Why students choose to study in the UK

Reasons to study in the UK for international students

The UK is home to some of the world’s highest ranking universities, and Durham University is in the top 100 (QS World University Rankings 2022). A balance of tradition and modernity, the oldest universities have cutting-edge facilities and a legacy of success. 

Benefits of studying in the UK include:

  • Home to many prestigious world-ranking universities 
  • Degrees encourage independent and freedom of thought
  • Innovative teaching and globally-respected education
  • Cutting-edge facilities and a reputation for quality research
  • Supportive student communities
  • Welcoming and multicultural
  • Opportunity to stay and work after study

Find out more about the UK university experience on the pages below or visit our pages on reasons to study in England and student life.

Two students on Infinity Bridge at Queen's Campus

Living in the UK

Your student life will be enriched with British history and culture in a friendly and multicultural environment. It’s easy to travel around the UK so you can explore historic cities and beautiful countryside. Discover more about student life. 

Study in the UK at Durham University

Education in the UK

Universities in the UK are renowned across the world, performing well in league tables and offering innovative teaching. Studying in the UK gives you access to prestigious degrees and will enhance your career prospects.

Work after study

After studying, you can start your career in the UK with the new Graduate Immigration Route – a 2-year post-study work visa for international students graduating from UK universities. If you begin your studies after autumn 2020, you’ll be able to work for up to two years after graduating with your valid Student visa. Take the first step with a pathway programme at the International Study Centre to gain the skills you'll need both on your degree and in your career.

Discover the Graduate Immigration Route