About UNITED KINGDOM

Hundreds of thousands of international students study in the UK each year, making studying in the UK the number two choice for international students in the world, second only to the USA. For students worldwide that would like an English-language education, what better place to study than the country where the language oriented?

General Climate Conditions

The UK has a reputation for having cold, wet and dreary weather. Although this may be true for some times of the year, the UK is actually much better than what most think its to be – and can have some great weather during the summer months. If you wish to get the most out of the UK, then the times to visit are the summer months when days are long (the sun generally rises at 4 am and will set at 9 or 10 pm at night) and you can expect warmer temperatures. Generally, there are four distinct seasons to the UK; summer, winter, spring and autumn.

Winter

Winter generally runs from November to March – though you can expect this to run longer during some years – and is characterized with cold weather, rain, sometimes snow and fog. Winter days in the UK the days are short and nights are long, with the sun rising at about 7 or 8 am and setting at about 4 pm. Temperatures during these months often range between 0 to 7°C (32° – 45°F) and although sunny days are possible they will be cold. If it does snow, which is more likely in the northern part of England and Scotland, accumulation will generally only be a couple of inches and will not last long. It is rare for England to have snow that will blanket the country.

Spring

Spring runs from March to May and offers some of the prettiest times to visit England with blooming flowers, warming temperatures and cheerier dispositions. Although temperatures during these months generally range from about 5 to 15°C (41° – 59°F), don’t be surprised if winter last longer or summer comes early – springtime weather in the UK is unpredictable!

Summer

The summer months are by far the best times to visit the UK if you are looking for warmer temperatures and longer days. Expect temperatures to be in the region of 15 to 25°C (59° – 77°F), but the UK has experienced even warmer conditions (over 30°C/86°F) over the past few summers. You can, of course, get rain during the summer months, but generally summer is a wonderful time in England

Autumn/Fall

If you come from a part of the world where seasonal changes are not very dramatic, you will be enthralled by fall. Autumn arrives in September, with dipping temperatures and shortening days, all as a pre-cursor of the winter to come. Temperatures during autumn are generally be anywhere from 5 to 15°C, but fall can provide beautiful weather, especially in light of the long dreary winter ahead.

Rainfall

The UK is an island, so it receives a large amount of rain. It can rain during any season and on any given day – so bring your umbrella!

Students from EU Countries

Students from a country of the European Union (EU) or one of the other listed countries do not need a visa or prior entry clearance. Those countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland*, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein*, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway*, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.

Language

The main language in the UK is, of course, English, which is spoken throughout the whole country. In Wales, some people still speak Welsh; however, since all Welsh people also speak English, you only need to speak English anywhere in the UK. For such a relatively small country, there are a lot of dialects in the UK, and some of them can be hard to understand, even for English people.

Student Accommodation

During your stay in the UK, you will have a variety of accommodation options available to you. Your choices will depend largely on whether your college or university has halls of residence, what city you are located in, and the amount of your monthly budget.When you sign up for a particular college or university, you will need to indicate that you will require accommodation (unless you have something pre-arranged). Do not assume that you will automatically be given accommodation, but generally as an international student you will be given priority over other students. One very important tip – once you have been accepted into a program, start looking and arranging accommodation right away! Places fill up very quickly and demand generally exceeds supply.

Halls of Residence

Halls are a great way to meet new people. They are large buildings, sometime divided into flats where you will have either a single room or share with another student. The room itself may be basic, and if it does not have an en-suite bathroom, communal ones will be provided. Generally the hall will provide basic furniture such as a bed, desk and chair and the rest you will have to supply. Most halls of residence have a canteen where food is supplied (at a cost) to students. As an international student the food may be unfamiliar, but a good way to immerse yourself in the culture of the UK. Halls are either single or mixed sex, so if you have a preference for either you will need to make this very clear to your university from the beginning when choosing where to live. Apart from the rooms, there are also communal areas that could have a bar (it is legal to drink alcohol at 18 in the UK), TV, pool table, etc…

