International Global Partnerships at Derby College

I am pleased you are considering Derby College to help you take the first step towards improving your personal growth and professional development.      

Choosing what and where to study is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Our aim is to ensure that you qualify with both practical and theoretical skills that will make you employable anywhere around the world.

Our international office has many years of experience in advising and supporting international students to ensure they have the very best of UK education. We will deliver a caring and professional service throughout your time with us.

We will also provide you with vital support in applying for your student visa. Derby College is recognised by the Home Office as a Tier 4 Sponsor, giving you the best chance of success in obtaining your visa.

In selecting Derby College you will find a warm welcome, an inspiring environment, the chance to make new friends and the opportunity to fulfil your potential.

My best wishes for your future.
Mandie Stravino
Chief Executive
Derby College

About Derby College

Derby College Group (DCG) is one of England’s largest colleges, serving 14 to 16-year-old students who attend vocational programmes, full-time students aged 16 to 19 on a wide range of A-level, vocational and technical programmes, higher education students, 19+ mature and part-time students, apprentices and work-based students.

Working in partnership with around 3,000 employers, DCG aims to bridge the gap between education and the workplace, managing all students into positive destinations. At its last Ofsted inspection, DCG was graded ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features including its strong engagement with employers.

Responsible for developing talent for the future workforce of the world, Derby College will equip you with the skills, attitude and behaviours which employers expect in this challenging economic environment.

  • A welcoming environment:
    26,000 Students from all over the world
  • High achievement levels:
    Over 90% course completion rate for our international students
  • Efficient support:
    Tier 4 – Home Office status to help smoothen your visa application process
  • An inspiring experience:
    Excellent teaching in our first class purpose-built campuses which are among the best in the UK
  • Strong links with industry:
    Partnerships with over 3,000 employers – ensuring your learning is always relevant to the world of work
  • Helpful advice:
    A counselling and welfare service available to all Students
  • A diverse community:
    A multi-faith room at each campus
  • Well connected:
    Free wi-fi access
  • Affordable courses:
    Very competitive fees in a city where the cost of living is lower than average
  • Safety first:
    One of the safest environments in the UK in which to live and study –99% of our students say that the College is a safe place and Derby is renowned as a safe city

We look forward to welcoming you to Derby College.

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Living in Derby

Derby is a cathedral city in the East Midlands of England, approximately an hour and half train journey from London. Thriving, compact and accessible, Derby boasts all the attractions of a major city while enjoying a location on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

Statistics suggest that Derby is the safest and best-educated city in the East Midlands, with the highest average earnings. The cost of living here in the midlands is much lower than in London and other areas of southern England.

Celebrated for its role the Industrial Revolution - when it introduced some of the country's first factories and spinning mills - Derby is today renowned for its thriving economy based on aerospace, rail technology and IT. The city is home to 16,000 companies, including household names such as Rolls-Royce and Toyota.

A £2 billion regeneration programme is currently revitalising the city's retail, leisure, residential and commercial scene to make Derby an even better place in which to live, work, visit and study.

Culture and entertainment in Derby

Derby is home to the £340 million intu shopping centre - widely respected as one of the best shopping experiences in the country.

The Quad, a £10 million visual arts and media complex in the city centre, is home to Derby's premier arts cinema, a café bar and an exhibition space. The Derby Museum and Art Gallery houses the UK's best collection of paintings by local artist Joseph Wright, while the Derby Theatre, Guildhall and Assembly Rooms host music, comedy and theatre performance throughout the year.

Derby stands on the bank of the River Derwent and the city centre riverside is currently being transformed with a range of projects including hotels, a casino, bars and restaurants.

Of course, Derby College's new world class education facility The Roundhouse has added to the city's vibrant appeal.


Thanks to Derby's central location, it has excellent transport links to other cities in the UK: some six million people can access the city in less than an hour.

Road links via the M1, A6, A38, A50 and A52 ensure that travel by car is easy , and the city's status as a major rail centre ensures fast daily direct services to key destinations.

East Midlands Airport – providing both short and long-haul international routes - is just 15 minutes away.

The Peak District

Derby has another major attraction for international visitors, the beautiful scenery of the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales.

This world-renowned holiday destination is on Derby's doorstep providing plenty of opportunities for exploring the rugged peaks on hiking, walking or cycling trials, or finding out about the region's culture and history in picturesque market towns or sites such as Chatsworth House and Hardwick Hall.

The Peak District has been the setting for plenty of films including Pride and Prejudice, The Duchess, Robin Hood and the Other Boleyn Girl.

Yikai Shen

Yikai Shen

Aiming for a career in financial services

Aiming for a career in financial services, Yikai Shen chose to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business at Derby College before continuing his education at Imperial College, London.

A British education is recognised throughout the world as the best. My biggest challenge at College was obviously the language but I worked hard and gained a lot of support from tutors at the College.

Derby is a very nice city and I settled in well. I made a lot of good friends and everyone was very welcoming


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