Welcome to students from Syria
Just one hour from Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, and 1.5 hours from London, Keele is located in the heart of England on a 600-acre campus that was voted as one of the most beautiful in the UK. Keele was founded in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and is world-renowned for the breadth of its teaching and research.
Everything is on your doorstep at Keele. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is self-contained with student accommodation, teaching buildings, restaurants and cafés, a sports centre, and medical centre all within easy reach.
We deliver a unique and international learning experience. We teach in small groups, provide one-to-one access to our academics, and value the quality of our teaching as highly as our cutting-edge research.
Facts and Figures
No.1 in the UK Britain's best university, as ranked by students Student Crowd University Awards, 2022
4th in England for Medicine (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
Global Top 250 for Law (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2023)
Top 20 in the UK for Geography and Environmental Studies (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
Top 20 in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
Global Top 300 for Education (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings, 2023)
Top 20 in the UK for Health Professions (Guardian University League Table, 2022)
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Representatives in your country
You may wish to speak with one of our authorised agents who represent Keele in your country. They can provide you with additional information, support you through the application and visa process and liaise with the University on your behalf.
Please contact our International Team for more informatiaon and to ask any further questions that you have about studying at Keele University.
In order to speak to agents, your personal data and information relevant to your application will be shared between the agent and the University for the purposes of assessing you for admission. The agent you choose to work with will be copied in to all communications relevant to your application until you enrol at the University after which time they will only be included in emails to you with your express written permission.
Like the University, local representatives are data controllers in their own right but are expected to abide by the University's Code of Good Conduct which includes the safe handling of personal data. Should you have any concerns regarding the services provided, please contact the International Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full details of how the University handles your personal data can be found at keele.ac.uk/informationgovernance/informationgovernanceforthepublic.
Have a question about our international entry requirements? Email us at email@example.com.
The actual grades you require in particular subjects will vary according to the degree course you wish to study. You will also require an English language qualification.
If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into Year 1 of our undergraduate (bachelor) degree courses you can apply for a place on our Foundation Year. Information regarding A levels, BTEC, International Baccalaureate qualifications and subject-specific requirements can be found on our course pages.
We need to make sure that your level of English is good enough for you to study at Keele University. Click here to view a list of the English Language qualifications we accept. For UK students, we normally ask for a minimum of a grade 4/C in GCSE English Language. For EU and International students, we accept qualifications from several countries, as well as a range of international qualifications and tests.
|Foundation||Undergraduate Year 1||Undergraduate Year 1 English Requirements|
Our International Foundation Year is delivered on the Keele campus through Keele University International College. Please see the KUIC website for academic entry requirements.
|Al Shahâda al-Thânawiyya al-Ämma and Foundation Year or Syrian Associate Degree (Assistant Bachelor/Licentiate) or Technical Diploma 65% or above.||IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each subtest|
|Postgraduate 2.2||Postgraduate 2.1||PG Courses English Requirements|
|A recognised bachelors degree (al-Ijâza fi or Licence) with 60% or above overall.||A recognised bachelors degree (al-Ijâza fi or Licence) with 70% or above overall.||IELTS English or equivalent required - check the requirement for your chosen course. Further information can also be found on the English Language page.|
al-Ijâza fi or Licence
Funding and scholarships
We’re committed to rewarding excellence and potential and offer several scholarships for international students. Students may be automatically considered for some awards, with no extra application necessary. Please see our international fees and funding web pages for further details, including the eligibility criteria for each scholarship.
Our Undergraduate Global Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, and offer up to £5000 tuition fee discount across a wide range of subject areas (excluding medicine, veterinary medicine, foundation year and online programmes). Discover more undergraduate scholarships.
Our Postgraduate Global Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, and offer up to £6000 tuition fee discount across a wide range of subject areas (excluding medicine and online programmes). Discover more postgraduate scholarships.
Careers and alumni
Keele has been welcoming students from Syria to study with us for many years, and we are proud of the success our graduates have achieved in a wide range of occupations in government and industry.
Keele graduates are globally sought after and work in some of the world’s most prestigious organisations, from international governments to the World Bank, and in corporations from Apple to Volkswagen.
Life at Keele and societies
Keele offers a friendly and supportive environment for international students, with regular gatherings and events that help new students to settle in.
Keele delivers a unique and international learning experience. We teach in small groups, provide one-to-one access to our academics, and value the quality of our teaching. We were awarded the ‘Gold Award’ in the first teaching excellence framework - the highest rating.
We guarantee accommodation on campus for all September start international students who apply by 30 June, with the option to live on campus for the full duration of your course. Our accommodation is clean and secure, with staff available 24 hours a day to offer support and advice.
There is a regular, direct bus service to the nearest town of Newcastle-under-Lyme which takes just 15 minutes. Here you will find cinemas, restaurants, music venues and a range of shops and supermarkets.
There is also a direct bus from campus to the bigger city of Stoke-on-Trent where you can take a train to London (90 minutes), Birmingham (45 minutes) and Manchester (35 minutes).
Our friendly Student Services Team give practical academic advice and also look after the welfare of our students. All students are assigned a Personal Tutor who will support and guide them through their studies at Keele.