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TOP-100 schools, colleges, holiday camps and universities in London where foreign students can get high-quality education

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London is a well-known educational center of Europe and the world, many high schools and universities are open here. Studying in the British capital - profitable investments in the future, as education obtained here is a solid step on the way to a successfull career. SMAPSE offers more than 100 best schools, colleges, holiday camps and universities in London where foreign students can get advanced education.

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Secondary education in London for international students

For many foreign students education in the UK and London begins with high school. Urban schools work according to the generally accepted national scheme, divided into several stages:

  • A nursery or kindergarten (3-4 years)
  • Elementary classes (5-11 years)
  • Middle classes (11-14 years)
  • GCSE programme, for incomplete secondary education (14- 16 years)
  • Sixth Form courses (16-18 years): these are university preparation programs - A-level , IB, Foundation programme, Cambridge Pre-U
  • Higher education (Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, Doctorate studies).

In Britain, secondary education is compulsory for children 5-16 years. Schools in London are traditionally divided into public (free for the subjects of the United Kingdom, linked to the place of residence of the family) and private (paid and quite expensive, but open to all foreigners).

In Britain, most private schools are boarding schools, that offer campus accommodation during studying. In London, private boarding schools also exist, but here there are some differences. Students are often offered accommodation in host families, not in common residences: the cost of land in London is fabulously high, so even elite schools in the nearby suburbs can not always afford large campuses and large residence houses. Nevertheless, the equipment of schools remains at a very high level: interactive and language equipment, electronic resources and online learning platforms, large libraries, own theaters and creative studios, sports equipment and facilities. The big plus of schools in London is the proximity to all the infrastructure facilities of the English capital. Students often visit useful and interesting excursions, theaters and cinema, sightseeing, shopping. In addition, students have the opportunity to visit other European cities thanks to the excellent transport connections from the capital - for example, the journey to Paris takes only a few hours.

London schools can be located both in the center of the city, in calm respectable areas, and in the nearest suburbs. Here are some examples of successful, ranked and popular capital private schools:

Takes children from 14 years and specializes in middle and high school, university preparation (GCSE, A-level, Foundation, BTEC, additional courses of academic English). One of the best and most prestigious schools of the renowned Abbey network provide high-quality educational services. Abbey DLD College London - in the TOP-3 London schools on academic achievement among high school students.

Accepts students from 14-20 years old, and prepares for admission to universities. A total of 250 people, most of them are foreign students: many programs are specially adapted for foreign students, there are various language courses (including Academic English and EFL). The university is included in TOP-5 Colleges for High School Students in London, and in 2014 received the highest British award in the field of education - Queen's Award for Enterprise.

One of the best and largest school of the Bellerbys educational network: more than 500 people study here, and 100% are foreign students. Specialization is preparation for entering a university, pre-GCSE and GCSE programs are also provided (for international students it is possible to study on the international version of the IGCSE), as well as a one-year Bachelor's programme and a pre-Masters programme. Regularly included in the TOP-30 of British private schools.

Studying programs for students aged 13-17. The school is just 16 kilometers from the center of London and has its own residences for children, as well as a large green and well-groomed campus with a rich infrastructure - this is a classic British boarding school. The emphasis is on the lessons of art, creativity and culture: drama and acting skills, music art are particularly distinguished.

Provides a full-fledged educational cycle for children 3-18 years old (foreign students are accepted from 11 years). Located in a respectable and prestigious Croydon area in the south of the capital, has a spacious green campus of 100 acres, provides comfortable residences for living at a boarding house.

One of the oldest and most recognized elite schools of Great Britain - founded in 1179, is in the most prestigious The central area of Westminster. Accept students from 7 to 18 years (full educational cycle): among similar schools is on the 1 place (based on the results of A-level) and the third place according to the results of GCSE.

A classic British male boarding house located in the central area of the British capital. Provides studying programs for students 7-18 years old, but among foreign students it is mainly popular as a preparatory center before enrolling in a university: the GCSE and A-level programs are provided. Like many boarding schools, Dulwich College has adopted a strict discipline and uniform.

