Capital: London
Languages: English
Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP/₤)
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Climate: Temperate
Calling Code: +44

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK, or as Britain) is a sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. It is an island country, spanning an archipelago including Great Britain, the northeastern part of Ireland, and many small islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK with a land border, sharing it with the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and the Irish Sea. The largest island, Great Britain, is linked to France by the Channel Tunnel.

The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy and unitary state consisting of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is governed by a parliamentary system with its seat of government in London, the capital, but with three devolved national administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, the capitals of Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland respectively. The Channel Island bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey, and the Isle of Man are Crown Dependencies which means they are constitutionally tied to the Monarch (King or Queen) but are not constitutionally part of the UK, though they are treated as part of it for many purposes including nationality. The UK has fourteen overseas territories, all remnants of the British Empire, which at its height in 1922 encompassed almost a quarter of the world's land surface, the largest empire in history. British influence can continue to be observed in the language, culture and legal systems of many of its former colonies.

The UK is a developed country, with the world's sixth largest economy by nominal GDP and the seventh largest by purchasing power parity. It was the world's first industrialized country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries, but the economic cost of two world wars and the decline of its empire in the latter half of the 20th century diminished its leading role in global affairs. The UK nevertheless remains a major power with strong economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence. It is a recognized nuclear weapons state and has the third highest defence spending in the world. It is a Member State of the European Union, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, G8, G20, NATO, OECD, and the World Trade Organization.

There are an enormous number of reasons why you should study in UK and an even greater number of subjects to choose from; courses from accountancy to zoology are delivered at hundreds of universities and colleges of higher education and a UK degree will allow you to specialise in the subject that interests you, in a country renowned across the world for the quality of its research and the reputation of its academics. While you're here, you'll be immersed in English, the international language of business. At the same time, you'll be part of a truly global community: students from more than 180 different countries are currently studying for qualifications in the UK. With such fantastic experience behind you, you'll be ready to take on the world by the time you finish your course.

You'll gain recognised and respected qualifications
UK qualifications are respected and valued all over the world. Any degree from a UK college or university will give you an edge when you're competing for a job or a place in further learning. It will prove to employers that you're capable of independent thought and self-discipline, used to conducting and analysing your own research and will let them know that you can make a real contribution to their company or organisation. If you've got your sights set on academia for a while yet, the research skills you'll gain provide the perfect introduction to future postgraduate study.

It's fantastic value
UK study offers fantastic value for money and the sort of experience you can't put a price on: you'll learn to think for yourself and to make your own decisions. You're not just paying for lectures and practicals: throughout your course you'll have access to fantastic libraries, state-of-the art laboratories, ultramodern computer facilities and extensive research resources that will blow you and your future employers away.

Make the best use of your time
Courses in the UK vary from one year to four years depending on the type of course you choose. The following will give you an idea of how long each type of course takes but you should check on the course search for exact details:

Foundation/Diploma : 1 year
Undergraduate : 3 years
Undergraduate with a Year in Industry : 4 years
Postgraduate/MBA : 1 years

Improve your English
While you're studying for an undergraduate qualification in the UK, you'll be able to practice your English language skills every day, in shops and cafés and while you're out with English-speaking friends, as well as in seminars and discussion groups on your course. Many UK universities offer in-sessional language support and, if you need more help before you begin, there are international foundation years that will help to bring your communication skills up to scratch.

Study in the way that suits you best
The wide range of undergraduate courses on offer gives you a huge amount of flexibility. You can study a single honours degree where you'll focus entirely on one subject, or study two subjects in a joint honours or combined honours degree. It's entirely up to you!

Gain the skills and qualities employers want
UK qualifications let employers know at a glance that you've got the skills they're looking for, putting you on the right track for a great job and a great salary: a year after graduating, less than five per cent of UK undergraduates are unemployed. If you want to be a doctor or lawyer, you obviously have to have the appropriate qualifications, but a degree is just as necessary for many other careers, such as government service, publishing, public relations and marketing. A degree will let employers know that you're capable of independent thought, able to undertake research and analysis and that you're prepared to work hard.

It's a multicultural experience
At a UK university you'll be mixing with people from all over the world, whose different backgrounds and new perspectives will add to your experience. Of the 405,000 students who entered UK higher education in 2005, more than 10 per cent were international. No matter where you study, you'll meet students from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. University cultural societies will give you the chance to understand their culture and to introduce them to your own, giving you social experiences that will shape your view of the international community in which you'll soon be looking to make your career.
As you have probably discovered already, the breadth and flexibility of the UK education system are exceptional. The UK boasts over 3,000 educational institutions that welcome international students at various levels, offering many thousands of different courses. There are a variety of routes through the education and training system, combining different types of course according to your needs and abilities.

