University of Plymouth
Plymouth,Devon , South West, United Kingdom

The University of Plymouth is one of the largest universities in the UK, with over 23,000 students, including around 2,000 international students from over 100 countries, enrolled. It can trace its roots back to the Plymouth School of Navigation, founded in 1862 and was formally given full university status in 1992.

Plymouth was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2012 for its worldwide reputation for marine and maritime education and research and 11 subjects were recently rated among the top ten in the UK for student satisfaction. The city is also ranked 11th in the UK for the most cost-effective places to study. Over 12,000 Plymouth students per year benefit from placements and work-based learning.

It is currently the only post-1992 university to have its own medical school and has strong partnerships with other universities and institutions in the southwest. Various departments have undergone much development in recent years, particularly the library and student union, faculties of Health and Education and Society and Marine Science. University of Plymouth programmes in Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Geography, and Environmental Science, and Art and Design also rank highly nationally.

International Students - 7.8%

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Plymouth is a city on the south coast of England with a long history as a port and shipbuilding city, currently hosting the largest naval base in Western Europe. Entertainment in the city centre features many clubs, bars, restaurants and theatres, and the city’s coastal location also makes it very popular for watersports, including surfing in the summer months and boating.

Student Guide

The International Student Advice Service runs orientation programmes at the beginning of the year as well as a meet and greets service from Heathrow Airport. Orientation covers the campus and departments as well as general information about the area and British culture. The School of Tourism runs a weekly Languages Café, where students can meet in an informal setting to talk with native speakers of different languages.