Anglia Ruskin University welcomes students from over 185 countries. Students learn from lecturers with practical experience in their field, benefit from the university's strong industry links, and explore fascinating subjects while developing the wider skills needed to get on in the workplace. All based in a university that has invested significantly to provide great facilities.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

3,810 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • The International Office at Anglia Ruskin invites students to take part in a two-day International Orientation for September and one day Orientation for January. Orientation is a good opportunity for international and European students to review academic information, learn about services available for students, and get practical advice plus information on social events. It is also a great chance to meet with other new students and the International Office team.

English Language Requirements

For students whose first language is not English, the minimum standards are below; some courses may require higher scores. Please refer to the university website for details.

  • Undergraduate: IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component) or equivalent, with exceptions.
  • Postgraduate (master's): IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in any component) or equivalent, with exceptions.
  • Postgraduate (research degrees): IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, unless a higher IELTS score is required by subject area at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • If students need to improve their level of English language to meet entry requirements, a supportive team of experts in the university's language centre provide a variety of courses, including pre-sessional programmes.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Student accommodation is available on campus in both Cambridge and Chelmsford; university accommodation is also available off-campus. All are within close proximity to the city centres and train and bus stations, and within 50-minutes of London.
  • Students should apply online for accommodation as soon as they have accepted their offer of an academic place at the university. Students who apply early will have the best chance of securing their first choice of accommodation.
  • All accommodation is self-catering, but meals can be purchased from multiple on-site catering outlets if required. These amenities are open during the day from Monday to Friday, while vending machines are accessible 24/7.
  • The university can also help if students have any medical requirements; there are a selection of rooms suitable for a range of disabilities, and a few rooms with provision for an adjacent live-in carer.

Bursaries and Scholarships

Please refer to the university website for full details of awards, which include:

  • International Merit Scholarship (undergraduate or postgraduate): worth £2,000 or £1,000 towards the total course fee. Students applying for full-time study at undergraduate or postgraduate level will automatically be considered for the scholarship.
  • International Alumni Scholarship (postgraduate taught and postgraduate research): worth £3,000. Students who successfully completed an ARU degree and are applying for either a full-time taught master's course, a full-time research degree or the Legal Practice course will automatically be considered for this scholarship
  • International Early Payment Discount (undergraduate and postgraduate): a £1,000 discount for students who pay their tuition fees early. Students will automatically be considered for this discount. Available to first-year undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, who are studying full-time.
  • MBA scholarships: a £4,000 scholarship for a one-year MBA offered to all successful international applicants; and a £2,000 scholarship for a two-year MBA with one-year industry work placement.

Ongoing Support

  • Anglia Ruskin University offers a wide range of support, including a dedicated service for students with a disability (including mental health or medical condition or specific learning difference). There is also a counselling service, advice on finances, and an International Centre focusing on the queries and needs of overseas students.
  • While studying, students have the opportunity to seek careers advice from the university's Employability Service, which offers everything from information on writing a stand-out CV to succeeding in an interview. Support can be provided face-to-face with an advisor, while additional help is available online.
  • Students are encouraged to get involved in a club or society in their spare time, to meet new friends, gain another skill and add something different to their CV. These range from dance class to the alternative music society. Students can also start their own club or society to demonstrate their leadership skills.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance