International Students

The Department of Computer Science at York is truly multicultural and our international students form an important part of our community. We welcome students from all over the world.

Jing Wu - one of our international students

"The department has a wonderful mixture of nationalities and cultures, which is of great help to broaden my cultural and academic experience and improve my language skills. There is always plenty of kind advice and support to help overseas students facing difficulties."

Jing Wu

How we support our international students

  • Dedicated support services

We realise that you are a long way from home and sometimes you may require additional support services – the International Support Office provide support and guidance including an Immigration Advice Service, student orientation, an International Students’ Association and help with housing, health and finances.

  • A supportive and friendly environment

With the various clubs and societies, we provide you with the opportunity to interact within a group of people with closely related interests.

  • A dedicated member of our academic staff

Someone who has overall responsibility for international matters, and has studied himself as an international student. He is available to provide specialist support, and to coordinate activities for international students.

  • A college structure

The college structure at the University of York further enhances the supportive environment and, as a result, the university has a very low dropout/failure rate.

  • An exceptional educational experience

We have an international reputation for our teaching and research.

  • A range of English Language courses

At the Centre for English Language Teaching we offer a range of English Language Courses to further develop and improve language skills. Find out more about what support is available during term time.


Applying to study at York with international qualifications

Applications from international students are welcomed and we encourage you to contact our Undergraduate Admissions Team for specific information regarding international qualifications. You will find entry requirements on each course page, or you can check our guide to equivalent overseas qualifications.

If your first language is not English, you can keep up to date with the English language qualifications we accept (scroll down the page to check the Departmental requirements for Computer Science).

International Foundation Programmes

We welcome applications from students who are taking an International Foundation programme. Foundation programmes that provide the most suitable preparation for our courses are those in Science (with a Maths / Physics focus), Engineering or Electronics.

We require students to cover an A-Level equivalent standard of Mathematics during their Foundation programme and we also need students to complete some Physics related modules.

If you taking a Foundation programme and would like to find out if it meets our entry requirements, please get in touch the title of your programme and the modules you are studying by emailing our Undergraduate Admissions Team.


Applying to study at York with international qualifications

Applications from international students are welcomed and we encourage you to contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team for specific information regarding international qualifications.

English Language requirements

For postgraduate taught courses, if your first language is not English, and you have not been taught predominantly in English, you will be expected to have attained a score of 6.5 in the IELTS test (or equivalent), with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill. Alternative qualifications that are accepted are Pearson, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English.

For postgraduate research courses, you will be expected to have attained a score of 6.0 in the IELTS test (or equivalent), with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

More information about our English Language requirements

Need more information?

For information on studying as an international student please contact our admissions team:


Mrs Dominique Pickering/Mrs Catherine Smith
Tel: +44 (0)1904 325412/5578

Mr Eugene Campbell
Tel:  +44 (0)1904 325404 

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My favourite part has been making friends from all around the world. They have definitely made my student life great fun. Thanks to them I have also been able to learn a lot about cultural diversity.

Sri Sri Perangur, BEng Computer Science

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