University of Surrey is a renowned research-led university which is committed to first-rate academic activities directed towards finding real-world solutions. The university provides foundation, undergraduate, post graduate taught and postgraduate research courses. As far as employability is concerned, the university offers Professional Training placements to almost all of its undergraduates, irrespective of their fields. As per the estimate of 2020, 96 percent of undergraduates from the university are employed or pursuing higher education.
The university has three campuses with Stag Hill as the main campus and Manor Park as the new addition. Surrey Research Park is one of the most significant site developments by the university where more than 100 companies, with 2,500 staff members are engaged in research and development activities. The university caters to more than 17,000 students with approximately 13,500 undergraduate students and 3,500 postgraduate students. Boasting of a rich diversity with students from 140 nationalities, the University of Surrey has more than 35 percent international students. Striving to deliver progress, University of Surrey is committed to provide excellent research, teaching, student experience and employability to its students.
- Courses Offered
- Eligibility & Documents Required
- Application & Tuition Fees
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Admission Process
- Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
- Part Time Work While Studying
- Campuses & Accommodation
- University Contact Information
What all courses are available to international students?
University of Surrey offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including masters, postgraduate certification and PhD. There are around 29 subject areas ranging from Engineering, Science, Business, Languages, Health Sciences and many more. The university offers both full-time and part-time programmes.
According to the preferred subject areas, international students can study in one of the following faculties and departments mentioned below:
University of Surrey is a research-led university, offering world-class research facilities. The university is involved in creating new knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the society. The strategic research themes followed by the university are Lifelong Health, Sustainability, Technology and Society, and Urban Living. There are cross-disciplinary research areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health, that engage the students in impactful research.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
The eligibility requirements at University of Surrey depend on the level of the course applied for. The eligibility requirements mainly include Grade 12 equivalent grades as per UK requirements, subject specific requirements and English language requirements. However, IELTS Academic or any other English proficiency scores are mostly not required for Indian students who are applying to University of Surrey. English proficiency scores are not needed for students who have achieved 70 percent in Grade 12 English from CBSE/ISC boards and 80 percent in Grade 12 English from the majority of Indian state boards. For only few Indian boards, English proficiency scores are required to be submitted.
Indian students applying for undergraduate courses must meet minimum eligibility requirements for English and mathematics as given below:
- 70 percent (60 percent from West Bengal Exam Board) in English in Grade 12
- Passing percent in Mathematics in Grade 12
- C2 in Mathematics in All India Secondary School Examination
- 6 in Mathematics in Indian Certificate of Secondary Education Examination
Some undergraduate courses may require higher grades in English and Mathematics and/or additional subjects. Also, interviews and auditions can be required for some courses.
If international students do not meet direct entry requirements for a specific course, they can apply for International Foundation Year, completing which can lead to entry into an undergraduate course.
The eligibility requirements for postgraduate courses are as follows:
- Courses that require a UK 2:1, students must achieve at least 60 or 65 percent
- Courses that require a UK 2:2, students much secure at least 55 or 60 percent, in the final two years of undergraduate study.
In order to be eligible for scholarship for courses that require a UK first-class degree, international students must achieve at least 65 or 70 percent in the final two years of the undergraduate study. This requirement may vary depending on the institution from which international students have completed the undergraduate degree.
International students can apply to a Pre-Masters Preparation Programme, in case they do not meet the requirements of a postgraduate course. After successfully completing this programme, they can progress to master’s course.
Note: International students are recommended to visit the specific course page on the official website and check the exact requirements.
What all documents are needed for application?
University of Surrey’s document requirements depend on the level of study. Some documents are common to all courses, while some are course-specific documents.
International students, who are applying to postgraduate courses, are required to upload the following:
- Scanned copies of signed/stamped qualifications (certificates or transcripts)
- A copy of the applicant’s passport
- A research proposal (for research courses only)
- Contact details of two referees
- A personal statement (for non-research courses)
- Proof of English language proficiency
Note: International applicants are recommended to check the specific course page for exact document requirements.
