Higher Education in the United Kingdom

Are you interested in studying in the United Kingdom?

If you are interested in going there as an undergraduate, you should consult with the Office of International Programs in 304 Fairchild Hall to learn about available options for spending a semester or year abroad. There are also several significant scholarships that will help fund undergraduate study in the UK, such as the Gilman Scholarship and the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant.

And if you are interested in attending a British institution after you graduate from Kansas State University, there are also many worthwhile options to consider. These graduate awards are valued as both sources of funding and as meaningful honors. Two of the best known and most highly prized are the Marshall Scholarship and the Rhodes Scholarship. Other popular competitions include the RotaryFulbright and Gates Cambridge. However, there are others worth considering as well. You should consult with Jim Hohenbary to learn more about these options if you believe you are potentially competitive.

Once you know that you would like to study in the UK, the next step is to determine which school and which program of study might be right for you. This page aspires to point you towards some resources that can help you make that determination. Your basic process should be as follows:

  • Identify the top schools in your field.
  • Use their individual websites to identify distinctions that will help you reach a conclusion. Identifying the presence of respected faculty whose research interests might fit with your own is particularly critical.

British Council: Education Services is probably the best starting point. It provides general information about study in the UK, exchange programs to the UK, the Marshall Scholarship, et cetera.

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise rates the quality of research at various institutions across a wide variety of disciplines. You can use the RAE to start your shortlist of institutions, particularly if you are planning graduate study.

The Times Good University Guide. The Times scores and then ranks the UK universities by compiling various measures of quality. All rating and ranking exercises should be taken with a grain of salt but it can help you develop a list of schools to investigate more closely, and it can also be valuable to have some perspective on where a school generally falls in terms of public perception.

Guardian University Guide. The Guardian competes with the Times and also has developed its own set of rankings. Note that in the UK these lists are most commonly called "League Tables". It is interesting to compare results with those in The Times.

Interactive Map of UK Universities.  Cool interactive page created by the University of Wolverhampton.  This page will allow you to link quickly to particular pages on the websites of those schools that you want to investigate further.

In addition, the Scholarship Office has a number of useful resources that you are encouraged to review, include prospectuses for a number of schools and materials that may help you unravel some of the confusing distinctions between the American and British systems.