Undergraduates from outside the EU

Our universities are globally-renowned for their teaching and research and have almost 60,000 undergraduates from outside the EU already on campus


Russell Group universities work hard to create the ideal learning environment for students to flourish. The combination of teaching and research excellence in our universities will offer you the chance to learn from some of the world’s most respected academics. You will be supported to make sure you get the most from the education our universities offer and you’ll have access to some of the best teaching facilities in the UK: from libraries and lecture halls, to labs and online learning tools. In combination, this gives Russell Group graduates a huge step up to achieving success in the wider world. 

As an undergraduate at a Russell Group university, you will join almost 60,000 undergraduate students from outside of the European Union who are currently studying at one of our institutions. Our universities are ranked among the best in the world with 17 of our members ranked in the top 100 in the world by the QS World University Rankings.

Entry requirements

Each Russell Group university sets its own entry requirements for each of its courses and these will be clearly set out on their websites. International officers from Russell Group universities also regularly take part in exhibitions and events worldwide, providing a personal opportunity for you to discuss your individual interests. You will find more information about these visits and on undergraduate study more generally on our universities’ own websites - see the University website links section on this page.

English language requirements

A good grasp of the English language is vital if you are to benefit from the demanding courses offered by Russell Group universities. In addition to satisfying academic entry requirements, universities will ask you to provide evidence of this, usually by achieving a specified level in an approved English language test such as IELTS. The tests and scores required will vary between universities and depend on the linguistic demands of each course, the extent to which you may be able to fit in additional English tuition alongside your academic work and the nature of the English language support which the university is able to offer.


Every year, thousands of students from around the world get a visa to study at one of our universities. There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK and if you have already secured a place at a Russell Group university the application process for a visa should be straightforward.

The #WeAreInternational project, which seeks to support talented international students as they apply to study in the UK, have produced the videos below to demonstrate how the visa system works.

More information on how to obtain a study visa is available on university websites and from the UK Visas and Immigration service.

Financial support

Many Russell Group universities offer scholarship packages for international students. You will find more information about this on each university’s website - see the University website links section on this page.


Important notice

We would like to make it clear that 'The Russell Group Association' is in no way connected to or endorsed by the Russell Group or any of our 24 member universities.

'The Russell Group Association' is falsely suggesting that it can provide students wishing to study at UK Russell Group universities with special access arrangements. This is not so.

If you have any doubts, please contact the admissions department of the Russell Group university you are interested in applying to.