International students at University of York

University of York is one of the top public universities in York, United Kingdom. Established in 1963, the university has expanded to more than thirty departments and centers, covering a wide range of subjects. The university's international reputation attracts a diverse student body, creating a vibrant and multicultural community. With a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the University of York offers students an opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research and benefit from a rich academic experience. Beyond academics, the campus life provides a myriad of support services, clubs, and societies, ensuring a holistic and enriching student journey. The University of York continues to shape the minds of future leaders, scholars, and innovators while maintaining its commitment to excellence in education and research.

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International Student Insurance

University of York assures well being of its students apart from their academic growth. It provides reliable health insurance to international students in case of an accident or the need to see a doctor while studying abroad. The university has an on-campus health center, and you should register with it upon your arrival.

If you'll be in the UK for over six months, you can access the National Health Service (NHS) like any UK resident, but some medical conditions and repatriation might not be covered, so having health insurance is crucial. If your course is under six months, you'll be treated as a private patient and will have to pay for doctor visits, medication, and hospital treatment, as well as dental and optical care. It's essential to get insurance before your travel to cover these costs and check the latest information from the university's official website or contact university offices for the most accurate and up-to-date details regarding health insurance and healthcare facilities.

Engage and connect with fellow international students through a wide range of societies and clubs. University of York Students' Union supports over 200 student societies at York. It offers a diverse range of student-led societies catering to various interests and cultures. For example, joining a society committee is a great way to develop your leadership or teamwork capabilities. Whether you're passionate about music, sports, or your home country's culture, you'll find a welcoming community and opportunities to make lifelong friendships.

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Arriving from abroad and need assistance with storing your belongings?

Student Storage Company provides students with easy access to safe storage options. They offer dependable and reasonably priced services for storing extra stuff throughout the school year or your bags when you're on vacation.

If you are unable to bring all your personal items in your luggage, make sure your belongings arrive after you have checked into your accommodation as there is no space for storing luggage at the University.

For individuals requiring freight or storage solutions for their possessions, local companies stand ready to provide assistance.

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You can direct any queries you may have to the International Student Support by visiting the University's VISA AND IMMIGRATION section. They provide advice on adjusting to life in the UK, extending a visa, and immigration-related issues. To get in touch with them, call +44 (0)19 0432 4000, or mail direct your mail to You may attend workshops, ask questions, and make connections with other international students going through similar things.

Enhance your language skills and improve your academic writing through language support programs. The extracurricular LfA classes, provides English language courses and workshops specifically designed for international students. Whether you want to build confidence in spoken English or refine your writing skills, their experienced instructors are there to assist you in achieving your language goals.

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How can I connect with fellow international students?

An excellent way to meet students from both local and foreign countries who share your interests is to join a club from the large selection of interest-based clubs and societies on offer at York. Check out the university's student societies.

Do I need health insurance as an international student at the University of York?

Absolutely, having full health insurance coverage while attending University of York is crucial for international students. It is advised to have health insurance that includes repatriation, emergency evacuation, and medical costs. International students can choose from appropriate insurance plans from providers such as AXA, Allianz, or Bupa.

Where can I find support and guidance as an international student?

University of York has a dedicated team offering support and guidance and point you in the right direction when further expertise is needed. For international students attending University of York International Student Services is an valuable resource. They provide advice on adjusting to life in the UK, extending a visa, and immigration-related issues.

Are there opportunities to celebrate diversity and share my culture?

At University of York, there are several opportunities to exhibit your culture, including cultural societies, events, international food and cuisine, and global week. For information on coming cultural events and celebrations, keep an eye on the university's event calendar and social media accounts.

How can I improve my language skills and academic writing?

University of York Department of Language and Linguistic Science offers a range of services to help students in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy develop their academic writing and written language skills. Enroll in these courses if available. 

How can I connect with International Student Ambassadors?

International Student Ambassadors are available to answer your questions and share their experiences. You can contact them via email at can also contact the International Office on +44 (0)1904 324000 or connect with them through social media platforms. They can provide valuable insights and advice on studying and living in York, helping you make the most of your university journey.