Welcome to the University of Derby, an applied university of today, for tomorrow, in the heart of the UK. We are proud to welcome more than 2,000 international students from 100 countries. Here you will find important information on scholarships, entry requirements and what it’s like to study at Derby as a student from the USA. You can also get in touch with our dedicated International Recruitment Officer for the USA.

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The Graduate Route visa 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. 

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
Siobhan Hinds, International Recruitment Officer at University of Derby

Siobhan Hinds
International Lead

Contact Siobhan if you want to know more about what it's like to live and study in Derby or have any questions about making an application.


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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.

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Study Across the Pond

You can apply to study with us through Study Across the Pond. Please check directly with them for more details.






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Discover Derby Uni as an International student

We understand that joining us from outside the UK affects what you need to know about studying with us, so here are all the digital ways you can find out more about our University.

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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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Tuition fees

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

Course level 2023/2024 2024/2025
Foundation £14,900 £14,900
Undergraduate* £14,900 £14,900
Postgraduate* £14,900 £14,900
MBA £16,500 £16,500
MSc GeoEnergy £19,950 £19,950
MSc Sustainable and Ethical Business Management  £15,450 £15,450
MSc Conservation Biology  £16,450 £16,450
BSc Occupational Therapy  £14,045 £14,045

* 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. Please note that this is available for January 2023, but will no longer be available from September 2023 onwards.

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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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