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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Get a taste of studying in York through our free online taster courses and open access short online courses. Develop your English language and a number of other skills, and get the opportunity to interact with our student community.
Studying with us at the moment we have:
- 474 students from Europe
- 21 students from Switzerland.
They're studying a range of subjects including Economics, History of Art, Physics and Law.
You couldn’t pick a more beautiful place to come to university. The Minster, the Shambles, and the markets all make it a wonderful place to live. There’s a lot of culture and history here, as well as a decent nightlife for students.
Eloise, BA English (Switzerland)
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
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're leaving high school in Switzerland you'll need an overall grade of between 4.3 and 5.2 in one of the following certificates:
- Certificat de Maturité
- Certificat de Maturité Cantonal reconnu par la Confédération
- Eidgenössisch anerkanntes kantonales Maturitätszeugnis
- Attestato di Maturità
- Attestato di Maturità Cantonale riconosciuto dalla Confederazione (Federal Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Other post school qualifications may also be considered for entry to York on a case by case basis.
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 'Gut' 5 (1 to 6 grading system), 8 (1 to 10 grading system) or 2 (5 to 1 grading system) is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
- A score of 'Genugend' 4 (1 to 6 grading system), 6 (1 to 10 grading system) or 3 (5 to 1 grading system) is considered comparable to a UK 2:2
The score you will need depends on which university you attended and which subject you're applying to.
For a research degree such as an MPhil or a PhD, you would normally need a Bachelors degree 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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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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