The UK welcomes over 400,000 international higher education students each year, and it’s easy to see why.

World leading education

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. It's not only about attending lectures - you will actively engage with your tutors through lively seminars, discussions and practical projects. This will help you develop critical thinking, creativity and confidence.

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 education will also help you develop your English skills and confidence in speaking the language, an attribute that is highly valued by employers worldwide.

UK student life

Whatever aspirations bring you here, and whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, boarding school or further education college, you will learn in a safe, multicultural environment. You will be supported while you study as all UK institutions have extensive student support and welfare services you can call on. There’s also a cultural adventure on offer, from music festivals and football matches to ancient castles and vibrant nightlife.

Value for money

With costs lower than in Australia and the USA and courses starting from three years, you can enjoy a life-changing student experience safe in the knowledge that you are getting good value for money.

Learn more about UK education by visiting Study UK: Discover You.

Why choose a UK education?

Did you know that:

  • Four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK (World Rankings, QS)?
  • 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)?

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. 

On the Education UK 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.

For younger pupils, you can also look up UK boarding schools and English language courses for children and teenagers. 

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

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, health, safety, travel and much more.

Read the Education 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 Education UK website.

You can also watch films and read blogs written by international students.