Every year thousands of students from all over the world flock to the UK to study in one of the many prestigious universities across England, Scotland and Wales. With a reputation for excellence in research and technology, the UK is a one of the best places in the world to study.
You can even choose from a selection of accredited English language courses should you need to brush up on your language skills before starting university
International Foundation Courses or the ‘International Foundation Year’ is designed to prepare international students for the demands of university by offering a comprehensive selection of language and subject-focused modules.
A foundation course can be taken by those who haven’t achieved the required qualifications for direct entry onto a Bachelors course or by students who need to improve their English language skills. Students can expect a variety of lessons focusing on academic and research skills, subject-focused modules and English language study.
In the UK a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science or Engineering (BSc, BEng) usually takes three years to complete. A ‘sandwich’ degree (this is a degree combining 1 year of industrial experience) or a degree with an integrated Masters (usually Science and Engineering) will take 4 years to complete. Some courses may also include a 1 year foundation course for students who don’t have the necessary qualifications.
It is popular to combine academic teaching with work experience in the UK. This has the major benefit of increasing a student’s chances of securing employment after graduation. The most prestigious universities are usually more focused on academic studies, but many students are still encouraged to take on summer internships to boost their skills and credentials.
UK universities are excellent at identifying a wide range of qualifications. If you aren’t sure how your qualifications match up you can consult the expertise of your international education consultancy for advice. UK universities will generally ask for an IELTS score of 6.5 however this can vary across institutions. Click here to discover more information about the application process for international students looking to study in the UK.
In the UK, students enjoy a week of socialising before their lectures begin. This week is commonly referred to as ‘fresher’s week’ and it’s a fantastic way to make friends, get to know your way around and generally settle in before the hard work starts! If you need any more help settling into the UK, or want some more information about the education in this country, contact us today.