Aston University

Aston University

Aston University, renowned for its impact and award-winning teaching, offers international students a world-class study abroad experience in the vibrant second largest UK city, Birmingham. Aston boasts a triple-accredited business school and top rankings in health professions, engineering and international relations.

With a comprehensive campus providing academic, social, and accommodation facilities, studying with or applying through NCUK unlocks access to this prestigious university, known for its strong reputation and commitment to student success in one of the friendliest, most diverse and multicultural communities in the UK.

Furthermore, Aston’s focus on employability ensures that graduates have excellent career prospects, and the university’s industry connections offer valuable opportunities for practical experience. As an international student at Aston, you can expect a supportive environment that fosters personal growth and academic achievement.

NCUK accepted qualifications

  • International Foundation Year
  • International Year One
  • Master's Preparation / Pre-Sessional

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Life at Aston

Student Life at Aston

Aston University provides international students with a vibrant student life, ensuring an unforgettable study abroad experience. The university offers over 130 clubs and societies, catering to diverse interests and fostering a sense of belonging.

By progressing to Aston with NCUK, you can benefit from its strong academic reputation and supportive environment.

Aston’s city-centre location in Birmingham, the UK’s second city, allows students to explore the rich cultural and social scene enhancing their overall university experience.

Additionally, the university’s commitment to employability ensures that students have ample opportunities to gain practical experience and professional skills.

With state-of-the-art facilities and dedicated support services for international students, Aston University offers a truly enriching and inspiring higher education journey.

Careers at Aston

Aston University is renowned for its strong focus on employability, ensuring that international students have exceptional career prospects after graduation. The university’s dedicated Careers and Placements team offers personalised support, including workshops, networking events, and one-to-one guidance, helping students develop the skills and connections needed to succeed in their chosen fields.

By applying through NCUK, you can access this prestigious institution and benefit from Aston’s excellent industry connections and placement opportunities, enhancing your employability and making a lasting impact on your career. Additionally, Aston’s commitment to practical learning ensures that students gain valuable hands-on experience during their studies, further preparing them for the job market and increasing their competitiveness as graduates.

City Life at Aston

Aston University is situated in the heart of Birmingham (Brum, to its friends), offering international students an exciting city life experience filled with cultural and social opportunities. You can access this prestigious institution and explore the city’s rich history, world-class shopping experiences, and epic food scene that’s taken Michelin and social media by storm (the most Michelin star restaurants in the UK outside of London – 6), along with its vibrant arts scene.

Birmingham boasts numerous attractions, including museums, galleries, shopping centres, and lively entertainment venues, providing endless entertainment options for students seeking a dynamic study abroad experience. Birmingham is the birthplace of the Balti, Lord of the Rings, tennis, Cadbury chocolate, Thomas the Tank Engine and heavy metal. It boasts more miles of canals than Venice, Italy (around 56km of glorious waterways).

Moreover, the city offers excellent transport links, making it easy for students to explore the surrounding areas and discover the UK’s beautiful countryside and historic landmarks. 90% of the UK can be reached in under 4 hours from Birmingham, and Birmingham International Airport offers direct flights to over 35 countries.

Student Support at Aston

Aston University is dedicated to ensuring the well-being and success of its international students by providing comprehensive student welfare, academic support, and student support services. You can access this prestigious institution and benefit from a range of resources, including personal tutors, counselling services, and academic skills workshops.

Aston’s commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment helps students thrive during their study abroad experience. Additionally, the university offers peer mentoring programs, disability support, and various student societies to facilitate social connections, ensuring that all students feel welcome and engaged in the campus community.

Student Accommodation at Aston

Aston University offers award-winning accommodation with a variety of comfortable and well-equipped student accommodation options in its halls of residence, ensuring that international students have a home away from home while studying abroad.

You can access these accommodations, including James Watt and William Murdoch. These residences cater to a wide range of budgets and preferences for new students, providing students with a supportive and inclusive living environment during their time at the university.

Furthermore, the university’s accommodation options are conveniently located on campus, allowing easy access to classes, libraries, and social spaces.