Self-Catered Halls

Halls are a great way to meet new people. They are large buildings, sometime divided into flats where you will have either a single room or share with another student. The room itself may be basic, and if it does not have an en-suite bathroom, communal ones will be provided. Generally the hall will provide basic furniture such as a bed, desk and chair and the rest you will have to supply. Most halls of residence have a canteen where food is supplied (at a cost) to students. As an international student the food may be unfamiliar, but a good way to immerse yourself in the culture of the UK. Halls are either single or mixed sex, so if you have a preference for either you will need to make this very clear to your university from the beginning when choosing where to live. Apart from the rooms, there are also communal areas that could have a bar (it is legal to drink alcohol at 18 in the UK), TV, pool table, etc…

Working after degree completion

Like the USA, students who complete a degree program in England are allowed to apply for a one year extension to their visa to allow them to gain work experience in the UK, without having to obtain a work permit. Students studying in Scotland are now able to extend their visas and work for two years after completing a degree at a Scottish university, helping to make Scotland a particularly attractive destination for international students.

Multicultural Nation

The UK is known for having a multicultural society with all religions and faiths represented in some way. With a racial, ethnic and religious jumble, the UK is very open to new traditions and cultures – something that is a great thing for students from other countries! You can also be sure that a place of worship will be easily accessible for most major religions.

Havish Internationals For Study In UK

Hundreds of thousands of international students study in the UK each year, making studying in the UK the number two choice for international students in the world, second only to the USA. For students worldwide that would like an English-language education, what better place to study than the country where the language oriented? With an excellent higher-education system and hundreds of world-class universities in the UK promises a rich experience for international students. Our Study UK resource is intended to help you learn more about studying in the UK as an international student, and includes sections on choosing the UK as a destination, choosing a location within the UK, learning more about the country, its history and culture, and adapting to life in your adopted country. International students have always been an important presence in the UK, and the numbers have been growing steadily. The UK has worked hard to capitalize on the growing demand for English-language instruction and the post-9/11 visa hurdles in the US. The top ten countries sending students to the UK are:

Worldwide Recognition

The degrees and qualifications from UK higher education institutions are known around the world as of high quality and of world class. The standard of excellence is set by some of the older universities with recognizable names, like Oxford and Cambridge, but the tradition of excellence is seen in many of the universities and colleges throughout the UK. When looking for work in the future, this can be to your advantage

Education Cost is Lower

The cost of education for an international student in the UK can be lower then what it is in to the USA and other countries. Some courses in the USA can be $25,000 plus a year in tuition fee alone. Tuition fee for the majority of UK higher education institutions is in the region of £6,000 to £10,000 a year – considerably less! You can also save a lot of money because your degree will generally take less time to complete in the UK than in other countries. Although four-year programs popularity is increasing most degree programs in the UK require a three-year course and a master’s program is typically between one and two years. When you consider the shorter time frame, the cost will be much lower if you only have to plan for three years instead of four or even five as in many other countries.

Work Opportunities

International student in the UK typically allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during school term, and up to full-time when school is out of term. Of course, you should always check with your international advisor at your school before starting any part time job – you do not want to be in violation of your visa, and rules change all the time. Also, it is not always easy to find a job, so relying on work income to fund your education is not a good idea. Unless you have employment set up through your school before you arrive, you should plan to fund the entire first year of your studies without any employment income.

Gateway to Europe

With the addition of the Channel Tunnel and low cost airlines such as Easy Jet and Ryan Air, Europe is easier to reach from the UK than ever. You can reach most areas of Europe from the UK within a few hours by train or direct flight. For example, if you are studying in London or Manchester and you want a weekend away in Italy, you can fly Ryan Air direct to Rome, Milan, Pisa, and Genoa, Venice or several other cities in Italy. The direct flight would take around two hours and cost anywhere from 30 to 100 pounds, depending on when you travel and when you book.

