Top Universities and Courses in the UK for International Students 

by sakshi.aggarwal

To study in UK, an international student has to be 18 or older (usually) for higher education. These courses generally are taught in:

  • Universities
  • Colleges 
  • Specialist institutions like art schools or agricultural colleges

Here are few facts about studying in the UK for international students:

  • There are 106 universities in England, and 5 university colleges out of a total of 130 in the UK.
  • Foundation courses, diplomas and postgraduate courses are usually a year long.  
  • Bachelor courses last for 3-4 years.
  • Most studied programs in the UK-Business and Computer science.
  • Other famous programs-Engineering, Pharmacy, management, IT and software.

Top Universities in the UK

Name of the University

QS World Ranking

Location

University of Cambridge

5

Cambridge, England

University of Oxford

6

Oxford, England

UCL (University College London)

7

London, England

Imperial College London

8

London, England

King’s College London

23

London, England

The University of Edinburgh

23

Scotland

The University of Manchester

34

Manchester, England

London School of Economics and Political Science

35

London, England

University of Bristol

44

Bristol, England

The University of Warwick

57

Coventry, England

Courses to Choose From

Higher education qualifications include:

  • Foundation degrees
  • Diplomas
  • Bachelor degrees
  • Post-graduate degrees
  • Doctorate degrees

Top programs offered in the UK:

Agricultural Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Biology and Biochemistry

Chemistry

Clinical Medicine

Computer Science

Economics and Business

Engineering

Environment/Ecology

Geosciences

Immunology

Materials Science

Mathematics

Microbiology

Molecular biology and Genetics

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Pharmacology and Taxicology

Physics

Plant and Animal Science

Psychiatry/Psychology

Social Sciences and Public Health

Space Science

 

 

Top Universities in UK for Medicine

Name of the University

Location

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

University of Oxford

Oxford, England

Swansea University

Swansea, Wales

Top Universities in UK for Law

Name of the University

Location

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

University of Oxford

Oxford, England

University of Dundee

Dundee, Scotland

Top Universities in UK for Business and Management  

Name of the University

Location

University of Oxford

Oxford, England

University of St. Andrews

St Andrews, Scotland

University of Warwick

Coventry, England

Top Universities in the UK for Engineering

Name of the University

Location

University of Bristol

Bristol, England

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

Imperial College London

London, England

Top Universities in the UK for Economics

Name of the University

Location

University of Oxford

Oxford, England

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

University of St. Andrews

St. Andrews, Scotland

Top 3 Universities in the UK for Nursing

Name of the University

Location

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

Swansea University

Swansea, Wales

University of Glasgow

Glasgow, UK

How to Find the Best University in the UK?

  1. Explore the UK universities rankings
  • Learn in detail about the universities individually.
  • You can compare the rankings of the universities by each other by using Times Higher Education World University Rankings and subject rankings.
  • You can compare the universities by considering the rankings of the best courses to study at university
  1. Research funding opportunities
  • Learn about the eligibility criteria for various scholarships in the UK
  • Research about the application deadlines in advance
  • Find scholarships based on your intended course of study from the British Council’s Education UK website.
  1. Choose a location
  • Select a university by considering the location of living, living costs, culture, weather etc.
  • Nottingham is one of the most affordable cities in the UK with student-friendly cafes.  
  • In London, you will experience the hustle bustle of the huge metropolis but will have to pay high rents.
  • Live in Brighton, Bournemouth or Cardiff or Southampton if you wish to live by the sea.    
  1. Contact and visit universities
  • Bring your choices down to at least 10 universities and start contacting them.
  • Gather more and more information about fees, courses, funding etc. from the university.   
  • Contact the admissions department and try to get in touch with current students.   
  1. Learn about student life
  • Universities in the UK cater to all types of extra-curricular activities for international students.
  • Societies and recreational activities can be last but not the least option to decide the best one out of the shortlisted universities to study in UK.  
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