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Higher education in England (as with the rest of the UK) typically starts with a 3-4 year undergraduate Bachelors degree, on graduation this can then be followed by a postgraduate qualification such as a Masters degree or PhD. If your qualifications or English language ability do not meet the requirements of your chosen University you can also study on a foundation or pre-masters course.
England has been a popular study abroad destination for several decades and has over 300,000 international (non-UK) students, making up around 16% of the total student population.* The most popular subject areas are business and engineering.
To start your adventure of studying in England, search for a course and institution using the course search form at the top of this page.
As English is the primary language in England you will need to be able to prove you competence in the language prior to being able to apply for a place at your chosen University. The most popular English language certificates for studying in England are IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson (PTE).
For the majority of undergraduate (bachelor degrees) you will require an IELTS score of 6.0 or above with no component less than 5.5. This can be higher for some courses such as Medicine courses or Nursing courses. You will also find that the required English language competence is higher at both taught and research level postgraduate study.
You can check equivalent certificates and find out more about English language requirements when studying abroad on our English Language advice pages.
England has a diverse mix of almost 100 Universities spread across the country. You will find a lot of choice from rural campus based institutions to large urban Universities that sprawl across a city.
Most major cities in the UK have two or more Universities with London containing over 30 institutions. In London many of the degree awarding institutions are part of a larger federal University, the University of London, which contains 19 Universities.
The majority of the Universities in England offer a broad range of degrees but most Universities will have strengths in different subject areas that help the institutions differentiate themselves from each other. It is important to consider which Universities are strong in your chosen subject as this will often not be obvious from the general University rankings that relate to the institution as a whole.
England is home to both the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, two of the oldest and most prestigious seats of learning in the world. Oxford and Cambridge, known as ‘Oxbridge’, are accompanied by other long established research-intensive universities. These institutions are referred to as “red brick” universities and the majority of them form the Russell Group. Alongside these traditional universities there is also a diverse range of modern institutions, many of which reached University status in the 1990’s.
With a population over 51million, England is by far the largest country in the United Kingdom.
Compared to many other study destinations, England is very compact with journey times between nearby cities taking less than an hour and the time taken to travel to London by train normally taking less than 2 hours. The majority of Universities are based in and around the cities, the largest of which are London, Birmingham and Manchester.
England, as part of the UK, is one of the most diverse and tolerant countries in the world. Its population is a melting pot of people with different ethnicities and cultural identities, the vast majority of who were also immigrants to the country. This mix of cultures has created an environment that every international student will relish and enjoy.
Participation in sport, along with supporting a professional local or national team, is widespread throughout the country. England was the place of origin for some of the world’s most popular sports including Football, Cricket and Rugby and whilst living in the country you will have many opportunities to play sports regardless of your skill level.
As England has a long and interesting history there are many sights to be seen during your travels. Our recommendations for places to go outside of London are:
Stratford Upon Avon – The home of Shakespeare and the Royal Shakespeare company
The Eden Project – An environmental project and cultural hub
Warwick Castle – A significant piece of England’s medieval history
CadburyWorld – The home of the UK’s largest chocolate producer
Stonehenge – One of the most important prehistoric monuments in the UK
England, as part of the UK, operates a points-based system in it’s granting of immigration visas. As an international student looking to study at degree level in England you will need to apply for a Tier 4 (General) Visa.
As part of the points-based system you will require 40 points to be granted a Tier 4 (general) visa.
- 10 of the required 40 points are allocated on your ability to prove you have sufficient maintenance funds to cover your time studying in the UK, this will vary depending on where in the country you are looking to study – London is the most expensive location in England.
- The remaining 30 points required to achieve the 40 overall points are given on you being given a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number from your chosen institution. This electronic reference proves you have met all of the requirements of your institution to study your chosen course. We advise all international students to check with the UKBA to ensure their chosen institution is licensed as a sponsor to accept international students.
When the time arrives to submit your visa application you will need the following:
A valid passport or other official travel documents
The visa fee
Your CAS reference number
Proof of your funds for studying and maintenance
The completed Visa application form
Evidence of your previous qualifications
Evidence of your English Language ability
However, you may be able to study in England without a visa if you are any of the below:
- A National of an EEA Country (European Economic Area, including Switzerland).
- A citizen of the Commonwealth with permission to enter the UK as one of your Grandparents were born in the country.
- A citizen of a British overseas territory.
More visa information and advice on the topic is available on our Visa advice pages.
Visa information changes frequently so you should check your status directly with the UK Borders Agency.