World leading higher education

The UK welcomes over 400,000 international higher education students each year and UK universities sit at the top of the world rankings with a reputation for developing the skills that employers are looking for. Students also benefit from the outstanding teaching staff and focus on small-group teaching as well as access to the latest research facilities.


Why choose a UK education?

  • Three of the top ten universities in the world are in the UK (Times Higher World University Rankings)
  • The UK is a world-leading research nation (International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, BIS)
  • The UK is the world’s most popular destination for English language study
  • UK-educated international graduates achieve markedly higher average salaries than if they had been educated at home (Tracking International Graduate Outcomes, BIS, 2011)

Quality Assurance

You can be confident that the UK institution you choose for your academic or English language study offers high quality teaching and a good value for money.

UK education is all about giving you inspiration to develop your knowledge and skills, freedom to be creative, and support to help you achieve your best.

On a UK course, you'll gain skills and qualifications to help you succeed in your chosen career.

And outside the classroom, you will have the opportunity to experience the UK's unique countryside, cities and culture!

Find out more reasons to choose a UK education.

Your study options in the UK

Whether you are looking for undergraduate, postgraduate, English courses or other study options, the UK has a wide variety of institutions and courses to choose from. You can search for courses and institutions via the Study UK Course Finder

On the UCAS website you can look up thousands of UK courses and scholarships using their search tools and resources. They list qualifications like undergraduate Bachelor's degrees, HNDs and postgraduate Master’s degrees, MBAs and doctorates. You can also find out about English language courses.

Find out about course types, qualifications and the different education systems for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in your study options.

Applying for a UK degree course


Applying for an undergraduate course in the UK is simple; there is one place where you can register and apply to all of the UK universities and colleges – you register and apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Find out more about the application procedure for undergraduates.


Postgraduate courses in the UK have their own specific entry requirements and application processes, so check the individual course websites for instructions on how to apply. Find out more detail about postgraduate applications.


UCAS Conservatoires is a separate application system for some music, dance and drama courses, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You can find more information and apply online at UCAS Conservatoires.

Teacher training

UCAS also operates an application system for graduates who want to take postgraduate teacher training courses. Find out more and apply online at the UCAS Teacher Training website.

Tips for German students

Applying to UCAS with German school qualifications? This automatically raises a number of questions about how to input your details. We have drawn up some useful tips for German students applying to UCAS (in German only) – you can find a link to download this at the bottom of this page.

Practical advice before you go

If you are planning your UK studies then we can help you! We have gathered practical advice for you about UK visas, scholarships, money, accommodation, support and guidance, health and safety, travel  and much more.

Read the Study UK website for practical advice before you go.

Living and studying in the UK

What is it really like to live and study in the UK? 

From Students’ Unions, nightlife and socialising to food, drink, religion and weather, find out all about living and studying in the UK on the Study UK website.

You can also read blogs written by international students.

Are you a student advisor supporting students interested in studying in the UK?

Take a look at our Study UK Guide for Student Advisors in Europe, which contains all the relevant and up-to-date information about UK study, including an overview on the application process, deadlines, visas, fees, scholarships and funding, student life and more.

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