Giving international students a pathway to study abroad in the UK

A great choice for studying abroad

Studying in the UK offers a variety of unforgettable experiences. It’s culturally diverse, welcoming and the best place to develop your English language skills.

It's the ideal stepping stone for your future career. The UK’s leading universities consistently rank among the best in the world. Plus, its research is renowned for being ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Assessment Exercise).

Choosing to study here gives you the freedom to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence. You’ll be fully prepared for university and beyond, wherever you decide to build your career. And what’s more, you’ll also make lifelong friends along the way.

Top 5 tips for feeling at home overseas

Learning a new language, meeting new people and settling in to life in a new country are all part of the exciting journey you’ll take as an international student.

The first few weeks can leave you feeling a bit homesick but don’t worry, many students feel like this. You’ll soon get used to your new routine and enjoy your study abroad experience. Here are some ways to make the transition to life in the UK that little bit easier:

  1. Find out if any of your classmates are also planning to study abroad in the UK. Being able to keep in touch with someone you know from home can help when you’re feeling homesick
  2. Get involved with clubs, events and societies – it will help you make friends with people who have the same interests as you
  3. Keep in regular contact with your family and friends back home. If you’re feeling unsettled, it can help to talk to people who know you really well and can offer support
  4. Staying active is a great way to keep fit and healthy, as well as helping you to stay positive. It’s also a brilliant way to meet new friends!
  5. Set your expectations and remember that things will be different in another country. It might take you a while to settle in to your new routine but take the time to enjoy this new challenge

Information on British exams

How will I be tested?

Depending on your programme and modules, you may be tested through methods including:

  • written work
  • laboratory work
  • tests and examinations
  • portfolio work
  • presentations

Formal examinations typically make up between 50% and 100% of your final mark. The rest of your mark is made up from assessed coursework.

What is the British grading system?

All exams and coursework will be marked using the following grading system:

First Class A* 80%
First Class A 70-79%
Upper Second Class B 60-69%
Lower Second Class C 50-59%
Third Class D 40-49%
Fail E 35-39%
Fail U 0-34%

Marks in the middle – around the 50s – are average in the UK, and marks of 70% and over are considered outstanding.

Safe and welcoming

We want your time in the UK to be a safe one and memorable for all the right reasons. While you’ll have constant support from our friendly team to help you feel at home during your studies, there are some basic steps you can take to keep yourself safe at all times.

More about safety in the UK

Getting the most from your money

Before you arrive, it’s worth familiarising yourself with the pound sterling and working out the equivalent in your own currency so you know what you’re spending when you start living here. We’ll be here to help you understand UK currency and how to open a bank account to manage your finances.

More about UK money

Great healthcare

The UK has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. We'll help you understand what’s available to you once you begin your studies and how to access it if you need it.

More about health in the UK

Help with your visa

Applying for a visa can be a little overwhelming sometimes but our experienced staff can help you understand the requirements and guide you through the process, to make it as easy and stress-free as possible.

More about UK visas

Well connected for travel

Whether you just need to make your way around your new city or want to explore other destinations during your time here, you’ll find it easy to travel in and around the UK, from well-connected bus and train services to the London underground.

More about UK travel

City guides


Belfast's vibrant social scene is within walkable distance of the university, as well as being well connected to many of Northern Ireland's scenic attractions.


A historic English city voted 4th in the UK for international student experience (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2016)


The heritage capital of Scotland and a wonderful place to study abroad in the UK, Stirling has the perfect blend of old and new.


Rough Guide to London 2016 called London 'the world’s most multicultural city’ – an exciting student city with something for everyone.


Lonely Planet Best in Travel ranked Manchester a top 10 city in the world to visit in 2016 – this student-focused city has a vibrant social scene and great culture.


One of the most exciting cities in the UK, Newcastle is friendly, fun and great for students, with a renowned nightlife, beautiful architecture and iconic landmarks.


Norwich combines scenic countryside, culture and heritage with a city atmosphere, making it the ideal environment for students.