Monday 05 October 2020


The Study UK campaign is offering students all over the world access to a world-class UK higher education experience as it launches its fifth annual online campaign today, hosted on the social learning platform FutureLearn.

From Monday 5 October 2020, students worldwide will be able to access 395 massive open online courses (MOOCs) from 40 UK universities.

The campaign,  ‘Study UK: Learn online with a UK university’, showcases the diversity of the UK’s higher education offering and offers courses on poetry, anthropology, sustainability, human anatomy, mental health, the Covid-19 pandemic and much more.  All students are welcome to take part and can complete as many courses as they wish.

Eligible learners in the 143 non-OECD countries can take advantage of a free ‘digital upgrade’ until Friday 5 February 2021. This will enable them to access courses for an extended period, take tests and assessments (if applicable) at no additional charge, and earn a digital certificate subject to completing at least five steps on the course. A total of 50,000 free upgrades will be available, capped at one per learner.

Since launching in 2017, the ‘Study UK: Learn online with a UK university’ campaign has enabled more than 480,000 learners from 136 countries to gain free certificates from FutureLearn’s UK university partners as evidence of their academic achievement.

Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education at the British Council said: ‘UK higher education is exceptionally diverse - offering something for everyone - and this is a fantastic opportunity to explore what we have to offer. It could be the start of a life-changing learning journey.’

Justin Cooke, Chief Content and Partnerships Officer at FutureLearn said: ‘Our mission at FutureLearn is to transform access to education. That’s why we’re proud to partner with the British Council to welcome another year of the Study UK campaign, which has already impacted almost half a million learners over the past three years alone. By showcasing over 40 of the UK’s outstanding higher educational offerings through 395 free expert-led online courses, we hope that thousands more learners across the globe will be able to equip themselves with new skills in a wide variety of areas, from the arts to science to business and sustainability.’

Notes to Editor

About the Study UK campaign

The Study UK campaign showcases the UK’s outstanding higher education provision and the life-changing opportunities it brings to international students. Launched in 2016, the campaign helps prospective international students to realise their personal and professional ambitions. It is delivered by the British Council in partnership with the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign.

About the GREAT Britain campaign

The GREAT Britain campaign showcases all four corners of our nation to inspire the world and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK.  It is the UK government’s most successful international campaign, active in 145 countries worldwide.

About FutureLearn 

Here at FutureLearn, our purpose is to transform access to education. We do that by partnering with over a quarter of the world’s top universities to support millions of learners across the globe to develop skills and achieve their personal and professional goals. We’re a leading social learning platform founded in December 2012 by The Open University and are now jointly owned by The Open University in the UK and The SEEK Group. We use design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible short online courses and microcredentials, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In addition to top universities, we also partner with leading organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi, Founders4Schools and Health Education England (HEE), as well as being involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.


About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year, we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.