United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and either ninth or tenth-largest by purchasing power parity. The UK is considered to have a high-income economy and is categorized as very high in the Human Development Index, currently ranking 14th in the world. It was the world's first industrialized country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface.

Capital and largest city: London Monetary unit: Pound sterling (£)

Languages

English is the main language of Great Britain, but Welsh is also officially recognized in Wales and Gaelic in Scotland.

Climate

Great Britain has quite cool summers and mild winters. The weather changes from day to day

Study in UK

If you decide to get your education in England, your degree will be recognized and respected, no matter where you end up being employed. The education will provide you with a solid foundation and boost your potential for having a higher salary and finding exactly what job you want. England has countless educational institutions (over 3000 as of 2013), and almost every single one of them has opportunities for international students to study there. You can choose from a variety of different undergraduate and graduate degrees, and combine your courses in order to make a degree program that suits your needs and interests.

Financial Benefits

English degrees take much less time, on average, then degrees from other countries. Where other countries take at least four years for an undergraduate degree and two or three years for a postgraduate degree; England only takes three years for an undergraduate degree, and one year for a postgraduate (unless you are in research, then it may take 18 months to 2 years). That means that you are spending less money overall. International students (those from outside the EU), higher tuition fees, varying between about £7,000 (US$11,490) and £35,000 (US$57,450) per year depending on the course

Student accommodation in the UK

Most international students who study in the UK live in accommodation provided by the university, with main accommodation types being halls of residence, student houses and student flats. These can be catered or self-catered, with home stays (staying with a UK family) being fairly uncommon.

Bachelor’s Degree

These degrees have been developed in such a way so that you can have a full understanding of a subject or field of study. In England, the average amount of time needed to complete a bachelor’s level degree is approximately three years, but in some cases it could take four. There are different types of bachelor’s degrees offered in England, including Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degrees. Here are some of the programs that you could take when studying in England.
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Social sciences (sociology, psychology, etc.)
  • Classical history
  • English (Literature, etc.)
  • Computer Science
  • Business (economics, management)
  • Law
  • Medical fields/pre-medical fields
  • Music and arts
  • Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (earth sciences, biology, and chemistry)
  • Mathematics
  • Theology and Religion
  • Foundation Degrees
  • Another type of first degree that you can obtain in England is called a Foundation Degree. This is the equivalent to two years in an honours degree program. If you opt to pursue a foundation degree, you will take classes that are related to your employment, similar to what some places would call an apprenticeship or an internship

    Master’s Degrees

    Even though most people associate Master’s Degrees with postgraduate studies, but some England universities have added a specialized undergraduate Master’s Degree program to their curriculum. These programs are not incredibly common, but they are very appealing to many who were planning on going straight to postgraduate study after obtaining their first degree. These programs typically last for four years and include what you would typically learn when obtaining your first degree; it essentially melds your first degree and your first postgraduate degree into one program. These programs can end up saving the student money because they will be paying undergraduate fees throughout the entire degree program. If this interests you, take a look at the universities you are considering attending and see if they have this sort of program.

    Doctorate/Ph.D Degrees

    England is also a popular location for those who are looking to obtain their doctorate. Doctorates are the highest academic level that anyone can achieve. People who work to obtain doctorates often end up working in academic and/or research fields (unless they are doctors or practicing law). These programs are incredibly intense; you can complete a doctorate program in three years if you are studying in England (this differs from countries such as the United States, where you can end up taking up to seven years to complete a PhD program). If you have acceptable academic success during your undergraduate program, you can apply for a PhD program. In England, you do not have to have a Master’s degree before pursuing a PhD, but most people will in order to better prepare for the program.

    Universities in UK

    England is known for quality education, and it has a learning institution for anyone who wants to travel there for university. Unlike other countries, England’s most well-known universities are somewhere other than the capital. With so many different universities scattered throughout the country

    University of Oxford The University is the oldest in the English speaking world, with evidence of instruction being done then as early as 1096, there are over 22,000 students at Oxford, including 11,832 undergraduates and 9,857 postgraduates
    University of Cambridge The second oldest university in the English-speaking world. The university currently has 31 colleges with six academic schools. Cambridge has a similar layout to Oxford, and currently has over 20,000 students attending the university yearly. About 10% of their undergraduate population consists of international students.
    The University of Manchester It is a newer university Approximately 39,000 students and 10,400 staff are at the University of Manchester.
    University of Essex Unlike most English universities, it has one main campus located in Wivenhoe Park, in Colchester, England. There are approximately 11,000 students (8,000 undergraduates) who attend the University of Essex yearly. Others that you may consider include the following:

    University Name City University Name City
    University of Cambridge Cambridge University of Oxford Oxford
    The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh University College London London
    University of Glasgow Glasgow The London School of Economics and Political Science London
    Imperial College London London The University of Manchester Manchester
    University of Leeds Leeds The University of Nottingham Nottingham
    King's College London London The University of Warwick Coventry
    Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne Durham University Durham
    The University of York York University of Leicester Leicester
    University of Liverpool Liverpool University of Surrey Guildford
    University of Strathclyde Glasgow University of St Andrews St Andrews
    University of Bristol Bristol University of Bath Bath
    University of Aberdeen Aberdeen Cardiff University Cardiff
    University of Kent Canterbury Queen's University Belfast Belfast
    Queen Mary, University of London London University of Exeter Exeter
    University of East Anglia Norwich University of Southampton Southampton
    University of Dundee Dundee The University of Sheffield Sheffield
    University of Sussex Brighton University of Reading Reading
    University of Essex Colchester City University London London
    University of the Arts London London Loughborough University Loughborough
    Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Aberystwyth University Aberystwyth
    Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester Sheffield Hallam University Sheffield
    Birkbeck, University of London London University of Salford Salford
    University of the West of England Bristol De Montfort University Leicester
    Brunel University Uxbridge Plymouth University Plymouth
    University of Portsmouth Portsmouth University of Stirling Stirling