Famous for its Royal Family and quirky British traditions such as afternoon tea, scones and queueing very politely, the UK has a proud history and rich cultural heritage, with each of the four countries adding to this mix with their own unique traditions and customs.
Home to four of the world’s top ten universities, the UK is the world’s second most popular choice for international students aspiring to study abroad with over 450,000 international students choosing to pursue their higher education in the UK every year.
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£10,000 - £38,000
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£1,278 - £1,730 per month
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- University of Oxford
- University of Cambridge
- Imperial College London
- UCL (University College London)
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Manchester
- King’s College London (KCL)
- London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
- University of Bristol
- University of Warwick
- Accounting and Finance.
- Aerospace Engineering.
- Air Transport Management.
- American Studies.
- Business and Management
Why Study in the UK
The UK is one of the most popular countries to travel to for the purpose of earning an education. Generations of international students have come to the UK for their education, which means that British universities have decades of experience in working with international students.
4 out of 10
World’s top ranked universities
Ranked world's 1st
With an undisputed reputation for academic excellence, a degree from a UK university will be respected wherever you choose to live and work following your higher education, earning itself a reputation for being one of the most popular destinations for international students
Almost every UK university has an international programme, and frameworks have been established to ensure that support is exceptional.
£10,000 to £38,000
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Cost of Living
Student’s will typically require around £10,000 - £12,000 per year to pay for accommodation and living costs, while students in London require significantly more than this.
Average Monthly Costs
£748 - £1,200
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Work and study in the UK
Working alongside studying for your degree is a great way to support yourself as well as expanding and challenging your language skills.
Before starting any form of employment, it’s important to check that you are eligible to work in the UK. You should be able to find this information in your passport or biometric residence permit, but in general, if you are a Tier 4 student sponsored by a higher education institute for a full-time course, you can work during your studies.
If you are studying at degree level, you will be able to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time. During the holidays you can work full-time.
With the UK working to attract more international students each year, measures are currently being put in place to enable local businesses to provide more employment opportunities to students studying in the UK.
IELTS 5.0 (with no less than 4.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening)
55% in (GCSE/IGCSE/others), IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening), PTE 51
55% in Undergraduate, IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening), PTE 58 (with no less than 52 in all)
Wishlist each university will have their own requirements of specific language tests and scores, you will also need to meet the minimum requirement of the UK Border Agency in order to secure your student visa if you need one
- Study both UG PG & MBA courses in the UK
- Reading, writing, listening and speaking
- A 3-hour test which assesses language ability
- Scored between 1 and 90
- Widely recognised in 130 countries
- Previously known as the Cambridge ESOL
- Academic and General Training qualifications
- Tests as various skill levels such as law, accountancy or finance
It might be a relief to know that there are hundreds of scholarships and bursaries available to international students who want to study in the UK. As well as key schemes run by the UK government, individual universities also have their own scholarships and bursaries, so it’s well worth doing your research to check whether you’re eligible to apply.
All international students, apart from Swiss nationals and those from the EU/EEA states are likely to require a visa in order to study in the UK.
UK visas are currently managed by the UK Visas and Immigration, who have a comprehensive and easy to follow website which provides all the information you need to determine whether you’ll need a visa, and which one to apply for.
Valid for up to 6 months, it can be extended up to 11 months for English language courses.
£97 for a 6-month visa, £186 for an 11-month visa
For students aged 4-17 who want to study at an independent school in the UK.
£348 for the Tier 4 (Child) Student visa
For students aged 16 and over.
£348 for the Tier 4 (general) Student visa
UK student visa requirements
- Passport details
- A recent photograph
- An unconditional offer of a place on a course by a licensed Tier 4 Sponsor.
- Proof of English language skills
- Proof of financial support for the duration of your stay in the UK
- You may also need an ATAS certificate to study certain subjects in the UK
Scholarships or Bursaries
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More about UK
A truly global city, London has more international visitors than any other city in the world. Its visitors will find plenty to see and do with an eclectic mix of culture, music and theatre, eight royal parks, and more museums, galleries and libraries than any other city in the UK.
Home to more than 400,000 students, London has the highest concentration of higher education institutions in the world, with more than 40 universities to be found in the city.
By population, Liverpool is England's ninth largest city, and the largest in Merseyside and Liverpool. It is the 6th largest urban area in the UK and the hub of the 5th largest metropolitan area with a population of 2.24 million.
Liverpool's reputation as a harbor city has attracted a wide variety of people and cultures, especially from Ireland and Wales. The city houses the oldest Black community in the UK and the oldest Chinese community in Europe. The inhabitants and inhabitants of Liverpool are officially referred to as liverpudlians, but mainly as scousers. The accent and dialect of Liverpool are also synonymous with the word Scouse.
The European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool is as famous for its warm welcomes as its sporting and musical heritage. The birthplace of The Beatles, it’s also home to famous football teams Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C.
A modern, exciting city, Manchester is growing at a pace that outstrips even that of the capital. Famous for sport, football and genre defining music, it has one of the highest university populations in Europe.
Located on the banks of the River Lagan on the East coast of Ireland, Belfast is the country’s capital city and has the perfect mix of vibrant city life with easy access to the stunning coast and countryside.
