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Gain a UK education from anywhere in the world, including campuses in your country run by UK universities and colleges, partnership programmes and online learning. 

Choosing a UK qualification delivered overseas can be more economical and flexible than studying in the UK. You’ll benefit from studying in English, gaining international exposure and skills in critical thinking, innovation and excellent standards that all UK degrees offer.

Each year, over 590,000 students worldwide gain a UK qualification – without travelling to the UK.

 What are the options?

There are a variety of courses on offer with many flexible and part-time options available. Some students decide to work alongside their studies to make it cost effective.


Many UK universities have a campus or academic buildings in other countries, allowing you to experience a UK higher education atmosphere without travelling abroad. Lessons are taught in English, and some of the lecturers and students may be from the UK.

In addition to this, there could be franchised programmes available, which are UK courses delivered by universities in your country. These courses are licensed by UK universities, who will oversee academic standard and award your final qualification. A similar option is validated qualifications, which are not necessarily the same course as delivered in the UK, but are subject to the same strict system of accreditation to ensure the award is of the same standard as other UK awards at the same level.

There are also opportunities for your study to be split between attendance in your home country and at an institution in the UK. You could take a twinning programme, where you can have a predefined number of academic years spent in the UK and the rest of the time in your home country, or build up credits for each subject you take, then transfer these credits to continue your studies in the UK.


In distance learning programmes, classes might be conducted online via forums, instant messaging, social media, blogs and email. These courses are ideal for part-time study, but you need to be disciplined with your time.

A growing number of universities in the UK are offering students the chance to do some of their course remotely as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

The Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC) sets standards for distance learning and can give you a list of the education providers that have been assessed.

Study in your country 

Find out what UK education options available to you. Please select your country from the 'Study in your country' box on this page.  

If your country is not on the list, it does not provide UK education opportunities, however you may like to try online learning?