Why Study Here?

  • Aston University is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate employability.
  • Aston is one of only four universities where over 50% of students take a placement year.
  • Students from over 120 countries are currently enrolled at Aston, making it a truly global university.
  • We have a small, friendly and green campus located in the heart of Birmingham – Britain's second city.
  • Over £215 million spent to transform the campus.
  • Consistently ranked in the top 15–30 universities in the UK.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • GCSE: grade C
  • IELTS: 6.0–6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: 90
  • Pearson Academic: 60

Fees and Funding

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2016–2017):

Type of Course Undergraduate Taught Postgraduate
Classroom £13,800 £13,800
Mixed £14,800 £15,300
Laboratory £16,850 £16,850
Clinical - -

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Aston has a number of scholarships available to international students studying for an undergraduate degree.

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Aston Welcome is a chance for our new students to get to know each other, the university and the city. Our welcome programme begins before our students start: we provide detailed pre-arrival information and offer a Meet and Greet Service for all new students arriving at Birmingham International Airport.
  • Once students arrive for International Orientation they are greeted by the Aston Aunties – second and final year students who volunteer their time to welcome students to the university.
  • There are a range of activities from the day students arrive: we help with bank accounts, visa scanning and other admin; there are also social events helping students to integrate with course and flat mates. Students have the chance to find out about all of the services Aston has to offer at the Information Market, take part in the wide range of evening events organised by the Students’ Guild and attend the International Student Welcome.
  • The second week (Freshers’ Week) gives students the opportunity to meet and socialise with the UK students – with more Guild events and course related activities.
  • The Hub is open to help with any issues you may face or questions you have. It is also where you come for visa scanning and all immigration queries. Throughout Aston Welcome we offer longer opening hours to help answer all of these questions and we can also help with any timetable questions you have throughout the welcome period.
  • Throughout the two weeks there is a Helpdesk specifically for International students which is run by the Aunties in the Martin Luther King Centre and is there to help with any queries and is also the place to go to purchase Guild event tickets.

Accommodation for International Students

  • International undergraduate students who put Aston as their first choice are guaranteed accommodation for the duration of their course. For subsequent years after their first year, they must apply by the deadline date for returning students.
  • All accommodation is on the university campus. It is self-catered, with internet access (costs available on the website and on arrival).
  • International students are allocated with home and EU students.
  • Students do not have to move out during the Christmas and Easter vacations. They move out at the end of the licence period after Term 3. However students can apply to stay on campus during the summer vacation and many international students do this.

Organisations for International Students

  • There is a host of student societies and clubs for international students.
  • All students are welcome to join any society or sports club at Aston University and international students make a significant proportion of our sports teams.