International Students



Details of International Scholarships for 2014/15

See "School and university scholarships" below.

Our reputation

The University of Reading is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings) and is ranked as one of the UK's top 20 research intensive universities. The University has a particular strength in research, with nearly 90% of our research rated as being of international standing (latest RAE report). The quality of our teaching is also highly rated - in the National Student Survey for student satisfaction 97% of students were satisfied with their experience. The reputation of the University of Reading ensures that the qualification you achieve here will be well respected around the world.

In the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences we were awarded top marks (24/24) for our teaching with an Excellent rating in the most recent Teaching Quality Audit. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of the research produced by academic staff in the department was recognised as of international quality, with over 60% rated as 'internationally excellent' or 'world leading'.

Our location

Reading is in the south of England on the River Thames.

Conveniently located within 30 minutes of Central London, Heathrow, Windsor and Oxford.

The University of Reading has a beautiful campus within walking distance of the town. The Department of Psychology is based on the main Whiteknights campus which is a large parkland campus 1.3 square kilometres in size with green open spaces, a lake, woodlands and plenty of wildlife. The campus is renowned for its collection of trees, some of which are over 200 years old.  The Whiteknights campus contains most of the academic departments as well as sports facilities, student accommodation, student support, the library, museums, cafes and bars and the student union.

***  Our campus environment came first in the Times Higher Student Experience 2012 survey.

International students in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences welcomes students from all over the world. Our classes at both undergraduate and graduate level are enhanced and enlivened by the presence of people from every continent of the world. Our research collaborations further strengthen these important links. We are dedicated to ensuring that all international students achieve their full potential. In particular, our international students are well looked-after, and on this page we provide details of the resources available to you at the University of Reading.

The University as a whole is very popular with international students with over 3500 international students representing 130 nationalities studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. So wherever you are in the world you are sure to feel at home here.

Studying psychology or clinical language sciences at Reading

Psychology has very deep roots in the UK - this is one reason for coming to study here. You’ll encounter a wonderful fusion between traditional understanding and the latest methods and theories. But if you are not from the UK, or have not previously studied here, you may have some added challenges. Do not worry, we are aware of them. In recent times, we have welcomed students onto our courses, from countries as diverse as Canada, China, Greece, Malaysia, Peru, Saudi, and Turkey. We understand your potential worries and difficulties -- they might concern language, study, accommodation, socialising, or visas – or they may be something personal to you. In all cases, we have a system to help. All our students are allocated an Academic Tutor. Your Academic Tutor is on hand to help equally with academic and non-academic issues, and to provide a friendly face of welcome to the School. In addition, each Department in the School has a Tutor for International Students who may be contacted on any of the issues which impact your life at Reading.

School and university scholarships

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences Scholarships


For 2014/15 undergraduates, the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences will offer up to three International Excellence Scholarships each worth £4000. These scholarships will be made to students outside of the EU on the basis of outstanding academic achievement.

Postgraduate taught students

For 2014/15, we will be offering a School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences Postgraduate International Excellence Scholarship worth £4,000. This scholarship will be made to students outside of the EU on the basis of outstanding academic achievement.

University Scholarships

Postgraduate taught country scholarships

The university offers international postgraduate taught students a scholarship worth £5,000. For more information on eligibility and how to apply please visit:

Commonwealth Scholarships

The university offers Commonwealth Scholarships for postgraduate students on the basis of outstanding academic achievement. Scholarships are awarded to citizens of both developed and developing Commonwealth countries. For more information on eligibility and how to apply please click here: Commonwealth scholarships

Please note, applicants are automatically considered for scholarships.

The GREAT/ University of Reading, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences Scholarship - India

GREAT Scholarships-India is a joint programme funded partly through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK universities. The University of Reading's world-class School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences is proud to work in partnership with the British Council GREAT Scholarship - India campaign to encourage students to come and study in the UK from India.

As a part of the scheme, we will be offering ONE jointly funded scholarship worth £1,500. You can apply for this scholarship if you:

  1. Are a national of (or permanently domiciled) in India AND
  2. Are classed as an overseas students for fee purposes AND
  3. Have a firm offer of a place on one of the following courses offered by the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences:
  • BSc Psychology
  • BA Psychology and Philosophy
  • BSc Psychology with Neuroscience
  • BSc Psychology, Childhood, and Ageing
  • MSci Psychological Theory and Practice
  • BSc in Language Sciences and Psychology
  • MSc in Language Sciences

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, achievement and potential and will be awarded by recommendation of the academic department.

How to apply

On receipt of an offer, simply send a 400 word essay to the selection panel by email to You must put the words 'GREAT Scholarship application' in the subject line of your email.

In your essay, please tell us:

  • Why and how the scholarship would benefit you
  • How you see your degree at Reading preparing you for life after graduation

The closing date for the scholarship applications is 1200 UTC on 31 July 2015.

International Foundation Programme

What is the International Foundation Programme?

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) at the University of Reading is an intensive access course especially designed for international students without British A Level qualifications or the equivalent. The IFP will provide you with the academic training, language and study skills to start undergraduate studies in most degrees at the University of Reading. Nearly 100% of IFP students pass the programme. More than 70% successfully qualify for a degree programme at Reading.

To find out more about the IFP please click here 

University resources

The University takes its pastoral role very seriously, providing resources such as study advice and counselling. More details of these services along with other features of coming to study with us at Reading may be found here...

If you have any questions we will be pleased to help:

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