- The UK institutions consistently rank among the best in the world and qualifications are internationally valued and recognised.
- The UK undertakes 5 per cent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited papers.
- UK institutions offer flexibility of choice and enable you to blend academic and vocational courses of your choice.
- The teaching and study methodology used in the UK give you the freedom to be creative and develop skills sets and confidence.
- As a student you get the opportunity to be taught by the world's leading academics and experts; you also benefit from their constant academic support.
- UK degrees can be tailored to your interests and often include specialised modules.
- The UK is the home of English hence an ideal place to develop language skills and enhance employment prospects.
Entertainment for international students
Whether you just listen or take part, you’ll find pop, rock, electro, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, opera and all sorts of world music in the UK. From small clubs, independent cafes and bars to international scale concert halls, rock festivals or gigs, you can listen and dance to live music all over the UK. Many big-name and independent artists and bands play at the UK university and college venues too.
Apart from a wealth of clubs and societies on campus or in local communities, you can visit traditional museums, contemporary art spaces and galleries in most UK cities. Sculpture, painting, video and photography are widely available to see in the UK. The country also has a vibrant theatre and performing arts heritage, maintaining both traditional plays and musicals, and encouraging new and alternative productions.
There are cinemas in almost every UK town and city, showing feature films from all across the world. Numerous film festivals too are organised in Britain, focusing on themes in film, specific directors or animation.
The food you can buy in the UK reflects the many ethnic influences in British society. Most supermarkets sell ingredients from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as food from many other parts of the world. The British are increasingly healthy eaters and there is a very wide range of organic produce available in shops and supermarkets.
Of course, you’ll still find the famous English breakfast and fish and chips, but you’ll also see a very diverse range of meals and menus while you’re studying in the UK. When you become an international student in the UK, cooking and sharing a traditional meal from your home country is a great way to make new friends.
As in most other European countries, it is acceptable in the UK to drink alcohol in moderate amounts, and pubs and wine bars form an established part of British social life. All pubs and bars sell non-alcoholic drinks too, so you don’t have to drink alcohol to enjoy yourself. People also meet to drink tea and coffee, and you’ll find a vast range of different coffee shops in every UK town or city.
The mountains of Scotland and Wales, the rolling hills of England and Northern Ireland, the Lake District and the Yorkshire moors, as well as the coastline of all parts of the UK make sure you make good use of spare time and indulge in some fun activities, including mountain biking and cycling.
Many UK institutions have state-of-the-art sports facilities, but you can also use local authority or private leisure centres to keep fit and healthy. As a student in the UK, there are many opportunities to attend or participate in organised sports activities, or get involved in charitable events like sponsored walks and runs. You can even try to join the world famous London Marathon or one of the increasingly popular Bupa Great Runs.
Tips from students
Anxious about your student life in the UK? Want to know how it is going to be living alone and away from family? Get practical advice and tips straight from the experienced lot of students who have successfully lived on 'budgets', made friends in a distant country and made the most of the opportunity of studying in the UK.
As a Tier 4 (General) Student, you will be required to show the funds for 1st year’s tuition fee and living expenses.
Dependents can accompany if the applicant is traveling for the post- graduate course.
Immigration on Arrival
Your passport will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay.
- Bath Spa University
- American InterContinental University London (AIU London)
- Azad University (IR) Oxford AUO
- BCUIC – Progression to Birmingham City University
- Bellerbys College
- Blackhall College
- Buckinghamshire New University
- Cambridge Ruskin International College ( CRIC )
- Cambridge Education Group
- Canterbury Christchurch University
- Cavendish College
- City and Islington College
- City of Bristol College
- College of Technology, London
- Cambridge Education Group
- CRIC – Progression to Anglia Ruskin University
- De Montfort University
- EIC – Progression to Edinburgh Napier University
- Forth Valley College Scotland
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Glyndwr University
- Heriot-Watt University
- HIC – progression to University of Hertfordshire
- ICP – Progression to University of Portsmouth
- ICRGU – Progression to Robert Gondon University
- ICWS – Progression to Swansea University
- Imperial College London
- Insearch Essex
- International College Wales Swansea (ICWS)
- INTO – Progression to City University London
- INTO – Progression to Glasgow Caledonian University
- INTO – Progression to Manchester University
- INTO – Progression to MMU
- INTO – Progression to Newcastle University
- INTO – Progression to Queens University, Belfast
- INTO – Progression to St. George University London
- INTO – Progression to UEA London
- INTO – Progression to UEA, Newton
- INTO – Progression to University of East Anglia
- INTO – Progression to University of Gloucestershire
- INTO London
- INTO University
- INTO Progression to University of Exeter
- Istituto Marangoni
- Keele University
- Kingston University London Distance Learning MBA Lancaster University
- Kingston University, London
- London Empire Academy
- London School of Business & Finance
- Manchester International College
- Maritime Greenwich College
- Middlesex South Asia
- national Education and Career
- Oxford Brooks University
- Richmond, The International American University in London
- Staffordshire University
- Swansea University
- The University of Plymouth
- University of Bedfordshire
- University of Bradford
- University of Chester
- University of Gloucestershire
- University of Lincoln
- University of New Hampshire
- University of Surrey
- University of the West of England
- University of Wales, Newport
- University of Wolverhampton
UK Government Scholarships
- Chevening Scholarships
Chevening Scholarships, the UK government’s global scholarship programme, are awarded to outstanding scholars from Chevening-eligible countries around the world. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree. Most Chevening Scholarships cover tuition fees, a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual), an economy class return airfare to the UK, and additional grants to cover essential expenditure.
