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Nick ButlerNick Butler: Education Exports Manager, Education UK (British Council)

Nick started his career in Brazil, working for 12 years in a number the world's largest ELT organisations. He joined the British Council in 1987 after completing his MA in Applied Linguistics. His current role involves providing advice and strategic direction for the British Council in areas related to the export of education and training products and services. He also has responsibility for strategically supporting education promotion in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and China.

Nick Butler answers your questions about studying in the UK:

- How to apply for a university course?
- What types of courses are available?
- How much do I pay?
- How do I find accommodation?
- Test yourself!
- Live Chat transcript

How to apply for a university course?

To apply for full-time undergraduate degree courses and Higher National Diplomas (HNDs), you simply make a single approach through the centralised application process. This service is provided by UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

All UK universities (except the Open University) and most colleges of higher education are members of UCAS. Your route through the UCAS application process is explained at

Applications for part-time degree study are not made through UCAS and you should contact directly the institution in which you are interested. Increasingly, universities and colleges are making their application forms for part-time study available on their website, either to complete online or to download.

What types of courses are available?

There are over 50,000 different courses of study in the UK so there is something for everyone! To help you find the course suited to your individual needs have a look at

There you will find a wealth of information about studying in the UK including a searchable database to help you identify appropriate courses and institutions...

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