Known for its high-quality university system and inhabitants with a quirky sense of humor, the UK is situated in north-western Europe. Whereas Scotland, England, and Wales share one island, the UK’s fourth constituent part of Northern Ireland borders on the Republic of Ireland on the neighboring island.
Generally speaking, there are 3 degree levels in the UK, foundation pathway courses, undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Foundation pathway courses serve to prepare you for attending a UK higher education institution, should your academic and/or English language skills are not sufficient for studying on a degree programme straight away.
The below table shows the national breakdown of UK universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), or below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the countries strengths, and areas for improvement. UK higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s international orientation and research dimensions.
If you are interested in studying at undergraduate level, you will need to do this through UCAS, the UK’s Universities and College Admissions Service. For postgraduate degrees including doctoral degrees, you are required to check the individual entry requirements of the individual courses. However, you are likely to need transcripts of the university degree, a reference letter and a personal statement outlining why you wish to pursue your programme of choice. Moreover, you will also need to pass an approved English language test equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for Languages) level B2, for instance, IELTS.
Fees vary greatly in the UK, depending on the level of study, the university of choice and your status as EU/third country citizen. Please consult the individual study programme website of your university of choice.
Unless you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, you need to acquire a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.