Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: What undergraduate courses do you offer?
A: York St John University offers a wide
variety of Undergraduate courses. We
also offer English language courses for Personal Development and Professional Development. We also
offer Foundation and Pre-sessional Programmes to prepare students for
undergraduate study in the UK.
Q: What postgraduate courses do you offer?
A: York St John University offers a wide
variety of postgraduate
courses. Find out more about the MA and MSc
degree programmes York St John University offers.
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. Applying 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: All International
(non-EU) applicants to the University must pay a 50% deposit
before they are issued with an unconditional offer of a place to
study at the University unless they are a sponsored student or
paying through US or Norwegian state loans. The
remaining 50% of the fee is due at enrolment. Please see the
deposits policy for further
details and for more information for sponsored students. Please
also see the how to pay page for
instructions on how to make your payment.
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 University 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 email@example.com.
Don't worry if you cannot visit York St John University as there is
plenty of opportunity to view the University through the wide range
360 degree tours available on the website.
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 on arrivals days. For September 2014
Starters coaches will leave the airport at 10.30am, 2.30pm and
6.30pm on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September only. The collections
are FREE but you MUST book a place on the coach by
completing the online
Airport Collection Form.
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
- YSJ International organise a range of social trips for International students to
make the most out of their time in the UK and offers plenty of
opportunity to explore York and the surrounding areas.
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 "16-25 Railcard" that can
discount you up to one third off train tickets. Please visit
the 16-25 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 centre 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 and are from outside of the EEA or Switzerland, you are
not eligible under the National Health
Service (NHS) and you should take out health
insurance. If you hold a passport of Switzerland or
an EEA country, you must bring your European Health
Insurance Card with you to the UK.
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
Q: When can I speak to a staff member of the International
Student Support Team in person?
A: We hold daily drop-in sessions on the
Student Advice Desk in the Holgate Building. Just come
by between 12pm and 1pm to see a member of the team.