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Why York?

No matter where you are from, or what you would like to do when you graduate, the York experience will challenge, inspire, develop and support you. Through a combination of excellent teaching, a rich and varied campus life and a cultured city, you'll have the experience of a lifetime.

Teaching excellence

We are a leading UK university for academic excellence. We are ranked 148th in the QS World University Rankings 2020 and we have seven world top 100 subjects in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2019.

Join us and you’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do.

Our distinctive approach to teaching and learning has led to our Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

“The learning environment is safe for presenting thoughts and ideas and very encouraging for discussions, debates and arguments."

Alia, MA in Applied Human Rights, Syria

Inspirational research

Dr Nicky Milner carrying out fieldwork at the Star Carr Early Mesolithic site in North Yorkshire.

York is one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research. We attract world-leading academics, whose research brings vibrancy and cutting edge ideas to the teaching you will receive at York. 

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 leading UK universities, we are committed to maintaining the very best research and teaching standards.

We were ranked 14th overall and 10th for the impact of our research in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a UK-wide assessment of the quality of research in universities undertaken by expert review panels.

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“I am very much in love with York- both the University and the city! The University is home to many international students and it’s always nice to be surrounded by an active body that welcomes people from all around the world. Life in York is pretty relaxed and I love the vibe the students have. Personally, I feel that York is a home that is far away from home!”

Farah, BA English and Linguistics, Malaysia

York Minster, one the world’s most magnificent cathedrals.

Beautiful city in a great location

Lively, full of culture and beautiful, York is regularly named one of the best places to live and visit in the UK. It's easy to get to from anywhere in the world, with great public transport links and international airports nearby. Our central location is perfect for exploring other UK and European cities, and the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and coastline.

Fantastic student experience

You'll meet people from all over the world among our community of over 18,000 students, representing over 150 countries.

Try something new and meet interesting people through getting involved in our friendly and supportive campus life. There are over 200 social, cultural and religious student-led societies and 65+ sports clubs to choose from.

We also have an International Students' Association (Facebook) which is a student-run society that organises a range of social events throughout the year in and around Yorkshire.

The annual Food Fiesta event run by the International Students' Association, as part of Global Week.

“The support system itself in the university is very well designed by having several supervisors, colleges, academic staff, student support centre and the student body. They were always there to answer my questions and provide me with opportunities."

Ahmed, MA in Public Administration and Public Policy, Egypt

Every year students, staff and the local community celebrate the Chinese New Year at events on campus.

Global connections

York is a truly global university. Over 20 per cent of both the University’s staff and our students come from outside the UK. We also collaborate with top institutions across the globe on a variety of research projects and initiatives.

Our teaching and exchange partnerships provide international opportunities for our students to study or work abroad.

Safe and supportive environment

We recognise that studying in a different country can be daunting so we have an excellent structure in place to give you all the help you need. From English language support to careers advice, we will ensure that you are well supported during your time with us.

You can also relax in the knowledge that you'll be living and studying in a safe and green campus environment and student-friendly city.

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