The University of Surrey hosts students of more than 120 nationalities; it aims to support international students from before they arrive until after they graduate, on matters such as visa applications, accommodation and their future career. The Students' Union has societies that represent a variety of cultures, faiths and nationalities for students to get involved with – either to feel more at home, or to discover something new. 

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

International Student Statistics

4,765 international students in 2016–17

Welcome Arrangements

  • The university offers an airport Meet and Greet Service on selected days in September at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
  • An International Orientation Programme is provided for new international students; this takes place before the university’s Welcome Week, and allows students to settle in more easily. By booking on the International Orientation Programme students can register with the university, get to know the campus, Guildford and the surrounding area. On offer are workshops and visits to local places of interest, as well as social events.

English Language Requirements

To benefit fully from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme at the University of Surrey, all students need a good standard of English language.

  • Most degrees require IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component, however some programmes ask for higher scores than this. 
  • Please visit the individual undergraduate and postgraduate programme pages to discover the requirements for each course.

Accommodation for International Students

  • Accommodation is guaranteed to international students for their first year studying at Surrey (across both undergraduate and postgraduate) who adhere to the university’s allocation policy. Please refer to the University of Surrey website for details of the allocation policy and accommodation guarantees.
  • Living in university accommodation is a great way to meet new people and the university does everything it can to help students feel at home. Students benefit from 24/7 security, broadband Internet and possessions insurance. Students share a kitchen-dining room, conveniently close to bedrooms, and communal areas have TV / study rooms.
  • Arranged in Courts of Residence (groups of self-catered housing) and priced to suit different budgets, the university's accommodation has been designed to be comfortable and secure. 5,000 rooms are available across three campuses: Stag Hill, Manor Park and Hazel Farm campus. The largest of these is Manor Park which has over 1,800 en-suite rooms, where facilities include a café and easy access to the Surrey Sports Park.
  • Most accommodation is mixed-sex, but students can request to live in a single-sex flat if they wish; there are also specially adapted rooms available for students with physical disabilities on the Stag Hill and Manor Park campuses.

International Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for overseas students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Undergraduate (£) Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 15,800–17,000 12,000–15,900
Mixed 17,500 17,000–18,200
Laboratory 20,500 19,800–20,500
Clinical 31,500 19,800–20,500
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.