World leading education

The UK welcomes over 400,000 international higher education students each year, and it’s easy to see why.

Sitting at the top of the world rankings, UK universities have a reputation for developing the skills that employers are looking for. It's not only about attending lectures - you will actively engage with your tutors through lively seminars, discussions and practical projects. This will help you develop critical thinking, creativity and confidence.

Alongside benefiting from the academic tradition of some of the world’s most famous universities, you will have access to the latest facilities due to the UK’s reputation for world-class research. UK education will also help you develop your English skills and confidence in speaking the language, an attribute that is highly valued by employers worldwide.

UK student life

Whatever aspirations bring you here, and whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, boarding school or further education college, you will learn in a safe, multicultural environment. You will be supported while you study as all UK institutions have extensive student support and welfare services you can call on. There’s also a cultural adventure on offer, from music festivals and football matches to ancient castles and vibrant nightlife.

Frequently asked questions

Will I be eligible for a UK undergraduate degree right after finishing high school?

Yes, it is possible, but it depends on the programme you’re applying for, the UK university and your qualifications. If you have not taken an international curriculum—the IB programme, for example—the UK university might require you to take a foundation course first before entry. A foundation course is a one-year preparatory course for students who need either additional English language or academic preparation before they enrol to Year 1 in the university.

Will I be eligible for a UK master’s degree right after finishing my bachelor’s?

It is possible, but an undergraduate degree from the Philippines will not always merit immediate entry to a master’s programme in the UK. Depending on the university and the programme, some students may be required to have a local master’s degree to be eligible for a UK master’s degree. Some courses, on the other hand, require a few years of work experience such as MBAs.

Can my master’s degree be a different subject from my bachelor’s?

There are students who choose a different subject for their master’s, although this is not the norm. Depending on the subject area, it may not be possible in some cases. 

Can I do an MBA with no relevant work experience?

MBAs generally require a number of years of work experience—minimum of two or three years— but there are universities that accept applicants straight from undergraduate study.

Isn’t the UK more expensive than other study destinations?

Among the top English-speaking study destinations—UK, US and Australia—studying in the UK offers the best value for money. Costs here are lower than the US and Australia because courses are generally shorter. Master’s degrees usually take one year and most undergraduate degrees take only three years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This page on Study UK shows the annual costs for international students: https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/planning/money-costs

What is the required English language level to study in the UK?

The English language requirements depend on the university and the programme. Usually, an IELTS score of 6 or 6.5 is required. Some departments may require a higher score.

Are there student discounts in the UK?

Students in the UK can get plenty of discounts in store and online via student discount cards. The most common type is the NUS card which is issued free of charge upon enrolment in the university. Discounts can be used on clothing, food, travel, study supplies, technology and leisure.

Do I need health insurance?

Students staying for more than six months will not need health insurance as they will be eligible for treatment under NHS. Those staying under six months will need private medical insurance.

How do I find accommodation in the UK?

Students can usually choose between private or university accommodation. Each has its pros and cons. University accommodation is usually more expensive but bills are already included in the payment such as electricity, water, gas and internet. On the other hand, although staying in private accommodation would entail having other bills to pay, you can choose who you live with. If you are unsure about your options, you can consult the university’s accommodation office or international office.

Value for money

With costs lower than in Australia and the USA and courses starting from three years, you can enjoy a life-changing student experience safe in the knowledge that you are getting good value for money.

Learn more about UK education by visiting Study UK: Discover You.

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