leading researchers through our research-led teaching.
  • Study in outstanding spaces and state-of-the-art facilities.
  • Explore our historic city and discover why it's regularly named one of the best places to live in Britain.
  • Enjoy a vibrant social life with over 200 social, cultural, international and religious student-led societies and over 60 sports clubs.
  • Thrive in a safe, supportive and global community of students from over 150 countries.

More reasons to choose York

Choosing to study at York has been one of the most impactful moments in my life. I truly consider the experience as a stepping stone to a more professional life.

Tandya Zhafran, Visiting Student in the School of Business and Society

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 two departments per semester, subject to acceptance and timetabling.

Study options

Teaching and assessment

Teaching usually 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. 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 semester. You'll be a member of one of our 11 colleges. Colleges are your foundation for getting involved in campus life and a gateway to exploring the wider university 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

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