Higher education in Britain

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Institutions of higher education

The United Kingdom (UK) has 2 distinct educational systems: one for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and one for Scotland.

Universities and Colleges

British universities are diverse, ranging in size, mission and subject mix. As they are totally autonomous they have their own degree-awarding powers and decide the entry conditions for students.  

Colleges also vary in size, mission and subjects. Like the universities they are self-governing bodies with large autonomous powers. Some award their own degrees, in others qualifications are awarded by a university or a national accrediting body.

Most popular cities in the UK

1.223 Luxembourg residents were studying in 2016 / 2017 mainly in the following British towns:

  • London:    309 students
  • Aberdeen:  103 students

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