Higher Education System
The UK has a variety of higher education opportunities. With over 100 universities offering various degree programs for students from the UK and around the world, there is no shortage of options. In the UK about one-third of all students go on to some form of higher education and this number is well over 50% for students from Scotland. This makes competition for schools very fierce and so it is advised to apply early for courses.
In the UK most undergraduate degree programs take three years to finish. However, the “sandwich course” is increasing in popularity, which is four years and involves one year in the workplace (normally in your third year). In Scotland the courses are four years for undergraduate programs.
Graduate or masters programs are generally shorter in length and undertaken after completion of an undergraduate program. Some professional degrees like medicine, veterinary, law etc., have longer programs that can take as many as five years.
International students pay the full school fees in the UK, and the total cost will vary depending on the school.
Choosing the right school is dependent on a large number of factors such as:
- Location of the school?
- How much does it cost?
- Size of the school?
- Access to home comforts? Place of worship, home foods?
- Courses available?
Which school is best for you can be a hard decision to make, so start early, take your time, and research as much as you can to help narrow your choices down. These resources can be useful in your search:
Please note that Scotland has a separate education system and does not conform to the above structure. Please learn more about the Scottish Education System.