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Study at some of the most international universities in the UK

12 Jun 2021 - Victoria S Williams

New data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has revealed that Kaplan’s partner universities are some of the top destinations in the UK for international students.

What are the UK’s most international universities?

HESA collects and analyses data about students in the UK for every academic year. This year’s statistics show that not only are huge numbers of international students choosing to study in the UK, but that many of them are choosing Kaplan’s university partners to study at!

HESA’s list of the most international universities in the UK features an impressive 8 of Kaplan’s university partners in the top 25:

The University of Glasgow, one of the UK’s ‘ancient universities’ ranks 9th in the list. So what makes Glasgow so attractive?

This prestigious institution ranks 11th in the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021). It was also named Scottish University of the Year in 2018. It ranks highly in subjects as diverse as Civil Engineering, Nursing and Psychology, so it’s easy to see why students would come from all over the world to study here.

The University of Birmingham


Top 20 in the UK

Complete University Guide 2022

UK's #1 most targeted university by employers

High Fliers Research 2021

Just behind Glasgow, the University of Birmingham appears at number 12 in the list. This UK red brick university is a member of the elite Russell Group, and a great place to start your career!

The University of Liverpool

Top 15 in the UK

Shanghai Academic Ranking 2020

Top 150 in the world

Shanghai Academic Ranking 2020

Fellow Russell Group member the University of Liverpool ranks 13th in the HESA statistics. This globally respected university is based in the lively city of Liverpool. 93% of Kaplan students surveyed said that Liverpool is a great place for international students (Kaplan student satisfaction survey 2019), so you’re sure to enjoy a warm welcome.

The University of Nottingham ranks 16th in the list. This red brick university ranks top 20 in the UK as well as top 110 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2022). It also has campuses in China and Malaysia and a diverse network of international alumni. This explains why it is International University of the Year 2019 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)!

City, University of London

Top 15 UK university for £ invested in resources and facilities for each student

Guardian University Guide 2021

Fantastic business connections

with leading national and international companies

In the UK’s diverse capital city, London, Kaplan partner university, City, University of London ranks 19th in the list. City is known for its connections with businesses, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking to do an internship or work placement as part of your degree.

Queen Mary University of London

Ranked 110th globally

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

2nd in the UK for international outlook

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Another Kaplan partner university based in the capital city, Queen Mary University of London is well known for its diverse student body and ranks 20th in the list. It’s a Russell Group university and is 2nd in the UK for international outlook (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021), so if you’re interested in connecting with people from around the world then this is the place to be.

The University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Finally, the University of Bristol ranks 23rd in the list. The University is a prestigious Russell Group university, ranks highly for a wide range of subjects, and is home to a global community of students from more than 150 countries. It’s a world top 70 university according to QS World University Rankings 2022, and it’s ranked 8th in the UK (Shanghai Academic Ranking 2020).

The University of Westminster

Top 10 most international university in the UK

QS World University Rankings 2022

Based in the world's #1 student city

QS World Best Student Cities 2019

The University of Westminster ranks a respectable 24th in the list. Students of the University of Westminster benefit from its fantastic location in London, the world’s top academic city (QS Best Student Cities 2019)!

Study abroad in the UK with Kaplan

Kaplan can help you gain entry to some of the most international universities in the UK. If you’re interested in studying at any of our fantastic partner institutions, or want to know how a pathway course could help you follow your path to a great degree, explore the links below, or get in touch.

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