Frequently Asked Questions
If your questions aren't answered here, please contact
International Admissions to get the specific information you need.
T: 01904 876896
Q: What undergraduate courses do you offer?
A: York St John University offers a wide
variety of undergraduate
courses. We also offer foundation courses, distance
learning programmes and English language short courses. Please
click here to get all the details on those.
Q: What postgraduate courses do you offer?
A: Our postgraduate prospectus online details the
MA and MSc degree programmes York St John has on offer.
do I apply to study at York St John University?
A: EU students should apply through
UCAS where you can apply online.
International (non-EU) students can also apply through UCAS or you
can apply directly to York St John. Apply directly means that you
will receive personal guidance and help throughout the admissions
process. Please download an application
form and learn more.
Q: Can international students study part-time?
A: No, international students who are from
outside the EU will not usually be able to study part-time. In
order to get a visa and gain entry clearance to study in the UK,
you will have to be enrolled on a full-time course. Individual
circumstances vary, so there may be exceptions.
Q: What are your English language requirements?
A: Find out more about our English language entry
Q: Do I have to pay a deposit? When do I pay my fees?
A: International (non-EU) students may have to
pay a deposit; this amount is a part of the total tuition and you
will find out when you apply if you are required to pay a deposit.
The deposit can be paid by bank transfer and instructions will be
sent with the conditional offer letter. The balance due of tuition
fees is paid once you arrive at York St John University and can be
paid up-front or in three instalments throughout the year: one
third on arrival, one third at Christmas, one third at Easter.
Q: Do you offer scholarships to international
A: Yes, York St John University offers several
scholarship schemes. Please visit our
Q: Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
A: Whether you require a visa or not to be a
student in the UK depends on your nationality and in some cases,
the duration of your studies. Consult the UK VISAS website to determine if
you require a visa or not.
Q: Can I visit York St John University to have a look
A: Yes, of course! We welcome prospective
students and visitors, and we encourage you to visit us and see if
York St John is right for you. We offer a number of Open Days and Visit
Days throughout the year, but if you can't make those, please
contact our YSJ International to make an appointment for
an individual visit. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I
get in touch with students currently studying at York St John
University who are from my country?
A: Yes! We encourage prospective students to
contact current YSJ students to ask questions and find out if YSJ
is the right place for them. Please contact the International Office
Q: Where can I find more information on living in
A: UKCISA is a great source of
information for international students with advice on everything
from opening a bank account in the UK to looking after your
health. Also check our Pre-Arrival
information for useful information and resources.
Q: I'm arriving at Manchester airport, how can I get to York St
A: Within Manchester airport there is a train
station where you can get direct trains to York. Visit our
How to find us web pages for more
details on how to get to York. For train times check the
National Rail Enquiries
website. We offer airport collections at
Manchester airport over arrivals weekend. Coaches leave the airport
at 10.30am, 2.30pm and 6.30pm on both of these days. The
collections are FREE but you MUST book a place on the coach by
completing the Airport Collection
Q: Can you tell me a little about what there is to do
A: Whether you are into festivals, bands or
ball-room dancing, you'll find it in the York Press. This local paper with
a website provides information on all events happening in and
- To find out about places of historical interest and beauty in
the York area take a look at the York Tourist Board
- Global Friends, the YSJU
international society, organises trips and
Q: How easy is it to travel to other places in the UK
A: York is well linked for convenient
travel north and south. Travelling to Edinburgh takes 2 and a
half hours by train and London takes around 2 hours by train.
As a student you are eligible to buy a "Young Persons Railcard"
that can discount you up to one third off train tickets.
Railcard website. Train timetables and buying tickets online
can be done at The Trainline website.
Q: How much will it cost me to contact my family from the
A: Telephone, mobile and internet costs vary
greatly depending on what deal you have, where you are contacting
and the length of time you spend using phone /internet.
is an impartial comparison website which shows you the best prices
student internet packages, as well as guidance on making cheap
international calls and
contacting home as an international student. Once you arrive in
York, we will also be happy to show you how to find shops in the
City center where you can buy mobile/ internet packages.
Q: Do I need medical insurance?
A: If you are coming on a course of six months
or shorter, then you should take out health insurance as you are
not eligible for health care under the National Health Service
If you are coming on a course of longer than six months then you
are eligible for health care under the NHS. However you
should note that prescriptions, dental treatment, eye tests and
glasses are not covered. You can apply for a means tested
exemption certificate that could grant you assistance with your
health costs. When you come to York St John you will register
with our campus medical
Q: Can I work when I am a student in the UK?
A: That depends on your immigration
status. A stamp or sticker in your passport will tell you if
you are allowed to work or not. Normally students studying in the
UK for less than six months will not be allowed to work. Students
studying in the UK for longer than six months are usually allowed
to work. There are exceptions to this policy. If you have a student
visa and no stamps prohibiting you from work, you may work up to
twenty hours per week during term-time. The staff in
Employability can assist you in finding a part-time job.
For more information on working in the UK please consult the