Guidance for International Applicants and Current Students

We know that you will have lots of questions about your arrival in the UK and how coronavirus measures will affect you. The information below aims to outline how we can support you when you arrive in the UK and what you can expect when you arrive in Derby.

Starting your studies

Following recent Government announcements, we are delighted to welcome all students back on campus. Whether it's your first time coming to Derby or you're returning for a new semester, it is likely there are some additional steps to consider, especially regarding travel.

Take the time to go through the updated information here to ensure you have a safe and easy arrival in the UK.

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The UK is very safe for international students, and the university has 24-hour security and CCTV. Most campuses have a special body that ensures safety for international students providing contact numbers to get in touch with officials in case of any emergency

Mohika Shankar
On feeling safe in the UK

Moving from Vietnam to the UK

International student Le Thi Thu Huyen shares how she made her mind up to come to the UK to study MA Careers Education and Coaching despite the global pandemic and how she now feels very happy and secure in Derby after receiving a warm welcome and support from her lecturers, tutor, and academic staff.

Le Thi Thu Huyen

View Moving from Vietnam to the UK video transcript

Osama Qayyum Janjua

Moving from Pakistan to Derby: My experience as an international student

Find out how Osama fulfilled his ambition of experiencing a new culture and meeting new people.

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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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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.

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Chat to our students

Chat directly to our students to find out more about what it's like at the University of Derby.

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Sam Chikowore in the Peak District

Uprooting yourself from your familiar surroundings is daunting; I felt very nervous back when I moved. However, you have made it this far, take each day in your stride, time will whizz by. Have fun on your new adventure!

Sam Chikowore
Business Management and Geology