International applicants

We’re delighted you’ve chosen to study at Derby and we’re looking forward to meeting you soon.  

We are proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, so you’ll be part of a diverse community. Our International Student Centre supports students from around the world with visa advice, student welfare and faith provision as well as helping you to settle in to life in the UK and making new friends. 

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Get ready for coming to the UK

Here is some important information you need to know before you arrive and things you might be thinking about before travelling to the UK:

  1. Find a place to call home – once you’ve accepted our offer as your firm choice, you can apply for a place in halls. They are just a short walk from our campus and a great place to make friends. We supply you with a free bed pack and kitchen pack on arrival and you can pre-order other essentials you need for your room from Unikitout (use code DERBY10 for 10% discount)
  2. Book your airport pick up – we offer a meet and greet service where we collect new international students from selected airports in the UK. It’s free but you must book in advance
  3. Sort out your visa – applying for your visa and understanding what is required can be very confusing, that's why we have a dedicated Visa and Immigration Advisor to help with any questions you have
  4. Meet other students online - we’ve set up a Facebook group for offer holders who are starting with us in 2020. Join now so you can start to make friends and join in conversations before you get here. You may even meet some students coming from your home country
  5. Save the date - you're invited to our International Welcome event which includes tours of the city and local area and advice to get you prepared for your studies
  6. Plan your budget - Derby is one of the most affordable cities in the UK. Read about what our students say about the cost of living in Derby and top tips for budgetingon a small income
  7. Check out the weather - students in the UK experience dazzling sunshine, blustery winds and occasional drizzle, sometimes all in one afternoon! Watch this fun video to help plan what clothes to bring with you so you are prepared for sunshine, rain and everything in between
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English language test requirements for September 2020 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 2020Find out more about English language testing for September 2020
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My international warm welcome to Derby

Worry is a common feeling amongst all students especially those moving to Derby from a different country. Ioannis shares his experience of the welcome he received when arriving to the University from Greece.

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Fitting in and making friends

When Simona first arrived at University she was afraid that as an international student she would feel alone and that it would be hard to make new friends. Fortunately for her, these feelings didn’t last long.

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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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Contact us

Our dedicated enquiry team can help to answer any questions you have about studying with us.

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