Study In UK
Gain a world-class Education:
UK education is all about giving you inspiration to develop your knowledge and skills, freedom to be creative, and support to help you achieve your best.
UK schools, colleges, universities and English language centres offer you a world-class education – With such a strong reputation for research and education, UK universities and colleges attract some of the world’s leading academics and industry professionals.
This attention to quality is reflected in the UK’s excellent results:
- Four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK (World Rankings, QS).
- The UK is a world-leading research nation (International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, BIS). 54% of the research conducted by UK universities and colleges is classed as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Assessment Exercise).
- At their most recent inspection, 97% of further education colleges were judged satisfactory or better, for their overall effectiveness (Association of Colleges).
- In the recent BIS Tracking International Graduate Outcomes survey, over 88% of international higher education graduates said they were satisfied with their UK learning experience.
- Likewise, in the HE Academy Postgraduate Taught Experience survey of UK postgraduate students, 93% rated the quality of teaching positively.
Open the Doors to your Dream Career:
UK courses give you the skills, qualifications and connections you need for your chosen career:
- The 2013/14 QS World University Rankings found that employers worldwide consider UK graduates among the most ’employable’ – from a global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, five UK universities were ranked in the top 10.
- UK-educated international graduates achieve markedly higher average salaries than if they had been educated at home (Tracking International Graduate Outcomes, BIS, 2011). UK qualifications are respected and valued by employers worldwide, giving you the edge when you are applying for jobs.
- One of the reasons why employers value UK qualifications is because of the focus on skills for the workplace. The UK ranks second in the world for university-industry collaboration (Annual Innovation Report, BIS, 2012).
Many UK courses are designed in partnership with businesses and are taught by industry professionals, so you will gain real experience for your future career. Some courses give you the chance to do a work placement as part of your studies too, working for a business, charity or public sector organisation (check your visa status allows you to do this).
- The teaching style in the UK helps you to develop attributes which are in high demand from employers worldwide – attributes such as creativity, innovation, teamwork and leadership.
- The UK is exceptionally diverse, with close links to the rest of Europe. By studying in the UK you’ll gain an international perspective, learn about new cultures and socialise with students and teachers from around the world – valuable experience for a career in an international company.
- Many careers require professional qualifications. The UK offers thousands of courses leading to internationally-recognised qualifications in fields such as law, accountancy, medicine, engineering, childcare, teaching, marketing and more, to help you get ahead.
- English language skills are a real boost to your career prospects. The UK is the world’s most popular destination for English language courses, catering for all ages and abilities. On a UK course, you will be immersed in the language and should find that your skills improve rapidly. You can choose courses specialising in business English, or even courses for specific careers, such as English for law, technology or engineering.
- Finding a job can be challenging. At UK schools, colleges and universities, you will find professional career advisers who can help you plan your career, and give you advice on how to look for work, prepare for interviews and write your CV.
Perfect your English:
Each year, an estimated 600,000 students from around the world come to England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to do an English language course.
- Courses for all ages and abilities: It is thought that the UK has more English language courses than any other country. Come to the UK and you can learn English for your career, for educational purposes, or for fun. You can also study English with another subject at the same time.
- Inspiring teaching and learning: In the UK, English language learning is about having fun and taking part. Instead of just listening to your teacher, your classes will involve games, problem-solving and discussions. You might also listen to songs, watch TV or read magazines to practise your comprehension skills. In fact, it might not even feel like work at all!
- Quality assured: Accredited UK English language centres are regularly inspected by government-approved bodies to ensure high standards of teaching, accommodation, welfare support and facilities.
- The home of the English language: When you explore the UK you’ll be surrounded by native speakers so you can practise using the language in real-life situations. You should find that your skills improve enormously in a short time. You might even start dreaming in English after a few days!
- Prepare for your future: English language skills are valued by employers, universities and colleges worldwide, and are a powerful tool in thousands of careers. Improving your English is a great investment in your future. There are lots of business English courses, plus courses to prepare you for higher education.
- A unique cultural experience: Learning English in the UK is an opportunity to make new friends from around the world, discover the UK’s culture and history, and explore beautiful countryside and cities.
Have the adventure of a lifetime:
Studying in the UK is a chance to discover its unique culture, cities and countryside. Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there’s so much to discover. Luckily, it is easy to travel around the UK.
- The UK’s countryside is truly beautiful. You’ll find snow-topped mountains and rolling green hills, flowery meadows and ancient forests, sandy beaches and deserted islands. Hiking and cycling are great ways to take in the breath taking scenery.
- There are many festivals and events throughout the year and across the country, from pancake races in Buckinghamshire to the world’s largest arts festival in Edinburgh. Notting Hill Carnival in August is Europe’s biggest street party, while Leicester’s Diwali celebrations in October are some of the largest outside India. These are opportunities to experience the UK’s multicultural heritage, as well as to enjoy food, music and dance in spectacular style.
