United Kingdom

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The UK offers an amazing, unforgettable student experience like no other country out of your time whilst studying in the UK. It is a country with rich history and culture, stunning countryside, paired with world-leading modern art, design, culture, fashion and sport. A UK education offers something for everyone, from bustling cities to snow-capped mountains, rolling green hills to highlands and islands, the UK is beautiful and exploring is a must. Its relatively small size and good transport links mean that you can see a lot while you are here.

  • Population: Approx. 65,648,100
  • Capital: London
  • Area: 242,495 km2
  • Currency: Pound Steriling
  • Popular Cities: Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol

Vibrant Multicultural Nation

The UK is known for its 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.

Academic Excellence

The UK higher education is among the best in the world and consistently performs well in world rankings. In the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2018, UK universities have:

  • 7 in the top 50.
  • 3 in the top 10 (with University of Oxford and University of Cambridge being the top 2 universities in the world).

Quality and Standards

The UK has a global reputation for quality assured education. All universities and colleges in the UK are held to strict standards by the UK government so you know you are getting the best teaching, support and resources available.

You will also have access to the latest facilities due to the UK’s reputation for world-class research. The UK leads the world in quality research having overtaken the US to rank first by field-weighted citation impact – an indicator of research quality

Intakes

The main intakes offered by universities are in June/July and January/Febuary. Some colleges may also have intakes in March and November

Employment

Under the UK immigration rules, you are legally permitted to work with the following restrictions:

  • Work is not permitted on a Short-term Student visa.
  • A maximum of 20 hours paid or unpaid work per week during term time for degree students A maximum of 10 hours paid or unpaid work per week during term time for Language Centre students
  • A Full time work is permitted during vacations
  • You cannot take a permanent contract (open ended) until you have submitted an application for a work permit e.g. Tier 2
  • No work as a professional sports person (including sports coach) or entertainer.

Top destination in United Kingdom

London

London is inexhaustible. There are so many things to do, you could tour it for months and barely get to know it. Few cities support such a variety of people living in remarkable harmony. That diversity makes London like a cut diamond; approach it from a different angle each day, and it presents an entirely fresh shape and color, always more things to see. From famous stories to iconic attractions to to high style, London is many things in every moment.

Whether you realize it or not, London shaped your destiny. There’s hardly a quarter of the globe that it hasn’t changed. The United States was founded in reaction to London’s edicts. Australia was first peopled with London’s criminals. Modern Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand were cultivated from London. India’s course was irrevocably changed by the aspirations of London businessmen, as were the lives of millions of Africans who were shipped around the world while Londoners lined their pockets with profits. Even the fact that you’re reading this in English-though it was written somewhere other than in England-is evidence of London’s reach across time and distance. And its dominion continues to this day: London is the world’s most popular destination for foreign tourists.

Birmingham

England’s second-largest city may lay claim fairly to the title “Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.” It was here that James Watt first used the steam engine with success to mine the Black Country. Watt and other famous 18th-century members of the Lunar Society regularly met under a full moon in the nearby Soho mansion of manufacturer Matthew Boulton. Together, Watt, Boulton, and other “lunatics,” as Joseph Priestly, Charles Darwin, and Josiah Wedgwood cheerfully called themselves, launched the revolution that thrust England and the world into the modern era.

Today, this brawny, unpretentious metropolis still bears some of the scars of industrial excess and the devastation of the Nazi Luftwaffe bombing during World War II. But an energetic building boom has occurred recently, and Brummies have nurtured the city’s modern rebirth by fashioning Birmingham into a convention city that hosts 80% of all trade exhibitions in the country.

Manchester

One of the largest cities in England, Manchester is becoming increasingly important, as major airlines now fly here from North America, making the city a gateway to northern England. In recent years, Manchester has made great strides to shake its image as an industrial wasteland. Though chimneys still spike the skyline, they no longer make the metropolitan sky an ash-filled canopy. Abandoned warehouses are being renovated to provide sleek new loft apartments. Rustic factory equipment turns up in museums rather than piling up in salvage yards. Even the old Victorian architecture has been given a face-lift. The overall effect is a gritty kind of charm.

Manchester’s roots date from A.D. 79, when the Romans settled here. It remained under Roman occupation until A.D. 410 when the empire began its fall. The city’s west gate has since been reconstructed upon its original site, and reminders from the city’s storied role as a leader during the Industrial Revolution are literally everywhere.

New Castle

New Castle, Delaware’s original capital, was a major Colonial seaport. Peter Stuyvesant, who established a Dutch settlement named Fort Casimir, purchased the area from Native Americans in 1651. (It’s said that Stuyvesant designed the town’s central green by “pegging it off” with his wooden leg.) Later captured by the Swedes and then the English, who renamed it New Castle, this stretch of land along the west bank of the Delaware River remains much the way it was in the 17th and 18th centuries. Original houses and public buildings have been restored and preserved, along with brick sidewalks and cobblestone streets.

Park your car (no meters here) and stroll past old homes and churches, a few tiny shops, and restaurants. Everything is close by — even the expansive Battery Park by the river. Cool breezes, green places, and playground equipment make it a nice break for both children and adults.

Liverpool

Liverpool, with its famous waterfront on the River Mersey, is a great shipping port and industrial center and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s even been called “the next Barcelona.” But forget about those palm trees, and carry an umbrella. King John launched Liverpool on its road to glory when he granted it a charter in 1207. Before that, it had been a tiny 12th-century fishing village, but it quickly became a port for shipping men and materials to Ireland. In the 18th century, it grew to prominence because of the sugar, spice, and tobacco trade with the Americans. By the time Victoria came to the throne, Liverpool had become Britain’s biggest commercial seaport.

Recent refurbishing of the Albert Dock, the establishment of a maritime museum, and the conversion of warehouses into little stores similar to those in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square have made this an up-and-coming area once again, with many attractions for visitors. Liverpudlians are proud of their city, with its new hotels, two cathedrals, shopping and entertainment complexes, and parks. And, of course, whether they’re fans of the Fab Four or not, most visitors to Liverpool want to see where Beatlemania began.

Leeds

The foundations for a permanent community were laid nearly 2,000 years ago when the Romans set up a small camp here called Cambodunum, but the next step toward modern Leeds didn’t come until the 7th century when the Northumbrian King Edwin established a residence. Kirkstall Abbey was founded in 1152 in 1207 Leeds finally obtained its charter.

During the medieval era, Leeds took the golden fleece as its coat of arms, representative of its growth and importance as a wool town. In time, it became the greatest center of cloth trade in the region. Industrial advancements have played a great role in the growth of the city, with the introduction of steam power leading to the development of the coal fields to the south. Other innovations allowed the continued expansion of its textile industry, as well as the rapid development of such upstart industries as printing, tailoring, and engineering. The Victorian era marked the city’s glory days.