United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Studying in the UK is an opportunity to discover its unique culture, cities and countryside – from music and sports to history and heritage


Higher education in the UK varies depending on the constituent state (England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland), though the systems are fairly similar. Undergraduate degrees at universities in the UK typically last three years, although courses in Scotland are usually a year longer. Some UK universities also offer fast-track undergraduate courses which can be completed in as little as two years. You could also choose a vocational-based ‘foundation degree’, which typically lasts one or two years and is similar to the US associate’s degree.

Students in the UK start their higher education with a bachelor’s degree, although for some subjects you can enroll on an undergraduate degree that leads directly into a master’s program – usually a total of four years long. Taken separately, master’s programs last one or two years, and PhDs at least three. Courses are taught in English at most universities in the UK, with some Welsh-language programs offered in Wales and Scottish Gaelic-language programs in Scotland.

In terms of numbers of international students, the UK overall lags only behind the considerably larger US – and this popularity is unsurprising given the strong global reputation enjoyed by UK universities. An impressive 71 UK universities feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16, with four currently ranked among the world’s top 10.

The University of Cambridge is currently ranked joint third in the world, while the University of Oxford is sixth, followed by UCL (University College London) at seventh and Imperial College London at eighth place.

King’s College London (KCL) and the University of Edinburgh are also in the global top 25, while the University of Manchester and London School Of Economics And Political Science (LSE) are within the top 40. A total of 18 UK universities appears in the top 100, and another 12 make the top 200. A shortage of exciting options will not be an issue if you’re looking to study in the UK.

Source: topuniversities.com

United Kingdom at a glance

Capital: London

Major Cities: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow

Currency: Pound Sterling

Drives on the: Left

Calling Code: +44


  • Bellerbys College - Brighton
  • Bellerbys College - Cambridge
  • Bellerbys College - London
  • Bellerbys College - Oxford
  • Birkbeck University of London
  • Birmingham City University International College
  • Cambridge Ruskin International College
  • Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
  • CATS College - Cambridge
  • CATS College - Canterbury
  • CATS College - London
  • City University London
  • Coventry University
  • Coventry University London Campus
  • Durham University
  • Edinburgh International College at Edinburgh Napier University
  • GSM London
  • Hertfordshire International College at University of Hertfordshire
  • International College at Robert Gordon University
  • International College Portsmouth at University of Portsmouth
  • International College Swansea at Swansea University
  • INTO Glasgow Caledonian University
  • INTO Manchester
  • INTO Manchester Metropolitan University
  • INTO Newcastle University
  • INTO Queens University - Belfast
  • INTO University of East Anglia
  • INTO University of East Anglia - Newton
  • INTO University of Exeter
  • INTO University of Gloucestershire
  • INTO University of Manchester
  • INTO University of Stirling
  • Keele University
  • Keele University International Study Center
  • Kingston University - London ISC
  • Lancaster University ISC
  • Leeds International Study Centre
  • Liverpool John Moores University ISC
  • London Brunel International College at Brunel University - London
  • London South Bank University
  • Newcastle University
  • Newcastle University London
  • Northumbria University London Campus
  • ONCAMPUS Coventry at Coventry University
  • ONCAMPUS London at Birkbeck, University of London
  • ONCAMPUS London South Bank at London South Bank University
  • ONCAMPUS Reading at University of Reading
  • ONCAMPUS Sunderland at University of Sunderland
  • ONCAMPUS UCLan at University of Central Lancashire
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Plymouth University International College at Plymouth University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • SAE Institute-Glasgow
  • SAE Institute-Liverpool
  • SAE Institute-London
  • SAE Institute-Oxford
  • St George's University of London
  • Teesside University
  • The University of Law ISC
  • Ulster University
  • University of Chester
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Huddersfield ISC
  • University of Hull
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester ISC
  • University of Lincoln ISC
  • University of Northampton International College
  • University of Sheffield ISC
  • University of Stirling London
  • University of Strathclyde ISC
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Surrey ISC
  • University of Sussex ISC
  • University of the Arts, London
  • University of Ulster
  • University of West London

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