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Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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Popular Universities in London for Indian Students

The UK offers an excellent academic framework for Indian students and this article lists popular universities in London for Indian students.

01 Mar 2016 3.4K Book icon 3 mins Share
Mahesh Ramani

Mahesh Ramani is a senior content editor for the Hotcourses India- an IDP company.


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A bit of India in London

Did you know that London has one of the biggest Indian expatriate communities in the world? Every year the UK sees an estimated 26,000 Indian students coming to its shores for higher education. Though universities like Cambridge and Oxford continue to hold supremacy a good number of students enrol in programmes offered by institutions based out of the City of London.


There are over 45 universities in London and numerous specialised colleges and training institutions. Students can pick from three-year and four year undergraduate programmes and one-year and two-year postgraduate programmes. Those looking at doctoral programmes can choose from areas as diverse as engineering and law and computer science and medicine.

Popular Universities for Indian Students

The University of London 

The University of London consists of 17 self governing colleges and 9 other smaller specialist research institutes. The University has over 170,000 students, which includes 50,000 students from 180 countries enrolled on distance education programmes. The University of London was founded by Royal Charter on 28 November 1836 and is the third oldest university in England. Constituent colleges offer programmes in subjects as diverse as music, languages, art, dance, political science, veterinary medicine, drama and management studies. The institutions that make up the University are listed below:

  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Heythrop College
  • The Institute of Cancer Research
  • King's College London
  • London Business School
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Royal Holloway, University of London
  • The Royal Veterinary College
  • St George's, University of London
  • SOAS, University of London
  • UCL
  • School of Advanced Study
  • University of London Institute in Paris
  • University of London International Programmes (Distance Learning)

King’s College London, University of London draws a big number of Indian students to its programmes every year. View all programmes offered by King’s College London.

Queen Mary University of London is home to nearly 7,500 international students is 9th in the UK for the quality of the research output and is consistently ranked among the Top Ten Universities in the UK for graduate starting salaries. QMUL as it is popularly known has one of the biggest communities of Indian students in London enrolled on its programmes. View all programmes offered at Queen Mary University of London.

University College London

University College London – known as UCL – has overtaken Imperial College London as the highest ranking university in London this year, ranking 7th in the world as per the QS World University Rankings. With a strong community of Indian students, UCL offers a vibrant learning experience and is right in the heart of London. View all courses on offer at UCL.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London was established in 1907 and operates multiple campuses in and around London. Primary focus is on programmes in medicine, science and engineering, the College also offers popular programmes in business and management. Imperial College London has a strong community of Asian students and an Indian Student Society as well. View all programmes offered at Imperial College London.

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Popularly known as LSE – the London School of Economics and Political Science continues to remain one of the world’s top-ranked institutions to study social sciences. The School’s think-tank is known to be the framework for many ideas that have helped shaped the European economy over the years. A number of famous Indian statesmen have either studied or taught at LSE. View all programmes offered at LSE.

Studying for an MBA in London

London is at the heart of the global banking trade with offices of all leading banking firms present in the heart of the city. With access to some of the best B-schools in the UK, if you are keen on studying for an MBA or a postgraduate programme in Finance, Economics or International Business then London offers a wide variety of options. The Imperial Business School, Cass Business School, Bangor University Business School London Centre are some top-ranked institutions for you to study for an MBA or a related programme in Business, Management or Finance. Explore some of the premier B-Schools in the UK where you can study for an MBA.

London offers a great life experience to its students. With theatres, museums, art galleries, shopping centres, cultural landmarks and the ubiquitous Tube and the red buses that offer connectivity with ease; no destination is too far. Securing an internship while studying can translate into a full-time job on graduation. Most universities incorporate a mandatory training module as part of the postgraduate course curriculum. With a fair bit of discussions going on about the abolition of the post study work visa in the UK; what students need to keep in mind is that if they secure a job which assures them of a minimum annual package of GBP 24,000 then they do not have to worry about being denied a visa. The salary packages for students returning to India with an accredited degree from the UK are definitely higher when compared to a similar local degree. Hence studying in the UK is an investment in your own future.

If you are keen on studying in London, then get in touch with us for expert advice and we will help you find the right course and university in London.

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