Courses and Qualifications
UK universities and colleges offer thousands of excellent courses, leading to qualifications that are respected by employers and academics worldwide. When you think of UK higher education qualifications, you might think of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, MBAs and PhDs. There are, however, many other types.
Every year close to 500,000 students from 200 nations come study in UK at a school, college or university and 600,000 more come to do an English language course.
In addition, over 500,000 international students each year take a UK qualification overseas – for example, online or at a UK overseas campus.
The UK has a long history of welcoming international students from around the globe. And with a reputation for academic excellence, it’s easy to see why so many international students choose a UK education.
Scholarships, grants, bursaries, fellowships, financial awards, loans… there are many financial support options for international students who wish to study on a UK course. Demand for scholarships is always greater than supply; to maximise your chances, apply as early as you can.
Most full-time undergraduate courses take three years to complete (typically four years in Scotland). Full-time postgraduate courses can be from one year upwards.
The Academic Year
In the UK, the standard academic year starts in September or October and runs until June or July. Some courses are more flexible, however, and offer a range of start dates.
Working in the UK
If you come to the UK on a student visitor visa, child visitor visa, or prospective student visa, you are not eligible to work in the UK.
Some students who enter on a Tier 4 student visa are eligible to work a certain amount of hours per week and in the holiday periods.