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UCAS Undergraduate: international and EU students

Over 500,000 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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Coronavirus – impact on international applicants   

We’re aware of changes to arrangements due to COVID-19 for a number of English language tests: 

Assessment arrangements and availability of results for international qualifications may also be subject to change.

More information can be found on the websites of the international awarding bodies below:

You might also may also be interested in the latest updates from UKCISA, the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

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, 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.

You can also speak to current undergraduate students for advice:

Chat to students like Jiawen on Unibuddy! 

Speak to me about moving to London from Shanghai, filling in my visa application, and anything else relating to uni that you can think of!

Remember, you can always click on the 'Buddies' drop-down option to filter by country of origin if you'd find that helpful. 

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 2019/20?


EU students will be able to access financial support for the duration of their course on the same basis as those starting in 2018/19. Find out more.


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

Northern Ireland

EU students applying for university places will continue to have access to student loans and certain grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.


The Welsh Government has confirmed that EU students applying for a place at Welsh universities for the 2019/20 academic year will continue to be eligible for financial support. Find out more.

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