UCAS Undergraduate: international and EU students

Over 430,000 international students study in the UK every year. Find out the benefits of UK study, how to apply, and how to get a visa.
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Studying in the UK
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Advice for applying to the UK
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EU referendum: what it means for you 

If you are an EU national who's applied to study in the UK, you may be concerned about what the recent referendum results mean for you. There are a few things you can do to find out more information about Brexit:

Other statements will be added here when they're available.

11 October 2016: The Government has announced the student support arrangements for EU students entering higher education in England in 2017. EU students that begin their studies in 2017 will be eligible for student loan and grants, and will continue to be for the duration of their course. Check the GOV.UK website for further information. 

The Welsh Government has provided an update regarding student support arrangements for EU learners entering higher education in Wales in 2017/18. 

17 October 2016: the Scottish Government has confirmed student support arrangements for EU learners entering higher education in Scotland in 2017/18. 


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Benefits of studying in the UK

Undergraduate courses here can offer a fantastic mix of valuable skills, diverse culture, innovative industries and academic excellence.

How to apply

You do all your research and applying for courses online through the UCAS website.

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 ucas.com, but it might be worth checking our guide to UK higher education terms too.

  1. Then get started on what to study, when to apply and how to get a place and a visa.
  2. Then find a course, and look out for our advice on how to choose a suitable course and university.
  3. Then start applying, submitting your application before 15 January (18:00 UK time) if possible, (or 15 October 18:00 UK time the year before for Oxford, Cambridge or most medicine, veterinary and dentistry courses).
  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.

Advice for international applications

You can download step-by-step guides here – including guides in other languages – and we have specific tips for international students throughout our website.