What to Know Before You Study in England

England has an illustrious past steeped in academic tradition. Some of the world’s oldest and finest universities are situated on the “Sceptered Isle.”

Higher education institutions in England have proved time and time again throughout history that their world class education programs meet strict standards and motivate students to excel. England has long welcomed international students who want to study at the country’s historic universities and colleges.

Higher Education in England

England has 132 institutions of higher education, but not all of them bear the title of university. That title is bestowed on an institution by the Quality Assurance Agency on behalf of the Privy Council.

There are 91 universities in England. Only the University of Buckingham and Richmond University, an American International University, are private.

All English universities and colleges undertake research and lecturing. The balance between the two areas varies. Some institutions largely concentrate on lecturing while others focus more on research.

English universities offer a wide variety of undergraduate degree courses. Students who study abroad in England will need to get approval for the courses they want to take, and they must be proficient in English. Approval will be given when students are notified about their admission.

What to Do Before You Apply to Study Abroad in England

Students who will study abroad in England should check that their qualifications are recognized in England. Students can determine if they qualify by contacting the National Academic Recognition Information Centre.

NARIC is a national agency that provides information to people from overseas who want to study in England. They can provide visiting students with a framework of comparative qualifications between England and their country of origin.

When to Apply to Study Abroad in England

Students outside the United Kingdom and the European Union who want to study abroad in England should apply between mid-September and June 30 for the following fall term. However, students applying to Oxford, Cambridge and courses in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science will need to apply by October 15 for the following fall term.

It is best to apply early. English universities don’t guarantee consideration of applications received after January 15.

Tuition Fees and Expenses in England

A student must consider tuition fees (which vary from university to university), living expenses, books, equipment for the course of study and travel expenses. Tuition for international students can range between US $20,000 and $30,000 per year, excluding living expenses. Some scholarships are available, but the student should check with the prospective schools about this option.

Student Visa to Study Abroad in England

Entry clearance, which is similar to the United States’ student visa, is mandatory for every US citizen entering the United Kingdom to study for more than six months. US citizens who will study abroad in England for six months or less will be stamped as “student visitors” and will not need entry clearance.

US students who plan to study abroad in England won’t be able to immerse themselves in a foreign language, but they will experience a foreign culture. While England and the US share many cultural traits and customs, the two countries are in fact quite different in many ways. Enjoy exploring these differences while you study abroad in England!