Postgraduate: international students

If you want to study a postgraduate course in the UK, start here to find out how to apply and find out more information.
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Why study in the UK?

UK universities and colleges are diverse, multicultural, creative and welcoming. They offer top quality teaching and great career prospects, as well as the chance to improve your English language skills. Over 430,000 international students study here every year, from over 180 countries worldwide.

Read case studies from international students including Jianwei from China, Patricia from Egypt, and Maupe from Nigeria, to find out why they all chose postgraduate study in the UK.

How to apply

Firstly, the way that UK higher education works means there are different rules for UK, EU and international students. We’ll highlight the similarities and differences throughout, but to get started, take a look at our guides, containing all the things you'll need to think about if you're considering postgraduate study in the UK:

You do some of your research here, and for some courses you can apply through UCAS – for many courses you just apply directly to the university or college.

  1. Then get started on what to study, when to apply and how to get a place and a visa.
  2. Find a course, and look out for our advice on how to choose a suitable course and university or college.
  3. Start applying.
  4. Then look at finance and support, if you’ll need to arrange visas and to pay course fees or adjust to life in the UK.

EU referendum: what does it mean for you?

If you're an EU national who's applied to study in the UK, you may be concerned about the recent referendum result, and what it means for you. Here are a few things you can do to find out more about Brexit.

  1. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) looks after the interests of international students and those who work with them. Read UKCISA's latest article on the EU referendum.
  2. Take a look at what universities are saying about Brexit – you can find links to their websites in our search tool.
  3. Read the statements below about the latest support arrangements for EU students.

Starting your studies in 2017/18?


EU students will be eligible for student loan and grants, and will continue to be eligible for the duration of their course. Check GOV.UK and the Student Loans Company website for further information.

Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish Government has now confirmed that all EU applicants are able to apply for a tuition fee loan, up to their maximum tuition fee amount.


Eligible EU students will continue to have access to free tuition, including tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).


Eligible EU students will continue to receive support from Student Finance Wales. Read the Welsh Government's website and Universities Wales’ post for more information.

Starting your studies in 2018/19?


The Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for financial support, with full access to student loans and grants, even if their course finishes after the UK’s exit from the EU.


The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU nationals are guaranteed free tuition for the duration of their course.


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