'UK life is an incredible mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking, held together by a strong sense of identity and tradition. Study in the UK and you’ll find an array of exciting experiences to discover – music, celebrations, accents, people to meet, places to visit – the list is endless. As the UK is such a cosmopolitan society you’ll find that many UK customs are already familiar to you – so you’ll settle in faster than you think.'
The food you can buy in the UK reflects the many ethnic influences in British society. Most supermarkets sell ingredients from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as food from many other parts of the world. The British are increasingly healthy eaters and there is a very wide range of organic produce available in shops and supermarkets.
Of course, you’ll still find the famous English breakfast and fish and chips, but you’ll also see a very diverse range of meals and menus while you’re studying in the UK. Families in the UK often eat a traditional ‘Sunday roast’ on Sundays, but those same families are also likely to enjoy anything from Italian pizza to Singapore Noodles. When you become an international student in the UK, cooking and sharing a traditional meal from your home country is a great way to make new friends.
Music is a big part of UK culture. Whether you just listen or take part, you’ll find pop, rock, electro, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, opera and all sorts of world music. From small clubs, independent cafes and bars to international scale concert halls, rock festivals or gigs, you can listen and dance to live music all over the UK. Many big-name and independent artists and bands play at UK university or college venues too.
Apart from a wealth of clubs and societies on campus or in local communities, you can visit traditional museums, contemporary art spaces and galleries in most UK cities. Sculpture, painting, video and photography are widely available to see in the UK. The UK also has a vibrant theatre and performing arts heritage, maintaining both traditional plays and musicals, and encouraging new and alternative productions.
There are cinemas in almost every UK town and city, showing feature films from all over the world. There are also many film festivals in Britain, focusing on themes in film, specific directors or animation.
Top Ranked UK Based Universities at our panel (Guardian Ranking 2012)
|1||Architecture||University of Dundee||18th|
|2||Art & design||Kingston University||10th|
|4||Building & town & country planning||University of Dundee||10th|
|5||Business & management studies||University of Glasgow||12th|
|7||Classics||University of Glasgow||5th|
|8||Computer Sciences & IT||University of Stirling||10th|
|9||Dentistry||University of Glasgow||2nd|
|10||Drama & dance||University of Glasgow||12th|
|11||Earth & marine sciences||University of Glasgow||22nd|
|14||Chemical Engineering||Heriot-Watt University||11th|
|15||Civil Engineering & General Eng.||Swansea University||23rd|
|16||Electronic & Electrical Engineering||University of Glasgow||11th|
|17||Materials & Mineral Engineering||Swansea University||5th|
|18||Mechanical Engineering||Heriot-Watt University||13th|
|19||English||University of Dundee||12th|
|20||Geography & Environmental Studies||University of Glasgow||7th|
|21||History & History of Art||University of Glasgow||15th|
|22||Law||University of Glasgow||14th|
|23||Mathematics||University of Stirling||9th|
|24||Media & Communication Studies||University of Stirling||15th|
|25||Medicine||University of Dundee||4th|
|26||Modern Languages & Linguistics||Heriot-Watt University||16th|
|27||Music||Birmingham City Uni.||24th|
|28||Nursing & Pharmaceutical Studies||University of Glasgow||2nd|
|29||Pharmacy & Pharmacology||University of Dundee||4th|
|30||Philosophy||University of Dundee||12th|
|31||Physics||University of Glasgow||25th|
|32||Politics||University of Glasgow||20th|
|33||Psychology||University of Glasgow||4th|
|34||Religious studies & theology||University of Glasgow||6th|
|35||Social policy & administration||University of Glasgow||7th|
|36||Social Work||Middlesex University||5th|
|37||Sociology||University of Glasgow||8th|
|38||Sports science||Heriot-Watt University||10th|
|39||Tourism, transport & travel||Ulster University||2nd|
|40||Veterinary science||University of Glasgow||4th|