Why should I study in the United Kingdom?

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Study in the United Kingdom

Known for its high-quality university system and inhabitants with a quirky sense of humor, the UK is situated in north-western Europe. Whereas Scotland, England, and Wales share one island, the UK’s fourth constituent part of Northern Ireland borders on the Republic of Ireland on the neighboring island.

The United Kingdom’s Higher Education System

Generally speaking, there are 3 degree levels in the UK, foundation pathway courses, undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Foundation pathway courses serve to prepare you for attending a UK higher education institution, should your academic and/or English language skills are not sufficient for studying on a degree programme straight away.

The below table shows the national breakdown of UK universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), or below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the countries strengths, and areas for improvement. UK higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s international orientation and research dimensions.

National performance: United Kingdom

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 6.338028169014085% 73.94366197183099% Research 30.456852791878173% 49.746192893401016% Knowledge Transfer 55.107296137339056% 33.30472103004292% International Orientation 22.666666666666668% 66.88888888888889% Regional Engagement 69.01408450704226% 14.084507042253522%

Fees & University Entrance Requirements

If you are interested in studying at undergraduate level, you will need to do this through UCAS, the UK’s Universities and College Admissions Service. For postgraduate degrees including doctoral degrees, you are required to check the individual entry requirements of the individual courses. However, you are likely to need transcripts of the university degree, a reference letter and a personal statement outlining why you wish to pursue your programme of choice. Moreover, you will also need to pass an approved English language test equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for Languages) level B2, for instance, IELTS.

Fees vary greatly in the UK, depending on the level of study, the university of choice and your status as EU/third country citizen. Please consult the individual study programme website of your university of choice.

Scholarships in the United Kingdom

A scholarship database can be found here.

Student Visa

Unless you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, you need to acquire a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Key highlights for students interested in studying in the United Kingdom

The UK’s higher education performance in U-Multirank

  1. U-Multirank covers 157 out of 162 UK universities.
  2. In a global perspective, UK universities are strong in Teaching and Learning, Research and International Orientation. The strong performance of UK universities is shown by the fact that 24 universities reached top positions in 10 or more indicators.
  3. Across the five U-Multirank performance dimensions, Newcastle University (16), University of Oxford (16), King's College London (15), and University College London (15) have the highest number of top scores.
  4. UK universities show high scores of Student Mobility. 47 UK universities have a top score in this indicator, six of which are among the global top 25 universities performing in this U-Multirank indicator for 2018.
  5. UK universities attained 30 spots among U-Multirank’s top 25 universities lists for the 2018 edition – the second highest number of listings by country surpassed only by the US. Primarily, these are achieved in the indicators:

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