On-site amenities such as en-suite rooms as standard, free high-speed Wi-Fi and 24/7 security, plus laundry facilities, common rooms, and secure bike storage ensure a comfortable and hassle-free living experience.

Facilities at Aston

Aston University is a green haven in the heart of Birmingham city boasting state-of-the-art university facilities, ensuring a high-quality study experience for international students.

You can access Aston’s cutting-edge labs, media areas, and lecture halls, which contribute to the university’s impact and reputation. The campus also offers excellent sports facilities, including a fitness centre, swimming pool, and various sports pitches, providing opportunities for students to maintain an active lifestyle during their study abroad journey.

In addition, the university features modern learning spaces, such as the Library and Information Services, which offer extensive resources and support services to help students excel in their academic pursuits. Aston’s commitment to innovation and excellence is further demonstrated by its specialist research centres, such as the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies and the European Bioenergy Research Institute.

Sports & Clubs at Aston

Aston University offers over 130 sports teams, clubs, and societies for international students. The Aston Athletic Union supports various sports clubs, such as Aston Football Club, Aston Basketball Club, and Aston Badminton Club.

Participating in these activities enhances students’ physical well-being and fosters a sense of community and belonging. Additionally, numerous societies cater to diverse interests, including the Computer Science Society, the Business Society, and the International Students Society, ensuring a vibrant and engaging study abroad experience.

The university encourages students to get involved in extracurricular activities, as they provide opportunities for personal growth, skill development, and networking with peers who share similar interests, ultimately enriching their time spent at Aston University.

Sustainability at Aston

Aston University aims to keep the campus one of the greenest and most sustainable in the country, making it an ideal choice for international students. Demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainability and environmental policies. The university’s efforts align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on reducing waste, conserving energy, and promoting sustainable transportation.

Aston’s reputation for sustainability is further enhanced by its initiatives, such as the installation of rooftop solar panels and the implementation of a recycling program, showcasing its dedication to creating a positive environmental impact.

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Aston is recognised as one of the top 25 universities in the UK (Guardian University Guide, 2024)

Aston Students’ Union was rated 8th in the UK in the 2022 What Uni League Table


NCUK Partnerships Scholarships

Exclusive scholarships ranging from £3,000 single year to £5,000 multi-year awards for students studying an NCUK qualification who progress to Aston University in 23/24. Please click here to find out more information about these specific scholarships available.

Vice Chancellor’s International Scholarship

Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of £8,000, available to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Click here for more information.

Regional Scholarships

Click here for regional scholarship information.

Women in Engineering Scholarship

Scholarships of £6,000 for talented female applicants to Engineering & Applied Science courses. Click here for more information.

Global Ambassador Scholarship

This scholarship of £3,000 is for students who want to be the future face of Aston University. This scholarship is open to 25 students who would like to represent the university on the global stage and tell future generations of students what Aston is like. Click here to find out more and apply.

Global Ambassador Scholarship

Successful applicants will be awarded £3,000 to help with tuition fees. This scholarship is available for students applying to postgraduate taught programmes (excluding the MBA). Application required. Click here to find out more.

Full Time MBA Scholarships

Up to 50 scholarships are available to support the most dedicated and talented candidates starting the Aston MBA full-time programme. Application required. Click here for more information.

Aston Enterprise Scholarship

Full scholarship (100% reduction in tuition fees) for a master’s course beginning in September 2024. Support from Aston Enterprise, including mentorship, office space and a grant to start a business in Birmingham after they graduate. Click here for more information.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship

Chance to win £8,000 tuition fee discount by completing a form stating why you’d be a suitable candidate to receive the scholarship. Available for students applying to postgraduate taught programmes (except the MBA). Online application. Click here for more information.

NCUK Pathway Scholarship

Exclusive scholarships for NCUK students are available worth £5,000. Application required. Click here for more information.

Ferguson Scholarship

Seven scholarships of £10,500 will be exclusively available to students from Africa and India for the 2024/25 academic year. Only available to students studying specific Postgraduate taught programmes. Click here to find out more.

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