The University of Nottingham

Why Study Here?

Five reasons to choose Nottingham...

  • International careers provision – our Careers and Employability Service can assist you with career development and employability, helping you to plan for your future.
  • Our beautiful campuses – each has a distinct style and personality. Find out more and see our campus videos on our website.
  • You can meet us overseas – our International Relations Officers regularly travel overseas to meet with prospective international students and discuss their application and studying at Nottingham.
  • Our immigration advice – Nottingham has a top-rated International Office for visa support.
  • Unitemps – the university’s recruitment agency for part-time and temporary work can help you find work on campus and in the local area. Please note, there are regulations on work for those who require a student visa.

What Do International Students Study?

English Language Requirements

  • International and European Union students whose first language is not English are required to have an appropriate grade or score in an approved examination or academic test in English language (typically IELTS) before they can register on an academic programme.
  • Students who have taken their education entirely in the medium of English and can demonstrate that they have completed a recognised degree or have successfully completed the whole of their secondary education up to and including the equivalent of year twelve in one of the countries on the UK Border Authority's list of recognised countries will not be required to provide any further evidence of English proficiency.

Entry requirements for 2016–17 are:

  • Foundation programmes: IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.0 in any element).
  • Integrated Foundation Courses: IELTS 5.5 (no less than 5.5 in any element).
  • Undergraduate/postgraduate degree: IELTS 6.0 to 7.5
  • Please note that English language requirements will depend on the course applied for.

The University of Nottingham International Office has a team of dedicated International Relations Officers who can advise on qualifications and entry requirements for students worldwide.

  • To find information for students from your country contact please visit our website.

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 £14,850 £15,140
Mixed £17,770 -
Laboratory £19,120 £19,300
Clinical £35,010 £19,300

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • The University of Nottingham has a large scholarship portfolio for international students. A full list can be found on our website.
  • If you have any queries regarding scholarships, please contact our Scholarships Team at

Pre-Arrival and Welcome

  • Arriving in a new country for the first time can be daunting. To help with the transition our International Office runs a Welcome Programme for new international students in September each year.
  • The programme takes place the week before the start of term (Week One) and offers new students the opportunity to get to know our campuses, meet other international students and complete essential processes, such as registration and opening a bank account.
  • We also have information on our website on how to prepare for Nottingham, what to do on arrival in the UK and transition tips to help you settle in.

Accommodation for International Students

  • The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of student accommodation from university-catered halls to self-catered student villages which are owned and managed by external developers.
  • The university has several accommodation sites, all either on or within easy walking distance of the campus and a short travelling distance from the city centre.
  • If you are looking for accommodation in the private rented sector, the University of Nottingham can assist you in finding the right property for your needs.
  • The University of Nottingham guarantees university-arranged accommodation to all international undergraduate students for 3 years if they firmly accept their offer and apply before the deadline. Terms and conditions apply.
  • Whichever guaranteed accommodation you live in, you’ll have internet access to help with independent study and to make staying in touch with family and friends easier.
  • Self-catered halls offer longer contracts that allow students to stay in their room over vacation periods if needed. Catered halls require students to move out at the end of each term although rooms where you can stay or keep your belongings during vacation periods are available for an additional cost.
  • In 2016–17, fees for accommodation start at £98 per week for a standard room in self-catered accommodation; £120 per week for part-catered; and £169 per week for catered. These fees are likely to increase for 2017–18.

Organisations for International Students

  • At the University of Nottingham you can sign up to one of over 300 student-run societies and more than 70 sports clubs – or ask the Students’ Union to help you set one up yourself.
  • There are more than 100 societies dedicated to different countries and cultures, reflecting the university’s diverse population of students from over 150 countries worldwide.
  • For a full list of student societies and events please visit the Nottingham Students’ Union website.
  • The International Office organises events and excursions for international students throughout the year, including events for students with families and hospitality schemes for meeting local British hosts.
  • Find out more about the international student experience at Nottingham on our International Student Life blog on our website.

Overseas Campus

China Campus

  • When we admitted our first intake of students to the China Campus in 2004, we became the first university to establish and run a campus independently within mainland China.
  • Around two to three hours journey from Shanghai, the China Campus is based at the Higher Education Park in Ningbo, a historic port city on China’s eastern coast.
  • The campus covers 144 acres of landscaped parkland and has a central lake and its own version of Nottingham’s famous Trent Building. There are academic, residential and support facilities for more than 6,000 students including academic offices, a library, a fully equipped sports centre, a Students’ Union, restaurants and shops.

Malaysia Campus

  • Our Malaysia Campus opened in September 2000 to become the first branch campus of a British university in Malaysia and one of the first anywhere in the world. In 2005, it moved to a purpose-built site 35km (22 miles) south of Kuala Lumpur city centre.
  • The campus features its own version of the Trent Building, an academic plaza with a library, an outdoor amphitheatre, a sports centre with swimming pool and mini stadium, convenience stores, food outlets and the Students’ Association Building.
  • There are accommodation facilities on campus and in the local vicinity and transport is available from the campus to the nearest bus and railway stations; this provides easy access to Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding region.