International student life at Derby

1stin the UK for welcoming international students**UK Modern Universities ISB Benchmark Group 2018
2ndin the UK for the quality of accommodation**UK ISB Benchmark Group 2018
#1International Student Centre**UK ISB Benchmark Group 2018

University is much more than a place to learn; it will become your second home. You will make new friends from all over the world, experience a new culture and learn to live independently in a new country. It’s an exciting adventure. Are you ready?

At Derby, we offer a warm welcome, lots of support and interesting places to discover – from bright, busy cities to peaceful countryside.

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Our international students who share their experiences of leaving their home country to study in the UK

Living in the UK

As a student in the UK, you will have a lot of fun and freedom. Our society is based on values of democracy, fairness and mutual respect.

Student costs in the UK are also lower than in the USA and Australia, according to research by HSBC bank. You will find living costs in Derbyshire in particular, very affordable. There are also plenty of part-time jobs if you need to earn money.

Living costs

Welfare support

Going to university is not just about your studies, there are lots of other considerations, especially for international students.  Moving to another country, a different language, a new currency, a different style of learning and a diverse culture are all things that may affect you. For a lot of students this is also their first time living away from home so you may find that you are not only adjusting to being a new student but to living independently too.

You may already have an idea of the support you will need before you arrive, or it could be that when you get here you find you need help with a certain area, whether this be accommodation, finance, academic study, working while you study or other personal problems you may encounter.

You are not on your own, the University has an extensive support network in place to help you with all aspects of your student life and at the International Student Centre (ISC) we have a dedicated welfare advisor who you can contact for confidential advice by email overseasadvisor@derby.ac.uk, phone +44 (0)1332 591616 or you can drop into our office at our Kedleston Road site (Room B001) to see them in person.

A member of the international student centre team

I’m Laura, the Welfare Advisor for international students. I can help with all aspects of studying at Derby from letters for banks to organising social activities and events to help you make new friends and experience British culture.

Laura Williamson
Welfare Advisor
Three students enjoying a night out

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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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.

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Greek student Ioannis

Why join a society? My story as an international student

No matter how far away you're coming from, joining a society can help you to meet people who share the same hobbies or interests as you. Ioannis from Greece, tells us about his experience.

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Derby campus buildings on the a globe of the world

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Can't make it to campus? Take a tour wherever you are with our Virtual Open Days. See our first-class facilities, discover our courses and find out what it's like to be a University of Derby student.

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