Situated in northwest Europe the United Kingdom is a political union made up of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales (Great Britain) and Northern Ireland. The two official languages in Britain are English and Welsh, English being the most widely spoken. The United Kingdom has a highly industrialised economy and the sixth-largest gross domestic product in the world. Despite uncertainties following the nation’s referendum on EU membership in June 2016, UK universities are united in their efforts to continuing welcoming students from across the EU and the entire world. Indeed, the country is home to many of the world’s most internationally diverse campuses and communities – and this, for many, is a large part of the appeal of studying in the UK.
The UK is a world leader in many areas of education including engineering, science, art and design, business and management, law and finance. The UK’s reputation and legacy as a world centre for scientific research makes it a magnet for some of the very best thinkers in the world. With only one per cent of the world’s population, the UK is responsible for eight per cent of global scientific publications.
The UK offers a world-renowned education system with qualifications that can make a real difference to your future. It attracts over 600,000 international students each year to a variety of programmes, ranging from English language courses to PhDs.
The UK is also a well-regarded internationally as a higher education destination offering a wide range of world-leading educational institutions, faculties, disciplines and courses. For e.g., A total of 45 UK universities feature in the Global Top 400 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016, of which 16 are in the Top 100, and 3 in the Top 10 – Imperial College London ranked 8, The University of Cambridge ranked 4, and the University of Oxford ranked the second best University in the World.