Universities in the UK

Some of the oldest universities and campuses full of history and Harry Potter-style dining rooms are located in the UK.

The United Kingdom is home to more than 150 universities that offer higher and vocational education:

Degree level - higher ed

Diplomas and certificates - vocational level programmes

Besides universities, there are colleges, institutes, schools, and academies focused mostly on vocational training.

When selecting a higher education placement in the UK as an international applicant, ensure the institution can issue you a CAS letter (Confirmation of Acceptance). This is an essential legal document you need to provide to receive a student visa for Foundation and degree-level programmes.

Currently, 18 UK universities are on the QS world’s top universities list. However, there is also a good ranking for undergraduate programmes called TEF Teaching Excellence Framework

Gold (TEF)

Silver (TEF)

Bronze (TEF)

Provisional (TEF)

Not all top UK universities have TEF Gold for their undergrad programmes, so keep an eye on this ranking, especially for bachelor’s degrees.

Age of Students in the UK

  • In the United Kingdom, the average age of first-time tertiary graduates is relatively low. (23.5 Years, 2019)
  • In the United Kingdom, the percentage of first-time bachelor's graduates younger than 30 is relatively high. (91.6 %, 2019)
  • In the United Kingdom, the percentage of first-time doctorate graduates younger than 35 is relatively high. (70.6 %, 2019)
  • At universities, fees start from 10,000 GBP per year for internationals students. However, always check out scholarships and discounts you can apply for! They can save you from 500 GBP up to 100% of the fees.