As English is the primary language in England you will need to be able to prove your competence in the language prior to being able to apply for a place at your chosen University. The most popular English language certificate for studying in England is IELTS. TOEFL is no longer accepted in the UK.
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 postgraduate level 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 alone. In London many of the degree awarding institutions are part of a larger federal University, the University of London, which contains 18 colleges and 10 specialist research institutes. You can find more information on our Study in London directory.
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 53 million, 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 whom were also immigrants to the country at some point in history. 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
- Cadbury World – The home of the UK’s largest chocolate producer
- Stonehenge – One of the most important prehistoric monuments in the world
England, as part of the UK, operates a points-based system in its 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. More information on this can be found on our UK Student Visas Explained page.