The United Kingdom is a sovereign state in Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, the country includes the island of Great Britain—a term also applied loosely to refer to the whole country—the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. The United Kingdom is a peaceful place for international students. UK is a world leader in many areas of education such as finance, science, and law. UK’s reputation and legacy as a world centre for scientific research makes it a magnet for some of the very best thinkers in the world. There are over 600,000 international students each year come to UK to study for a variety of programmes.
London, the capital city of UK has been a leading international financial centre since the 19th century. For much of this time, it was the main centre of lending and investment around the world and during the late 20th century played an important role in the development of new financial products such as the Eurobond market in the 1960s and derivatives in the 1990s. London continues to maintain a leading position as a financial centre in the 21st century.