International students

Welcome to the University of Derby, an applied university located in the heart of the UK. We are proud to welcome more than 2,000 international students from over 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Find out more about where we are and what our current international students say about living and studying at Derby.  

A warm welcome

Welcome to the University of Derby. We're an applied university of today, for tomorrow. We're a much-loved second home to more than 2,000 international students from over 100 countries. 

Excellent teaching and real-world learning prepare you for a successful, fulfilling career. Our courses are closely linked to industry, and students benefit from our strong relationships with employers, professional accreditation and practical projects that put theory into practice.

If you need support – either with your course or with life as an international student – we’ll make sure you get it. From our award-winning accommodation, Union of Students and Careers and Employment Service, we've got you covered.

Derby is a diverse and welcoming city. The Purple Flag awarded the city of Derby as a safe and inclusive place where international students can immerse themselves in British culture and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The Graduate Route visa 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. 

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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.

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International Foundation Programme

Our International Foundation Programme is designed to give you a recognised English language qualification so you can progress onto your chosen degree.

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Be inspired by our Virtual Tour

Get a taste of what it’s like to come to the University of Derby and explore what’s on offer - wherever you are.

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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 a compact but versatile city, the ideal size. Located in the Midlands, it’s in 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