10 things you need to know about studying at Nottingham


The University of Nottingham has a global reputation for academic excellence, pioneering research, and employability.

Each year we welcome students from around the world to our award winning campuses, and we provide a great range of opportunities and experiences.

Here are ten things you could look forward to as an international student at the University of Nottingham.

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10 things you need to know
about studying at Nottingham


1 – We offer a world-class education

  • Nottingham is ranked in the world's top 100 universities and the UK's top 15 by the latest QS World University Rankings (2018).
  • The latest QS World University Rankings by Subject (2017) rank Nottingham highly in many subject areas.
  • We are a founder member of the UK's prestigious Russell Group and the Universitas 21 international network.
  • The UK's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017 rated Nottingham 'gold' for teaching and learning.
  • We were ranked 8th in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework (2014).
  • We're constantly investing in and enhancing our campuses with innovative new teaching and research facilities.

2 – You're joining a truly global student community

Over 44,500 students from over 150 countries study at our award-winning campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, and we have a global network of over 270,000 Nottingham graduates. We also have links with over 300 partner universities worldwide, providing opportunities to study abroad as part of your degree course.

3 – Our international scholarships promote excellence

Nottingham offers an extensive portfolio of scholarships for international and EU students. Our scholarships aim to reward academic excellence, promote student diversity and contribute to international development. We offer a range of international masters scholarships, ranging from 25% to 100% of tuition fees, for students from a wide variety of countries. We also offer international research scholarships, covering full tuition fees and in some cases a stipend for living expenses, and a selection of undergraduate scholarships and high achiever prizes.

4 – We offer a great student experience

Nottingham's Students' Union hosts over 300 clubs and societies, including many national, religious and cultural societies, and over 70 sports clubs. We have a great range of sports facilities, including a fantastic new £40 million sports complex at University Park Campus. Watch our video about the new sports complex. There are many ways to enrich your student experience as an international or EU student, and you can read about some of our students' experiences our International Student Life blog.

5 – Employers love our graduates

The University of Nottingham is the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017. Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers, according to High Fliers Research. Nottingham is also a world top 60 university for employability (QS World Graduate Employability Rankings 2017). Top employers of our graduates (based on LinkedIn analysis) include PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Accenture, Rolls-Royce, HSBC, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM and BP.

6 – We can help you can launch your career

The Careers and Employability Service provides dedicated careers support for Nottingham students and alumni. You can gain experience and enhance your career prospects by taking an internship or work placement during your studies. Postgraduate students can benefit from the support and training opportunities provided by our Graduate School, including the Researcher Development Programme, and can take a postgraduate placement. You can also work in the UK – during or after your course.

Find out more: 10 ways The University of Nottingham can help your career.

7 – We guarantee you accommodation

We will guarantee you a room in University accommodation for at least the first year of your course – or for up to three years for non-EU international students. See our accommodation guarantee webpage for full terms and conditions (undergraduate or postgraduate). You can apply for accommodation from March onwards if you accept your offer of study at Nottingham. Watch our accommodation video for a guide to accommodation options and facilities.

8 – Nottingham is an exciting city for students

The city boasts a variety of shops, restaurants, bars, theatres, galleries, music venues, parks and sports facilities, as well as local sights such as Nottingham Castle, Wollaton Hall and Sherwood Forest. There are festivals throughout the year, including many cultural events such as Chinese New Year, Holi, Eid, Diwali, a Christmas market and a Caribbean Carnival. Local shops and restaurants provide foods from around the world, making it easy to enjoy food from your home country or try something new. Find out more in our Nottingham life webpages, including Nottingham City Council's welcome video for students.

9 – Nottingham is an affordable city in a great location

The University of Nottingham is the UK's second most affordable university according to research by HSBC bank based on student accommodation, transport and living expenses. The Student Living Index 2016 by NatWest bank rates Nottingham as the UK's 8th most affordable city for students. Nottingham's central location and excellent transport connections make it easy to reach London and other cities across the UK.

10 – We can help you develop your English skills

Our full-time presessional English courses, from our Centre for English Language Education (CELE) will help you develop your English language ability and academic study skills to meet our entry requirements or prepare you for academic study. CELE is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, and also offers insessional academic English support to help you continue to develop your English skills while studying your academic programme.

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