The capital of Wales, Cardiff is a city that is proud of its culture, history and language. Europe’s smallest capital city as well as one of its newest, there are more castles in Cardiff than any other city as well as a vibrant, student-friendly atmosphere.
England’s second biggest city is also one of the youngest with almost 40% of its population being under 25. Home to more canals than Venice, the largest urban park outside a capital city and over 50 festivals each year, Birmingham is a great place for students
The most densely populated city in Scotland, Glasgow is a friendly, exciting and culturally vibrant city. With two universities in the top 300 of the world rankings, Glasgow is leading city for international study.
The UK is well-know for its love of adopting other cultures, for example one of the favourite national dishes is Indian curry. The British people themselves are normally portrayed as being polite and reserved with a sometimes sarcastic sense of humour.
Each of the four UK countries has its own distinct regions with their own cosmopolitan cities, towns and rural villages. However, the sense of community and welcoming you will experience is the same across the country. The British place a high-value on tight-knit communities and, if you study there, you will be encouraged to become a part of that community.
The home of football, it’s no wonder that the Brits love the ‘beautiful game’. Beginning as the game we know today in 1863, when the first Football Association (FA) was established in London. Today, more than half the population of the UK consider themselves football fans.
Sport is enjoyed widely across the whole country, with the most watched sports being football, rugby union, tennis and cricket.
Britain’s pop-culture is enjoyed all over the world, as well as its home-grown music genres such as rave, trip-hop and drum and bass.
November the 5th is Bonfire Night. A truly British tradition which remembers Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot of 1605, firework displays are staged across the country to celebrate the failed plot to kill the King.
Celebrated mainly in Scotland around the 25th January, it commemorates the life of Robert Burns and his contribution to Scottish culture. His most famous work was Auld Lang Syne.
Otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, pancake day is the traditional feast before the 40 days of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. The day is normally celebrated with pancakes: a very thin cake made of batter and cooked in a frying pan. In the UK, pancakes are served with golden syrup or sugar and lemon.
Christmas is celebrated widely across the UK, even by those who are not religious. Celebrated on the 25th December, it’s followed by Boxing Day on the 26th; a tradition which started in the UK in the Middle Ages and marks the day that the alms box (collection box) would be opened and distributed to the poor.
Held to remember those killed in the First and Second World Wars and other conflicts, Remembrance Sunday is held at 11am on the second Sunday of November.
Although not renowned for its cuisine, the UK has embraced its multicultural population and has a wide variety of food available. More traditional cooking tends to centre around meat (usually chicken, beef, lamb or pork) served with two veg (usually root vegetables) and potatoes.
The UK is currently at the highest employment rate (76.1%) since its records began. Unemployment at 4% has not been lower since the 1970s and, with vacancies at an all-time high, there are fewer people chasing more job openings.
While London is an expensive city to live in, the rest of the UK is fairly economical to its residents and employment opportunities are at an all-time high.
Long-term prospects for international students in the UK are also encouraging following the introduction of the Start-up visa which has been introduced by the UK government. Aimed at those from outside the EEA and Switzerland, it is for people who want to start a business in the UK.
- Always be punctual. Being late is often considered to be rude. If you think you might be running late to a meeting (whether its business or meeting friends) then it’s best to let someone know.
- Never jump the queue. The British are great a queuing and they do it very politely. Whilst jumping the queue might be acceptable in some countries, try this in the UK and people will definitely let you know how unhappy they are about it.
- Give people space. On par with their reserved demeanour, it’s best not to get too close to Brits or risk making them uncomfortable. Keeping people at arm’s length is acceptable and considered not to be an invasion of their personal space.
- Be polite. Always remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. You’ll also find that saying ‘sorry’ (a lot) is part of the British culture.
- Shake hands. A handshake is the most common form of greeting in the UK. If you are being introduced to someone, the normal response is to shake hands and say, ‘pleased to meet you’. The handshake should be light and shouldn’t last for more than a few seconds.
- Be respectful. As the British have a high degree of respect for older adults and anyone less able, you would be expected to be the same. Giving up seats on public transport for older people or those less able is common practice, as is helping those who might need your assistance.
- Always buy a round. If you’re going to the pub with your friends, you’ll normally take it in turns to buy a round of drinks for each other.
- Make small talk. Yes, the Brits might be more reserved than other cultures, but one thing they really love is ‘small talk’. Mentioning the weather (rainy, windy or sunny) will always make a good impression.
- Alright - it might be a question, it might be an answer; it might even be a greeting. ‘Alright’ can mean ‘how are you?’, ‘I’m ok’ and ‘hi’! For example: question: ’Alright?’, answer: ‘yeah, I’m alright. Are you alright?’. You’ll hear it all the time!
- Taking the piss - making fun of something; usually in a sarcastic way.
- Mate - a friend. Normally combined in a greeting with ‘alright’, as in ‘alright mate?’. It’s also commonly used to address someone you don’t know.
- Cuppa/brew - a cup of tea.
- Butty - a sandwich.
- Chuffed - someone’s really happy about something.
- Cheeky - a bit rude, but in an endearing kind of way.
- Fag - a cigarette.
- Bum - when someone uses something that belongs to someone else without paying for it. ‘Can I bum a fag?’.
- Gutted - really upset or disappointed about something.
- Narky - in a bad mood.