UK nations

A map highlighting each UK nation: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Each nation of the UK has similarities and differences that make for a unique study experience. For example, we all use the same currency, but we have different traditions, languages, capital cities, cultures, landscapes and experiences waiting to be discovered.

As the UK is a relatively small land mass, it’s easy to travel around from nation to nation and you’re never very far away from the coast or the countryside. And because it’s so easy to move from one nation to another, choosing to study in the UK gives you the opportunity to explore all four.

Find out more about each nation below and what it’s like to study there.

Study in England

With a wide variety of university settings and around 463,000 international students, find out more about studying in England.

Study in Northern Ireland

The Giant's Causeway, Game of Thrones and Grandad Joe’s famous Cream Horn - discover all this and more when you choose to study in Northern Ireland.

Study in Scotland

World-class universities, stunning landscapes, and gothic castles - find out why 50,000 international students chose to study in Scotland each year.

Study in Wales

Universities in Wales have plenty to offer, from first-class education to sport and adventure. Find out more about studying in the beautiful country of Wales.

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Language

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.

Holidays

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

Weather

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.

Religion

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

Food

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.

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.

Health and welfare

With one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world, as an international student in the UK you will be looked after.