York St John University

York St John University

Tel :+44 (0)1904 876 896

Website :www.yorksj.ac.uk

York St John University is located in York, one of northern England's most beautiful cathedral cities. York St John is a British government-funded, public university founded in 1841, and offers a wide variety of academic subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The University is just minutes from the city centre, surrounded by green lawns, lovely flowers and trees.  The City of York is a major tourist destination and our University is situated just outside the ancient city walls within sight of York Minster cathedral. York has a very long history and dates back to Roman and Viking times. The city's many museums pay tribute to this long and interesting history. York is a dynamic city. With around 20,000 students and thousands of tourists visiting the city all year round, it really is a lively place to be.  It’s great for nightlife of all kinds – you’ll find pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres and music venues to suit every kind of taste imaginable.  York is also fantastic for shopping.  The campus is literally minutes away from the city centre, so it is perfectly placed for nights out and retail therapy jaunts.

The City of York is located at the centre of North Yorkshire. Its location at the very heart of Britain and the excellent motorway and rail links, mean that York couldn't be easier to reach. London and Edinburgh can both be reached directly on the train in around two hours

York St John University has five different student accommodation residence halls, and you will be guaranteed accommodation for your first year.  You can choose which residence you would like to live in.  A new student accommodation to the tune of £10 million opened in autumn 2008. This new accommodation provides fantastic, purpose-built housing for over 230 students on a self-catering basis.  The University campus also offers a cafeteria, cafes and coffee shops, drama, music, dance and TV studios, a health centre and the Students’ Union building.  The students are very active here, and you can join activities in over 50 different clubs and societies, including a lively International Student Society.  There are exciting trips and fun events taking place all year round.

At York St John University you can study for a Bachelors or Masters degree.  We offer English language support services, writing and academic learning support centre, and an International Student Advisor dedicated to serving international students.  You can study many different subjects here, including Business Management, Healthcare Practice, History, Education Studies, Theology & Religious Studies, Design Practice, Information Technology, Media, Film & Television Production, Communication & Culture – and many more! 


The York St John University campus is a fantastic place to study.  A major investment of £50 million has seen the development of exciting and cutting-edge buildings and facilities. The campus is now an impressive blend of the contemporary and historic. The original campus is built around a quadrangle and is complemented by newer buildings including the Fountains Learning Centre, the impressive glass-fronted building at the University's main entrance. Fountains Learning Centre houses the library, IT facilities where students have access to computers and internet 24 hours a day/seven days a week, and a modern lecture theatre. 

The latest development is a signature building, completed November 2008, that is designed to complete the dynamic modernisation of the campus. Located in a prominent position, at a gateway to the city and close by the medieval walls and York Minster, it links the city centre with the University quarter. The new building houses: the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, including facilities for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, state-of-the-art lecture theatre, seminar rooms, specialist and general teaching environments, and a new postgraduate student support unit.

Other developments have included the creation of a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, which provides facilities for students, staff, and creative partners to work together. A renovated Victorian Gothic chapel houses a Showcase Studio with state-of-the-art lighting, sound performance and exhibition facilities, reception area, meeting rooms, and a new media workshop.
The Design and Technology block was renovated and updated last year, which brought the facilities into the 21st century.

York St John University is constantly reviewing the needs of our students and staff and we know that by investing in our University, we are also investing in you and your future.


Annual tuition fees for most undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes are £8,100 for the 2009-10 academic year. Some degree programmes have higher tuition fees; please enquire for details. A £1,000 international student scholarship will be awarded to each East African student who successfully applies and is accepted onto a full-time degree programme, bringing the annual tuition fees to £7,100 for 2009-10. 

Accommodation in University residences for 2009-10 is approximately £3,300 - £5,248 for a self-catered single room.

East African Masters degree scholarship: York St John University is offering one full tuition fee waiver scholarship (worth £8,100) to an East African student who is accepted onto a full-time Masters degree programme.  Please email intladmissions@yorksj.ac.uk for details on how to apply for this scholarship.


All international students can apply directly to York St John University using our application form. If you would like to apply directly for any undergraduate or postgraduate degree programme, please download our application form from our website: www.yorksj.ac.uk

To apply, send the completed application form with the following documents:

  • Candidate Statement
  • Copies of qualifications (translated into English where necessary)
  • Proof of English language level
  • Academic references

When you have all of the required documents and a fully completed application form, please post to:

International Office, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York YO31 7EX, United Kingdom

The deadline for applying directly for courses starting in September is 31 August. However, it is advisable you apply much earlier to ensure consideration for a place on your chosen course and to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions or need advice or assistance with the application form, please e-mail intladmissions@yorksj.ac.uk

Case Study

Name: Vitalis Rugie

Age: 34

Country of origin: Kenya

Programme: Masters in Leadership & Management

Why did you originally decide the UK was the best place to study your particular subject?

York St. John gave me an opportunity of a lifetime .One I never imagined existed before. Having worked with the bank for 12 years and risen through the ranks to management, I had the management and leadership experience but I lacked the papers to back me up and the challenges were rising. Younger highly educated people were joining the bank, though majority were my juniors , some who reported to me, I felt threatened and the future was looking bleak  besides I had begun stagnating in one level and that bothered me.

So when York St. John gave me the opportunity I gladly albeit with pain took it up. It is not a bed of roses pursuing an M level without an undergrad certificate but the lecturers have been very supportive and so far I have passed my first module and am very confident that I will pass the rest.

What’s the most enjoyable thing about studying your subject in the UK?

The subject is just the right prescription for someone like me who have been in the financial sector and leadership role for that matter, it sharpens you beyond reasonable doubt, I simply love my subject.

What are the most valuable aspects of your course?

The theory brought live in the practical concept

What do you see as the benefits of a UK education?

UK education is well regarded internationally and this gives an edge in the market.

What in your opinion is the best thing about life in the UK?

Life in the UK is very challenging in many aspects and the assistance of the students welfare services, international students really get a well deserved help to go through the change transition.

What do you most enjoy about studying in York?

York is a very beautiful City, the historical buildings like the Minster, the wall surrounding the city, the people are kind and courteous also.

What do you hope to achieve after you’ve finished your course?

I hope to not only achieve the masters degree but also the international exposure which will enable me to appreciate diverse cultures and traditions. To be an all rounder that is in academics and life experience.