The UK has one of the most respected and regarded education systems in the world. It is home to some of the oldest institutions. Two of these, Oxford and Cambridge often compete for 1st place in the world university rankings. Around a quarter of the UK universities usually feature in the top 100.
The UK is a popular study destination with an international student population of over 500,000 in 2017/18.
About the UK
The UK comprises of four countries. These are:
- Northern Ireland
The UK is home to many world famous tourist attractions and stunning scenery. There is so much to see and do. The transport links can take you anywhere
you choose to go! Whilst London is the most obvious attraction the UK’s other regions have their own unique culture and charm. So everywhere is worth a visit. The cities are vibrant and bustling and the countryside is breathtaking. From rolling fields and hills, snow capped mountains, forests, beaches and lakes, there really is something for everyone. UK nightlife is a huge part of the student scene. There are also plenty of sports and other activities to occupy you. The culture is friendly and diverse, which is what makes it so great for international students.
There are over 140 universities in the UK. They are often talked about as being part of a category or group. These include:
- Ancient Universities – Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews.
- Red Brick Universities – refers to six universities founded in UK industrial cities. These universities where initially established as civic science or engineering colleges. The term ‘red brick’ refers to the victorian architectural style of these buildings.
- Plate Glass Universities – These are universities that were either established as universities or promoted to universities after the 1960s. The term ‘plate glass’ refers to the heavy use of glass in their construction.
- Russell Group – includes a group of 24 public research universities. These institutions receive two thirds of all university research grants.