York St. John
York St. John

About Us

York St John is a prestigious university with roots going back to the 1840’s. York Diocesan Training School, for teacher education, opened in May 1841 with one pupil on the register, 16 year old Edward Preston Cordukes. (The current Students’ Union building is named in his honour). 1846 saw the foundation of the Female Training School which moved to Ripon in 1862. The college in York was described as St John’s College from the late 1890s. York St John University has a tradition of welcoming international students. Around seven per cent of the student body is from overseas, with additional numbers taking a range of short courses on campus and with the delivery of provision through partners based overseas. There is a drive to build upon our international recruitment over the next three years. The Internationalisation agenda is also focused on a range of other strategic developments to benefit student and academic engagement in a global context. This work is articulated in York St John’s Internationalisation Strategy. The University is actively forging a range of academic partnerships, joint projects, international conferences and exchange opportunities. There are long established links with Japan, China and USA and fast developing relationships in a number of countries, including Pakistan, Bahrain, Kenya, and South Korea. The international agenda also incorporates the way in which the University integrates the international dimension into its delivery and opportunities for students to engage as global citizens in overseas visits, projects and exchanges.