Study abroad semester in the United Kingdom

United Kingdom (UK), also referred as Britain or Great Britain, is a nation made up by England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The country has an astonishing past: its global reach was immense, so that English right now is the most widespread and internationally spoken language. From a relatively tiny island, the outreach of UK was immense. From US to Australia, international trades and affairs were led by Britain.

The country still retains an important international role: London is one of the biggest trade and business centers in the world, and also the cities of Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh. UK have the ability to attract and retain talents. It is the dream of many European and non-European people to migrate to the UK in order to find opportunities. London especially is a giant melting-pot with one of the most diverse population in the world.

Education is one of those opportunities that the country could offer. Prestigious institutions are plenty and admission is rigorous. Nightlife and social life in general is also vibrant. The weather is most of the times cloudy and rainy because of the Atlantic currents’ influxes. There is no official religion, and freedom of speech is granted.

What are the best universities in the United Kingdom for semester students?

Are you still undecided whether or not United Kingdom might be an appealing destination for you? On wearefreemovers you can find a selection of 29 academic institutions offering you the possibility of spending a semester or a full academic year in UK. Let’s check some statistics about them.

Here you can see the positions of the UK institutions among the world’s best universities rankings.

NAME QS THE ARWU CWUR CWTS Eduniversal palmes U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities Rankings Webometrics
London School of Economics and Political Science 49 27 151-200 316 643 5 244 143
University of Oxford (Undergraduate level) 5 1 9 5 16 5 5 67
University of Cambridge (Master level) 7 6 3 4 26 5 9 95
University of Cambridge (Undergraduate level) 7 6 3 4 26 5 9 95
University College London 10 16 16 19 19 5 19 123
University College London (Research only) 10 16 16 19 19 5 19 123
The University of Manchester 27 51 36 57 71 5 64 277
King's College London 31 35 47 45 99 - 34 307
The University of Edinburgh 20 30 42 44 109 4 30 18
Imperial College London 8 11 25 30 41 - 20 209
Durham University 86 149 201-300 315 415 4 238 262
University of Leeds 91 160 101-150 100 190 4 152 46
University of Glasgow 77 92 151-200 120 246 4 86 91
Queen Mary University of London 114 110 201-300 155 350 - 114 113
University of Nottingham (Undergraduate level) 99 158 101-150 131 142 4 142 63
City, University of London 350 351–400 701-800 867 898 4 706 446
University of Bath 173 201–250 201-300 447 500 4 427 722
University of Exeter 164 174 151-200 266 376 3 164 512
University of Sussex 246 160 151-200 236 566 - 152 203
University of Essex 411 301–350 501-600 750 1005 - 656 414
University of York 150 133 201-300 320 430 - 264 134
University of Southampton 90 127 101-150 119 157 3 97 300
University of Kent 380 301–350 501-600 661 738 - 591 874
Queen’s University Belfast - School Of Law 209 200 401-500 350 421 - 306 239
Heriot-Watt University 301 351–400 701-800 690 765 3 580 420
University of Stirling 485 301–350 901-1000 877 1082 - 741 542
Kingston University 581-590 801–1000 - 1620 - 3 1413 909
University of Westminster 651-700 801–1000 - 1702 - - 1266 959
Regent's University London - - - - - - - -
The Glasgow School of Art - - - - - - - -
University of Plymouth 651-700 401–500 501-600 600 825 3 534 458

UK is undoubtedly one of the best places in the world by academic reputation of its institutions. You can’t go wrong, and here on wearefreemovers you can find a selection of some of the most established and regarded universities in the country. You just have to choose your preferred one! Please keep in mind that some of them are incredibly exclusive, so being admitted there is extremely hard unless you have an unbeatable profile.

Costs and fees of studying in UK

UK is quite an expensive country. Monthly costs of living for a single person are near 750€. Here you can find a detail of the various costs that you can encounter in this country. Keep in mind that, as a student, you could have access to various discounts which can include food, travel, and accommodation expenses.

When it comes to university’s fees, UK is very expensive, with a median 10000€/semester for free mover students.

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