UK INSTITUTIONS

MONTSERRAT

  • University of the West Indies
  • University of Science, Arts and Technology
  • American University of the Caribbean

ANGUILLA

  • University of the West Indies
  • Saint James School of Medicine

BERMUDA

  • Bermuda College
  • University of the West Indies

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

  • University of the West Indies

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

  • University of the West Indies

UNIVERSITIES

  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Abertay Dundee
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and Chelmsford
  • University of the Arts London
  • Camberwell College of Arts
  •        — Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
    — Chelsea College of Art and Design
    — London College of Communication
    — London College of Fashion
    — Wimbledon College of Art
  • Aston University, Birmingham
  • Bangor University
  • University of Bath
  • Bath Spa University
  • University of Bedfordshire, Luton and Bedford
  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  •        — Birmingham Conservatoire
  • University Centre at Blackburn College, Blackburn
  • University of Bolton
  • Bournemouth University
  • BPP University College of Professional Studies
  • University of Bradford
  •        — University of Bradford School of Management
  • University of Brighton
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School – students here       are technically full members of both the University of       Brighton and the University of Sussex
  • University of Bristol
  • Brunel University, Uxbridge and London
  • University of Buckingham
  • Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe
  • University of Cambridge
  • Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury,       Thanet, Tunbridge Wells and Chatham
  • Cardiff University
  •        — Cardiff International Academy of Voice
    — Cardiff University School of Medicine
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC)
  • University of Central Lancashire, Preston
  • University of Chester, Chester and Warrington
  • University of Chichester
  • Crichton University Campus, Dumfries, shared by the       University of Glasgow, the University of the West of       Scotland and The Open University
  • City University London
  •        — Cass Business School
    — City Law School
  • Coventry University
  • Cranfield University, Cranfield, Shrivenham and Silsoe
  • University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Epsom,       Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester
  • University of Cumbria, Carlisle (main campus),       Penrith and Ambleside
  • De Montfort University, Leicester
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • Durham University, Durham and Thornaby-on-Tees       (Queen’s Campus)
  • University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • University of East London
  • University of East London School of Law
  • Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Moray House School of Education
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • University of Essex, Colchester and Southend-on-Sea
  • University of Exeter
  • Camborne School of Mines
  • University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Trefforest and       Glyntaff
  • University of Glasgow
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham,
  • Gloucester and London
  • University of Greenwich
  • Glyndŵr University, Wrexham
  • Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and Galashiels
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
  • University of the Highlands & Islands, Inverness       (main campus), Elgin, Perth & across north and       western Scotland
  • University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield & Barnsley
  • University of Hull, Hull and Scarborough
  • Hull York Medical School (HYMS)
  • Imperial College London
  • Imperial College at Wye
  • Royal School of Mines
  • Keele University, Staffordshire
  • University of Kent, Canterbury and Medway
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln, Lincoln, Hull, Riseholme and       Holbeach
  • University of Liverpool
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of London
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Heythrop College
  • Institute of Cancer Research
  • Institute of Education
  • King’s College London
  • Institute of Psychiatry (IOP)
  • London Business School
  • London School of Economics and Political Science       (LSE)
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • St George’s, University of London
  • School of Advanced Study
  • Institute for the Study of the Americas
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Institute of Classical Studies
  • Institute of Commonwealth Studies
  • Institute of English Studies
  • Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • Institute of Musical Research
  • Institute of Philosophy
  • Warburg Institute
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
  • School of Pharmacy, University of London
  • University College London (UCL)
  • Eastman Dental Institute
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Institute of Neurology
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies       (SSEES)
  • University Marine Biological Station, Millport (shared       with the University of Glasgow)
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Manchester
  • Manchester Business School
  • Middlesex University, London
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Northampton
  • Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • University of Nottingham
