British council

Why study in the UK?

A UK education opens doors, wherever you go in the world.

From our world-recognised universities to our innovative teaching approach and the leading minds who deliver it, a UK education has what you need for you to reach your potential.

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, so if you’re dreaming of achieving big things, you can be sure you’re in the right place in the UK.

A high standard of education

With a global reputation for research and academic excellence, and an education style that teaches you to think for yourself, the UK is the perfect place to discover your talents.

The UK consistently tops global rankings and is home to 28 of the top 200 universities in the world (THE World University Rankings 2020).

We are home to a total of 162 higher education institutions. With courses ranging from unique specialisations to wide-reaching general degrees, we’re confident you’ll find the right course for you. And with as many teachers who are leaders in their field, this is your opportunity to learn from the best.

All of the UK’s universities are held to strict standards by the government, so you know you are getting the best teaching, support and resources available.

It’s no wonder that 90 per cent of international students say they are very satisfied with their UK education experience (International Graduate Outcomes, 2019).

World-leading research

Building on a heritage of new discoveries, the UK is a world leader for science and research, with 54 per cent of our output considered world leading. (‘International comparison of the UK research base’, UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 2019).

Even now, universities around the UK, from Bristol to Oxford to Liverpool to Glasgow, are involved in many of the over 800 research projects that the UK government is funding to tackle Covid-19 (UKRI).

As a student in the UK, you’ll be at the forefront of new discoveries, and benefit from the latest equipment and IT across a range of subjects, from science to art and design to languages.

What’s more, university-to-industry cooperation is integral to many UK degrees, so you can gain practical, real-world experience while you study.

A confident step to on your career path

With UK graduates rated as among the most employable in the world (QS Graduate Employability Rankings), a UK education is your bridge to the world, and to a bright and successful future.

International students have a lot to gain from studying at the UK’s highly reputable universities, and the majority of international higher education graduates say they have progressed more quickly in their career and earn more than peers educated elsewhere (International Graduate Outcomes, 2019).

A safe and supportive learning environment

UK universities are among the most trusted and respected in the world, and a place for you to develop your best and brightest ideas.

Your wellbeing is a top priority for all universities. UK universities have international student advisors who will be on-hand to help you from the moment you first contact them about a course to the day you graduate and beyond. UK universities are also required by law to offer comprehensive plans for students with disabilities and learning support for those who need it.

As a student in the UK, you’ll feel safe, secure and able to get the very best from your studies.

UK universities have been very quick to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. From arranging online teaching, to offering masks and sanitiser on campus, to setting up food delivery services to students’ accommodation – UK universities have been working hard to keep a safe and secure environment while making sure students have the best international study experience possible.

Book your one-to-one conversation with a university today to discuss how they are responding.

Adventure, friendship and lifelong memories

The UK is one of the most trusted and popular study destinations in the world (OECD, 2020). In 2018-19, over 485,000 undergraduates and postgraduates chose to study in the UK . As a student here you will meet people from all backgrounds, and from all walks of life.

Whether it’s your first time in our welcoming, beautiful country, your first time away from home – or whether you’re a seasoned traveller, or have studied abroad before – this is your chance to fall in love with the UK’s ancient traditions, modern attitudes and our world-class cultural scene.

You’ll never forget your time here, with experiences and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Post-study work opportunities

There are lots of options available to international students who want to stay and work in the UK after their studies.

If you’re considering staying in the UK after your studies, you may need to apply for a separate visa to your student visa. You can check whether you need a visa at UK Visas & Immigration .

The Graduate Route

From 1 July 2021, international students who have successfully completed an undergraduate or master’s degree will be able to benefit from two years’ work experience in the UK upon graduation, through the new Graduate Route. Students who complete their PhD will be able to stay for three years. More info: