Of all the Spaniards who come to Bristol every year, 15% study at the University of Bristol and UWE, either on an Erasmus scholarship or for an entire degree.** In total, there are more than 50,000 students from around the world living in the city.
It is the same in other cities like Plymouth or Oxford, where the percentage of students to population is over 20%.
Ranking of the best universities in Great Britain:
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- University College London
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
- University of Manchester
- University of Edinburgh
- King’s College London
- University of Bristol
- Cardiff University
- London School of Economics and Political Science
But keep in mind that this international ranking by the Shanghai Foundation is not as in-depth as others, as there are other lists that rank according to the degree studied, student satisfaction and other factors. Other universities, including St. Andrews, Durham, Warwick, Bath and Exeter, appear in those rankings.
Top UK universities: wikipedia.org/wiki/Rankings_of_universities_in_the_United_Kingdom
Interesting articles with more information:
- Best universities according to their students
- Best universities according to their world reputation
- Explanation of the British education system
After looking at the quality/score of each university, you must also consider the city itself and whether it is what you are looking for. Living in London is not the same as living in Southampton or Edinburgh.
If you are thinking about studying at a British university, be aware that you HAVE to pay for it (and the unversities are more expensive than others in Europe), but there are student loans called “TUITION FEES”.
- The annual fee for any degree in the UK is £9,000 for British and European citizens. Unless it is a medical degree, which costs £32,000/year.
- The university residence costs £5,000 per year on average (except in London). Although if you live outside of it, the estimated cost is £12,000 a year if you count food, transportation, accommodation, etc.
To cover these costs there is the TUITION FEE LOAN, which comes from public and university funds and consists of a loan you start paying once you find a job and earn more than £21,000 per year.
To opt for this loan you just have to send the application to:
Student Finances Services European Team
PO Box 89
Darlington DL1 9AZ
telephone Forma(+44) (0) 141 243 3570.
Requesting it is quite simple—the problem comes once you have to start paying it back.
“Repayment” – How the student loan is written off
The calculation of payments is quite clear. As of the first year that you earn more than £21,000 annually, you start paying 9% of your income at 1.5% interest, which will increase over the years. The maximum repayment period is 30 years. So, theoretically, if you still have some debt after that, your loan is automatically amortized and you no longer have to pay for it.
But the idea is that if you have university studies, you will be able pay off the whole debt before then with payments of 9% of your future salary.
Here you have more links of interest, if you need more detailed information about the Tuition Fees:
- Contact Student Finance:
- [PDF] European Union students studying in English higher education institutions
- Latest news about Tuition Fees and future reforms:
- How much it costs to study in the UK:
- Tables with important information about the best UK universities:
- A calculator to check how much you will pay for the Tutition Fee Loan when you are done:
- Information about studying in English universities:
- Everything you need to know about the Tuition Fee (via BBC):
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