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Studying for a degree outside the UK

A life-changing UK degree, yet closer to home.

A UK education enables you to become the most confident, most promising, most prepared version of yourself. But if you have commitments that prevent you from relocating to the UK itself, or are looking for excellent value for money, you could still transform your life and career prospects with a transnational education (or TNE) UK degree.

Provided in English by 142 UK universities, and in 226 countries and territories worldwide, these degrees are your opportunity to benefit from the same rich academic traditions as your peers who study in the UK. You’ll learn from exactly the same cutting-edge teaching practices, and receive the same encouragement to think independently, be creative and truly grow as an individual.

Perhaps most importantly, you will gain precisely the same qualification as students in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. That’s because your degree will be designed, quality-assured and directly awarded by one of the UK’s highly respected universities.

Gain a competitive edge

A UK transnational degree provides the analytical skills, critical thinking, international awareness and confidence you’ll need to get ahead in your chosen career, all while boosting your English language proficiency.

Employers trust and respect the formidable reputation of the UK’s education system, and graduates who hold a UK-awarded degree are progressing further, being promoted quicker, and earning more than peers educated elsewhere.

More choice, more flexibility

The UK’s universities offer one of the most diverse subject offerings in the world and, by studying for a UK-awarded transnational degree, you’ll find the support and space you’ll need to be imaginative, ambitious and to think differently.

You could study full-time with a local partner or at a branch campus. Or, if you prefer, you can choose a part-time course and study anywhere through online distance learning. Some courses can even be studied on a flexible basis, giving you complete control over your time, and an opportunity to combine work with your studies.

What’s more, studying for a transnational degree could be a cost-effective way of gaining a fully recognised UK qualification.

A world-class you

A UK-awarded degree course is your bridge to the world, allowing you to experience our formidable standards of education while interacting with students from hundreds of different countries.

It could also be your pathway to the UK itself, as you may have the opportunity to spend time in the UK as part of your studies.

Where can I study?

To learn more about the courses that are available in your country, as well as eligibility and visa requirements for each, visit your local British Council website. To find your local British Council website, visit and select your country.

How do I apply?

If a UK university works with a partner institution in your chosen country, you can apply directly to the local institution.

If you would prefer to study for a transnational degree using distance-learning, you can apply to the UK university itself. Learn more on your local British Council website.

Frequently asked questions

You may have a query about studying for a transnational education (TNE) UK degree. To help, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions below.

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