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About the UK

Beyond the world-class education and high-quality teaching, there is so much to love in the UK (also known by its full name: The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). From our open and inclusive way of life to our ancient traditions, and our stunning landscapes and dazzling nightlife to our unbeatable international cultural scene. You will also be well looked after with a trustworthy police force, reliable and affordable transport services which will connect you with towns and cities all across the four nations and beyond, and one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world.

Bird view of Conwy, Powys, Wales

UK nations

The UK is a union of four nations - England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with similarities and differences that make studying in each nation unique.

Explore the four UK nations


Enjoy the huge variety of food the UK has to offer. Here are our eight top tips for shopping, cooking and eating out while at university.


The weather in the UK can be unpredictable. But with the right clothes and the right attitude, you can enjoy the UK, whatever the weather.


The UK is a multi-faith society where all religions are widely welcomed.

Travel and transport

Whether you’re based in the city or the countryside, you’ll be able to travel to most places in the UK quickly and see a lot during your time here.


English is spoken across the UK, but it is not the only native official language. In London alone it is estimated that you can hear over 300 languages.


Dive into the UK’s rich history and contemporary culture by enjoying the world-famous events, local celebrations and public holidays.

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Student life in the UK

A UK education goes far beyond what you learn from your studies. Discover the unforgettable student experiences you can have when you study in the UK.

Succeed in your career

The best possible start to your chosen career

World-famous universities

With world-famous universities and quality teaching that’s government-guaranteed, the UK offers a higher standard of education, whatever you choose to study.

Access world-leading research

The discoveries our universities are making are at the forefront of global science and research. You’ll be at the cutting edge when you study in the UK.

Short, flexible courses

If you are looking for a postgraduate degree that fits in with your career, qualify sooner with one-year master's degrees when you study in the UK.

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