Founded 60 years ago, Keele University is considered one of the top 50 universities in the UK. It was ranked no. 1 for Forensic Science in 2016 and in the top 10 for Physiotherapy, Nursing, American Studies and Pharmacy. Nestled in 600 acres of lush countryside, Keele’s campus is home to an arboretum — which boasts one of the largest collections of flowering cherry trees in the country — a health center and lots of restaurants and cafes. Most students and staff live, as well as study and work on campus.
Keele also boasts fabulous indoor and outdoor leisure facilities where students can engage in a wide range of activities: from fencing to dance, football to squash. There are over 100 sports clubs and societies to choose from!
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Whether you’re considering a foundation course or an undergraduate degree, an MA or a PhD, Keele is a great place for international students. With its diverse student body, hailing from 110 countries around the world, Keele is in the top 2% of the most international universities in the world. And students are not afraid to sing its praises: it has the highest percentage of reported student satisfaction in the country, earning it the title of ‘‘University of the Year for Student Experience” in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 and has ranked No.1 in the National Student Survey for the last three years running. Annual tuition fees for undergraduates are expected to be around £9,250 in 2018.
Students at Keele can choose between a variety of degree programmes, many of which are tailored to international students:
The International Foundation Year provides an excellent preparation for degree level study for overseas students. It is suitable for students whose current academic qualifications and/or English language level do not allow direct application to the first year of a Bachelor’s degree programme. The foundation year will prepare them to succeed in future studies as well as enhancing their learning skills, employability and integration into British culture and society.
This one-year course is structured around a combination of core and elective modules and will consists in a mixture of lectures, laboratory classes, seminars, workshops and tutorials.
At the end of the course each student will receive a Certificate in Foundation Year Studies, which is accepted by many universities for entry into standard honours degrees.
Keele University offers degree programmes in a variety of disciplines, from psychology to physics, law and even film studies, at undergraduate and graduate level. What’s more, the university has partnerships with over 70 different overseas universities. All programmes (except Medicine, Nursing & Pharmacy) have the option for single semester exchange and/or the International Year. Medicine & Nursing have international placement modules. Keele students have the opportunity to go on an exchange to one of 40 different countries across Europe, North America, Asia, Africa or Australia.
Starting at an English-speaking university can be daunting. But fear not! Keele provides language classes to international students who wish to improve their English skills before or during term time. But you can also take modules in other highly desirable modern languages such as Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
Students have the choice to live in one of the many halls of residence on campus or in their own accommodation off campus. Keele has over 3,000 rooms — varying in types and costs — within their five halls of residence at an affordable price. Both single and mixed-sex rooms are available, and there is the option of en suite or shared bathroom facilities.
The university is situated in North Staffordshire halfway between Manchester and Birmingham. Keele’s campus is on a hill overlooking the town of Newcastle-under-Lyme with Stoke-on-Trent just a couple of miles further. There is a thriving student life around the campus and a wide range of café-bars, restaurants and pubs in Newcastle and clubs in Hanley. Theatre lovers will enjoy the New Vic in Newcastle and the Regent in Hanley, while the latest films are shown at the multi-screen cinema in Newcastle. The UK’s biggest theme park, Alton Towers, is around 45 minutes from the university, while the beautiful Peak District is only 20 miles away.
Applications for all undergraduate courses starting in 2018 at Keele should be made through UCAS. For more information on how to prepare your application to Keele university, get in touch with one of Study Experience’s team members!