The United Kingdom

Country Overview for International Students

17 UK universities are on the list of the world’s top universities according to the QS ranking!

On this page you will find the following information:

Important facts for international applicants

Country interesting facts

Main UK Industries

Fun facts about the UK you probably didn’t know

Do you want to learn more about studies and life in the UK from ex-international students and experts? Check out these pages:

Important facts for international applicants


Very competitive and business-driven, the country is home to almost 68 mln people!

Post-study work Rights

International students pay higher fees than locals. However, upon graduation, international students get post-study work visas for 2-3 years, making it possible to stay and look for jobs in the UK.

Unemployment rate

The current unemployment rate ranges between 4 and 6%, which indicates a healthy economy!


The country offers several good scholarships covering tuition fees and living expenses.

Work while studying

Both international and local students can work part-time while studying in a full-time higher ed programme. Partners of international students might work full-time in certain cases. 8.91 GBP per hour is the minimum hourly wage for people over 23.

How expensive is it?

900 GBP per month is what you can expect to spend in the UK as an international student.

Main UK industries

As an international student in a higher ed programme in the UK, you can usually work part-time. Also, if you study in a Master’s or Ph.D. level programme, your partner might be able to work full time! Below you can see the top-paying industries in 2020 and their median annual earnings for full-time employees, according to the Office for National Statistics:

Financial and insurance activities £43,821
Electricity, gas, steam, and air conditioning supply £42,450
Mining and quarrying £42,386
Information and communication £42,267
Professional, scientific and technical activities £37,484

Fun facts about the UK you probably didn’t know

The UK is no longer a part of the European Union.
Oxford University is the oldest higher education institution in the U.K. Its lecturers were not allowed to get married until the end of the 19th century!
Some claim that there are more Indian restaurants in London than in Indian urban centres like New Delhi or Mumbai.

In the United Kingdom, you can never be more than 70 miles from the sea

Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning Queen in the world
Curry (particularly Chicken Tikka Masala) is the country’s favourite dish

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