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Key facts

  • Currency
    Pound £
  • Student population
    2.0 million
  • Languages
    English
  • Universities
    106

Why study in the UK?

The United Kingdom is a popular choice for international students because of its high standard of education, and the reputation of many of its universities. You may want to consider the UK for studying if you are looking to improve your English language abilities.

Standards of living in the UK are high, and there is a wide range of sports and cultural activities available wherever you choose to study, both at universities and in the local community. Even many of the larger cities feature parks and have a wealth of green space to enjoy.

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Where can you study in the UK

The UK is home to many cities that are a popular choice for studying abroad. London is regarded as the international hub of the UK and home to a large number of highly ranked universities.

Northern cities of the UK such as Manchester and Edinburgh are steeped in history and culture much like London, but with cheaper living costs.

Universities in the UK

What is the cost of study in the UK?

In general, the UK’s international university fees are less than the US, and the length of a program is often shorter too.

The average UK university fee for international students is around £20,000 a year. However, living costs can vary a lot depending on where in the UK you study, with London being the most expensive and the East of England being the cheapest.

What are the requirements to study in the UK?

Qualifications

Specific program requirements will be set by a university, but often include the completion of secondary education. Universities will specify the exact qualification and required score for your home country. You may be offered a foundation program through your chosen university to meet the required level for study.

English language tests

All UK universities and immigration authorities accept the IELTS academic test to determine the English language ability for students. The TOEFL iBT score equivalent may also be accepted, but this varies depending on the university. In situations where students have previously studied in the UK, language test results may not be needed.

UK student visa

You’ll need a visa to study in the UK if you are an international student. There are exceptions for students from the EU or EEA, or those who have a dual passports.

If your student visa is for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree you’ll be able to work part-time during term time (up to 20 hours a week), and full time during university holiday periods.

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Student reviews for the UK

Valeriya Voronkina
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Studied Creative Arts & Design at Rose Bruford College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    3
  • Accommodation
    2
  • University facilities
    3
What's it like to study in the UK

England. Some locals are friendly, but it did take time to get used to their mentality. Very different to where I come from. But after a year I warmed up to them and they warmed up to me and now i'm grateful for some wonderful friends and a second family away from home. I can't afford to travel much, but the places I've been to were lovely. Like Brighton and Cambridge.

Julia Sopher
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Studied Directing at Rose Bruford College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    3
  • Accommodation
    1
  • University facilities
    2
What's it like to study in the UK

If I had to describe it in just three words it would be a space that’s provides Great Collaboration, Empathy, and seeks to Challenge the possibilities. Every room that I have been in where I’m working with arts, everyone wants to help. When I get stuck in developing my idea or even just articulating my thoughts my fellow artists have been there always trying to support me. They don’t write me off because I don’t have everything cookie cutter no instead they don’t want me to be stifled. Within that comes empathy for each other’s voice and that includes the material we’re working on. Finally, with the amount of theater we’re able to see we are able to see how a theater space can be transformed! This sparks are imaginations in what a relationship on stage can be, the visual pictures, the over world for these characters.

Shannan Uttaro
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Studied Creative Arts & Design at Rose Bruford College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    3
  • Accommodation
    3
  • University facilities
    3
What's it like to study in the UK

I love living in the UK. The locals are a bit more reserved from what I’m used to in Canada but they’re still nice. There was very little culture shock for me moving here and I am loving all the access I have to museums, galleries and theatres. I was expecting a lot more grey sky’s and rain but was pleasantly surprised with the amount of sunshine and nice weather there is in the south. Winters in the UK are a refreshing change from the Canadian deep freeze.

Olga Morisse
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Studied Stage Management at Rose Bruford College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    4
  • University social
    4
  • Accommodation
    2
  • University facilities
    3
What's it like to study in the UK

Everyone is very polite and friendly overall. The pub culture makes it easy to socialize and meet new people.

Sophia Hail
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Studied Theatre Studies at Rose Bruford College
Overall Experience
  • Academic
    5
  • University social
    5
  • Accommodation
    4
  • University facilities
    5
What's it like to study in the UK

Studying in the United Kingdom has been wild. The people are great, and the culture has an overall positive outlook on life compared to Americans. What’s important to me is that I feel safe in this country, there are stricter gun laws. There is accessible healthcare! To be honest I don’t see a life for myself back in America after being here almost a year.