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Education in the United Kingdom

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An education in the United Kingdom means the opportunity to explore this lively center of culture, traverse its serene landscapes and imbibe its ancient heritage. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all enticing destinations in their own right – from the glittering nerve center of London to the gritty charm of Glasgow, the craggy peaks of Snowdonia to the green slopes of Northern Ireland, this historic state is packed with opportunity. What’s more, the extensive transport network of this compact nation means that you are never far from the next city, landmark or pub. Read more below about the different types of higher education in the United Kingdom, as well as a few 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

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. The UK represents a convergence of tradition and innovation that spills over into its education system – the accredited reputation of UK universities is a product of their rich heritage and stream of research output. The universities of the Russel Group continually fare well in international rankings, whilst Oxford and Cambridge are some of the most ancient and prestigious institutions in the world. There are more than a quarter of a million international students residing in the UK at any one time, fostering a richly diverse and open-minded student culture that you too can be a part of by choosing to undertake an education in the United Kingdom.

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Last update: 15 Mar 2018