York has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 20,000 students over 4,000 are from outside of the UK, representing more than 150 countries. At York you'll be sure to have an international educational experience!
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Studying with us at the moment we have:
- 248 students from the Middle East and North Africa
- 78 students from Saudi Arabia.
They're studying a range of subjects including Language and Linguistic Science, Computer Science, English and Chemistry.
Sam is our Regional Manager for MENA and Central Asia. Please don’t hesitate to contact him with any queries you might have about studying here.
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Regional Manager for MENA & Central Asia
Funding, scholarships and loans
We offer a number of scholarships and funding opportunities for international students:
- Undergraduate funding, scholarships and loans
- Postgraduate taught funding, scholarships and loans
- Research degree funding, scholarships and loans
We award many international scholarships every year, recognising achievement by applying a tuition fee discount:
King Abdullah Scholarships Scheme
The University of York is an approved university for the King Abdullah Scholarships Scheme. This aims to develop a knowledge society built upon a knowledge-based economy. The Ministry of Education will sponsor up to 10,000 students commencing studies during the 2018/19 academic year. Target subjects will include medicine and allied health professions, engineering, and computer science, all of which are offered at the University of York.
- Ministry of Education, Saudi Arabia (moe.gov.sa)
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. A good starting point is to contact your local British Council office. They can provide up-to-date advice on what is available for your country and you can search for scholarships online.
If you're applying to York through Clearing this summer, entry requirements may differ from those listed on this and our course pages. Please refer to our Clearing pages for the latest details as they're announced.
If you've studied a two year post-secondary Technical Diploma from a recognised Technical College with a minimum CGPA score of 3.0, you will be considered for direct entry to undergraduate studies.
If you have completed the International Arab Baccalaureate you'll need to achieve between 95%-84% overall. You may be required to obtain specific scores in certain subjects.
If you're leaving high school or an institute in Saudi Arabia with the Tawjihiyah General Certificate of Secondary Education 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.
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.
Postgraduate taught courses
For a postgraduate taught course such as a Masters, you would normally need a Bachelors 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 3.75 out of 5.0 or 3.0 out of 4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
- A score of 3.5 out of 5.0 or 2.8 out of 4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:2.
For a research degree such as an MPhil or a PhD, you would normally need a Bachelors degree from a recognised institution plus either a Masters degree in a relevant subject or some experience of conducting research.
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.
English language requirements vary by academic department.
- Undergraduate study English language requirements
- Postgraduate Taught English language requirements
- Postgraduate Research English language requirements
English language support
We can help you with your English language skills both before and during your studies.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
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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We have a number of agents in Saudi Arabia that can provide you with more information about the University and our application process. Our representatives are:
- EduSmart International
- IDP Education (UK) Ltd
- IEC Abroad
- Knowledge Horizon
- SAT International Educational Consultants
- TCL Global
- UKUNI - Saudi Arabia
- Gulf Wings
You could also seek advice from the British Council in Saudi Arabia.
Read our pre-arrival checklist and find out everything you need to know to help make your journey to York as easy as possible.
If you're travelling to the UK by plane, you can book your place on our free airport collection service from Manchester airport.
There are over 180 social, cultural and religious student-led societies that you can join at York including the International Students' Association (ISA).
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