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29 Mar 2019 3.1K Book icon 3 mins Share

10 Top UK universities popular among Indian students

Read on to know about the top UK universities and why they’re popular among Indian students.

29 Mar 2019 3.1K Book icon 3 mins Share
UK universities with more Indian students

Did you know that Indian students are the third most popular international students in the UK (after China and USA of course)? In 2018, a whopping 19,750 Indian students went to study in the UK; and in 2017, the number of UK visas issued to Indian students saw a 32% jump from the previous year. Makes you wonder what all the fuss is about in the UK - right?

Well besides the Lord’s ground, Wimbledon courts, prestigious football clubs, the many royal palaces, iconic bridges and of course their tea; the ancient world-class top UK universities are what that attract a huge growing number of Indian students. 

But why – you ask?

  • For starters, it’s safe to say that the application process – for both UK visa and UK universities – is much simpler when compared to other countries
  • More importantly, 11 of the top 100 universities in the world are from the UK (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019)
  • Also, the 23 universities in the UK Student Visa Pilot Scheme allow its students to stay back in the UK for 6 months post their education
  • The UK contributes 5% towards world’s major research and 14% towards the majorly cited papers.
  • UK universities give you a free hand to select the modules of a programme

No wonder Indian students are flocking to top UK universities, right? You could explore more about the diversity of student life across several universities in the UK and other countries on this Hotcourses Diversity Index report.

Popular universities

Alright so UK is indeed a popular study destination, but what are the universities that are popular among Indian students? Here, we’ve list out the popular top UK universities for you:

Staffordshire University:

Established in 1992, the Staffordshire University is home to nearly 2000 international students, of which 12.16% are from India. It is popular for its programmes in law, engineering, sciences and business.

University of Buckingham:

Ranked first in the UK for teaching excellence by Times Higher Education and 1st for student satisfaction in 2017,2018 and 2019; the University of Buckingham offers programmes in business, humanities, law, medicine and science – to name a few. Over 1045 international students study in the university and about 11% of them are from India.

De Montfort University:

The university has 5095 international students of which 10.76% are Indian students. It offers programmes through its four faculties in the areas of: health and life sciences; business and law; arts and design; and engineering and computers.

London Business School, University of London:

Affiliated to the University of London, London Business School is popular for its MBA and business programmes. Its student community includes 1801 international students, with 10.16% of them hailing from India.

Edge Hill University:

It is home to 831 international students, of which 9.87% are Indian students. This public university offers several undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes in areas of business, arts, science, education and social care – to name a few. It also offers fast-track degree programmes.

University of West London:

Also known as UWL, the University of West London is home to 3666 international students, of which 9.41% are Indian students. The university is popular for its programmes in arts, computer science, business, hospitality and advertising.

Leeds Beckett University:

There are 3,073 international students studying at Leeds Beckett University and 9.4% of them are from India. It offers programmes in subject areas ranging from architecture, clinical sciences and engineering to music, language studies and business. The university also has scholarships for Indian students at all levels - from foundation and undergraduate programmes to postgraduate and research programmes.

University of Bedfordshire:

The university won silver for teaching excellence in the UK and has 83% student satisfaction rate. Its student community comprises of close to 4,500 international students, 8.91% of which are from India.

University of Warwick: 

The university is ranked among the top 20 'Most International' universities and among the top 100 universities in the world by Times Higher Education 2018. It has 9323 international students in its community and 8.33% of them are Indian students. With 42.4% of international teaching staff and several global collaborations, the University of Warwick has a multi-cultural environment.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU):

A proud winner of the University of the Year Award (Times Higher Education 2017) and Modern University of the Year award (Good University Guide 2019), Nottingham Trent University is internationally recognised for its performance. Off the 5188 international students at NTU, 7.77% are from India.

There, we’ve given you a glimpse into the top UK universities that are currently popular among Indian students. Now to shortlist your dream university from this list, you’ll need to consider multiple factors such as rankings, your choice of subject modules, fee structure, etc. Here’s where you can use our expertise. We’ll help in choosing the right university for you, in the application process and put you on the right the path for your study in the UK.

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