International Students

With students from over 120 different countries, we’re proud to be one of the most culturally-diverse universities in the UK.  Specialist staff in our International Office are here to help your throughout the application process – from advising on choosing the right course to applying for a visa and preparing for your first few weeks at Surrey.

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Study at Surrey

We offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Surrey. You might also be interested in our: International Foundation Year; Pre-sessional English programmes; English Language Support Programme.

Undergraduate bursaries and scholarships 2015

Information about bursaries and scholarships for students starting at the University of Surrey in 2015.

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International Foundation Year

Many International Students looking for Undergraduate studies in the UK will require a foundation programme. If you are unsure as to the equivalency of your qualification, please contact International Recruitment in the first instance.

The International Foundation Year at Surrey offers two pathways that lead on to most of our undergraduate degree programmes. Based in the heart of the campus, the foundation programme prepares students both academically and holistically for degree-level study at the University of Surrey.

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Pre-sessional English Programmes

Our Pre-Sessional English language programmes are designed as intensive English preparation for international students who are planning to study on a degree programme at either the University of Surrey or at another UK institution and wish to improve their language skills. Our programmes last 12, 8 or 5 weeks depending on your level of English language. They're also a great way to meet fellow students and acclimatise to life in the UK.

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English Language support

The English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides support in all aspects of academic English at no additional charge.  ELSP is open to all Surrey students registered on undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome. The purpose of ELSP is to provide the tailored English language support you need during your time at Surrey. 

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English Language qualification

The University of Surrey is an official test centre for the IELTS exam – one of the most widely recognised English language qualifications in the world. As well as taking the IELTS test at Surrey, students can take a range of courses to prepare for the exam. All these are taught by highly experienced and qualified IELTS teachers who will give students extensive guidance and awareness of the skills needed to do well in the exam.

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Postgraduate fees and financial support

Information about financial support for your postgraduate studies.

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How to apply

The application process is different depending on whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or a research student. If you need help with your visa you can contact our Student Services team.

How to apply for undergraduate courses

We want to support students to achieve their full potential, and believe that it is important to consider applications based on individual merit. With this in mind, your application will be considered in a fair, transparent and consistent way.

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How to apply for postgraduate taught courses

To apply for a programme, you will need to complete and submit an application form, which you can access via the specific programme pages at

While there is no formal application deadline for the majority of our programmes, you are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Where a programme does have an application deadline, the date is detailed on the specific programme page.

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How to apply for postgraduate research programmes

For admissions to a postgraduate research programme, you are advised to discuss your proposed topic of research with the appropriate postgraduate admissions team, prior to making an application. Details of the admissions contact and how to apply for a programme can be accessed via the specific programme pages.

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Coming to Surrey

In order to study in the UK you'll need to meet the various visa and immigration conditions required by the UK Government. Our team of specialist and experienced international student advisers can help you with guidance on all of these matters.

A space of your own… guaranteed

At Surrey, we offer a variety of good-quality accommodation, with a choice of several different price bands.

Arranged in Courts of Residence (groups of self-catered housing), our campus accommodation has been carefully designed to meet your needs and provide you with a comfortable living space to make your own.

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Pre-Departure website

The University of Surrey Pre-Departure website has been designed to help all new international and EU students make preparations for their study and life in the UK. A short checklist can be downloaded or printed out, which can be referred to at any time before arriving on campus and during the first few days at Surrey. 

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Welcome Week

Welcome Week is a packed programme of events, talks and social activities to help you find your feet, get ready to study and meet up with other students.

As well as important briefings specific to your programme, don’t miss our Guide to Starting at the University of Surrey and the Freshers' Fayre, when you’ll get the chance to sign up for the University’s many clubs and societies.

Being an international student

We have a long history of welcoming international students from all around the world. We currently have over 120 different nationalities represented, so you'll be certain to enjoy a truly international education.

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