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The University of Sunderland is a highly-respected UK university that combines academic excellence with fantastic student support and pastoral care. As you would expect from a university that has been providing education since 1901, we offer a rich and high-quality education and facilities. We're proud to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university.

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If you choose Sunderland, you'll be joining a global community of students from all over the world. Around a fifth of our students come from outside of the UK and each year we welcome new students from over 100 countries. The University was ranked 9th in the ‘International’ category of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSC) 2019. The WUSC are the only national awards voted for by students. The QS Stars World University Ranking 2019 awarded Sunderland five stars (the highest accolade) for teaching in their prestigious stars rating system. In addition, the University received five stars for employability, internationalisation, inclusiveness and outstanding facilities.

Our students from overseas have the opportunity to experience living in the UK, to absorb its culture and language, and to make valuable contacts and friendships. 

You'll gain an internationally-recognised qualification and also the skills, experience and knowledge you need to develop a career wherever you choose to go in the world. Visit us in your country at one of our Get Ahead events.

Post-study work visa

The UK government recently announced plans for a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for international graduates to build successful careers in the UK. 

Under the proposals, International students at British universities graduating in the 2020/21 academic year would be allowed to stay in the UK for up to two years after graduating, compared with four months currently.

For the latest updates, and to check your eligibility please visit www.gov.uk.

Fees and scholarships

International fees apply to any students who live outside of the United Kingdom (UK) or Ireland, or who have EU settled or pre-settled status. Learn more about settled status, pre-settled status, special discounts, visa requirements and Common Travel Area (CTA) agreements for the Republic of Ireland applicants in our Help and Advice article.

I applied to Sunderland as the course had the right combination of business and computing that I needed to further my career.
There’s such a friendly, supportive environment at the University of Sunderland and the course I did has definitely helped to shape my thinking, which is an indispensable skill in my day-to-day role as an advertising creative.
I was taken by the University’s diversity, the rich teaching and learning culture, and it's such a friendly city too.
Sunderland helps you make the most of your degree, take on challenges, step out of your comfort zone and change your life.
Thanks to Sunderland, I now run my own UK based animation and design company. I have joined forces with a fellow graduate from the University to start our own animation studio together.
It's great to learn and exchange experiences and ideas with new people. Come to Sunderland and study in a brilliant environment, meet friendly and professional staff, and enjoy a wonderful social life.
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