International students

Welcome to the University of Derby, an ambitious modern university in the heart of the UK. We are proud to welcome more than 1700 international students from over 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with award winning support services. Find out more about where we are and what our current international students say about living and studying at Derby. 

No 1UK Modern University for multi-cultural learning**UK Modern ISB Benchmark Group 2018
Top10in the world for international student learning experience**Global ISB Benchmark Group 2018

A warm welcome

Welcome to the University of Derby. We’re an ambitious, modern university with two campuses in Derbyshire, central England. We’re also a much-loved second home to more than 1,700 international students from 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Excellent teaching that really prepares you for a successful, fulfilling career: this is what we focus on. Our courses will develop your academic knowledge, practical experience and employability skills such as communication and leadership.

If you need support – either with your course or with life as an international student – we’ll make sure you get it. We came out on top in the International Student Barometer (ISB) 2018 rankings among the UK Modern Universities group for the formal welcome given to students arriving at the University from overseas, and first among the UK Modern Universities group for multi-cultural learning and faith support.

The Purple Flag awarded city of Derby is a welcoming and safe place with lots going on for international students to really experience British culture.

Make it Real banner at Open Day

Undergraduate Digital Event

If you're unable to join us on-campus, our next Undergraduate Digital Event is on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 December. At this online drop-in event you will be able to chat to our teaching staff and current students.

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Studying as an international student

In this clip from our recent Open Day Live, our international students and staff are asked about what it’s like to move to the UK to study.

Chatting to international students about life at Derby

View Asking our international students video transcript

A student doing archery

Scholarships and discounts for international students

We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students which can be used together to offer a reduction in your tuition fees.

Find out more about scholarships for international students and how to applyFind out more about scholarships for international students and how to apply
A female student at our international welcome event

Funding for EU Students

To help with the cost of your studies, we are offering a new EU Transition Bursary. This is part of a range of scholarships and discounts available to you.

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The UK government has recently announced a new ‘graduate route’ that allows international students to work, or look for work, at any skill level for a period of two years after completing their courses in the UK. Find out more about the two-year post-study visa

Entrance view of Kedleston Road campus in the daytime.

Discover Derby Uni

There are many ways for you to find out more about studying at Derby. Book your Open Day or Campus Tour, sign up for Derby on Demand, explore our Virtual Open Days, or watch our Open Day Live production and listen to interviews with our brilliant staff and students.

Find out how you can Discover Derby UniFind out how you can Discover Derby Uni

Where is Derby?

An animated video about where the University of Derby is located in the heart of England.

View Where is Derby? video transcript

International student Ioana Batcu

Derby is all a paradox; it’s compact but versatile, the ideal city size. Located in the Midlands, it’s known as the heart of the UK, so you can explore the rest of the country. Just get in the car, jump on the bus or take the train to start your new adventure.

Ioana Batcu
On where Derby is in the UK
A photo of international student Mohika Shankar

Studying in the UK is good value for money; the average cost is lower than studying in the USA or Australia. While living expenses are set by lifestyle, spending habits and accommodation, it has been estimated that students spend a minimum of £1,015 a month.

Mohika Shankar
On studying in the UK and the expenses to consider
Students at an Open Day

Chat to our students

Want to know more about what it's like to be an international student at the University of Derby? Chat to one of our online ambassadors to find out more about life at Derby.

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#1for formally welcoming international students**UK ISB Benchmark Group 2018
Top100for teaching excellence in Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2018
A female student works on a laptop

English language test requirements for September 2021 entry

Are you concerned about being able to provide English language requirements? While the current situation continues, we will temporarily accept some alternatives to the standard IELTS test for most courses.

Find out more about English language testing for September 2021Find out more about English language testing for September 2021
A student who has been awarded the Vice-Chancellor's scholarship

Being an international student

Moving to the UK has been a life-changing experience for Sam Chikowore, who was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. Read about his first few months as an international student at Derby.

Read Sam's blog about starting university and feeling welcomeRead Sam's blog about starting university and feeling welcome
Students chatting in a coffee shop

Undergraduate Facebook Group

Start your connection with our community of others planning on joining us. You may meet some of your future course, halls, sport or society contacts.

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Postgraduate Facebook Group

Get to know others who are planning on starting postgraduate courses at Derby. We're happy to give you advice and help you prepare your application.

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International Student Facebook Group

The Union of Students have set up a Facebook group so that you can meet other international students and ask any questions you may have.

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