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Study in the UK

In terms of numbers of international students, the UK overall lags only behind the considerably larger US – and this popularity is unsurprising given the strong global reputation enjoyed by UK universities. An impressive 71 UK universities feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, with four currently ranked among the world’s top 10.

The University of Cambridge is currently ranked fourth in the world, while the University of Oxford is sixth, followed by UCL (University College London) at seventh and Imperial College London at ninth place.

King's College London (KCL) and the University of Edinburgh are also in the global top 25, while the University of Manchester and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are within the top 40. A total of 18 UK universities appear in the top 100, and another 12 make the top 200. A shortage of exciting options will not be an issue if you’re looking to study in the UK.

Click on the tabs below for more information about top universities in the UK, popular student cities, and practical information about applications, costs and student visas.

Fast Facts

  • Sovereign state with four member states: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Capital city: London (also the capital of England and largest city in the UK)
  • Capital of Wales is Cardiff, of Scotland is Edinburgh and of Northern Ireland is Belfast
  • Constitutional monarchy with parliamentary system with bicameral legislature
  • Queen Elizabeth II is head of state, a largely ceremonial role
  • Head of government is the prime minister, currently Theresa May
  • Developed country, and the world’s sixth biggest economy
  • Was the world’s first industrialized country
  • Member of European Union and Commonwealth of Nations, as well as the Council of Europe, the G7, the G8, the G20, NATO, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • 14 Overseas Territories and 3 Crown Dependencies
  • Official language: English (Welsh has resurged as a second language in Wales in recent years)
  • National sports include: football (soccer), tennis, rugby union, rugby league, golf, cricket, rowing, boxing, motorsport and horse racing
  • Traditional British cuisine includes the ‘full breakfast’, fish and chips, Sunday roast, shepherd’s pie, Cornish pasties, haggis, Yorkshire pudding, Arbroath Smokie and Welsh cakes.
  • Currency: Pounds Sterling (£)
  • International dialing code: +44
  • Internet domain: .uk
  • Time zone: Greenwich Mean Time (same as UTC); British Summer Time in summer (UTC+1)
  • Cars drive on the left