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Keele University

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Quick facts:

  • Voted university of the year in terms of student experience (2017)
  • One of the largest and most attractive campuses in Europe
  • International student body from 110 different countries

Founded 60 years ago, Keele University is considered one of the UK’s best universities. Tucked into 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 centre 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!

Students' Tour of Keele 2017

Join Zatorsky on a tour of campus and find out his favorite things about Keele.

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Studying at Keele University

Whether you’re considering a gap year or an undergraduate degree, an MA or a PhD, Keele is a great place for international students. With a diverse student body, Keele University represents 110 countries from around the world. Students are not afraid to sing its praises: Keele 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 £9,250.

Students at Keele can choose between a variety of degree programmes, many of which are tailored to international students.


International Student Foundation year

The International Foundation Year is specifically designed for international students whose current academic qualifications and/or English language level do not allow direct admission 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.

During this one-year course, students will undertake a combination of obligatory and optional modules with 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.


Degree programmes and specialities

Keele University offers more than 300 degree programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate level, being highly renowned for its Medicine degree (voted number 1 in 2016) as well as its Physiotherapy, Nursing and Pharmacy degree. What’s more, the University has partnerships with over 70 different overseas universities situated all around the world, offering the majority of students to undertake a year or a semester of studies abroad.


Learn a language

Starting at an English-speaking university can be daunting, especially if you’re not completely comfortable with the native language. But fear not! Keele provides language classes to international students who wish to improve their English skills before or during term time. Students can also take modules in other highly desirable modern languages such as Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.


Student life at Keele University 

Students have the choice of living 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 ensuite 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. Theatre lovers will enjoy the New Vic in Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Regent in Hanley. 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. 


Apply to Keele University 

Applications and admissions to Keele University are made through UCAS. Study Experience is specialised in supporting and helping international students throughout the UCAS application process.

The deadline for applications is usually on January 15th of each year for entry in September. Complete applications must include; a CV, a translated Baccalaureate transcript, IELTS results and a personal statement. The Study Experience team assists students in the writing of their personal statement and directs them towards the most relevant IELTS preparation program according to their level ad needs.

For more information or to apply, contact a member of the Study Experience team. 


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