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London has ranked first among the best cities in the world for students

Last Updated: 22 May, 2024

London has ranked first for the fifth time in the QS ranking of the most popular student cities in the world.

London has been named the best city in the world for students for the fifth time, according to the QS ranking of the most popular student cities. This ranking evaluates various criteria including the academic reputation of universities, quality of life, student safety, employment prospects, transport accessibility, affordability, and cultural diversity.

London attracts students globally not only due to its high educational standards, diverse programmes, and rich cultural heritage but also its multiculturalism, tolerance, safety, and vibrant cultural scene. The city’s excellent parks, lively nightlife, and superior shopping options further enhance its appeal as a top educational destination.

Students worldwide are drawn to the UK for its high-quality, sought-after education. Ranking second only to the USA in scientific research and as the origin of 137 Nobel Prizes, the UK is a hub for global talent across various industries including music, film, architecture, and science. Its global prestige, cultural diversity, proximity to other European countries, and the relative affordability of British education attract tens of thousands of US students annually.

Global warming has even made England more appealing, particularly in the summer. While southern Europe battles with severe heat and California with wildfires, England offers temperate weather allowing residents to enjoy beautiful parks, river walks, and beaches.

This overview will explore exciting educational programmes in England for children, students, and adults.

Education in London for Children and Teenagers

London is an excellent choice for children and teenagers looking to enhance their English skills and enjoy an engaging holiday. London schools provide a broad spectrum of language courses for children from the age of 5 upwards. For those visiting with parents, day classes are available from Monday to Friday, allowing parents to engage in adult language courses or enjoy leisure time in central London, while children improve their English and explore the city’s attractions, parks, and museums. Notably, most museums remain free to enter without the need to queue.

For those over 10, England offers an array of summer programmes with accommodations lasting a week or more, available in London or at prestigious boarding schools such as Eton College, Harrow, Wycombe Abbey, and Charterhouse. These programmes typically include 15 to 25 hours of English lessons a week, alongside evening and weekend cultural and sports activities. For teens with an advanced level of English, the «Young Professionals» programme offers specialised courses in fields like medicine, finance, architecture, and IT.

Students planning long-term education in London can join one of the private schools or colleges where they will study a comprehensive range of subjects in line with the English school curriculum. There are several international boarding schools and colleges in central London offering in-house accommodations. For those preferring quieter settings, numerous excellent boarding schools are accessible within a 1-2 hour drive from London.

Education in London for University Students

London holds the title of the most popular student city in the world and boasts the highest concentration of top universities in Europe, including Imperial College, UCL, King's College, LSE, London Business School, and UAL with its prestigious Central Saint Martins.

Oxford and Cambridge, just an hour's drive from central London, are also highly sought-after. Even if not enrolled during the academic year, students can experience life at these esteemed universities through summer programmes for students aged 13 and above.

For Adult Students and Professionals

London also appeals to adults seeking to expand their knowledge and skills. From short courses in gastronomy, arts, and finance to prestigious Master’s and MBA programmes, along with conferences, exhibitions, and networking events, London offers ample opportunities to engage and grow professionally.

The city’s vibrant cultural scene includes an extensive range of West End theatre productions, concerts, trendy nightclubs with popular DJs, sports events, culinary delights, and exceptional shopping experiences. As a global business hub, London offers unparalleled opportunities for career advancement and professional development. Additionally, students who complete a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in England are eligible to remain in the country for two years under the Graduate route visa to seek employment or develop their own projects.

For further information on education in England, or assistance with enrolment in high-quality educational programmes, be it a language course or a top-tier MBA, please contact the UK Study Centre.

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