International students

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Welcome to the University of Derby - 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 can benefit from our strong relationships with employers and professional accreditations.

For example, this year our international students were personally invited by the University’s Chancellor, Lord Burlington, to an exclusive event in the grounds of his magnificent stately home, Chatsworth House (pictured below).

We are currently offering scholarships and discounts totalling up to £3,000 for international students joining in September 2024 or January 2025 – visit our scholarships webpage to check if you are eligible.*

If you need support, we will 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.

*For further details on the £2,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship and £1,000 Full Payment Discount please visit our Scholarships, Bursaries and Discounts webpage and note that Terms and Conditions apply.

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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Open Day Livestream

Join our Open Day Livestream to find out if studying at Derby is right for you. Get advice on making an application and get a feel for the city and campus.

Next Open Day Livestream: Saturday 12 October, 10.30am - 12pm

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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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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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Where is Derby?

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

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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