The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a kingdom consisting of four separate countries, namely, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. The total population exceeds 60 million. The capital cities of London, Belfast, Cardiff, and Edinburgh also host some of the most esteemed universities worldwide.


The United Kingdom is among the 7 most developed countries globally. London is Europe’s financial capital or, to put it another way – the city with the most investments. London also hosts the headquarters of some of the biggest international corporations. Energy takes up an important share in the country’s economy, with power stations in the UK being among the worldwide. The island country’s main exports are automobiles, machinery, steel, and medicines.


Tertiary institutions in the UK are divided into colleges and universities, with the educational establishments being both state- and privately owned.


The structuring, teaching methods, admission, and tuition in various parts of the kingdom vary and are regulated by local authorities.

Bachelor’s programs: 3 years.
Master’s programs: 1 year.
International students – Stats
81% of students in the UK are locals, 6% hail from EU countries, and 13% – from non-EU countries. The total number of international students in the UK for the 2016/2017 academic year stood at 442 375, with 42% of the students in Master’s programs hailing from non-EU countries. The number of students from China is the largest – they account for nearly 1/3 of the total number of international students. Indian students in the UK rank sank in number but their number has declined significantly since 2012-13. England has the biggest number of students hailing from non-EU countries – some 14%. Scotland, which offers grant subsidies to European students, logically has the largest number of EU students (9%). Wales has registered the biggest decline in international students since 2013-14 – 25%, Northern Ireland has also registered a decline of international students – 12%.


Business Management is the specialty most preferred by international students, with over 120 000 students opting for that program during the last year. Other popular specialties attracting large numbers of students every year are the engineering ones, social sciences, law, and design (some 150 000 students in total).


According to global rankings, some of the most esteemed British universities are:

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • LSE – London School of Economics
  • Political Science
University of Warwick

Universities, with largest number of international students admission annually are:

UCL – University College London
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Mancherster
  • King’s College London
  • Coventry University
  • University of the Arts, London