Recruit an international student

We are proud to have an international community of students from more than 150 countries. Our largest international cohorts include students from China, Malaysia and India.


Recruiting international students and graduates can bring a wealth of benefits to your organisation. Their cultural awareness, global mindset and proficiency in additional languages can help you explore new markets, understand the needs of global clients and develop worldwide connections.

Whether you are looking to recruit students for overseas or UK-based operations, we can help you attract and recruit the right talent.

We can provide support with:

  • Providing data on student numbers from particular regions or subject disciplines
  • Advice on how best to target students from specific regions
  • Developing a tailored recruitment strategy
  • Creating an effective vacancy advert to attract talent
  • Arranging physical and virtual events and activities to help you engage with students as part of our global careers programme
  • Connecting you with international student societies

The Careers Service is unable to provide advice on individual student visa cases. More information and advice about recruiting international students and graduates is available via the Home Office

In addition, the International Student Employability Group (ISEG) has created a guide to recruiting international graduates. Information includes; your hiring options under the Graduate and Skilled Worker visa routes and highlights the unique skillset international graduates bring. A shortened interactive version of the Employer’s Guide to Recruiting International Graduates is also available.

While Nichola Carter, partner and head of immigration at Carter Thomas Solicitors, has written a blog "Hiring under the Graduate route visa vs Skilled Worker" published by the UK Council for International Student Affairs, explaining the different options available for recruiting international graduates.

To find out more:

Tel: 0114 2220900

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