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University of Surrey

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Quick facts:

  • Ranks in the top 20 UK universities
  • 37 % of Surrey’ students are from outside the UK, demonstrating the international reputation the University enjoys
  • Surrey Sports Park was recently ranked the 3rd best university sports facility in the country

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. With a beautiful and vibrant campus, Surrey provides exceptional teaching and practical learning to inspire and empower their students for personal and professional success. The university is set in the vibrant town of Guildford in the heart of the southeast of England which is easily accessible to and from London.

Welcome to the University of Surrey

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The University of Surrey was established in September 1966 with the grant of its Royal Charter, but its roots go back to a late 19th-century which concerned providing greater access to further and higher education for the poorer inhabitants of London.

Since 2000, Surrey’s campus has been transformed through a £400 million building development and improvement programme – including £130 million on student accommodation, £36 million on Surrey Sports Park, £16 million on the Library and Learning Centre and £4.5 million on the Ivy Arts Centre.

The University of Surrey is well-known for its focus on graduate employability. Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveal that 93% of Surrey’s 2017 graduates were in work (or further education) six months after they graduated.

The University was recently ranked fifth by Times Higher Education for student experience, an impressive rise of 21 places on the previous year.

Surrey was also recognised as an ‘outstanding’ institution when it received a prestigious Gold award in the first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which is a testament to the passion for inspiring its students and preparing them for a bright future. TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.

Programmes and specialities

The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities. In fact, Food Science and Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism, have once again topped the tables in their respective disciplines, showcasing Surrey’s expertise in these areas. Surrey’s legacy in Hospitality and Tourism education has built an alumni network of over 10,000 professionals with many of these establishing themselves as global leaders.

According to the Guardian University Guide 2019 (UK subject rankings), the following subjects offered by the University of Surrey are amongst the top 10 subjects throughout the whole UK. They include; Criminology, Music, Engineering: Electronic and Electrical, Modern languages and Linguistics, Chemical Engineering, Hospitality and Tourism, Chemistry, Biosciences and Computer sciences.


Living and studying in Surrey

The University of Surrey is proud to be one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK.

In fact, the University hosts students from more than 120 nationalities; it aims to support international students from before they arrive until after they graduate. The Students’ Union has societies that represent a variety of cultures, faiths and nationalities for students to get involved with – either to feel more at home, or to discover something new.

Students at the University of Surrey benefit from discounted membership of Surrey Sports Park, giving access to a huge range of facilities, classes and activities.

The university campus is close to Guildford town centre, where there are hundreds of places to shop, eat and drink. The town itself is compact, with everything in easy walking distance.

Guildford is a historic town with cobbled streets and lots of old buildings, all of which makes it a very beautiful place. It’s a charming town full of life, surrounded by stunning green countryside, infused with history, its everything a student might need.

There is good nightlife to be found in Guildford, with more than 20 bars and clubs; these range from a quirky bar that serves 55 different cocktails to a disco that plays pop music. Bar Thirteen and Rubix nightclub on campus are strong favorites with students.

Guildford is a home to the arts with three theatres, art galleries and G Live music venue; and the town welcomes a multi-arts comedy festival, literature festival and science festival every year.

The countryside is never far away with the beautiful Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on its doorstep! It is perfect for enjoying outdoor activities, whether it be hiking in the countryside, zip wiring, paint-balling or mountain biking.

Guildford town is also just a 30-minute train ride to London, making it easy to head to the capital for shopping, brunch, a night out, a West End show, some sightseeing or to visit to one of its inspiring galleries or museums. It’s also less than 35 minutes from the UK’s two largest international airports, Heathrow and Gatwick.


Apply to the University of Surrey

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

The deadline for applications is the January 15th each year for entry in September. Annual tuition fees are £9,250.

Complete applications must include; a CV, a translated baccalaureate transcript, IELTS results and a personal statement. The Study Experience team assists students in writing their personal statements and directs them towards the most relevant IELTS preparation programme according to their level and needs. Regarding English entry requirements for the University of Surrey, students must have obtained at least a fairly good grade (11-12 / 20 average) in the baccalaureate, and have passed the IELTS exam with an overall 6.5 and 6 in each component (reading, writing, listening, speaking) out of 9 for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

For more information on the registration process and on the university in general, contact a member of the Study Experience team.

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