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Study in the UK: A Guide for International Students

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An education in the United Kingdom means the opportunity to explore this lively center of culture, traverse its serene landscapes and imbibe its ancient heritage.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all enticing destinations in their own right – from the glittering nerve center of London to the gritty charm of Glasgow, the craggy peaks of Snowdonia to the green slopes of Northern Ireland, this historic state is packed with opportunity. What’s more, the extensive transport network of this compact nation means that you are never far from the next city, landmark or pub.

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Read more below about the different types of higher education in the United Kingdom, as well as a few details you should consider during your preparations for study abroad.

The UK - Quick facts & figures

Countries

England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland

Language

English

Population

65 million

Area Size

242,495 km²

Students

2, 600,000 (420,000 international)

Academic Year

September - May

Currency

Pound sterling (£)

Calling Code

+44

Time Zone

GMT (UTC+0)

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More about the United Kingdom

Undertaking an education in the United Kingdom will not only mean the opportunity to experience this extraordinary country, but also the broad spectrum of educational opportunities offered there. The UK represents a convergence of tradition and innovation that spills over into its education system – the accredited reputation of UK universities is a product of their rich heritage and stream of research output.

The universities of the Russel Group continually fare well in international rankings, whilst Oxford and Cambridge are some of the most ancient and prestigious institutions in the world. There are more than a quarter of a million international students residing in the UK at any one time, fostering a richly diverse and open-minded student culture that you too can be a part of by choosing to undertake an education in the United Kingdom.

Education System

There are over 3,000 institutes for international students to choose from throughout the United Kingdom. Take a minute to find out more about how the UK higher education system works.

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Student Visas

What kind of study visa do international students need to study abroad in the UK? UK student visas are awarded on a points-based system, obtained by submitted certain information and documents.

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Housing & Living Costs

Most UK universities own accommodation which they rent out to students, commonly called ‘halls’. But many other housing options also exist if university halls are not your thing.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for the United Kingdom vary depending on where you are from and where you are studying. Find out more about costs as well as scholarship opportunities for international students.

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Language & Culture

The UK has a long and rich history and culture. Find out more about what it offers in terms of language, culture, and more!

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Application Process

The facility for undergraduate admissions in the UK is The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). There are two rounds of applications each year. Find out more here.

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Last update: 11 Sep 2019

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