Studying in the UK: things you need to know before you apply
If you want to study at a university or college in the UK, you will need to apply with UK Graduate. You complete one application and we will give you up to 10 choices. To give yourself the best chance of success, it’s important to do as much research as possible into which universities and colleges are right for you, and which courses are most suited to your skills and qualifications.
Our advisers have lots of information to help you. Not just with completing your application but also with other aspects of coming to study in the UK.
Four of the top six universities in the world are in UK – QS World University Rankings
UK is a popular destination for international students. Coming to UK to study, will give you world-class, teaching, and help you develop skills, for your success in the world.
English is the world language; learn so that you can unlock the world.
Tariff points are used by some universities to assess and score different types of qualification. Most of these qualifications are UK based, but some international qualifications do have Tariff points.
If your qualification is not listed in the entry requirements for your chosen courses, there is advice to help you with this in the how to get a place on a course part of our service.
Stand out from the crowd
Competition for places at UK universities or colleges is high – among both UK and international students. Universities’ admissions officers are keen to see applications from students with a variety of skills and experience. Ultimately, they would like well-rounded individuals who thrive in new environments.
Non-academic experiences are definitely worth including in your personal statement. For example, if you’re in a school sports team or you play an instrument in a band or orchestra, use this to demonstrate your dedication and show that you can work well with other people.
Unless you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you will need a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. To apply for a visa, you need to contact our visa adviser.
The UKVI states that international students must demonstrate their English language proficiency as part of the visa application process. However, nationals from a number of English-speaking countries (listed here under the Exceptions heading) are exempt from these tests.
EU citizens are also exempt from UKVI tests (as they don’t require a visa to study in the UK), but individual universities and colleges may set their own English language requirements for these students. Non-EU students whose first language is not English may have to take additional university-set language tests as well.
An international foundation year is a great way to improve your English, as language tuition is often covered in depth. UK universities can often recommend suitable courses for students that want to find out more.
Learn about the origins of the United Kingdom, a country rich in history and culture and find out how the country we know today was formed over many years through the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Why Study in the UK
The UK is one of the most popular destinations in the world to study abroad, but why is it so popular – learn more about what the UK has to offer international students.
UK Education System
Recognized around the world as a world class system, the UK’s education system is comprehensive and adaptable. This section also has vital information on how to enter programs in the UK such as GCSE, A-Levels and degree programs.
Once you have graduated, what do you do? International graduates from the UK have a variety of options from looking for work, to continuing their education in a graduate program, to returning back to their home country with their new skills and knowledge.