A UK education opens doors, wherever you go in the world. For graduates keen to make an impression on new employers, there’s nowhere better to develop the skills that will make you stand out as you start your career, and help you rise to your potential in the years to come.

Open your mind

Living in the UK is for many students a life-changing experience. With so many resources, skills and mind-opening challenges waiting around every corner, you’ll find everything you need to grow personally and professionally right here.

Get the skills employers want

The QS global survey of graduate employers consistently shows that UK degrees are highly valued worldwide, with UK universities topping the QS employer reputation ranking.

As one of the world’s top five countries for industry-university collaboration, you can also access practical work-placements designed to help you hit the ground running in the real-world. From volunteering opportunities to internships and university societies, you’re guaranteed to leave with a competitive edge.

Become a great communicator

Hundreds of languages are spoken across the UK, but the one you’ll be most immersed in is English. Being exposed to one of the world’s most widely spoken languages will help make it easy for you to settle, as well enhancing your English naturally while you study. So, you’ll leave with the communication skills and the confidence to make an impression anywhere. 

Follow in the footsteps of greatness

The UK has been the preferred choice for some of the most important minds in history. One in four world leaders has studied in the UK, and according to British Council research in 2015 , 38 per cent of Nobel Laureates who studied abroad did it here. So if you’re dreaming of achieving big things, you can be sure you’re in the right place in the UK.

The UK’s academic reputation is world-renowned. Built on a heritage that is now centuries old, our approach to education applies the very latest learning theory through universities that routinely top international tables.

World Ran Universities

UK universities have featured strongly in world rankings ever since they began. In 2018 the Times Higher Education World Rankings honored us with three of the world’s top ten universities, including the top two – the University of Oxford  and the University of Cambridge . This high quality can be found right across the country, with seven of the top 50, and 32 of the top 200 universities found here in the UK. 

Quality that’s government-guaranteed

The UK’s 162 higher education institutions are all held to strict standards by the government, so you know you are getting the best teaching, support and resources available.

A full list of 'recognized bodies' - universities and colleges that can award degrees – is published every year, to make it easy for students to see the comparative quality on offer up and down the country – and ensure they’re qualification will have credibility overseas.

The Register of Regulated Qualifications contains details of Recognized Awarding Organizations and Regulated Qualifications in England (Of qual), Wales (Welsh Government) and Northern Ireland (Of qual for vocational qualifications and CCEA Accreditation for all other qualifications). For Scottish qualifications, please visit the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework  website.

World-leading research

The consistently high quality of education in the UK has made us a firm favourite with international students all over the world, and helped to keep us at the forefront of global research.

We’re ranked second in the world for science and research and 54 per cent of our output is world-leading. Our field-weighted citation impact is higher than the US, Canada, Germany, Japan and Brazil, so when you study here you can be sure you’ll be working alongside some of the best minds – and using some of the best technology-  in the world.


Choosing a university or college

 With over 160 universities and colleges and limitless courses and study options on offer, you can make your UK higher education experience as unique as you are.

There are specialist universities and colleges, world-renowned historic institutions, modern innovative facilities and pioneering and progressive research centers in locations all over the country, offering you the chance to tailor your learning to your aspirations and career goals.  

Specialist universities

Many UK universities are world renowned for their subjects, courses, professors and tutors. There are also universities and colleges that have a very strong focus upon a specific subject area, such as business, art and design, music or engineering.

These institutions offer highly specialized education in your chosen field and you will be surrounded by like-minded students – great for focused development, future contacts as well as making friends.

Course fees

Fees for UK courses vary, depending on:

  • whether you are from the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), or another country
  • where in the UK you are studying (there are different rules for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales)
  • your study level


Budgeting is part of student life! Before you come to the UK, make sure you know how you will pay for:

  • travel to the UK
  • accommodation
  • food
  • day-to-day living costs
  • travel and sightseeing in the UK
  • health and travel insurance.

Student visa requirements for the UK

Type of student visa

Who it’s for

When to apply

Arrival in the UK

Tier 4 (Child)
student visa

Students aged between four and 17 who have been offered a place in a course at a UK educational institution with a valid Tier 4 sponsor, such as an independent fee-paying school

Three months before the start of your course

Up to one week before if your course lasts six months or fewer.
Up to one month before if your course lasts more than six months

Documents required for Tier 4 student visa

When applying for your Tier 4 visa, you will generally need:

  • A current passport or other valid travel documentation
  • Evidence of funds to provide your living expenses for the duration of your course
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number and documents used to obtain CAS
  • Passport-sized colour photographs
  • Tuberculosis screening (if required)
  • Assessment documentation
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate (if required)

Additional documents may also be needed if you are:

  • Not a citizen of the country you are applying from
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Have family (dependents)

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