Since 1963 the University of York has powered its way to a consistently high rank in the UK and after over 50 years of outstanding academic achievement, they are firmly established as one of the success stories in UK higher education. Their first half-century of success is built on an ethos of equal opportunity and advancement for all, anchored by the highest standards of academic excellence. As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, which represents 24 leading research-led UK universities, they are committed to maintaining the very best research, providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience for their students from all backgrounds, and making unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

The university offers a full range of academic subjects at both undergraduate and graduate level. During your studies, you’ll be taught by leading academics whose research has a global impact and directly influences the curriculum and course content. Your learning is supported by excellent academic facilities and study areas, including a large library that holds copies of essential texts and is open 24 hours a day, 362 days a year. You are further supported by your personal supervisor and a range of workshops.

As one of the UK’s favorite cities, York is popular amongst students, residents and visitors. Life in York is varied, colorful and cultured. The historic city offers a diverse program of events including exhibitions, performances and festivals throughout the year. With its impressive historical buildings, winding medieval streets, specialist stores and boutiques, restaurants and thriving café culture, museums, galleries, theaters, live music venues and sports clubs, York has something to offer for everyone. The compact city center feels friendly and the city’s population of 200,000 gives it a cosmopolitan flavor.

The university is located on a scenic parkland campus featuring two lakes, natural landscaping and a diverse range of flora and fauna. Different parts of campus are connected by footbridges, footpaths and cycle paths and a free bus runs between the two ends of the campus. On-campus there are numerous amenities including shops, bars, cafés, cash machines and a doctor’s surgery. They have about 18,000 students studying with them, and 23% of those are from outside of the UK, giving their campus a truly international atmosphere.


As an international student, you’ll be guaranteed university accommodation for the duration of your course, providing you apply by the relevant deadlines. They offer a range of on-campus accommodation to suit different tastes and budgets. Their accommodation forms part of their nine colleges – each college has its own values, atmosphere and support networks so you can be part of a smaller community within the university. A range of social events are offered through the colleges, and a healthy inter-college rivalry means you can represent your college in a number of student-led activities. You automatically become a member of the college you live in, and if you live off-campus you can choose which college you’d like to belong to and you’ll benefit from all the same college-based support and activities. Many students live on campus, especially in their first year of studies.

Your life at York is about much more than just your academic studies. Make friends, develop skills and gain experiences by taking part in the many opportunities available. York University Students’ Union (YUSU) supports a range of student-led activities, including student media opportunities, volunteering programs and over 180 clubs and societies.

These cover a whole host of interests including football (soccer!), American football, ultimate frisbee, dance, concert orchestra, knitting, photography, anime and manga… the list goes on, and if it doesn't exist, you can create it! Their active International Students’ Association (ISA) and Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) organize cultural and social activities while supporting the diverse range of students on campus. They also have two on-campus sports centers with a range of facilities including fitness suites, sports halls, studios, a swimming pool, floodlit courts and pitches, a velodrome and 49 acres of grass playing fields.

The University of York takes your future career seriously. They have a dedicated Careers Service and encourage students to think about their future from the beginning of their time at York. Throughout the year a range of employers visit the campus and there are regular workshops to improve your skills. Careers also advertise a range of internship and work experience opportunities located both locally and nationally. Staff are happy to advise students who are looking to return home after their studies to work.

If you are interested in studying at York University, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.


Student population: about 19,000 students

Number of international students: approximately 3,800 international students

City population: 208,000 people

Location: Campus setting in a semi-urban location

Closest airports: Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle and London Heathrow

Date of establishment: 1963

Areas of expertise:  Archaeology, English and Related Literature, History, Law and Medieval Studies

Notable alumni:

  • Mahmoud Mohieldin, Corporate Secretary and the President’s Special Envoy at the World Bank Group
  • Greg Dyke, Chairman of The Football Association (FA), journalist, broadcaster and ex Director General of the BBC
  • Jung Chang Chinese-born British author of Wild Swans
  • Anibal Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal 2006-2011, 2011-present day
  • Han Seung-Soo, Former Prime Minister of South Korea (2008-2009)


The university offers scholarships to which all international students can apply. Contact your advisor for more information. If you do not yet have a personal student advisor, please get in touch with an Across the Pond Advisor or use the form on this page to request one.

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University of York

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English Literature, University of York

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University of York

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