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
International students who are applying to postgraduate programmes are not charged any university application fee for online application. Students applying for undergraduate programme through UCAS need to pay a non-refundable application fee of GBP 20 for a single programme choice and GBP 26 for multiple choices.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
University of Surrey’s tuition fees vary as per the level of the course applied for.
Please find below tuition fee estimate as per academic year 2020-2021:
Amount (in GBP)
17,300 – 22,400 per year
Postgraduate Taught Courses
16,200 – 22,400 per year
Postgraduate Research Courses
17,000 – 22,700 per year
Source: University of Surrey
International students must note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest GBP100) for each year of study. If the students are alumni of the University of Surrey, they can avail 20 percent discount on tuition fees of postgraduate taught courses.
Students who are applying for postgraduate research courses are required to pay few additional costs, including bench fees and completing (writing-up) fees. For paying tuition fee, international students are required to make online bank transfer through Western Union.
International students are required to pay tuition fees upon arrival at the university, or bring receipt of a scholarship which includes payment of the full fees direct to the university. The university sends an invoice of tuition fees to the students regarding the payment of the first instalment, equal to 50 percent of the fees, within the first four weeks of the semester. In case, the students are sponsored by the Government of India or sponsoring agency, the students must ensure that the university receives the correct sponsorship letter. International students who pay part or full first year’s tuition fees in advance have better chances of receiving a Tier 4 student visa.
Note: International students must check the exact tuition fee of a specific course on the university website.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
University of Surrey offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to international students, depending on the level of the course applied for. The students are required to check the available scholarships according to the specific academic year. For the academic year 2020-2021, the following scholarships are available to international students:
Surrey International Masters Scholarship 2021: This scholarship is available to all applicants (from seven different countries, including India) applying for full-time master’s programme (except Surrey MBA) for the first time. The selected candidates will be awarded a tuition fee discount of GBP 2,500 on the first-year fees.
Surrey MBA scholarship 2021 entry: Surrey Business School awards this scholarship on a rolling basis. Candidates, who apply early, have better chances of receiving this scholarship, covering between 10 to 50 percent of the total tuition fee.
Surrey/ICE Scholarship 2021 entry: Under this scheme, the eligible students are matched with a company which will provide the practical training and fund the scholarship. In return, students are required to spend a paid period training with the company over the summer vacation at the end of each academic year.
Women in Leadership scholarship 2021 entry: This scholarship is awarded to female candidates who are joining Full-time or Executive MBA at University of Surrey. Applicants, who can display their contribution to business and an ability to support other female candidates in the future, are considered eligible for this one.
Note: International students are advised to check the available scholarships and eligibility criteria as per the intended course intake on the university website.
When do the admissions start?
At University of Surrey, most of the courses start in September, while some courses also have a February intake. The application deadlines for courses depend on the intake and the course applied for. For international students applying for undergraduate degrees through UCAS, the application dates are as follows:
Application Start Date
Most undergraduate courses (except few Medicine related fields)
Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine/Science
Source: University of Surrey
The university gives equal consideration to all the applications received before the deadline. The applications which are received after the deadline are considered on first-come, first-served basis. The final application deadline of the university is June 30. University of Surrey encourages the students to apply as early as possible.
Normally, for the postgraduate courses starting in October, the preferred application deadline is July 1. Regarding exact deadlines for postgraduate applications at University of Surrey, international students are required to check the specific course page on the university website.
What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?
The application process at University of Surrey involves the following steps:
Step 1: Applicants will start the process by choosing the programme they want to study.
Step 2: Then, they are required to check the minimum admission requirements as well as programme-specific requirements according to their courses.
Step 3: Doctoral applicants are required to find the potential supervisor and connect with them in order to make an application.
Step 4: Applicants will submit the undergraduate application through UCAS and postgraduate application by filing university’s online application form.
Step 5: Regarding admission decisions, they need to track the application through Surrey Self Service.
Step 6: After receiving admission offer and CAS letter, applicants will apply for student visa and for accommodation.
How do I start my application?
