United Kingdom: 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.
The information on this page is for international students who are already based in the UK and considering studying at York.
Harry is our Regional Manager for UK International. Please don't hesitate to contact him with any queries you might have about studying here.
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Regional Manager for UK International
Tom is our Student Recruitment Coordinator for UK International. Please don’t hesitate to contact him with any queries you might have about studying here.
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Student Recruitment Coordinator (UK International)
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. 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 A levels you’ll need to achieve between A*AA and BBB.
If you’re studying the International Baccalaureate you’ll need to achieve between 37 and 31 overall.
We also consider other UK qualifications such as BTECs and Cambridge Pre-U.
If you're studying an international foundation programme we will consider your application. You may be asked to provide us with information about the grading scheme and curriculum for your course.
We regularly accept students from the international pathway providers listed below, among others:
- Abbey College
- CATS College
- David Game College
- EF International
- Kings Education
- Study Group.
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 an upper second class honours degree (2:1) or equivalent, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees (2:2). Actual requirements will vary by course.
If you’re currently in your final year of a Bachelors degree in the UK under a 3+1 arrangement you must have achieved at least 75 per cent or higher from your Chinese institution and achieve a 2:1 from the UK institution. Please note that for some courses you may also need to have high grades in relevant modules on your Chinese institution's transcript.
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 the UK
We don't have any upcoming visits planned to the UK at the moment.
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If you wish to receive extra support when applying to study in the UK, you can choose to be counselled by an agent. The University of York is partnered with numerous education agents around the world, who are carefully selected and regularly trained by the University.
Students who choose to be counselled by an agent should expect the following standards of service:
- Agent representatives will support you throughout the application process, including advice when preparing and submitting required documents
- Agent representatives will have full access to your data within your application and may discuss your application in full with the University of York
- Agent representatives should be honest and accurate when communicating with you about the University, and vice versa
- Agent representatives will conduct themselves with fairness and integrity at all times and are subject to a rigorous selection and ongoing training process by the University of York.
It is important to us that you are satisfied with the service that you receive from an agent. You can provide feedback to us by completing the agent feedback form. All responses are anonymous. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is a list of partners that we highly recommend based on the country from which you are applying. The services provided can vary, as can the fees (some services are free of charge). We recommend that you use the web links provided to research your options thoroughly before making a final decision.
Our agent partners
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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