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London is a leading global educational centre, having one of the largest populations of overseas students of any city in the world and the largest student population of any British city.

London also has one of the largest concentrations of universities and higher education institutions in the world. It has 40 higher education institutions and has a student population of more than 400,000.

Among the institutions in London are some of the old and world-famous colleges that today make up the federal University of London, modern universities, as well as a number of smaller and often highly specialised universities and colleges. Additionally, over 45,000 students in over 180 countries follow the University of London External System, established in 1858.

As part of legacy plans for the 2012 Olympic Games, an international university is to be built in London’s Olympic Park. The new university will make use of the sporting facilities and high-tech communications infrastructure remaining after the Olympics, and will specialise in sport science, digital media and green technology.


Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London. Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education.

Brunel University

Brunel University, Brunel is a campus-based university situated in Uxbridge, West London, and is home to nearly 15,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide.

City University, London

City University, London. The university has a research experience of over 100 years and has often been highly ranked for its graduate employability and graduate salaries

Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London. Goldsmiths is best known for courses and research relating to creativity and culture, and has a reputation for producing visual artists.

Imperial College London

Imperial College London, Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

King's College London

King's College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (Times Higher Education 2009) and the fourth oldest in England.

Kingston University

Kingston University, The University is based in Kingston upon Thames, a busy riverside town on the borders of London and Surrey.

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University is one of the foremost providers of undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and vocational education and training in Britain.

London School of Economics

London School of Economics, LSE is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences.

London South Bank University

London South Bank University, The university has 4 faculties covering Health and Social Care, Business, Arts and Human Sciences and Engineering, Science and the Built Environment.

Middlesex University

Middlesex University is a large London university, with two further campuses overseas, in Dubai and Mauritius.

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary, University of London, Queen Mary, University of London is one of London and the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions.

Roehampton University

Roehampton University, Roehampton is one of the newest universities in the UK, having been established in 2004.

Royal Veterinary College

Royal Veterinary College, University of London, As one of the world’s leading specialist veterinary institutions, the Royal Veterinary College brings together many talented individuals, all of whom share a passion for human and animal health and welfare.

School of Oriental and African Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies, Part of the University of London, SOAS is the world's leading centre for the study of a highly diverse range of subjects concerned with Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

St Mary's University College, Twickenham

St Mary's University College, Twickenham, Founded in 1850, it is generally acknowledged to be the oldest Roman Catholic College in the UK. St Mary's assumed university college status in 2007

Thames Valley University

Thames Valley University, TVU now has three campus locations in West London (Brentford and Ealing), Reading and Slough.

University College London

University College London, UCL is one of the most highly ranked and prestigious British universities. The university currently ranks 4th in the world in the 2009 Times Higher Education rankings, and 3rd in Europe in the 2009 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

University of East London

University of East London, The university is located on two main campuses in east London. These are The Stratford Campus, at Stratford and The Docklands Campus,

University of Greenwich

University of Greenwich, The university has three campuses: Avery Hill, in the south-east London district of Eltham; Greenwich, in the historic London borough; and Medway, which is in Chatham Maritime, Kent.

University of Westminster

University of Westminster, The University serves more than 23,800 students from 132 countries and offers more than five hundred course offerings and a broad range of research study options.

University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London, The Colleges offer the University's 20,000 students a diverse range of courses at all levels from foundation and undergraduate to postgraduate and research.