Resources for international students
- Around the world, the British Council offers services and events for students interested in a UK education. Find your local British Council office, contact us by email or look for events near you.
- The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) promotes and protects the needs of international students in the UK. The UKCISA website has extensive advice on fees and funding, student visas, working while studying, bringing your family and more. For detailed individual advice you can also call UKCISA's telephone advice line.
- If your school, college or university has a Students’ Union, you will find support on issues such as finances, accommodation and healthcare there. Most Student Unions are members of the National Union of Students (NUS), which supports students’ rights in the UK, and offers services including a student discount card.
- For information on Scottish universities and advice about living and studying in Scotland, visit Study in Scotland.
- Visas to live and study in the UK are managed by UK Visas and Immigration. Visit this website to find out about the different types of visa, whether you need one and how to apply.
- If you have problems with your visa or passport while you’re in the UK (for example, if your passport is lost or stolen) contact your country’s embassy, high commission or consulate. The UK government website lists all Embassies and High Commissions in London (PDF, 1.13MB), and all Consular Offices outside London (PDF, 104KB).
- The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides very clear and up-to-date advice on visas for international students.
Understanding the UK education system and qualifications
- On the UK government website, you can see a summary of qualification levels and what they mean.
- The Register of Regulated Qualifications contains details of Recognised Awarding Organisations and Regulated Qualifications in England (Ofqual), Wales (Welsh Government) and Northern Ireland (Ofqual for vocational qualifications and CCEA Accreditation for all other qualifications).
- For Scottish qualifications, visit the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework website or Education Scotland.
- UK NARIC offers a paid service giving information on how overseas qualifications compare to UK qualifications.
- The Glossary explains the main qualifications and terminology used in the UK education system.
- For information about each level of education, go to these sections:
Finding a course
Search and browse through thousands of courses at UK schools, colleges and universities with the Search tool at the top of this page.
Other resources are:
- The British Council website has an A-Z list of accredited English language courses.
- English UK North has a directory of English language courses in north England.
- The Independent Schools Council has a search tool and information about independent schools, including boarding schools.
- You can also search for boarding schools with the Boarding Schools’ Association and State Boarding Schools' Association.
- You can search for state schools at Gov.uk for England, My Local School for Wales, Scottish Schools Online for Scotland and NI Direct for Northern Ireland.
- For higher education courses, the Gov.uk website lists other places to search for colleges and universities. There is also a list of institutions with UK degree-awarding powers (‘recognised bodies’), and institutions with courses that lead to a recognised degree (‘listed bodies’, which aren’t authorised to award degrees of their own).
Applying for a course
For most courses, you will need to apply directly to your chosen school, college or university. Contact the institution for details – you can do this by clicking the Uni/college/school button at the top of this page, searching for the institution’s name, then clicking Send an email.
For undergraduate and some postgraduate courses, you can apply through a central admissions system:
- Undergraduate applications are handled by UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
- UCAS Conservatoires has an application system for practice-based music courses, some dance and drama courses, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- Some institutions also use a central admissions system for postgraduate courses, the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS).
- The UCAS Teacher Training website has an application system for postgraduate teacher training courses.
Scholarships and funding
Search for scholarships, bursaries, funding and fellowships by clicking the Scholarships button at the top of this page, or find out more in our Scholarships article.
Discovering the UK
To find out more about the UK’s tourist attractions and events, please visit:
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