International support for postgraduate research students

With students from more than 140 different countries, we’re proud to be one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK.

Postgraduate Research Applicant Guide


Our International Student Advice team is here to help you with any visa and immigration questions you might have. They also organise events for international students.

Leaving your home country, possibly for the first time, and moving to an unfamiliar culture can be exciting and daunting. The team can help answer any questions you might have when considering your move. We also have a comprehensive international students arrival guide that has all the essential information you need when getting ready to leave for the UK.

The team can help you with:

  • Immigration
  • Visa advice (prior your arrival and during your studies, including visa extensions)
  • Working visa schemes after your studies

To find out more and speak to a member of the International Student Advice team email

Social life and events 

Welcome events

We offer an exciting mix of events and activities that are available from the moment you arrive, with the Meet and Greet programme at Heathrow and Gatwick airports during which you will be transported directly to your accommodation on campus and the International Orientation Programme* that will give you an opportunity to meet other international students at Surrey and take part in trips, welcome talks and an early registration.

During the academic year

The International Student Advice team organises various events and participate with the Students' Union during One World Week where we celebrate different cultures.

*For September and February arrivals

English language

The International Student Advice team are closely linked with other the teams who are able to offer international students advice and support with English language and pre-sessional English courses