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Universities offer foundation degrees, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees/diplomas and research degrees. Historically, all undergraduate education was mostly state-financed, with a small student contribution called top-up fees, however fees of up to £9,000 per annum will be charged from October 2012. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is the British admission service for students applying to university and college. As nearly all British higher education institutions are members of UCAS, all those wishing to study for undergraduate degrees in the UK must apply through UCAS. This applies to all categories of applicants - regardless of whether qualifying as a home student (generally British and EU students) or as an overseas student (find out more at The UK government gives out loans to university students that cover tuition and living costs, not including art foundation students. These have to be paid back with interest once you’ve completed your studies, but only once you are earning £21,000 a year or more. If you have not been living in England for the past three years, you may have to apply for student finance through your regional organisations. The DirectGov Student Finance page for foreign students can provide you with more information on how to do this.

Useful websites The Department of Education is responsible for education and children’s services in the UK. The official British Council website for international students looking for courses or to studying in Britain. Official website for universities in London University of London is the largest contact teaching university in the United Kingdom and one of the largest universities in Europe. It comprises 19 colleges and 12 institutes. A website for the Association of Colleges London Region. It was set up to provide an easy route to finding out about the opportunities on offer at London Colleges. Course listings, guides and reviews.


Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  
Moving to London; A Practical Companion for Irish People  

A helpful, practical and comprehensive guide to Moving to London for Irish people. Published by the London Irish Centre in May 2012.