- Commonwealth Scholarships
The Commonwealth Scholarships are intended for students from developing Commonwealth countries who wants to pursue Master’s and PhD study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Each Scholarship provides airfare to and from United Kingdom, tuition and examination fees, personal maintaining allowance, thesis grant (if applicable), initial arrival allowance, among others.
UK University Scholarships
- Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from any country outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. A Gates Cambridge Scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge. It also provides additional, discretionary funding.
- Rhodes Scholarships at University of Oxford
Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards that supports exceptional international students from selected countries at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholarship covers all university fees, personal stipend, health insurance, and airfare to and from the student’s home country.
- Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships
The University of Edinburgh will offer 30 scholarships to outstanding overseas students who intends to pursue a PhD Research Programme in any field of study offered by the University. Each scholarship covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU graduate student and that chargeable to an overseas graduate student. The awards do not cover maintenance expenses.
- Denys Holland Scholarship at University College London
The Denys Holland Scholarship aims to support undergraduate students from any country, who without the support of the scholarship would be unable to secure the funding required to study at University College London (UCL), and who can demonstrate their intention to make full use of the activities offered by UCL and the Student Union. The scholarship is worth £9,000 per annum and scholars may choose to use all or part of the scholarship to cover fees.
- University of Sussex Chancellor’s International Scholarships
University of Sussex Chancellor’s International Scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential to non-EU international students who have applied for and been offered a place for eligible full-time Postgraduate Taught degrees at the University of Sussex. The scholarship is 50% off international student tuition fee and is offered for one year.
- Bristol University International Office Scholarships
The University of Bristol is offering five International Office Scholarships for new international students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University. The scholarships are worth £8,500 which can go towards your tuition fee.
- University of West London International Ambassador Scholarships
The International Ambassador Scholarship recognizes and provides financial support for outstanding students who wish to pursue a full time undergraduate or postgraduate degree at University of West London. The scholars will act as international ambassadors for the University of West London. Up to 50 scholarships worth up to £5,000 are available.
- University of West England Chancellor’s Scholarships
The University of the West of England, Bristol offers more than £100,000 worth of scholarships for international students each year. This includes the Chancellor’s Scholarship wherein the recipient will be required to undertake an internship working within the International Development Office and other departments. The scholarship covers the full tuition fees for one academic year.
- Sheffield Hallam University Transform Together Scholarships
Transform Together scholarships are open to international and European Union (non UK) students applying to study a full-time postgraduate or undergraduate taught course at Sheffield Hallam University. Half fee waiver (50%) is available for postgraduate courses and for each year of an undergraduate degree.
- University of Westminster International Scholarships
University of Westminster awards scholarships to eligible students from any developing country who wish to study in the UK and pursue a full-time Masters degree in any field of study at the University of Westminster. The scholarship awards full tuition fee waivers, accommodation, living expenses and flights to and from London.
- Warwick Chancellor’s International Scholarships
The Warwick Graduate School awards around 25 Chancellor’s International Scholarships to the most outstanding international PhD applicants yearly. The scholarships are open to students of any nationality and to any discipline offered at Warwick. The scholarships include the full payment of overseas tuition fee and a maintenance stipend.
- Developing Solutions Scholarships at University of Nottingham
The Developing Solutions Scholarships are designed for international students from Africa, India or one of the developing countries of the Commonwealth who want to study a Masters Degree at the University of Nottingham and make a difference to the development of their home country. Each year, 105 scholarships are awarded– 30 scholarships will cover the full tuition fee while 75 will cover 50% of the tuition fee.
- University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships
The University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships (formerly known as Countries in Crisis Scholarships) are intended to aid students in financial hardship due to the fact that they are domiciled in a country that is in crisis as a result of the political situation, war, natural disaster etc. Each scholarship is worth approximately £25,000 which includes full tuition fees and accommodation plus £4,200 per annum living costs