Undergraduate: international students

For detailed information about individual universities follow the links right.

International officers from Russell Group universities regularly take part in exhibitions and other promotional events worldwide, providing an opportunity for you to discuss your interests in person.

Entry requirements

Competition for places at Russell Group universities is generally high so you will want to familiarise yourself with the entry requirements for any programmes you are interested in at an early stage.  Individual universities are happy to advise on appropriate entry routes, in the light of your educational history and qualifications. In some cases, country-specific advice is available on university websites.

English Language

In order to benefit from the demanding programmes offered by Russell Group universities, it is important that you have a good grasp of the English language before taking up your place.  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 or TOEFL. The tests approved and scores required will vary from university to university and from course to course, depending on the linguistic demands of the programme, the intensity of the timetable (and therefore the extent to which you will 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

Financial support

Many Russell Group universities offer scholarship packages specifically for international students. Details are published on individual universities’ websites (see right). International students have to make their own support arrangements and cannot rely on UK government support.

See also financial information for international postgraduate students.


Every year, thousands of students from around the world get a visa to study at a Russell Group university. There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK and if you have secured a place at university the application process for a visa is not as complicated as you may have heard. The video below follows two Chinese students as they gain their visas and realise that some of the myths are not true:

Other websites you may find helpful are:

The UK Council for International Student Affairs

Education UK

UK Visas and Immigration - How to apply for a student visa