The UK is home to 442,000 international higher education students each year and it’s easy to see why.

The experiences, knowledge, and confidence gained by studying in the UK will inspire you to create your own path in life. 

What are the benefits of the UK education system?

The UK’s higher education system is world-famous

The UK higher education is among the best in the world and consistently performs well in world rankings. In the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2018, UK universities have: 

Quality assured

  • The UK has a global reputation for quality assured education. All universities and colleges in the UK are held to strict standards by the UK government so you know you are getting the best teaching, support and resources available.
  • The UK government publishes lists of officially recognised universities and colleges so you can be sure that the one you choose has passed all the tests for quality assurance. See the full list of universities or colleges that can award degrees (known as 'recognised bodies').
  • You will also have access to the latest facilities due to the UK’s reputation for world-class research. The UK leads the world in quality research having overtaken the US to rank first by field-weighted citation impact - an indicator of research quality International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Some universities or colleges are called ‘listed bodies’. These can offer courses that can lead to a degree from a recognised body. This means you can study here, but a recognised body will set and examine your final examinations or coursework. See all ‘listed bodies’. 

The Register of Regulated Qualifications contains details of Recognised Awarding Organisations and Regulated Qualifications in England (Ofqual), Wales (Welsh Government) and Northern Ireland (Ofqual for vocational qualifications and CCEA Accreditation for all other qualifications). For Scottish qualifications, please visit the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework website.

The UK style of teaching

  • The UK teaching system is designed to encourage you to ask questions, debate and come up with your own ideas.
  • UK universities and colleges combine practical learning with lectures and seminars and embrace innovative teaching methods and high-tech learning environments.
  • There is a wide range of opportunities to gain practical experience. Many courses have options for work placements and internships that count towards your degree. Many offer the chance to gain professional accreditation too.

Choice and flexibility

  • One of the best things about UK higher education is the chance to really pursue your interests.
  • There are a wide range of courses on offer, from the traditional to the cutting-edge, from Computer Games Development to Entrepreneurship. Find the right course for you.
  • Many courses also include ‘modules’. These are different options that allow you to choose from a range of subjects within your course to build a programme that suits you.


On the UK government website, you can see a summary of the UK’s qualification levels and what they mean.  UK NARIC offers a paid service giving information on how overseas qualifications compare to UK qualifications.

Enjoy an unforgettable university experience 

  • The UK has the highest international student experience satisfaction ratings for English-speaking countries, with over 90 per cent of students happy with their experience.
  • As a student in the UK, you will enjoy a great lifestyle: beautiful countryside, historic sites, city life and music and culture.

Find out more about life as student in the UK.

Create your career path 

  • According to British Council research in 2015, 38 per cent of Nobel Laureates who studied abroad did so in the UK. 
  • Studying in the UK, with the life-changing experience it provides, will help you work towards a successful career. 

See what a UK education could do for you.

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