International Student Support

The support we give to international students was recognised as the best of all UK universities that participated in the International Student Barometer 2018, which measures international students’ experience of higher education.

#1for formally welcoming international students**UK ISB Benchmark Group 2018
Top10in the world for international student learning experience**Global ISB Benchmark Group 2018

We are here for you

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. We offer an integrated approach to the support we give to our international / EU students which means that you can access a wide-range of support services from across the university including admissions, accommodation, student wellbeing, careers and employment and college student centres. We also have a dedicated visa advisor who can provide advice on your visa and immigration requirements.

If you are an EU citizen, our Post-Brexit EU student guidance provides more information about studying in the UK after Brexit.

Two students sat on a sofa talking with coffee mugs in their hands

Welcome

We're delighted you have chosen to study with us and are looking forward to welcoming you soon. The first few weeks of uni can be jam packed, so we've created an area just for you to help you prepare for your new adventure.

Discover your warm welcomeDiscover your warm welcome

Once you are here

Induction and enrolment

Welcome week, induction and enrolment will take place at the start of your first semester. Find out more about induction and enrolment

Registering with the police

If you are a Relevant Foreign National and you have been admitted to the UK with leave to remain for more than six months, you will need to register with the UK police.

Banking and finance

Before you come to the UK you must calculate how much money you think you will need and know where your money will come from. Find out more about banking and finance

Health care

In the UK we have a National Health Service (NHS) that provides free medical treatment to permanent residents. Find out more about health care

Working while you study

Casual work is generally easy to find, but you shouldn't rely on it to support yourself, especially if you're from outside the EEA. Find out more about working while you study

Your mobile phone

It's easy to get a UK SIM card, or sign up to a UK mobile phone contract. When you get here, you will probably want to use a UK SIM card in your mobile phone. Find out more about setting up a UK SIM and mobile phone contract

Help with your career

If you need information and guidance about your career, our Career Development Centre will be able to help you. Find out more about our careers and employability support

Visa information

If you're entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you must understand the conditions attached to it. Find out more about visas and immigration

Nigerian student Mercy O. Okorie

A home away from home

From the big cities in Nigeria to the community spirit of Derby. Find out how Mercy learned to navigate her new home, and how she's learning how to 'Be the Boss' through one of our initiatives.

Read Mercy's storyRead Mercy's story

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice for international students

Please see the links below to access the latest information about coronavirus:

Letter from Minister Michelle Donelan to International Students

Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP, has written to international students at higher education providers in England. 

The letter sets out key messages from the Minister to international students at this challenging time, and provides an overview of the latest relevant guidance and links to a set of resources for further information. 

"Dear International Students,

As Universities Minister, I wanted to write to you to provide reassurances that we have taken action to keep you safe and to mitigate the worst effects of COVID-19 on you and your education. ..."

Click here to read the full letter

#WeAreTogether campaign 

The #WeAreTogether campaign is a social media campaign involving students, academics and all staff from UK universities, students unions, pathway providers and organisations across the sector. We want to bring all those involved in UK higher education in any form together in a positive campaign which highlights our unity and mutual support for each other as we find our way through the Covid19 outbreak together.

This campaign is particularly aimed at providing reassurance and support for international students. We know many of you may be stuck on campus far away from home and their families. We want to ensure that you know you are not alone and are aware of where to go for help.

Click here to see the full briefing campaign

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.

Read Sam's blog about starting university and feeling welcomeRead Sam's blog about starting university and feeling welcome
Girl walking amongst other students through Sports Centre

Contact us

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

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