International CU

As a CU, we really want to connect with the International students of the university! Read on if you want to find out more.

Hello. Ni Hao. Tjenare. Vanakkam. Jambo. Sannu. Salaam Aleikum. Hej.

… and a very warm welcome to YOU if you are an international student joining us here in the UK! You’ve made an excellent choice in coming to York. We hope you will settle in quickly, and look forward to meeting you soon …


International Welcome week!
20th-26th Sept.

We are so excited to welcome you to campus this year- there's so many ways to get involved with the CU, make friends and feel at home in York.

In Person Events

Come to our gazebo on campus to say hello and collect a welcome pack from us! We'll be around on Monday 20th, Wednesday 22nd and Friday 24th, from 11am-3pm- we'd love to meet you! If you're self-isolating, we'd love to deliver a pack to you- just fill in this form to let us know:

Come and find us at the Post Graduate Freshers Fair on Tuesday 21st, from 1-5pm!

We'd love to see you at a walking tour of the city- meet at 11.30am at the Nisa on Campus West, on Thursday 23rd and Saturday 25th. We’ll be there with a sign, ready to show you the best sights, international supermarkets and cafes of York!

You can sign up here:

Join us for a Great British Picnic; meet at 1pm at the York Minster on Saturday 25th. Delicious British picnic food provided!

You can sign up here:


Church Search Breakfast - come along to hear about Churches in York- see you on Sunday 26th, 9am at Calvary Chapel Church.



Whether you're not yet in the UK, you're isolating as you arrive, or you'd just like a great way to meet friends, our online events are perfect for you! Have fun, get to know others and learn a little about the CU with us. Use the google forms below to sign up and receive the Zoom link. Or feel free to send us a message at @uycu_i on instagram. 

We're hosting a Zoom Games night on Tuesday 21st at 5pm- come along to have fun and make friends!

We've got a Yorkshire Pudding Cook Along on Zoom- learn how to make the iconic Yorkshire dish! See you on Friday 24th at 12:00pm!


Ingredients you will need:

* 140g plain flour (this is about 200ml/7fl oz)

* 4 eggs

* 200ml milk

* Sunflower oil

Equipment: Muffin tin, Measuring jug, Bowl

Bible Explore

Bible Explore is an open, friendly community of international students interested in learning about what the Bible is, what it says, and why it matters to our communities today. It doesn’t matter how much or little you know about the Bible or what you believe- everyone is welcome! We meet at Wednesday lunchtimes and we’d love to see you and hear your ideas. For more information, email Rebecca (

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International Friendship partners

Our International Friendship Partner Scheme pairs international students with members of the Christian Union who are familiar with York and its people! This is an opportunity to share culture, form a new friendship and explore the city of York together.


International friendship partners will meet up regularly online or face to face. Not only is this a great way to find a community here at York, it’s also a great way to improve your spoken English. 

To sign up: Click on the link below or send us an email at with your name, gender and the country you currently live in.

What we’ve been up to

We have lots of events that run throughout the year which you can get involved in! This past year, we’ve held a whole variety of events from origami evenings, to picnics in the park and having dinners together. In the first term of each year, we also run an International Freshers week where you can learn more about the British culture, and also meet other International students.

Contact Us

For more information, send us an email at and we’ll reply as soon as we can, or join our Facebook page.

You can also find us on instagram: @uycu_i