Tutorial colleges specialise in helping students improve their qualifications, especially for admission to a career-based or degree course. Tutorial colleges offer English language programmes, education up to the age of 18 (such as GCSEs, A-levels and other equivalents), career-based courses and access courses (for admission to degree programmes).

Private language schools
These schools specialise in teaching English. Three hundred and eighty-seven schools, colleges and universities are accredited by the British Council and about 240 of these are private schools. Some private schools are contracted to prepare students for the academic courses at colleges and universities.

FE (further education) institutions
These institutions offer a very diverse range of programmes, such as English language programmes, education up to the age of 18, career-based courses, access courses for admission to degree programmes, degree and some postgraduate programmes. Some are state-funded and others are independent. FE institutions include:

• Sixth-form colleges
• Colleges of further education
• Tertiary colleges
• Colleges of art and design
• Colleges of commerce
• Colleges of technology
• Specialist colleges
• Colleges of further and higher education.

HE (higher education) institutions
The first universities were founded some 800 years ago, so HE institutions draw on an exceptional depth of educational experience. HE qualifications include degrees, foundation degrees (in England only), Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) and postgraduate qualifications. Some HE institutions also offer access courses for admission to degree programmes.

HE institutions include:
• Universities
• University-sector colleges
• Colleges of higher education
• Institutes of higher education.
Universities & Colleges
• University of Aberdeen
• University of Abertay Dundee
• Aberystwyth University
• Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and Chelmsford
• University of the Arts London
• Aston University, Birmingham
• Bangor University
• University of Bath
• Bath Spa University
• University of Bedfordshire, Luton and Bedford
• University of Birmingham
• Birmingham City University
• University of Bolton
• Bournemouth University
• University of Bradford
• University of Brighton
• University of Bristol
• Brunel University, Uxbridge and London
• University of Buckingham
• Buckinghamshire New University, High Wycombe
• Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury,
Thanet, Tunbridge Wells and Chatham
• Cardiff University
• University of Central Lancashire, Preston
• University of Chester, Chester and Warrington
• University of Chichester
• City University London
• Coventry University
• Cranfield University, Cranfield, Shrivenham and Silsoe
• University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Epsom,
Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester
• Glyndŵr University, Wrexham
• Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and Galashiels
• University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
• University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield & Barnsley
• Imperial College London
• Keele University
• University of Cumbria
• De Montfort University, Leicester
• University of Derby
• University of Kent, Canterbury and Medway
• 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 of Dundee
• Durham University, Durham and Thornaby-on-Tees
(Queen's Campus)
• University of East Anglia, Norwich
• University of East London
• Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
• University of Edinburgh
• Edinburgh Napier University
• University of Greenwich
• University of Essex, Colchester and Southend-on-Sea
• University of Exeter
• University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, Trefforest and Glyntaff
• University of Glasgow
• Glasgow Caledonian University
• University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham,
Gloucester and London
• Kingston University
• University of Wales, Lampeter
• Lancaster University
• University of Leeds
• Leeds Metropolitan University
• University of Leicester
• University of Lincoln, Lincoln, Hull, Riseholme and Holbeach
• University of Liverpool
• London Metropolitan University
• London South Bank University
• Loughborough University
• University of Manchester
• Manchester Business School
• Manchester Metropolitan University
• Middlesex University, London
• Newcastle University
• University of Wales, Newport
• University of Northampton
• Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
• University of Nottingham
• Nottingham Trent University
• Oxford Brookes University
• University of Plymouth
• University of Portsmouth
• Queen's University Belfast
• Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
• University of Reading
• The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
• Roehampton University, 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
• University of Teesside, Middlesbrough
• Thames Valley University, Ealing, Slough and Reading
• University of Ulster, Coleraine, Jordanstown, Magee and Belfast
• University of Wales
• University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC)
• University of Warwick, Coventry
• University of Westminster, London
• University of the West of England, Bristol
• University of the West of Scotland, Ayr, Hamilton,
Dumfries and Paisley
• University of Winchester
• University of Wolverhampton
• University of Worcester
• University of York
• York St John University

Undergraduate Tuition Fee (Approx. in INR per year)

Science Course
Arts Course
Business Course
Annual Tuition Fee
6-8 lacs
5-7 lacs
9-11 lacs

Undergraduate Admission Requirements
• Class-XII :+70%
• TOEFL/IELTS : +79/+6.0
• SAT:+1800(Not Mandatory)

Postgraduate Tuition Fee (Approx. in INR per year)

MBA Course
Science Course
Arts Course
Business Course
Annual Tuition Fee
10-20 lacs
6-8 lacs
5-7 lacs
9-11 lacs

Postgraduate Admission Requirements
• Bachelor Degree: +70%
• TOEFL/IELTS +90/+6.5
• Work Exp.-2-4 yrs(Only in Case of MBA).

Cost of Living (Approx. in INR per year)
• Living cost-7-10 lacs