The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities in Oxford and Cambridge.
Oxford is famous for its university: University of Oxford, which tops the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018. Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is the 52nd largest city in the UK and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse. The city is situated 57 miles (92 km) from London.
Other than visiting the university, you could shop at Bicester Village, take a boat trip, visit the Ashmolean (first ever public museum where you can see Roman statues to Egyptian mummies), or check out Oxford Castle.
Like Oxford, Cambridge is also famous for its university: Cambridge University. Cambridge University ranks 5th in the world according to QS World University Ranking 2018. Cambridge is only around 50 minutes from London by train.
In Cambridge you could spend the day in the market square or punt down the River Cam. You could also walk through Cambridge University Botanic Garden, or check out the 24-carat gold Grasshopper – the Corpus Clock – on Corpus Christi College’s Taylor Library.
Students from European Union (EU) and European Economic Area countries will not require a visa to enter the UK to attend academic or English language courses.
It is recommended that registered students who require a visa to enter the UK apply for a Short-term study visa (https://www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa), which authorises students to attend a short course of study (including English language programmes) in the UK. For more information regarding the Short-term study visa, please visit www.gov.uk/study-visit-visa/overview.
When seeking advice on applying for a UK visa, it is strongly recommended that students contact their local visa issuing authority for the most up-to-date and accurate information.
In addition to checking your visa requirements for entry into the UK, please also ensure that your passport has sufficient time to run before its expiry.
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you’re applying from.