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • The Open University, Milton Keynes (an open-access       distance learning university)
  • University of Oxford
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry,       Plymouth and Exeter
  • University of Plymouth
  • University of Portsmouth
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  •        — St Mary’s University College
    — Stranmillis University College
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • University of Chichester
  • Cranfield University, Cranfield, Shrivenham and Silsoe
  • University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Epsom,       Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester
  • University of Cumbria, Carlisle (main campus),       Penrith and Ambleside
  • De Montfort University, Leicester
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • Durham University, Durham and Thornaby-on-Tees       (Queen’s Campus)
  • University of East Anglia, Norwich
  • University of East London
  •        — University of East London School of Law
  • Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
  • University of Edinburgh
  •        — Moray House School of Education
  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • University of Essex, Colchester and Southend-on-Sea
  • University of Exeter
  •        — Camborne School of Mines
  • University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Trefforest and       Glyntaff
  • University of Glasgow
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham,
  • Gloucester and London
  • University of Greenwich
  • Glyndŵr University, Wrexham
  • Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and Galashiels
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
  • University of the Highlands & Islands, Inverness       (main campus), Elgin, Perth & across north and       western Scotland
  • University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield & Barnsley
  • University of Hull, Hull and Scarborough
  • Hull York Medical School (HYMS)
  • Imperial College London
  •        — Imperial College at Wye
    — Royal School of Mines
  • Keele University, Staffordshire
  • University of Kent, Canterbury and Medway
  • Kingston University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Leeds
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln, Lincoln, Hull, Riseholme and       Holbeach
  • University of Liverpool
  •        — Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • University of Reading
  •        — Henley Business School
  • The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
  • Roehampton University, London
  • Royal College of Art, London
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • University of Southampton
  • Southampton Solent University
  • Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford and       Lichfield
  • University of Stirling, Bridge of Allan
  • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • University of Sunderland
  • University of Surrey, Guildford
  • University of Sussex, Falmer and Brighton
  • Swansea Metropolitan University
  • Swansea University
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of London
  •        — Birkbeck, University of London
    — Central School of Speech and Drama
    — Courtauld Institute of Art
    — Goldsmiths, University of London
    — Heythrop College
    — Institute of Cancer Research
    — Institute of Education
    — King’s College London
    — Institute of Psychiatry (IOP)
    — London Business School
    — London School of Economics and Political          Science (LSE)
    — London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    — Queen Mary, University of London
    — Royal Academy of Music
    — Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham
    — Royal Veterinary College
    — St George’s, University of London
    — School of Advanced Study
  • Institute for the Study of the Americas
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Institute of Classical Studies
  • Institute of Commonwealth Studies
  • Institute of English Studies
  • Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • Institute of Musical Research
  • Institute of Philosophy
  • Warburg Institute
  •        — School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
    — School of Pharmacy, University of London
    — University College London (UCL)
  • Eastman Dental Institute
  • Institute of Archaeology
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Institute of Neurology
  • School of Slavonic and East
  •        — European Studies (SSEES)
    — University Marine Biological Station,
    — Millport (shared with the University of Glasgow)
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London South Bank University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Manchester
  •        — Manchester Business School
  • Teesside University, Middlesbrough and Darlington
  • University of Ulster, Coleraine, Jordanstown, Magee       and Belfast
  • University of Wales
  • University of Wales, Newport
  • University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
  • University of Warwick, Coventry
  • University of West London, Ealing and Brentford
  •        — London College of Music
  • University of Westminster, London
  • University of the West of England, Bristol
  • University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, Hamilton,       Ayr & Dumfries
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • University of Worcester
  •        — Worcester Business School
  • University of York
  • York St John University

