The Difference Between American and British Higher Education

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As a British citizen writing for an American company, I sometimes find it hard to understand the difference between the American and British higher education system.  So I decided to take a bit deeper dive into this topic, and summarize my findings for everyone below.  My editor, Jon, who is in the US will also weigh in with his American-centric comments along the way.

According to the world university rankings compiled by the Times Higher Education, more than half of the world’s top 200 universities are located in either the U.S or the U.K.  However, although we speak the same language and appear to have similar employment opportunities and prospects, the way we do university (or ‘college’ as Americans call it) is actually really quite different.

I have summarized the key differences (as I see them) below. I hope you find it useful!