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The British Council
The British Council’s mission is to connect people with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK to build lasting relationships around the world. The British Council has offices in over 100 countries around the world.

Education UK
The official British Council website for international students looking for courses or for studying in the UK.

The National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC)
UK NARIC is the UK’s National Agency responsible for providing information and advice on how vocational, academic and professional qualifications from over 180 countries worldwide compare with those on offer in the UK.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
The UKCISA site features downloadable guidance notes covering various aspects of living and studying in the UK.


The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
UCAS is the UK central organisation through which applications are processed for entry to undergraduate-level programmes and some postgraduate ones.

Studential provides in-depth information and advice on applying to, and studying at, university in the UK. The site features over 900 UCAS personal statement samples, and Studential also offers a university application editing and critique servce.

UKPASS was established in 2007 by UCAS to provide an admissions service that would help institutions recruit postgraduate students and give applicants a simple and efficient online application.

UK student life

A guide to student life in the UK, which includes information on British culture, traditions and events, and has been written specifically for international students.

The National Union of Students (NUS)
The NUS represents the interests of around five million of students in the UK, offering information and advice, helping them to campaign, and arranging cheap student discounts.

Students Love Uni is a city-specific UK student website written entirely by students and graduates. It offers prospective and current students a unique insight into UK cities and towns – giving you a real student’s perspective on what it’s like to live and study there. The site also features career and CV advice to help guide graduates through the employment process.

The ruthlessly independent guide to UK universities, Push.co.uk has the inside scoop on everything from getting into university to getting on with student life. The site features detailed university profiles (including user reviews), a forum and ‘the world’s most powerful tool’ to help you find your perfect university.

Visit studentbeans.com for the best money-saving deals for students in the UK, with offers covering eating out, entertainment, travel, fashion, mobile phones, magazines and books, university essentials and more. As well as offers available across the country, you can also find out about the deals on offer in 48 UK university cities. International students on a budget can also get advice on how to make the most of their UK university experience.

Student Stories is an innovative online resource offering honest accounts of university life in the UK from those who have experienced it first hand. The site features hundreds of audio clips, generated from informal interviews with current undergraduates and recent graduates from a range of UK universities, including many international students.

Just Landed offers information and services for those planning on moving abroad and expatriates already living, working or studying in a foreign country – making your expat life easier, cheaper and generally more enjoyable.

Student accommodation

Rightmove Students 
The student section of the UK’s number one property website, Rightmove Students lists a vast range of student accommodation across the UK, from small student flats to large shared student houses. Accommodation is listed on a per person/per week basis to make it easier to see how far your budget will stretch. You can search thousands of student properties by postcode or location, and the site also features articles about choosing where to live during your studies and the practicalities involved when renting in the private sector.

Studentpad aims to help students in the UK find the most suitable accommodation as easily and as quickly as possible. The site features a constantly updated database of both private and university-owned accommodation for students across the UK.

The Naked Tenant
Written and researched by students, this site gives you the naked truth about renting student accommodation in the UK. The Naked Tenant’s guide covers all aspects of student accommodation, including finding the right place to live, the renting process, your rights as a tenant and moving out at the end of your stay. The site also features a series of university guides, which provide information about accommodation options and reviews of letting agents for all UK universities.

Nido Student Living
Nido Student Living offers state-of-the-art accommodation for students in London’s King’s Cross, Spitalfields and Notting Hill. Residents benefit from free broadband access in rooms and communal areas, and their room keys double as a cashless card that can be used in on-site facilities such as the cafe or laundry. Other benefits include free secure bike storage, a programme of events and free gym membership.

The Student Housing Company
The Student Housing Company offers en-suite student rooms and student apartments close to major universities in London, Birmingham, Bangor, Lincoln and Bournemouth (opening July 2012). The Company aims to raise students’ expectations about accommodation, service, building quality and communication.

A voluntary organisation, HOST UK is a network of UK residents who welcome adult international students to their homes for a weekend, or Christmas, visit.

Regional information

London International Meetup 
An international social group in London that welcomes students, workers and visitors who find themselves in the UK’s capital city. The group provides a chance to make new friends from many different cultures and backgrounds.

London Student College Forums
Student discussion forums based around London universities and colleges.

Information and advice for newcomers to the UK’s capital city, covering etiquette, sightseeing, pronunciation, accommodation, shopping, travel and much more.

An online subscription-based social networking portal that focuses on members meeting up offline to share interests and socialise together with like-minded people in the real world. CitySocialising organises social events such as after-work drinks, meals at a local restaurant, nights out clubbing, days at the park, walk tours, book clubs, trips or afternoons playing sports. These events take place in 19 cities across the UK.

Student fairs and exhibitions

The University Fairs website offers in-depth information about leading international education fairs around the world. The site’s integrated online order system also allows representatives from universities and colleges book a place at the events of their choice.

University league tables

The Independent League Tables
The Guardian League Tables
QS World University Rankings
The Sunday Times University League Tables (requires payment to access)
The Times Higher Education Supplement League Tables

UK Government departments

The Department for Education
The UK Government department concerned with, among other things, primary and secondary education in the UK as part of its aim ‘to make this the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up’.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
The UK Government department with the aim of making make the UK economy more dynamic and competitive. Consequently the Department has responsibility for post-16 further and higher education in the UK as part of this strategy.

Visas, entry into the UK and working in the UK

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

The Home Office

Quality assurance

Further education

The British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education (BAC)
The national accrediting body for independent further and higher education (HE), which now accredits more than 400 UK institutions.

Higher education

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
The QAA is an independent body established to help maintain standards in the UK higher-education sector. Its assessments of individual institution’s performances are posted on the website.

The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
Provides detailed information on the performance of each university and each of its subject areas in the latest research assessment exercise held in 2008.

Research Councils UK
This is a strategic partnership of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Medical Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the Science and Technology Facilities Council, and is concerned with the funding of postgraduate studies, research and training in the UK.

This official website uniquely publishes Teaching Quality Information (TQI), which brings together information provided by HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) and the National Student Survey in one place to enable users to easily compare UK undergraduate courses and universities, as well as post-graduation career courses.

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English language training and qualifications

Accreditation UK
An accreditation scheme for UK English as a foreign language (EFL) courses, run by the British Council and English UK. The website has an A–Z of accredited course providers.

English UK
The English UK site includes a searchable database of accredited UK English language schools and programmes.

UK graduate careers

TARGETjobs works with a wide range of graduate employers to provide the largest choice of graduate jobs, internships and work experience opportunities. Whether you are deciding what graduate job will suit you, getting to grips with how graduate recruitment works, focusing on a particular career sector, looking at specific graduate recruiters or writing your first CV, you’ll find career planning tools and expert careers advice to help you make the best start.

A revolutionary new way for candidates to present themselves to potential employers, TalkingCV is a three-dimensional personal profile consisting of video, audio and text. Using a PC with a webcam, you can record a structured video interview, bringing to life your text-based CV. In an increasingly competitive graduate job market, a TalkingCV will really help you stand out from the crowd.

About the UK

NHS Direct
NHS Direct is the UK’s national healthline, providing expert health advice, information and reassurance.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the principal public service broadcaster in the UK. Its UK website features breaking news, sport, TV, radio and a whole lot more.

The Guardian newspaper
The latest UK news and comment on the top stories from the Guardian newspaper.

The Independent newspaper
Breaking UK news, comment and features from the Independent newspaper.

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