Royal Agricultural University

The RAU has been at the forefront of agricultural education for over 170 years; international graduates have gone on to work for governments, influential organisations and set up their own businesses. The RAU's diverse community includes students from over 50 countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe. RAU provides advice and guidance from initial enquiry, through to connections with employers while studying, with a strong support network of international students and alumni.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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International Student Statistics

130 international students in 2017–18

Welcome Arrangements

  • The RAU offers a two-week residential Orientation Programme to welcome undergraduate and postgraduate international students coming to the RAU for the first time every September. This helps students to settle in, getting  to know other students and staff, the campus and the local area before the term starts. It also helps students complete important medical and other registration documents and to open bank accounts.
  • There are visits to historic cities such as Oxford, Bath and London as well as the option of outdoor activities on the River Wye or in the Forest of Dean.
  • The English for Academic Purposes sessions work on students' oral and written academic English skills.

English Language Requirements

  • All international students are required to hold a recognised English language qualification of at least Grade C (or Grade 4 for new GCSEs) or an equivalent standard before they apply for a student visa.
  • For students whose first language is not English, the university will accept IELTS Academic, scoring 6.0 overall and with no element below 5.5 (taken within the past two years), or other equivalent recognised English language qualifications which meet CEFR B2 level.

Accommodation for International Students

  • International students have the opportunity to live on campus subject to availability; students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
  • Accommodation contracts are by academic year, including the holiday periods, so there is no need to move out at the end of each term. There are a limited amount of term-time only contracts for students who are able to vacate during Christmas and Easter breaks.
  • The RAU student lettings website Urban Fox also supports students in their search.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • Please refer to the university website for details: a number of undergraduate and postgraduate awards are open to international students.

Ongoing Support

  • The RAU International Student Support Officer provides ongoing opportunities throughout the year for all RAU students to get to know each other. A varied programme of outings and experiences includes canoeing on the River Wye, outings to Westonbirt Arboretum, Windsor Castle or Badminton Horse Trials.
  • Students are always welcome to discuss any concerns confidentially and will be given sensitive advice or recommendations of where to go for further help.

Quick Guides to International Tuition Fees and Finance