Keele is global

Our students

Our students come from over 120 countries.

The 30 countries for our intake of international students.

All incoming overseas students have the opportunity to be mentored by a current Keele student to help them settle into life on campus.

Visit our international study pages to find out more about becoming an international student at Keele.

Student mobility

  • We have 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.


97% of the University's research is classified as world leading and of international importance (REF, 2014)

Find out more about research at Keele


There are 17 different scholarship schemes for International students, including eight funded by external bodies such as the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Santander Universities and Chevening.

Key Strategic Partners

Examples of our key strategic partners include:

Stony Brook University Universiti Sains Malaysia Tongji University Guangzhou University FAPESP Sao Paulo Research Foundation BFSU


At Keele we value our community of international staff and pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive community that has a genuine sense of inclusiveness. The work we do does not recognise national boundaries.

9% of our academic and administrative staff are from outside of the UK.


We have more than 100,000 alumni living in over 100 countries.

Our 'Keele in the World' networks provide the opportunity for alumni to engage with one another and with the University. We have 11 networks which cover places such as the USA, Brunei, Turkey and many more.

Notable alumni with International links include:

  • Steve Cutts (Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations)
  • Fatou Bensouda (International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor)

Find out more about our alumni networks

And the rest

Keele is ranked in the top 2% for most international universities in the world 2016 (Times Higher Education, 2016).

Students at Keele can elect to study additional language modules. There are also opportunities to go on short programmes to support their language learning. Language modules available include: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.