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 156 students from the USA.
They're studying a range of subjects including Archaeology, English, Medieval Studies and Politics.
- York is steeped in ancient history, renowned for its architecture and tangle of quaint cobbled streets.
I would describe the teaching at York as exceptional. The lecturers are well-rounded and come from a variety of disciplines. Several of the professors are experienced professionals from their career field, and therefore bring a wealth of knowledge and experience based on their previous clinical practice. Others are experienced at research and academic design. The combination of disciplines and experiences provide a course that is both well-rounded and comprehensive in scope. The lecturers genuinely care about us as students, and sincerely want us to succeed. They are engaging, encouraging and supportive, and teach the lectures with both clarity and wisdom.
Jesse, MSc Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice (United States)
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 loans and competitive scholarships:
- Undergraduate students: Federal Loans
- Postgraduate students: Federal Loans
- US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefits
- American Association of University Women
- Fulbright Awards
- The Fulbright - University of York Scholarship
- Marshall Scholarships
- The York Marshall Scholarship
- The Thouron Award
- Rotary Foundation Scholarships
- The Beinecke Scholarship
- The Best Mattress State Of Sleep Scholarship
- The MyUS.com Community Scholarship
- GoSkills Scholarship
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.
Due to COVID-19, we recognise that many standardised tests used in the admissions process have been cancelled. As you submit your UCAS application please provide any test scores you have received and list any future tests you intend to sit and submit.
US curriculum schools
If you are a high school student applying for an undergraduate degree, such as a BA or BSc, you will need:
- Three AP tests with scores ranging between 4 and 5 or three SAT Subject Tests with scores ranging between 650 and 700+
An honours level class at B+ or better or a college-level class at B+ or better can be used in place of one AP test or SAT Subject Test.
A combination of AP and SAT Subject Tests in different subjects is acceptable.
ACT or SAT tests are not required for admission.
However, if you have taken these tests we may use your scores to assess your application fully and may ask that you provide them.
We may also request a current high school transcript and/or your high school diploma.
Our first focus is on your academic suitability as demonstrated by either AP tests or SAT Subject Tests as above.
College Board / SAT: 7780
Official scores can be sent to us directly.
Students studying at community college, a four-year college or through a dual enrollment programme in school
One or more years of college-level classes or an associates degree with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0
We also accept a wide range of UK and international qualifications such as A levels and the International Baccalaureate.
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 3.2 out of 4.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
- A score of 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 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.
Meet us in your country
We don't have any upcoming visits planned to your country at the moment.
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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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