Differences of the English Education System

There are key differences between the U.S. system of education and the U.K. system. Briefly:

  • Students are expected to enter their program with sufficient background knowledge in the field to begin an independent research toward a final project.
  • The British Higher education system is based on lectures, seminars, and tutorials, which means study is much more self-directed than in the U.S.
  • Courses are typically “taught,” which generally culminate in a dissertation, or “research” based, which means you will do an individual research project and defend the results.
  • Course work or research is very independent. Students are expected to structure their own time.
  • There are three “terms” of about 10-12 weeks each with 3 week breaks in between.

For more detailed information, see the History and Introduction to the English Educational System

You can also investigate the Resources for Study in the U.K.