University of Sunderland


About the University

The University of Sunderland is a truly life-changing university. We've been providing higher education in the city since 1901, and we're proud to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university.

As of year-end 2012-2013 we have 15,152 students, and our strengths range from widening access and student experience to research, international and industry links.

Five reasons to come to Sunderland:

  • We were shortlisted for University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2012
  • Great career support and work placement opportunities
  • Affordable living costs
  • Superb facilities - in fact we've invested £130m in our two Sunderland campuses
  • A safe environment for our students


Here at the University of Sunderland, we can proudly say we know how to welcome and educate our international students - we have been doing it for more than 50 years. Not only do we understand different cultures and different students' needs we are also very aware of the importance of what a university education means to you.

Outside of academic life all your needs are catered for with our support package being one of the best in the UK.

Sunderland is also a very safe place to study - the University of Sunderland is in the top ten safest universities in England and Wales, according to official police data published in June 2012.

Sunderland attracts thousands of students from all over the globe who go on to lead exciting careers armed with a first-class qualification. Studying in the United Kingdom leads to an academic qualification that is respected throughout the world. It also gives students the opportunity to learn from the experience of living in the UK, to absorb its culture and language, and to make valuable contacts and friendships.

The relationship between you and the University is a partnership – we have commitments to you, and equally you have responsibilities to us, and to the British government. When you enrol, you will be given the University of Sunderland’s International Agreement. This document contains the responsibilities that both you and the University have agreed to regarding your studies in the UK.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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This school also offers:

Foundation Year

International Art and Design Foundation

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Sunderland

This course is aimed at students who speak English as a second or other language, and who want to combine English language tuition with studying Art and Design. The course allows you to [+]

This course is aimed at students who speak English as a second or other language, and who want to combine English language tuition with studying Art and Design. The course allows you to explore a range of creative areas, from which you will choose one subject to study at degree level. At the end of the course you will move on to the degree course of your choice, either here at the University of Sunderland or at another university. The course is split into three stages. In the first stage, you will develop a broad understanding of the creative process through short projects in pathways such as: fine art, animation, visual communication, glass and ceramics, 3D design, fashion and textiles, and lens-based media. In the second and third stages you will choose one of these pathways and undertake longer project work. This will allow you to consolidate your learning and to build up a portfolio of work that you can show when you apply for a degree course. During all three stages you will receive tuition in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Our aim is that you will achieve at least an IELTS 6.0, which will allow you to undertake a degree course at an English-speaking university. Scholarships and discounts If you have an IELTS score of 5.5 or above you will receive an excellence scholarship of £850. There is also a £1,500 fee waiver scholarship automatically applied to this programme, so your tuition fee will be reduced by this amount. [-]


University of Sunderland