International Undergraduates

Our universities are globally renowned for their teaching and research and have over 60,000 international undergraduates already on campus

Russell Group’s 24 universities provide high-quality teaching and learning, informed by world-leading research. Our campuses are diverse communities, welcoming 96,000 international undergraduates from more than 160 countries. In fact, undergraduate international students make up 24% of all undergraduate students at our universities. In the UK, international students have a high level of satisfaction. We rank first among our competitor nations, with 91% of international students across all levels of study (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research combined) reporting that they are satisfied with their experience in the UK[1].


Our member universities provide you with an opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best and most respected academics. In addition to high-quality teaching, you’ll benefit from a £1.85 billion collective investment across our campuses in the last five years, transforming facilities including libraries, IT, sport and accommodation. This will provide you with an innovative learning environment and ensure you get the best out of living and studying in the UK.

Russell Group universities are proud of their international communities and we recognise that diversity brings opportunities for all our students to become more globally-minded, something we’ve highlighted through our #WeAreInternational campaign.

Russell Group graduates are highly rated by employers thanks to a teaching and learning experience that reflects the skills needed in the world of work. You will gain an edge in the competitive global job market by taking advantage of opportunities to develop your social and employability skills, through volunteering, work placements and other programmes available at Russell Group universities.

Studying at a Russell Group university is the first step on the path to a great future. Our universities are recognised as world-leaders with four in the top ten universities in the world, 15 in the Top 100 and all 24 in the Top 250 of the QS World University Rankings 2018.

Here are a few practical points you may find useful:

  • Entry requirements: each of our member universities has its own entry requirements for each if its courses. Follow the university links on the right of the page to find out more information.
  • English language and visa requirements: you will need to have a good grasp of the English language to be able to study in the UK. You can find out more about language requirements and applying for a visa from the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
  • Financial support: many Russell Group universities offer scholarship packages. Visit individual universities websites for more information.

[1] Universities UK, The UK’s Competitive Advantage,