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Study in UK

The UK welcomes over 400,000 international higher education students each year, and it’s easy to see why. Sitting at the top of the world rankings, UK universities have a reputation for developing the skills that employers are looking for.

Alongside benefiting from the academic tradition of some of the world’s most famous universities, you will have access to the latest facilities due to the UK’s reputation for world-class research. UK higher education will also help you develop your English skills and confidence in speaking the language, an attribute that is highly valued by employers worldwide.

Higher education typically begins with a three-year bachelor’s degree. Post-graduate degrees include master’s degrees (usually one year and/or research) and PhDs (at least three years). The UK is second only to the U.S. as a study destination for international students.

Why choose UK?

Worldwide Recognition

The long-standing international reputation of UK degrees attracts millions of students every year. The UK ranks second in the world for the quality of its scientific and research institutions. The UK universities and research institutions have produced 107 Nobel Prize Winners.

One-year’s masters

Master’s courses in the UK typically last for one year, which is shorter than many other countries. This means that master’s degrees are challenging and intensive, but UK universities provide a stimulating and supportive environment for students to flourish, whilst developing soft skills in addition to academic skills.

World's greatest thinkers

Due to the critical and creative nature of higher education in the UK, it is no surprise that many of the world’s greatest thinkers and leaders have studied in the UK, including Mahatma Gandhi, Desmond Tutu, George Soros, and John F. Kennedy.

Develop English language skills

Studying in the UK allows you to immerse yourself in the English language for a sustained period of time. You’ll speak, read, and write in English on a daily basis, enabling you to master the global language of commerce, science, and technology whilst in the UK.

Friendly people

The UK continues to welcome people of all nationalities, cultures, and faiths, as it has done throughout its history. International students from over 200 countries study in UK universities. 17% of all students and over 25% of academics and professors are from outside the UK. This means that the UK is used to accepting people from abroad, and that people from abroad feel comfortable living and studying in the UK.


The UK is culturally one of the most diverse countries in the world, and this cultural diversity is also apparent in its higher education institutions. Living in the UK exposes you to a variety of cultures, opinions, and experiences that would be hard to find elsewhere. All year round, and all over the UK, there are opportunities to immerse yourself in cultural celebrations like the Notting Hill Carnival (London), Lunar New Year celebrations (Liverpool), and Hogmanay (Edinburgh).

History and heritage

Britain's history sits seamlessly alongside its present. Packed with historic monuments, stately homes, castles, and cathedrals, there are countless well-preserved sites of historical interest that you can visit whilst studying in the UK. You could walk in the Queen’s footsteps by visiting Buckingham Palace, come face to face with the Tower of London’s macabre history, or overlook the Scottish capital from Edinburgh Castle.

Arts and entertainment

The UK has internationally-acclaimed creative industries that have consistently generated global talents such as the Beatles, J.K. Rowling, Sean Connery, Vivienne Westwood, and Damien Hirst. If you are into music, film, theatre, and fashion, there is no shortage of an exciting event nearby.

Sporting nation

The UK is home to Premier League football, annually it hosts the London Marathon, an F1 Grand Prix, a tennis major at Wimbledon, a Diamond League athletics meeting, as well as high profile cycling, rugby, cricket, snooker, golf, and horse racing events. UK universities have a strong sporting culture--perhaps the most recognizable university sporting event is the annual boat race along the River Thames between Cambridge and Oxford.

UK's Education System

Academic year
Most UK universities follow the same educational timetable as the UK's schools - with the school year beginning in September or October and finishing in June or July. Whichever university you choose to approach though, you will find the majority of courses begin in the autumn months.

Foundation courses
Some colleges and universities run special foundation courses targeted at students who wish to enter specific subject areas such as science and engineering, but who do not possess the relevant entry qualifications.

Bachelor / undergraduate degrees
These are three year degree courses - leading to awards such as Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Master's / postgraduate degrees
UK is popular for its one year masters degree program. You can get a master's degree by doing a one year course after completing an undergraduate degree. These are classed as postgraduate degrees. The MBA (Master of Business Administration) is the world's most popular postgraduate degree, and the UK produces the highest number of MBAs outside North America. Another type of master's degree is the MRes, (Master in Research) which is designed to prepare students for doctoral research.

A doctorate is the next (and highest) qualification you can reach in the UK, usually taking three to four years to complete. Intake for these courses is normally from those with a very good first degree or more commonly from those with a master's degree.

UK Visa

Most international students need a student visa to study in the UK. The two main types of student visas are Tier 4 (General) student visa and the short-term study visa. If you are 16 or over and want to study at a higher education level, you’ll need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

You need to wait until you have an offer from a university before applying for your Tier 4 (General) student visa. Your university will then be able to give you a document called a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). To do this, your university needs to be approved by the UK government as a ‘licenced Tier 4 sponsor’.

You will be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you can claim the 40 points required under this tier. 40 points are allocated as follows: (a) 30 points for having a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a Tier 4 sponsor (b) 10 points for having enough money to cover course fees and monthly living costs.

UK Student Employment

Always check what the sticker in your passport or your biometric residence permit (BRP) says and make sure that you do not work more hours a week than it allows. Generally, short term study visa students are not allowed to work. If you are permitted to work, your maximum working hours in term time are:

  • 20 hours a week if you are studying at degree level or above at a higher education institution
  • 20 hours a week if you are on a study abroad programme at an "overseas higher education institution" in the UK
  • 10 hours a week if you are studying a course that is below degree level at an HEI
  • 10 hours a week if you have immigration permission as a Tier 4 (Child) Student and you are at least 16 years old.

*You can work full time during vacation periods, before your course starts and after your course has ended. (Work includes both on-campus and off-campus).

Entering the UK

The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. It costs £335 to apply for this visa from outside the UK.

You can arrive in the UK before your course starts:

  • up to 1 week before, if your course lasts 6 months or less
  • up to 1 month before, if your course lasts more than 6 months

How long you can stay depends on the kind of course you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.