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.

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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See below for more detailed information on the benefits, options and practicalities of a UK education.

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

Do you want to find a UK course or scholarship? Perhaps you’d like some help deciding what and where to study? We are here to help you. For specific questions or advice, please email us.

On the UCAS website you can look up thousands of UK courses and scholarships using our search tools and resources. We 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

Once you have found your course on the Study UK website there are the following ways to apply:

If you want to apply for an undergraduate degree course in the UK, you need to complete an online application to UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

UCAS Conservatoires has an application system for practice-based music courses, some dance and drama courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

If you’re applying for a postgraduate degree course, in the majority of cases you should make your application to the university directly. A few institutions also use a central admissions system for postgraduate courses, the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS).

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.

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