Equal access to education

We are committed to widening participation and holistically supporting students from under-represented groups to access, succeed and progress from University.

Supporting our students

Our 2020 to 2025 access and participation plan (PDF) sets out our commitment to provide students from diverse backgrounds access to an inclusive education. Students with irregular migration status, asylum seekers and refugees can access specialist and holistic advice through our dedicated student communities support.


Asylum seekers wishing to study at the University receive overseas fee status. To help reduce their study costs, students can apply for our Asylum Seeker Bursary. The bursary covers a partial tuition fee waiver that will cover the difference between the UK/EU tuition fee and the overseas fee charged (up to £21,000). Under this waiver, successful applicants will be classed as international students but will be able to pay the home rate of fee.

Successful applicants are also awarded a maintenance bursary of up to £1,500. This goes towards set-up costs, books and travel in the first year of study.

For more information on the University's bursaries, visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

Equality, diversity and inclusion at Surrey

The University of Surrey recognises the wealth of benefits to be gained from a diverse national and international university community in which every individual contribution is valued.