University of York

International students form an integral part of the University of York’s community on campus, with just over 20% of our students currently coming from outside the UK.

One of the UK's top ten

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In less than 50 years, York has become one of the top 10 universities in the UK for teaching and research and is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world. 

York Ambassadors offer help and support to prospective and new international students in a variety of ways, such as becoming an email contact for students from their country, or helping out at education exhibitions overseas.

York is the smallest and most northern city within Yorkshire’s boundaries. At its heart is a medieval city dominated by one of Britain’s most beautiful cathedrals, surrounded by narrow streets and enclosed by a huge stone wall.

History and a modern outlook

York combines 2,000 years of history with a modern outlook: the city boasts great shopping, a wide variety of top restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, but also offers stunning architecture, wonderful churches and some of the best museums in the country.

The city also has great transport links; York is conveniently located halfway between London and Edinburgh, just a two-hour train ride from the capitals of England and Scotland.

Find out more about studying at the University of York or register your interest here.