The UK ranks second most popular destination for higher education in the world.
According to the International student statistics, there are about 458,490 international students in the UK -
For example, in 2016 alone, there were 17,973 Nigerians studying in the UK to obtain different degrees. With this report, one may rightly conclude that many students who graduate from top boarding schools in Nigeria would further their education in the UK.
The number of students from Nigeria studying in the UK is but a fringe when compared to the number of students from China, India, US, Hong Kong and Malaysia. These five countries represent the top most popular countries of origin for international students in the UK.
The huge number of international students that the UK attracts annually is largely due to her traditionally reputation as a high-performing country when it comes to international education rankings.
Apart from being popular for tea and David Beckham, the UK is also famous for its educational institutions. England has some of the best and oldest universities in the world, Oxford, Cambridge and London universities being good examples.
If you are thinking of studying in the UK, it’s a nice choice, especially if you come from an English speaking country. You only have to be prepared to learn some different slangs.
Whether you are an undergrad or postgraduate student, there are hundreds of top globally recognized UK universities best for you as an international student.
But the task of choosing could be a bit daunting considering the number of good UK schools jostling for your attention.
To help you and your parents make good choices, we have put together a list of some of the best UK universities, offering top rated degree courses with mouth watering scholarships.
Please note that you may come across some ‘not too popular’ universities in this list. These schools are equally very good choices for international students who want to have quality education abroad. So don’t hesitate to check them out.
Without further ado, here we go.
Top 13 UK Universities Best for international students
We’ll start with the universities in the UK that you may not have necessarily heard of but are good choices for international students for reasons that will be elucidated.
• University of Bradford
• University of Sussex
• University of Glasgow
• University of Reading
• University of Warwick
• Oxford University
• University of Cambridge
• Imperial College London
• University of Manchester
• University of Edinburgh
• Cardiff University
• Lancaster University
University of Bradford, West Yorkshire is the best for international students who want to study Technology related courses. The school is one of the world’s best technological universities.
The University of Bradford is indeed a global village with students from 127 different nationalities on the campus.
Some of the courses that you can study at Bradford are Computer Science and Computer, Animation, Cyber Security, Engineering (Civil and Structural, Chemical, Mechanical and Automotive, Biomedical, and Software Engineering), Game Design and Media Production, International Development Studies, Law, MBA, Business Management, etc.
The University of Bradford was 3rd in the UK for Chemical Engineering in the Guardian University League Table 2019.
Tuition for 2019-20 entry (September 2019 - August 2020) is around E18, 000 per year for undergraduate students except where scholarship applies.
Now, this is the interesting part. Bradford is one of the universities in the UK for international student scholarships.
The University of Bradford awards a number of scholarships to self-funded international students including faculty-specific and sports scholarships.
If you are a student from Nigeria, you are automatically awarded a scholarship for £3,500 (
N1,651,352.50) and are eligible to apply for a scholarship worth half the cost of tuition fees.
See more information about University of Bradford here
The University of Sussex is a leading research-intensive university near Brighton, United Kingdom. The school has an international and local outlook, with staff and students from more than 100 countries.
The University of Sussex has more than 17,000 students. About a quarter of these number are postgraduate students. The students from Europe account for 76% of the student body while 24% are international students.
Many of their courses at the University of Sussex include study abroad options and professional placements at some of the world’s leading companies.
The university is one of the UK universities that offer scholarships for international students. If you are a Nigerian student, you can get up to 5,000GBP scholarship.
Find out about the University of Sussex school fees here
The University of Glasgow is among the prestigious Russell group Universities located in Scotland, UK. It was founded in 1451. It is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's four ancient universities.
The school is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, currently number 69th in the QS world university 2019 ranking.
They welcome students from more than 140 countries worldwide.
See University of Glasgow’s school fees for undergrad international students for 2019/20 here
You can also get more details about the school here
4. University of Reading
The University of Reading is located in Reading, Berkshire, England. It was founded in 1892 as University College Reading and received the power to grant its own degrees in 1926.
The school has 16 academic schools and ranked 35th in the UK amongst multi-faculty institutions for the quality (GPA) of its research and 28th for its Research Power in 2014.
It also ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17 and QS World University Rankings 2018)
98% of the University of Reading’s research known to be 'internationally recognized', 78% as 'internationally excellent and 27% as 'world leading'.
The school has an international community of more than 5000 international students from over 140 countries and has a state-of-the-art campus in Malaysia.
See details of University of Reading undergraduate school fees for 2019/2020 session here.
5 University of Warwick
The University of Warwick is one of the best public universities in Nigeria located on the outskirts of Coventry between the West-Midlands and Warwickshire, England.
The school has three faculties — Arts, Science Engineering, Medicine, and Social Sciences — within which there are 32 departments.
The University of Warwick has always ranked in the top ten of all major rankings of UK Universities.
Warwick is ranked 7th in the UK for its research, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 by GPA.
With an international fee ranging from E100,800 – 13,500, it is a good choice for international students.
6. Oxford University
If you are targeting very reputable universities in the UK, Oxford surely is the school to be.
The school currently ranks as the best university in the world maintaining number one in all top world university rankings.
It is reputed as the oldest university among English speaking world and the oldest university that has operated continuously. Oxford University was established in 1096 and has colleges, departments, living accommodations, academic buildings throughout the city of Oxford.
7. University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is another prestigious university that will give value for money for any international student who invests in it. It was established in 1209 in Cambridge, the second oldest university in the English-speaking world.
It ranks the second best universities in the world after Oxford.
The university currently has 31 colleges with six academic schools. Some of the notable alumni of the school are Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, dramatist Christopher Marlowe and many others. You too can become an alumnus.
8. University of London
The University of London, founded in 1836 is a federal research university located in London, England.
Every year, over 180,000 students gain admission into the University of London from different parts of the world (135,000 on campus, over 50,000 distance learning).
9. Imperial College London
Imperial College London currently ranks third in the UK and ninth in the world by Times Higher Education rankings.
Imperial College is a good option for international students not just become of it repute but because 91% of their research is “world-leading”. Imperial is a good school to study Science, Technology and Medicine.
10. University of Manchester
If you are looking for a 'new skool' kind of university in the UK, then, you might want to consider the University of Manchester.
The University of Manchester is located in Manchester, England. It is a relatively newer university that was established in 2004.
Their main campus is south of Manchester city centre on Oxford Road. The school boast of approximately 39,000 students and 10,400 staff are at the University of Manchester.
11. University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh was founded in 1583 in the centre of Scotland’s capital. The university has a rich and successful history and ranks as the 6th best university in the UK and 29th in the world.
The University of Edinburgh is highly reputed for its research program which is ranked 4th in the UK. Edinburgh is a beautiful city that international students would love to live in.
12. Cardiff University
Cardiff University, established in 1883 is arguably the best university in Wales and of course, one of the best in the United Kingdom.
Cardiff University boasts of a student population of over 30,000 of both international and local students making it one of the ten largest universities in the United Kingdom.
Cardiff University has a Students' Union that works to promote the interests of the student body within the University and outside.
13. Lancaster University
Lancaster University is located in Lancaster, Lancashire, England. The university was established in 1964. Lancaster is ranked in the top ten in all three national league tables and currently 16th best university in the UK and less than 200 in the world. Lancaster University is truly a good choice for international students.
Your dream of becoming a well-educated mind positioned for best opportunities can be achieved with any of these UK universities we’ve intimated you with.
We wish you the very best as you make your choice and can we say happy matriculation in advance?