Education System Overview
In the 2015-2016 academic year, 39,140 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in the United Kingdom - a 12 percent increase since the 2012 term.
The United Kingdom is the #1 destination for U.S. students to study abroad, as well as the leading country from the Europe/Eurasia region in sending students to study in the U.S.
Academic year: September - May (varies by institution)
Major school holidays/break: Mid-December - mid-January; 2 - 4 weeks in March/April; May - August
Major exam period(s): December and May
Structure of the University System
Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 3 years (accelerated 2-year degrees are available, often requiring study throughout the holidays)
The language of instruction in universities: English (and Welsh, in some cases)
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate