According to recent studies, more than half of the World’s top 200 universities are located in either the United State of America or the United Kingdom. These two countries share a rich tradition of quality higher education, excellent academics research and a culture that promotes intellectualism as well as academic freedom.

One of the innovations that promote academic freedom to the fullest is online education. For your online education, you will need a computer and electronic books. You can easily read online reviews about stores to know where to buy the computer you will need for your online course. You will also have to find electronic books shops based on reviews to know where to find the electronic books you need for your education.

Although, they both provide an excellent learning environment there are many differences between these countries regarding the structure of the university as well as the student life.

In this article, we will be talking about the major differences between the American and British education systems.


  1. Length of Time
  2. University Organization
  3. Academic Term
  4. Cost


The first and most important difference between the US and the UK education system is time. The duration taken to finish your degree varies in each country. The degree program in the United State takes about one year longer than the degree program in the United Kingdom. Also, this varies depending upon whether you receive a Master’s degree before a PhD. Although in the US and UK education system you can do your PhD program out of your undergraduate program, in the UK it is more common to finish an M.Sc program before moving on to a PhD.


Most Universities in the United Kingdom are made up of colleges and each college is dedicated to a specific subject matter. These colleges are still governed by the University, each college has quite some autonomy from each other as well as the University. In the United Kingdom education system, you either apply directly to the college of your desired subject you want to study or you apply through a centralized system that allows you to apply to different colleges at once. While in the United State you apply to the larger University and for the first year or more you take courses from a different field.


Most Universities in the United State begin their first-semester academic session in mid to late August, although smaller liberal arts colleges may state later and First-semester break begins in mid-December. They resume for the second semester in early to mid-January.

The academic session in the United Kingdom is different from that of the United State. They use the semester system while the trimester and quarter systems are also used in some Universities. In the United Kingdom, most schools start in September or October and end in May or June.


In the United State and the United Kingdom, the tuition fee ranges from university to university. It depends on the standard of the University. The tuition cost of a private university is different from that of a public university.

On average, the cost of the tuition fee in the United Kingdom is much cheaper than in the United State.

In contrast, fees for International Students is also different from the fee of the Citizen of these two countries.