COLLEGES OF HIGHER EDUCATION

  • List of further education colleges in England
  • List of further education colleges in Northern Ireland
  • List of further education colleges in Scotland
  • List of further education colleges in Wales
  • Academy of Contemporary Music
  • Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, London and       Wigan
  • All Nations Christian College
  • Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies,       a post-graduate institute in Dundee
  • Alpha Meridian College, Greenwich
  • Anglo-European College of Chiropractic
  • Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • Arts Educational Schools, London
  • Asanté Academy of Chinese Medicine
  • Ashridge Business School
  • Bird College
  • Birmingham Christian College
  • Birmingham International College
  • Blackburne House Centre for Women
  • Blake Hall College
  • Brighton Institute of Modern Music
  • Bristol Baptist College
  • British College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • British Institute of Technology & E-commerce
  • British School of Osteopathy
  • City and Guilds of London Art School
  • College of Estate Management, Reading, Berkshire
  • The College of Law
  • College of the Resurrection, Mirfield
  • Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol
  • Central School of Ballet in London
  • The Circus Space in London
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance in       Chapeltown, West Yorkshire
  • Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London
  • eCollege London
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • EF Brittin College Manchester
  • English National Ballet School
  • EThames Graduate School
  • European School of Osteopathy
  • Futureworks Media School, Manchester
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Grafton College of Management Sciences, London
  • Greenwich School of Management
  • Guildford School of Acting
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama
  • Halifax Group of Colleges
  • Albert College, Leicester
  • Halifax College, London
  • Hamilton College, London
  • Hartpury College
  • Holborn College
  • Hult International Business School
  • Impact International College
  • Institute for System Level Integration
  • International College Scotland
  • Leeds College of Music
  • Leeds Professional College
  • Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
  • London Academy of Management Sciences
  • London College of Advanced Studies
  • London College of Business & Computing
  • London College of Management Studies
  • London Film School
  • London Institute of Shipping & Transport
  • London Reading College
  • London School of Accountancy & Management
  • London School of Business and Finance
  • London School of Business and Management
  • London School of Jewish Studies
  • London School of Theology
  • Leeds College of Art
  • Leeds College of Business Management and       Technology
  • Manchester International College
  • Maritime Greenwich College
  • National Film and Television School
  • Newcastle Academy of Business & Technology
  • New London College
  • Oxford College of London
  • Oxford House College
  • Plymouth College of Art and Design
  • The Prince’s Drawing School
  • The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts
  • Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
  • Rayat London College
  • Regal International College
  • Regent’s College
  • European Business School London
  • Regent’s American College London
  • Regent’s Business School London
  • School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology
  • Webster Graduate School
  • Rose Bruford College
  • Royal College of Music
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Ruskin College
  • SAE Institute
  • Scottish Agricultural College
  • Sotheby’s Institute of Art
  • Taitec Manchester
  • Tech Music Schools
  • Bass Guitar-X
  • Drumtech
  • Guitar-X
  • Keyboardtech
  • Vocaltech
  • Trinity Laban
  • Laban
  • Trinity College of Music
  • UHI Millennium Institute (Institiùd OGE nam Mìle       Bliadhna)
  • Argyll College, Dunoon, Argyll
  • Highland Theological College, Dingwall
  • Inverness College, Inverness
  • Lews Castle College, Stornoway, Lewis
  • Lochaber College, Fort William
  • Moray College, Elgin
  • NAFC Marine Centre (North Atlantic Fisheries       College), Scalloway, Shetland
  • North Highland College, Thurso
  • Orkney College, Kirkwall, Orkney
  • Perth College, Perth
  • Air Service Training, Perth Airport
  • Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Sleat on Skye, and Islay
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Argyll
  • Shetland College, Lerwick, Shetland
  • Sustainable Development Research Centre, Forres,       Moray
  • University Campus Suffolk
  • University College Birmingham
  • Wessex Institute of Technology
  • Western Governors Graduate School
  • The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, based at       Wesley House, Cambridge
  • Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations
  • Writtle College

CAYMAN ISLANDS

  • Cayman Islands Law School
  • International College of the Cayman Islands
  • St. Matthews University
  • University College of the Cayman Islands
  • University of the West Indies