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International Online Open Day

Thank you for joining our International Online Open Day. The event has now finished, but you can still browse these pages and learn more about Sunderland and the courses we offer. 

Watch – Vice Chancellor, Sir David Bell KCB talks about the University of Sunderland:

Why Sunderland?

Quality: The great teaching you'll receive at Sunderland is reflected in our Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment, and with 93.4% of graduates in employment or further study within six months (based on 2016/17 UK undergraduate students), you can be assured of a high-quality experience. 

Location: We're a coastal city with beautiful beaches and a modern city centre. We're also only 30 minutes away from lively Newcastle on the Metro, and within easy reach of historical Durham.

Inclusivity: Sunderland was recently ranked as the most inclusive university in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) so you know you'll always get a warm welcome and all the support you need.

Safety: We are closely following the advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England and will keep all new students up to date with any impact Covid-related restrictions might have on your experience from September 2021. Learn more about our student learning, teaching and assessment proposals for 2021, and hybrid learning.

Employability: Our Sunderland Futures team will help you with advice and guidance on becoming more employable, through CV-writing sessions, volunteering, placements, an online vacancy service, support with starting a business, employer events and even a certificate of achievement through the Sunderland Professional Award. We go the extra mile to make sure you achieve your career goals.

Bonus reason: We have the coolest Chancellor, the award-winning singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé.


International students make up 36% of our student population.

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156 nationalities are represented by our student population.

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International students make up 36% of our student population:

  • 64.5% of our students are classified as Home/EU
  • 35.5% of our students are classified as Overseas


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Grand Total


For more information, download our Facts and Figures 2018/19 (.xlsx) document.

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Nationality Enrolments
British 8160
Malaysian 1448
English 1353
Uzbek 987
Romanian 793
Hong Konger 779
Chinese 754
Nigerian 358
Indian 294
Sri Lankan 287
Bulgarian 252
Vietnamese 249
Greek 231
Bangladeshi 194
Portuguese 186
Canadian 183
Botswanan 171
Irish 157
Cypriot (European Union) 156
Polish 129
Pakistani 128
Singaporean 117
Kuwaiti 116
Italian 106
Kenyan 83
Egyptian 78
German 77
American 76
Lithuanian 75
Ghanaian 67
French 64
Trinidad and Tobago 61
Zimbabwean 49
Hungarian 44
South African 43
Congolese (DRC) 43
Spanish 42
Filipino 42
South Korean 38
Czech 37
Jordanian 36
Dutch 36
Scottish 35
Yemeni 34
Indonesian 33
Sudanese 31
Australian 30
Thai 27
Sierra Leonean 26
Maldivian 25
Syrian 24
Russian 24
Taiwanese 23
Omani 23
Saudi Arabian 22
Burmese 21
Iraqi 21
Ugandan 21
Slovak 21
Less than 20 511

In addition, the University of Sunderland has between 1-19 students from a further 90 countries.

Where are you from?

Learn more about joining the University of Sunderland from your own country, including the scholarships, discounts and bursaries that may be available to you. Chat to students who have made the same journey, and speak to staff who can tell you more about the application process, studying in the UK and more.

Pick your region below to get started. If you can’t find your country, click on the region you feel is the most appropriate.

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