Top private co-educational high school. Very well located: within walking distance of the bustling Notting Hill district, the spacious Hyde Park and the residence of Prince William and the Duchess of Katherine - Kensington Palace. Excellent GCSE and A-level programs with a large selection of subjects, an opportunity to undergo preparation for the UKCAT and BMAT profile exams. Personal curators and tutors are ready to prepare students for admission to the chosen institution.

  • Chelsea Independent College (Chelsea Independent College)

Located in the most prestigious historical district of London - Chelsea. It is known for the high quality of pre-university preparation: not only classical A-level programs and GCSE, but also special studying for medical schools and faculties, a special programme for Oxbridge Prep applicants, and a Business Foundation thematic course. The level of academic achievement in the A-level programme is above 85%.

One of the most privileged and elite boy's schools in the country and the world, a synonym for prestige and the highest quality education and educational services. Among the graduates of Harrow School are representatives of monarch families, sons of famous politicians and businessmen, legendary poets and artists. The school adheres to strict discipline and historical uniform, it is strictly selective - the selection of entrants is conducted for 2-3 years (and sometimes even earlier) before the expected date of the beginning of studies.

7 preparation programs for entering a university in London

As already mentioned, education after 16 years for students in the UK is not compulsory: a student can get a professional qualification and start working without a higher education. However, the best universities of Britain year after year become only more popular: their diplomas are practically a pass to the world of the political, business elite of the world.

London provides students with a variety of opportunities for effective pre-university studeying - many private schools and colleges in the capital directly specialize in preparing for entering universities.

The following studeying programs are provided:

  • A-level (16-18 years) - the gold standard of British education; 2-year complex and advanced course with the study of a limited number of subjects, giving the opportunity to enter even the best universities without entrance examinations.
  • IB (16-18 years) - International Baccalaureate: studying a small list of selected subjects and major academic directions. The diploma is highly regarded around the world and accepted by all universities of the world.
  • Cambridge Pre-U and Oxford Prep - special advanced and complex courses for prospective students of Oxford and Cambridge: the programme is adapted to the requirements of these universities, takes into account all the specifics of renowned universities.
  • Foundation programme (16 / 17-18 years) - 1-year course of preparation for British universities: is focused on deep knowledge in subjects and intensive course of academic English. Accepted by most universities.
  • BTEC - professional work qualification, which makes it possible to save a bit of time on studeying Bachelor's programs; It is especially useful for those who want to acquire a working specialty.
  • Medical preparatory programs (for example, BMAT and UKCAT) - a special course for students planning to take the same test and enrolling in medical faculties and schools.
  • Specialized, thematic programs for admission to certain faculties and specialties: for example, business, veterinary medicine, architecture, art and creativity, etc.

7 best universities in London for international students

Actually, there is a wide range of universities in London, almost any specialty is available:

  • classical (philology, jurisprudence, international business, medicine)
  • innovative (molecular biology, nanotechnology, modern power engineering, robotics)
  • traditional educational programs - Bachelor (3-4 to 6 years), Master and MBA (1-2 years), postgraduate programs, Doctoral studies (1-1.5 years).

Here are some examples of highly ranked and prestigious universities in the English capital:


Holiday and short-term studying programs in London for foreign students

A huge number of short-term programs, including interesting vacation courses , are offered for students from all over the world. Basically, these options combine a universal, intensive English language course and leisure-entertainment programme: creativity, sports, art, excursions to the most famous sights of London, England and the UK.

A wide range of studying programs for foreign students can be conducted on the basis of famous large private institutions, for example:

Tuition fees for studying in schools and universities in London as a foreign student

The cost of studying depends on the type of institution, the length of the curriculum, and reputation, and the ranking of the institution is also important.

The cost of secondary education in private schools in London is quite high - one trimester (in the academic year there are three) will cost an average of £ 5,200 to £ 12,500 (usually living is already included in this cost).

The cost of seasonal courses for foreign students ranges from 560 to 1350 pounds per week. As a rule, this cost is "all inclusive" - with accommodation and meals, a leisure program, additional options and sightseeing tours, surcharges on short-term courses are minimal.

Studying abroad at the university costs an average of 15,000 pounds a year for a student, and the cost does not include the cost of living, food, transportation, personal expenses, etc.

Please, don't hesitate to contact SMAPSE experts as they are always ready to answer all your questions.

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