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Study in the UK

Everything you need to know about studying in the UK as an international student.

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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 are 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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What are the best programs in the UK?

The UK offers a wide range of courses at all degree levels. If you’re looking to do a bachelor’s program, the average amount of time needed for completion is around three years, but in some cases it could be four.

There are a variety of highly regarded institutions in the UK including specialist business schools, medical universities and engineering universities. Whether you’re looking to study for a bachelor’s, master’s, MBA or PhD, Studee can help you find the perfect place to study abroad.

Popular subjects to study in the UK

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  2. Application assistance

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  3. Visa & embassy guidance

    Maximise your chances of being granted a visa

  4. Enrollment & travel advice

    Get support all the way to your first day at university

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What is the cost of studying 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.

Student reviews for the UK

  • Samira Hiesl
    Germany
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    3 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    3 stars
    Abertay University Applied Psychology
    What's it like to study in the UK?
    Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited so far. I can only recommend it to everyone to see for themselves.
  • Andris Altsaar
    Estonia
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    5 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Chichester Coaching
    What's it like to study in the UK?
    England is a very friendly place and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of studying there. Transport and accommodation costs are probably a bit expensive for those who can't get a loan, but compared to other options in other cities it's perfect.
  • Hemangini Patel
    India
    Overall experience 4 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    4 stars
    Accommodation
    1 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Chichester International Business
    What's it like to study in the UK?
    I like the country because it has strong laws and I feel safe.
  • Beatriz García Espejo
    Spain
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    4 stars
    University social
    2 stars
    Accommodation
    4 stars
    University facilities
    4 stars
    University of Chichester Languages
    What's it like to study in the UK?
    The UK is the country I have always wanted to live in, as I used to live in London five years ago and I fell in love with it. I like the freedom, kindness and transparency of people.
  • Mrunali Bhatt
    India
    Overall experience 5 stars
    Academic
    5 stars
    University social
    5 stars
    Accommodation
    2 stars
    University facilities
    5 stars
    University of Chichester International Business
    What's it like to study in the UK?
    The UK is one of the world’s most popular destinations to study higher education, UK higher education degrees and qualifications are recognised by employers and academics worldwide.
    Students get the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, critical thinking, and connections to drive forward their careers.

Key facts

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

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 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.

UK student visa requirements

How to study in the UK

  1. Find a UK university and program you want to study
  2. Fill in an application form online — via UCAS or the University’s chosen platform. Add your personal data and educational background
  3. Check that you meet any specific country requirements
  4. Submit or upload supporting documents such as translated and notarized transcripts, test scores, copy of passport, and references
  5. Submit your personal statement outlining why you want to study your chosen program and your previous interest and experience in that subject
  6. Pay your application fee (if applicable)
  7. Submit your application
  8. Accept your offer to receive your CAS number, and pay any deposits to secure your place at the university
  9. Start your Tier 4 Student visa application

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