Welcome to the University of Derby, an ambitious, modern university in the heart of the UK. We are proud to welcome more than 1,700 international students from 100 countries studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with award-winning support services. Find out more about our scholarships offer, our courses and how to apply to study with us.

Top 10Postgraduate Student Experience**Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2020
Goldrated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
No 1UK Modern University for multi-cultural learning**UK Modern ISB Benchmark Group 2018
Two female international students in our Sports Centre

£2,000 scholarship for January start courses

Receive a £2,000 scholarship when you join us as an international student in January 2021 on an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course. Terms and conditions apply.

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Scholarships for students from the USA

As a student from the United States, you could be eligible for one of our scholarships and discounts, offering a reduction in fees during your first year of study. We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.

You must be applying for a full-time degree. Applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship. Read our scholarships terms and conditions.

£2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students starting a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course in January 2021. This offer will be awarded automatically upon enrolment.

Find your course

We pay one full year’s tuition fees to a limited number of exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate international students.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate exceptional achievements in extracurricular activity, either in your own time or through your employment in the last two years in your personal statement.

£5,000 scholarship to a limited number of eligible undergraduate and postgraduate international students who can demonstrate excellence in their application.

You will need to achieve high academic results exceeding the entry criteria for the course and demonstrate excellence in extracurricular activity, either in your own time or through your employment in the last two years in your personal statement.

£5,000 is roughly 997,334 in Pakistani Rupees - please be aware that exchange rates vary.

£2,000 scholarship for all eligible international students studying a postgraduate taught programme (PGT).

£2,000 is roughly 398,878 in Pakistani Rupees - please be aware that exchange rates vary.

We offer a number of sports scholarships that are also available to international and EU students.

Find out more about our sports scholarships

The UK government has recently announced a new ‘graduate route’ that 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. Find out more about the two-year post-study visa

I came to the University of Derby because I was looking for a graduate programme in the UK that would benefit me in finding employability around the world. I have made friends with students from all over the world.

Cecilia Terral
MSc International Business and Finance, from USA

A warm welcome

As a Gold-rated institution for our teaching and learning (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework), we combine academic expertise with industry experience to ensure your learning is up to date and relevant to today's world.

We continuously invest in our cutting-edge facilities, so you'll be using the latest resources and equipment to support your studies, as well as experience realistic working environments so you'll be ready to impress your future employers and fulfil your ambitions. 

Our Derby English Language Centre can help you improve your language skills in an academic setting and progress through your degree programme, while academics and students work together to ensure we have a fully integrated student community.

Our international student support is rated the best of all UK universities (International Student Barometer 2018 UK Benchmark Group) and will help you settle in to student life when you arrive in the UK with airport pick-ups and a welcome programme to meet your fellow students.

Derby is the UK's most central city, with great rail links across the country and within easy reach of airports. A lively, multi-cultural city, Derby is home to major multi-national companies like Rolls Royce and Toyota. It's a welcoming and safe place with lots going on for international students to really experience British culture.

No 1UK Modern University for faith provision**UK ISB Benchmark Group 2018
Top10in the world for international student learning experience**Global ISB Benchmark Group 2018
No 1UK Modern University for formally welcoming international students**UK ISB Benchmark Group 2018
Clarence Clark from the USA

USA to UK: studying differences

Clarence Clark is not in Kansas anymore - he completed his bachelors degree in America, but has come to Derby to complete his masters as a sport scholar.

Read Clarence's story about moving to the UK from the USARead Clarence's story about moving to the UK from the USA

Contact our representative

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Study Across the Pond
Our overseas recruitment agent

You can apply to study with us through Study Across the Pond. Some agents may charge for provision of services so please check this directly with the agent.






Study Across the Pond
Derby campus buildings on the a globe of the world

Be inspired by our Virtual Open Days

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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Students at an Open Day

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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Tuition fees

Below is a summary of our annual tuition fees in UK pounds before any scholarship or discount has been applied. 

Course levelSeptember 2020 / January 2021
Foundation £14,045
Undergraduate* £14,045
Postgraduate* £14,700
MBA £15,450
MBA Block Delivery £19,800
MSc GeoEnergy £19,950
DBA £27,800

* Some course fees may vary so please check the course webpage for details.

US Federal Loan

US citizens or eligible non-citizens enrolled on a course that is at least 50% full-time may be eligible for student aid loans from the US government for their studies. The University of Derby is authorised as a foreign school to provide loans under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. 

Find out more

General entry requirements

International Foundation Year:

  • Students with a High School Graduation Diploma (Grade 12) would usually be eligible for the International Foundation Year subject to obtaining a minimum of 70%, GPA of 2.0 or grade C.


Applicants meeting the following requirements are usually eligible for direct entrance onto Bachelor programmes

  • High School Diploma or General Educational Development with a GPA of 3.0

Plus one of the following:

  • Standard SATs with a minimum of 1600/2400 in each subject
  • New SATs 1060/1600 – we do not require the optional Essay score
  • ACT score of 24+
  • Three Advanced Placement subjects with a minimum score of 3

Where specific subjects are requested, we can accept an old subject SAT test with a minimum of 500, a new subject SAT with a minimum score of 550, an AP with a minimum score of 3 or High School Honours Classes with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

A two year Associate Degree with a GPA of 3/4 is also acceptable for entrance to the second year of certain programmes

  • Bachelors degrees from institutions recognised by NARIC or government recognised institutions
  • Requirements will vary depending on recognition of institution and scoring system used. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis
  • A score of 60% is considered comparable to a UK 2:1; a score of 50% is considered comparable to a UK 2:2 plus work experience

If you've studied in a country where English is the first language like the USA and Canada, you may not need a formal English language qualification. We will look at everyone's application individually.

For more information and advice about entry requirements contact us.

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