Largest city: London
Area: 243,610 km2 (80th)
94,060 sq mi
Population: 62,262,000 (22nd)
Currency: Pound sterling (GBP)
Major language: English
Major religion: Christianity
National color: combination of red, white and blue in that order.
Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 pound sterling = 100 pence
Main exports: Manufactured goods, chemicals, foodstuffs
Gross National Income per capita: US $37,600 (World Bank, 2006)
GDP: US$ 2.432 trillion (2011) World Bank
Density: 255.6/km2 (51st); 661.9/sq mile
Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Internet TLD: .uk
Dialing code: +44
Time Zones: GMT (UTC+0)
Membership: Permanent member of United Nations Security Council, Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G8, the G20, NATO, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization.
The excellence in Education, the multicultural background of students, value for money, English speaking country and on top of that, Governmental and institution support for international students are some other aspects that has made UK a very attractive destination for students from all over the world.
From age 11 to 16, students enter secondary school for key stages three and four and to start their move towards taking the GCSE’s. Primary and secondary education is mandatory in the UK; after age 16, education is optional.
Once a student finishes secondary education they have the option to extend into further education to take their A-Levels, GNVQ’s, BTEC’s or other such qualifications.
Most international students enter directly into the UK higher education system, after completing their home country’s equivalent to the UK’s “further education.”UK undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications are respected and valued all over the world. It provides an edge when students competing for a job, proving to employers that they are capable of independent thought, research and self-discipline.