- The UK is passionate about sport. Most schools, colleges and universities run sport societies – such as football, yoga, dance, cricket, rugby, athletics and hockey. Joining is a great way to make friends. For adrenaline junkies, there are hundreds of outdoor activities you can try across the UK – such as surfing, mountain climbing, diving, kiting, horse riding, abseiling and even skiing! While you recover from your exercise, you can watch world-class sport events, such as Wimbledon, the FA Cup final or the Grand National horse race.
- Aside from sport, music is the UK’s other national obsession. People love going to concerts to see famous bands, or to discover weird and wonderful new artists. Across the UK, you will find hundreds of live music gigs each day – from pop, rock and dance to classical, folk, metal and jazz. In summer, nothing beats camping at a music festival. Grab your tent, your sun cream and your raincoat (just in case). For a unique experience, try one of the UK’s many folk festivals for traditional music.
- If you are a history lover, the UK is the place to be. Across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland you can see history all around you, and you are never far from an ancient castle, grand country house or picturesque old village.
- There are hundreds of outstanding museums and art galleries too, hosting world-famous exhibitions and collections. Many are free of charge or offer good discounts for students.
- If you’re interested in theatre and the performing arts, you will love events like the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland or Eisteddfod in Wales. Read more suggestions in our article on Nightlife.
- No trip to the UK is complete, however, without going to a comedy night. Here you can experience the UK’s somewhat eccentric sense of humour – just don’t sit in the front row unless you want to become part of the act!
Feel at home:
The UK is a friendly, welcoming place for people of all countries, cultures and faiths.
In 2012, over 500,000 international students from 200 countries studied at UK schools, colleges and universities, and a further 600,000 students came to do an English language course. As a student in the UK, you’ll get to know people from all over the world, and you’ll learn about many different cultures.
Many schools, colleges and universities have international student societies to ensure you feel welcome and are supported throughout your time in the UK. These societies organise activities such as parties, pub quizzes, film nights and excursions to local tourist attractions, so hopefully you’ll quickly make friends with other international students.
The UK is a multi-faith society, where all major religions are practised and celebrated. Christianity is the largest religion, followed by Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism, while around a quarter of the population is not religious. In large towns and cities, you will find churches, mosques, temples, synagogues, gurdwaras and other places of worship, so if you worship regularly at home, you can continue to do so in the UK.
There is a lot of support in the UK for students with disabilities and special educational needs. Most join mainstream schools, colleges and universities, but there are also education centres for children and adults needing additional support.
At your school, college or university, there will be a student welfare officer, and most likely an international student officer too, dedicated to the wellbeing of students. They are there to give advice on personal problems, and help you find any support you need during your studies. At boarding schools, students are looked after by ‘house parents’, a resident nurse and form tutor.
To help you settle in when you first arrive, most institutions run an orientation programme so you can get to know your new campus and fellow students.
The UK government welcomes international students, and there is no limit on the number of student visas that can be issued. Each year, thousands of international students successfully secure a visa to study in the UK. There’s more information in our Visas article, and the process of applying for a visa is explained on the UK Border Agency website.
Study your own way:
UK education gives you the chance to choose a course that matches your ambitions and interests, and study in a way that suits you. With thousands of UK courses on offer, you can follow your passions and gain a qualification that will help you in your chosen career.
Many UK courses have a ‘modular’ structure. This means you can build a personalised course by choosing modules or units of study from different subject areas. For example, if you are studying for a bachelor’s degree in English literature, you could choose one module on Science fiction, one module on Children’s literature, one module on Short stories, etc.
If you are interested in more than one subject, you may be able to study a combination as part of your course – for example, English literature with psychology, or Tourism with French.
Many courses can be studied full-time or part-time. If you need a visa to study in the UK, check your immigration status allows you to join a part-time course. Find out more at the UK Border Agency website.
Get great value for money:
When it comes to starting your career, UK qualifications are a great boost to your salary, as well as to your CV. According to the Tracking International Graduate Outcomes survey (BIS), international students educated in the UK achieve significantly higher salaries after they graduate, on average, than if they had been educated at home.
- UK course fees and living costs are good value and compare favourably with costs in other top education destinations. You can see evidence for this in the ‘International Pricing Study’ report by the UK Higher Education International Unit.
- UK higher education courses are generally shorter than in other countries too. For example, full-time bachelor’s degrees typically last three years (compared to four years or more in many countries), and many full-time master’s degrees last just one year. This saves you money on annual fees, plus it means you can graduate and start earning sooner.
- There are many financial support schemes for international students who wish to join a UK course. Find out more in our Scholarships and financial support article.
- Many UK shops, restaurants and businesses offer substantial student discounts to help make your life affordable. You can also get cheap deals for train and bus tickets. Student Unions offer great value food, entertainment and support.
- If you want a UK qualification but don’t want to leave your home, you could think about doing an online course or joining a UK campus in your country. This gives you the option to live with your family while studying, saving you money on travel and accommodation.
- Living costs and tuition fees do vary greatly between institutions across the UK. Before you enrol, we recommend you to ask exactly what is included in their fees, and if there are any additional costs to consider.