Studying in the UK

We will explore the benefits of studying in the UK and reasons why Studying in the UK and studying internationally can boost your career prospects
Study Internationally - Studying in the UK

Choosing a university is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make. It’s hard enough when it’s a university in your own country, but when it’s thousands of miles away, the choice might seem even more difficult.

The UK is one of the world’s most popular destinations to study as an undergraduate or a post graduate, with more than 510,000 international students studying within the UK each year.

  • The UK is one of the world’s leading destinations for international students (after the USA).

  • UK universities consistently perform well in world rankings and are regarded as some of the best in the world.

  • Higher education degrees and other qualifications from the UK are recognised by academics and employers worldwide.

  • Students get the opportunity to develop their knowledge, their intercultural skills as well as their critical thinking to drive forward their careers, regardless of their field of study

Why Study in the UK 

Going to university in the UK is a great way to expand your knowledge, meet new people, experience a new culture, and enjoy new experiences. You’ll get plenty of support at university, and a chance to experience a great student lifestyle. Whatever your interests, there's a huge range of clubs and societies, as well as a diverse social life on offer.

The benefits:

10 Things International Students need to know about Studying in the UK

10 things international students need to know about studying in the UK

  1. Firstly, you may be wondering how many UK universities there are? There are more than 395 Universities and colleges, offering over 50,000 undergraduate-level higher education courses across the UK.

  2. UCAS is the website in which you apply for UK higher education

  3. There are different deadlines for applying for different courses, and to different universities – use UCAS to help with familiarising yourself with the deadlines relevant for your course.

  4. You will need to pay tuition fees for UK universities – these vary depending on the uni or college and course you are considering. You may be able to get financial help with your tuition fees, or a scholarship. However, EU students are not subject to tuition fees in Scotland.  Check out our scholarship page for more information

  5. Cost of living will vary depending o the UK university you decide to study. London tends to be more expensive considering it is the capital city.

  6. Many international students need to apply for a visa to study at University in the UK, which may have work permit restrictions and language requirements needed.

  7. Universities advise all applicants what standard of English is required for their courses. Most course providers will ask you to demonstrate proficiency in English, or to take an approved English language test if English is not your first language.

  8. First year students tend to live in university halls of residence, but you may wish to stay in private residences if you prefer

  9. Culture - From having a pint in the local pub to having afternoon tea, university culture in the UK is quite unique. A backbone of student social life are societies – clubs and organisations run by the university’s student union.

  10. Politeness - One of the biggest cultural differences of being in the UK and studying in the UK is how important manners are. One of the most common examples of this is saying “sorry”, even if you’re not necessarily apologising for something.

Types of UK Universities 

1. Ancient Universities

  • ​For hundreds of years there were only a small handful of Universities that were founded in England, Scotland and Ireland. 

  • They were founded before the year 1600

  • Four of these are located in Scotland, two in England, and one in Ireland.

  • The ancient universities in Britain and Ireland are amongst the oldest extant universities in the world.

  • For example: The University of Oxford, The University of Cambridge, The University of Glasgow and The University of Dublin

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2. Russell Group Universities

  • The Russell Group is a self-selected association of 24 public research universities in the United Kingdom. 

  •  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 68% of world-leading (4*) research and 68% of research with an outstanding (4*) impact was carried out in Russell Group universities

  • For example: The University of Leeds, The University of York, The University of London and more. 

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3. Metropolitan Universities

  • These Universities have evolved from polytechnics, further education colleges and other higher education institutions to become the popular universities that they are today.

Check out our blog  and our other pages to find out more about study Abroad in the UK.

Including infomation concerning:

  • British Scholarships for International Students

  • Tips for applying for International Scholarships for UK Universities

  • Study Abroad in the UK

  • and much more

How to find Government-funded UK Scholar