Discover the University of Surrey

We have some of the best new academic, library, sports, arts and accommodation facilities of any university in the UK, as well as one of the most envied Professional Training placement programmes in the world. This combination of prestige, expertise, resources and lifestyle is unique, and it’s all to be found here in the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills just half an hour from central London.

Surrey in top 50 of world’s most international universities

The University of Surrey has been ranked in the top 50 of the world’s most international universities by the Times Higher Education (THE).

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There are nearly 4,000 international students studying at Surrey from over 140 countries worldwide.

Meet and Greet

As a new student, arriving in a different country, perhaps for the first time, can be a daunting prospect. At Surrey we are pleased to offer a 'Meet and Greet' service at key designated points in the year, where friendly staff and students will welcome you at Heathrow or Gatwick airport.

At Heathrow we will transport you and your luggage back to campus via our coach service, and from Gatwick we will get you to the right train and you will be met at Guildford station and assisted back to campus.

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On hand to help

International Student Advisors will offer professional advice on any matter that is particular to the international community — for example, immigration and visa issues, police registration, part-time employment regulations and any language or study skills problems.

They offer support from the moment you choose Surrey, throughout your studies and beyond graduation if you are looking for employment or further study in the UK.


English Language support


The English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides support in all aspects of academic English at no additional charge.  ELSP is open to all Surrey students registered on undergraduate or postgraduate degree programmes. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome. The purpose of ELSP is to provide the tailored English language support you need during your time at Surrey. 


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English Language qualification

The University of Surrey is an official test centre for the IELTS exam – one of the most widely recognised English language qualifications in the world. As well as taking the IELTS test at Surrey, students can take a range of courses to prepare for the exam. All these are taught by highly experienced and qualified IELTS teachers who will give students extensive guidance and awareness of the skills needed to do well in the exam.


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Pre-sessional English Programmes

Our Pre-Sessional English language programmes are designed as intensive English preparation for international students who are planning to study on a degree programme at either the University of Surrey or at another UK institution and wish to improve their language skills. Our programmes last 12, 8 or 5 weeks depending on your level of English language. They're also a great way to meet fellow students and acclimatise to life in the UK.

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What's on

The University of Surrey host a wide variety of events throughout the year including open days and virtual open days. See here for more details

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