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Education in the United Kingdom

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With around 64 million inhabitants, the United Kingdom is a diverse nation of vibrant cities and outstanding natural beauty. It is a lively center of culture as well as being a world leader in banking and commerce, whilst simultaneously boasting serene landscapes and stunning coastlines. Thousands of people from around the world have chosen to make the UK their home, creating a richly diverse, open-minded and multicultural society. There are also more than a quarter of a million international students in the UK at any one time. Undertaking an education in the United Kingdom will not only mean the opportunity to experience this extraordinary country, but also the broad spectrum of educational opportunities offered there. Read more below about the different types of higher education in the United Kingdom, as well as a few practical details you should consider during your preparations for studying abroad.

The United Kingdom - Facts & Figures


England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland




65 million

Area Size

242,495 km²


2, 600,000 (420,000 international)

Academic Year

September - May


Pound sterling (£)

Calling Code


Time Zone


More about the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is a union made up of four nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. England is the largest nation of the four and the most populous with 52 million inhabitants. Scotland is the second largest nation in the United Kingdom, but also the most independent one with its own legal and educational system. Wales’ green landscapes with wide open spaces and national parks are some of the most stunning sights in the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland is famous for its rich history and warm, welcoming people.

Whatever location you choose, undertaking an education in the United Kingdom offers an extensive travel network that allows you to travel and see the rest of the region during weekends and holidays. As a student, you will usually get a discounted price on train and coach tickets.

While people in the United Kingdom do still enjoy Fish and Chips or a classic Sunday Roast dinner, the food culture today has become a melting pot of tastes from around the world. The United Kingdom is truly multicultural, and festivals and holidays or Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh, and Buddhist faiths are all celebrated.

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Last update: 08 Feb 2018