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Why York?

No matter where you're from, or what you'd 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.

1. Teaching excellence

We're a leading UK university for academic excellence; ranked 103rd in the QS World University Rankings 2015. We also have ten subjects in the world top 100, five of which are among the world top 50.

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

“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

2. Inspirational research

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

York is a Russell Group university and one of the world’s premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research. 

The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research and an outstanding teaching and learning experience. Excellent teaching at York is informed by and builds on high quality research. Equally research is often informed by teaching. For example, research active academic staff bring vibrancy to teaching by drawing on their current research.

Our research excellence is also backed-up by the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) - we're ranked 10th out of 155 higher education institutions in the UK for research impact (excluding all institutes that have submitted in three or less units of assessment).


The Shambles during Illuminating York - a magical outdoor festival of lights

3. Beautiful city in a great location

Lively, full of culture and beautiful, York is regularly voted one of the best places to live and visit in the UK and it's one of the UK's safest cities. York was ranked the 6th safest student city (The Complete University Guide: how safe in your city 2014).

York is easy to get to from anywhere in the world, with great public transport links and international airports nearby. It's also a great base from which to explore the rest of Europe.

“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

4. Fantastic student experience

You'll meet people from all over the world among our community of nearly 16,000 students, which includes almost 3,000 international students from 170+ countries.

Try something new and meet interesting people through getting involved in our friendly and supportive campus life. There are over 180 social, cultural and religious student-led societies and 60+ sports clubs to choose from. We also have an International Students' Association which is a student-run society that organises a range of social events throughout the year in and around Yorkshire.

With such a diverse student community there are plenty of opportunities to try some new cuisine.

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

5. Global perspective

We've been ranked 28th in a league table of the world’s most international universities by Times Higher Education (THE). We recruit high achieving students and staff from all over the world. We also collaborate with top institutions across the globe on a variety of research projects and initiatives.

Last but not least, we aim to give all our students an international experience through study exchanges, internships, summer schools and study centres.

“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

6. Safe and supportive environment

We recognise that studying in a foreign country can be daunting, so we have a support network in place to give you all the help you need, from English language support to careers advice. 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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