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About University of York

Enquiring minds, inspirational teaching, pioneering research, global ambition, local commitment, and social purpose.

Founded in 1963, the University of York provides exceptional learning experiences to all students enabling them to flourish within and beyond their studies. York’s commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a strong reputation across the globe. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 ranked York in the top 40 in the world for Arts and Humanities and in the top 100 for Social Sciences. University of York started out with just over 230 students and is now home to more than 20,000 students from over 150 countries.

Why York?

A York degree is recognised and respected all over the world. Students are challenged to dream big, think critically and change the world.

  • Global perspective: As a student at York, you'll be part of a diverse, international community of over 20,000 students from over 150 countries

  • Teaching excellence: York is a leading university ranked 150th in the QS World University Rankings 2021

  • Research excellence: York is one of the world's premier institutions for inspirational and life-changing research

"The University has a lot of support, especially for international students. Every student will have an individual supervisor that you can approach when needed as well."

-Yan, Hong Kong

Student Life

Make friends for life, discover new passions, and learn invaluable skills for a bright future. Discover why students love York.

"Although we live in unprecedented times, what hasn’t changed is the commitment of your Students’ Union and the wider community in York to maximise your enjoyment here. You'll have the chance to meet so many new people and to get involved with a huge range of societies, sports teams and cultural events both on campus and in our beautiful, historic city. Whether you join us from Yorkshire or the other side of the world, YUSU represents your voice on campus and organises the best events you'll have ever seen."

-Patrick O'Donnell, YUSU President 2020/21

Make the most of your university experience by trying new activities is a great way to meet people, have fun and develop your skills. Check out the options York has to offer:

  • Over 200 student societies to choose from

  • 65+ sports clubs for beginners to pros

  • 9 colleges providing your home from home

  • 1 green campus-based university

Student Support Services

York offers dedicated support for international students to help you make the most of your experience


International Pathway Courses

York pathway courses can help you plot a route onto many of the undergraduate Bachelors and postgraduate Masters courses


Summer Schools and Short Courses

Summer schools and short courses providing an opportunity to experience life at a leading UK university.


Pre-Sessional Language Courses

Pre-sessional English language courses are specifically designed for international students who need to meet an English language condition for entry to degree-level study at York




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