International applicants can apply to University of Surrey as per the level of the programme:
International applicants applying for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses can apply using university’s online application form that will be available at specific course page such as:
Step 1: Applicants will create a new user account by providing details such as name, gender, email address, date of birth, along with creating and confirming a password.
Step 2: After creating a user account, international applicant will start application by filling a number of sections, including personal details, residency and fee status, educational qualification, English language proficiency and many more.
Step 3: Applicants will receive an email confirming submission of the application and login details of Surrey Self-Service.
For undergraduate degree courses, international students will apply through the UCAS official website. University of Surrey’s UCAS code is S85. For more information, students may use the links mentioned below:
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
After submitting an application, the university sends an acknowledgement on applicants’ email. The admission decisions are made by the university in a timely way for postgraduate courses. The maximum time for receiving admission decision is eight weeks after submission of the application.
If the application is through UCAS, the university will send an email acknowledging the application and log in details of Surrey Self Service account which is needed to track the application and other information by the university. Applicants can also track the application through UCAS Track. However, University of Surrey normally makes admission decisions by the end of March.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
What are the chances to get into this university?
University of Surrey considers all the applications primarily on merit and academic potential of an applicant. While making admission decision, the university takes into account the previous academic achievement, predicted examination results (in case the results are yet unknown), personal statement, referees’ assessment and relevant work experience. English proficiency of international applicants is also considered by the university.
As per the estimate of 2019-2020, out of a total 17,000 students, 13,604 students were admitted in undergraduate courses, 2,767 in postgraduate taught courses and 1,414 in postgraduate research courses.
How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?
University of Surrey is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the United Kingdom with students from more than 140 countries. As far as Indian students are concerned, the university has around 240 Indian students admitted in academic year 2020-2021. The diversity of the student body can be vouched from the fact that out of 17,000 total students (as per the estimate of 2019-2020), 35 percent are international students. The university enjoys great reputation globally with around 120,000 graduates across 175 countries of the world.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
At University of Surrey, full-time international students, having their student visa or biometric ID card, can work both on and off campus. As outlined by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA), international students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during regular term and full-time during scheduled breaks.
For on-campus employments, the university offers various opportunities such as student ambassadors, student union’s roles, peer supporters, Peer Assisted Writing Scheme (PAWS) Mentors and other university campus roles.
The university has Employability and Career Centre as well as Unitemps which help the students in finding on-campus and off-campus jobs. Career fairs and employer-led workshops are also organised throughout the year by the university. Students can also use Surrey Pathfinder which is a digital hub for career appointments, placements, jobs and interactive development tools.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many campuses does the university have?
University of Surrey has three well-located campuses mentioned below:
- Stag Hill Campus: Located close to the Guildford mainline train station, it is the main campus.
- Manor Park Campus:This campus houses Surrey Sports Park, Surrey Clinical Research Centre, Surrey Research Park, School of Veterinary Medicine and Manor Park halls of residence.
- Hazel Farm Campus: This campus is situated about two miles north of the university.
Is on-campus housing available?
International students can avail on-campus housing at the University of Surrey which has more than 6,000 rooms with varying budgets and requirements.
According to the price and facilities, the rooms are banded from A to F along with family flats. The students can choose among budget rooms, standard single rooms, shared rooms, en-suite rooms and studio flats. All the rooms at the university are fully furnished along with shared kitchen facilities. The per week accommodation of a single bedroom ranges from GBP 72 to GBP 231.
The undergraduate students who are new to the University of Surrey are guaranteed an on-campus accommodation, if they apply within the specific deadline and meet all the conditions of academic offer before the deadline. For guaranteed accommodation, new postgraduate students have to provide the receipt of academic fee deposit along with applying before the deadline and meeting all the conditions of the academic offer.
Upon accepting a room, students are required to pay an advance rent of GBP 250. International students are required to pay the accommodation fee online through Western Union.
Note: International students must confirm the exact accommodation cost from the university before deciding on the residence.
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
In case of any doubt, international students may contact university’s representatives in India or directly to the university using the below-mentioned details:
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 300800
Postal Address: University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom