Syria : information for prospective students - Welcome!
The University of York has a long history of welcoming students from all over the world. Of our 20,000 plus students over 5,500 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
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 254 students from the Middle East and North Africa.
They're studying a range of subjects including Economics, Computer Science, Law, Language and Linguistic Science, Chemistry and Health Sciences.
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.
Book an online appointment with Nicola
Regional Manager for MENA & Central Asia
+44 (0) 1904 324027
+44 (0) 7385976137
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:
You could also be entitled to apply for the following competitive scholarships:
Equal Access Scholarships
We're pleased to offer Equal Access Scholarships for undergraduate students who are seeking refuge in the UK. Successful awardees will not need to pay any tuition fees and they'll receive financial support to help with living costs.
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.
If you’re studying the Shahâda al-Thânawiyya al-Ämma or Baccalauréat (General Secondary 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.
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 in a relevant subject.
Typically you would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees (2:2). Actual requirements will vary by course.
- A Bachelors degree with 70% 'Very Good' from state universities and 80% from private universities is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
- A Bachelors degree with 60% 'Good' from state universities and 70% from private universities 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, 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.
Find out how much our courses cost:
Living costs and additional expenses
Use our living cost guides to plan your budget:
To apply to York, you will need to complete an application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
Apply for an undergraduate course
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.
Apply for a postgraduate taught course
Meet us in your country
We don't have any upcoming visits planned to your country at the moment.
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We don't currently have any authorised agents in Syria. However, you can seek advice from the British Council in Syria.
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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