Studying abroad is becoming a popular option for UK students to consider. With the increase in tuition fees at UK universities, many traditionally popular destinations for UK students, such as the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, offer options that are not that much more expensive than UK universities. The Far East, including Hong Kong are also actively recruiting UK students.
Some U.S. universities offer particularly generous financial aid packages for international students who excel academically, often up to 50% of the costs or more. There are also a number of sports scholarships offered by U.S universities which can significantly reduce the costs of the degree course.
Studying in Europe is now also a much more viable option for UK students. Hundreds of degree courses across Europe are taught entirely in English, in order to attract international students (e.g. at Maastricht University (only 4 hours by train from London) all but three courses are taught in English).
Studying at many European universities (including Ireland) remains virtually free - one of the benefits of EU membership. If you are planning to study abroad, you need to start your research early, ideally around spring of Year 12 or before.
The following websites will provide you with useful starting points for information you will need about choosing courses and universities, admissions and applications, finance etc.
For study in the U.S. : The Fulbright Commission
For study in Australia/New Zealand : Study Options
For Study in Ireland : Education in Ireland
For Study in Holland : Study in Holland