Institute of Education

Quick Facts

  • Location: Bloomsbury, Central London
  • Main areas of Study: Education & Social Sciences
  • Students from over 100 countries
  • Was originally founded in 1902

Based in the heart of central London, the Institute of Education (IOE) is the UK's leading centre for studies in education and related disciplines.

Part of the University of London, the IOE was founded in 1902 with a mission to pursue excellence in education and the social sciences. Today, our commitment to education excellence remains and the Institute continues to be the UK's leading specialist education university.

The IOE provides an intellectually rich and culturally diverse learning community with students, staff and scholars from over 100 countries. Many of our academic staff are world-renowned researchers in their field, as reflected in the UK government's Research Assessment Exercise which placed the IOE first for education research in the country. Staff conduct research for governments, NGOs and international organisations meaning that the Institute's expertise continually influence and shape educational policy across the world.

The IOE is ranked first nationally for student satisfaction and offers outstanding academic and social facilities for those enrolled. This includes Europe's largest education studies library and newly refurbished accommodation located just three minutes away from our modern campus.

London School of Economics (LSE)

Quick Facts

  • Location: Holborn, Central London.
  • Main areas of Study: Social Sciences
  • 68% International Students
  • 45% of the 3,000 staff are from outside the UK

The London School of Economics and Political Science (or LSE for short) is a truly international university. A huge 68% of the university’s students are internationals and it has ties with institutions from all over the world.

As its name suggests, LSE specialises mainly in economics, political sciences and social sciences, in which it is the leading institution in the world. However, in addition to these disciplines, LSE also offers a wide range of other courses from Accounting to Sociology, which are also highly respected.

One of the biggest benefits of studying at LSE is the location. Based in the centre of London, students enjoy all the cultural and social perks that such a busy international city offers. These range from literally hundreds of restaurants and cafes, to dozens of museums and art galleries.

University College London (UCL)

Quick Facts

  • Location: Euston, Central London
  • Main areas of Study: Wide Ranging
  • 35% International Students
  • Has the highest number of professors of any UK university

University College London (or UCL for short) is the largest individual member of the University of London and in 2010 was ranked the fourth best university in the world by Times Higher Education. It is advertised as ‘London’s Global University’ and over a third of its 22,000 students come from outside the UK.

International students can choose from a huge range of courses at UCL, and are offered many opportunities for further international study through strong academic ties to other universities. What’s more, a degree from UCL is highly regarded by both UK and international employers.

Based in the centre of London, UCL students are immersed in a melting pot of cultures, ideas and opportunities. The main UCL buildings are within walking distance of the British Museum, the West End and Oxford Street shopping to name just a few local attractions.

University of Manchester

Quick Facts

  • 39,000 students; approximately 660 academic staff; income of £134 million
  • Over 1,400 courses
  • 23% International Students
  • Main areas of Study: Wide Ranging.

If you choose to study at the University of Manchester, you will certainly be in good company, as Manchester has the most international students of any university in the UK. Indeed, there are 8,800 internationals from 180 different countries studying at Manchester, making up 23% of the total number of students.

Students can choose from a huge range of subjects at Manchester, almost all of which have a very strong reputation within the UK. The vast number of students and courses at Manchester has even led to it being called ‘Britain’s most popular university’. The university is a city based institution, with its buildings spread throughout Manchester in the north of England. The city of Manchester is renowned for its vibrant night life, thriving music scene and world famous sports teams.

University of Bedfordshire

Quick Facts

  • Location: Luton, Bedfordshire
  • Main areas of Study: Wide Ranging
  • 30% International Students
  • Spent £89m on improvements to the campus in 2010

The University of Bedfordshire is located in the towns of Luton and Bedford, not far from London. Despite only being founded in 2006, it is hugely popular with international students who now make up almost a third of the university’s whole student population.

There is a large selection of courses at Bedfordshire in a wide range of subject areas. Though the reputations of the courses offered at the university vary, one particularly respected area of Bedfordshire’s is the ‘Journalism and Marketing’ department which is ranked second best in the UK.

The University is only about 40 minutes travel away from the centre of London by train, whilst the towns within the county of Bedfordshire have beautiful countryside and a busy nightlife, making it easy to relax or be entertained.

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