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Top 5 Universities to Study at the United Kingdom

The UK is home some of the top universities in the world. So many that it even has 3 of the top 10 universities in the world!

If it is a quality education you are looking for, then the UK is right for you, with many of the top university’s taking in high numbers of international students. Here is a little information on the best universities in the UK.


1. University of Cambridge

The top university in the UK is the well-known Cambridge University. Cambridge is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world and was founded in 1209. Affiliates of this university have won a whopping 118 Nobel Prizes. Founders and early professors of Harvard University, including John Harvard himself, attended Cambridge University. Cambridge university has over 100 academic departments and over 34% of the students are international. In terms of student accommodation in the UK, Cambridge’s offering has also been voted very highly.


2. University of Oxford

Making up the ‘ox’ part of Oxbridge (the ‘slang’ name for referencing the top 2 UK Universities), Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, dating back as far as 1096! Although it is second on the list today, it is still regarded as one of the best universities in England, sometimes beating Cambridge to the number 1 slot. This top university has schooled 69 Nobel prize winners and 27 UK prime ministers. The university’s library system is the largest university library in the UK. 33% of all students at Oxford are international students and the majority of its UK undergraduates come from state schools, not private.


3. London School of Economics

In at number 3 is the London School of Economics and Political Science (aka. LSE). LSE was founded in 1894 with the vision to ‘know the causes of things’ and improve society. The intake of global students is intentional and currently standing at 68% of its students being from outside the UK.


4. Imperial College London

This university is known for its excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine and business. It was at one of the laboratories here that Sir Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered penicillin. 50% of the students at Imperial College London are non-UK students.


5. St Andrews University

Founded in 1413, St Andrews University is the oldest university in Scotland and the 3rd oldest in the English-speaking world. This university is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge studied. This university is popular with international students also, with 46% of the students here being of non-UK origin.


As you can see, the quality of higher education in the UK is fantastic, and wide open and available to potential students across the world. If you are looking for master’s degree courses then there is a wealth to choose from, plus the UK offers international student loans to help with the cost of these courses. If you are considering on embarking on an education overseas then we would like to remind you of an important and practical piece of advice – make sure you take out an international student health insurance plan. This may not be the most exciting part of your journey, but it is very important.

Our comprehensive and bespoke international student insurance plans for those coming to study in the UK take care of health and financial strain that may occur in an unforeseen circumstance. For instance, should you need to leave your studies early, our policy will help towards student fees that are non-refundable. In addition to this, you must also consider renters insurance to cover you should something happen to you or your belongings, such as in a flood or fire.