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Have the adventure of a lifetime

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Studying in the UK is a chance to discover its unique culture, cities and countryside. Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, there’s so much to discover. Luckily, it is easy to travel around the UK, and to explore Europe from the UK.

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  • The UK's countryside is truly beautiful. You’ll find snow-topped mountains and rolling green hills, flowery meadows and ancient forests, sandy beaches and deserted islands. Hiking and cycling are great ways to take in the breathtaking scenery.
  • There are many festivals and events throughout the year and across the country, from pancake races in Buckinghamshire to the world's largest arts festival in Edinburgh. Notting Hill Carnival in August is Europe's biggest street party, while Leicester's Diwali celebrations in October are some of the largest outside India. These are opportunities to experience the UK's multicultural heritage, as well as to enjoy food, music and dance in spectacular style.
  • The UK is passionate about sport. Most schools, colleges and universities run sport societies – such as football, yoga, dance, cricket, rugby, athletics and hockey. Joining is a great way to make friends. For adrenaline junkies, there are hundreds of outdoor activities you can try across the UK – such as surfing, mountain climbing, diving, kiting, horse riding, abseiling and even skiing! While you recover from your exercise, you can watch world-class sport events, such as Wimbledon, the FA Cup final or the Grand National horse race.
  • Music is the UK’s other national obsession. Across the UK, you will find hundreds of live music gigs each day – from pop, rock and dance to classical, folk, metal and jazz. In summer, nothing beats camping at a music festival. Grab your tent, your suncream and your raincoat (just in case). For a unique experience, try one of the UK’s many folk festivals for traditional music.
  • If you are a history lover, the UK is the place to be. Across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland you can see history all around you, and you are never far from an ancient castle, grand country house or picturesque old village.
  • There are hundreds of outstanding museums and art galleries too, hosting world-famous exhibitions and collections. Many are free of charge or offer good discounts for students.
  • If you’re interested in theatre and the performing arts, you will love events like the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland or Eisteddfod in Wales. No trip to the UK is complete, however, without going to a comedy night. Here you can experience the UK’s somewhat eccentric sense of humour – just don’t sit in the front row unless you want to become part of the act! Read more suggestions in Nightlife.

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