The University of York has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 20,000 plus students over 4,500 are from outside the UK, representing more than 150 countries. At York, you'll be sure to have an international educational experience! See why the choice is York

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Get a taste of studying in York through our free online taster courses. Develop your English language and a number of other skills, and get the opportunity to interact with our student community.

In 2023, we welcomed 293 students from the Middle East and North Africa.

They're studying a range of subjects including Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Law, and Management.

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Nicola is our Regional Manager for MENA and Central Asia. Please don’t hesitate to contact her with any queries you might have about studying here.

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Nicola May

Nicola May

Regional Manager for MENA & Central Asia

nicola.may@york.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1904 324027
+44 (0) 7385976137

I was amazed to see the ranking of the University of York as well as the quality of life the city of York offers. I told myself, this is the place I am choosing. Now, I work as a Programme Policy Officer at The United Nations World Food Programme in Afghanistan.

Mohammad Adil Zahed graduated in 2017 with a Masters in International Development. Read Mohammad's story 

Application information

Scholarships and funding

Funding, scholarships and loans

We offer a number of scholarships and funding opportunities for international students:

We award many international scholarships every year, recognising achievement by applying a tuition fee discount:

You could also be entitled to apply for the following competitive scholarships:

  • Aga Khan Foundation’s International Scholarship Programme - AKF ISP awards support primarily Masters degrees, although PhD candidates can also be considered for two years of funding. Full-time distance learning degrees can also be considered for funding. The award covers tuition fees and living expenses. The awards are structured as half grant and half loan – students need to repay 50 percent of the award amount following completion of your studies. Applications open early Jan and close late March.

Other sources of funding

There are a number of external funding bodies that exist to support study in the UK. Government departments, international agencies, charitable organisations and private companies may also be able to provide financial support for certain subject areas. If there is a local British Council office near you they can provide up-to-date advice on what is available for your country and you can search for scholarships online.

Undergraduate entry requirements

If you're studying the Baccalauria / Baccalaureate (Afghanistan Grade 12 Graduation Certificate) you will need to take an additional course before being able to apply for an undergraduate course at York. This could be A levels, the International Baccalaureate or a recognised foundation course.

Other post school qualifications may be considered for entry to York on a case by case basis.

To help you meet our undergraduate entry requirements, you can study a Foundation course through our International Pathway College. Explore our international pathways.

Course-specific requirements

Visit the course pages for details of the entry requirements specific to your chosen course. Some courses also have additional requirements such as work experience or submission of written work. 

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Postgraduate entry requirements

Postgraduate taught courses

For a postgraduate taught course such as a Masters, you would normally need a Masters degree from a recognised institution. 

Typically you would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees. Actual requirements will vary by course.

  • A score of 80-85%, B or 3.0-3.99 out of 4 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
  • A score of 70-79%, C or 2.0-2.99 out of 4 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2.

Research degrees

Entrance to research degrees such as MPhils or PhDs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

International Pathway College

To help you meet our postgraduate entry requirements, you can study a Pre-Masters course through our International Pathway College. Explore our international pathways.

Course-specific requirements

Visit the course page for details of the entry requirements specific to your chosen course. Some courses also have additional entry requirements such as work experience or submission of written work.

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English language requirements

English language requirements vary by academic department.

English language support

We can help you with your English language skills both before and during your studies.

Fees information

Fees

Find out how much our courses cost:

Living costs and additional expenses

Use our living cost guides to plan your budget:

How to apply

Undergraduate

To apply to York, you will need to complete an application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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Clearing 2024

Already got your results? We can advise on whether we can offer you a Clearing place.

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Waiting for your results? Plan ahead with vacancy updates, results-day tips and more.

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Postgraduate

You can apply online for taught Masters courses and research degrees. You can apply all year round in most cases but we recommend that you apply as early as possible due to competition for places and funding application deadlines.

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Meet us in your country

Visits to your country

We don't have any upcoming visits planned to your country at the moment.

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Support for you in your country

We don't currently have any authorised agents in Afghanistan. However, you can seek advice from the British Council in Afghanistan.

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Student societies

There are over 200 social, cultural and religious student-led societies that you can join at York including the International Students' Association (ISA).