The United Kingdom (UK) is made up of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. Each country has distinct regions, each offering large cosmopolitan cities, towns, and countryside villages. Whether you’re looking for a fast-paced lifestyle in busy London or a laid-back culture in the countryside, as a prospective international student, you are guaranteed to fall in love with one of the UK’s many offerings. Take a look at 6 compelling reasons why you should consider UK as your study destination.
1. Astounding Academic Reputation
Education and ranking in the UK have an impressive reputation and is globally recognized by international universities, top employers and government bodies. In fact, many countries like to follow the UK’s education system, as its quality is considered as the best in world.
Did you know? Nearly a fifth of the world’s top 50 universities are in the UK according to the QS World University Rankings 2020!
2. Wide choices of degrees and affordability
The UK offers more than 50,000 courses in more than 25 subject areas to choose from with tuition fees starting from £10,000 a year. Most undergraduate courses in the UK takes 3 years to complete. A master’s degree usually takes 1 year. This is shorter as compared to countries such as the USA where undergraduate degrees take at least 4 years to complete, and a master’s degree takes 2 years to finish. This means more savings on tuition fees and living cost!
Quick fact: You’d get to save even more money with a transfer program. Learn more here.
3. Strong Research Infrastructure
Are you interested in researched-based programs? Widely famous for excellent academic standards in both teaching and research, the Russell Group of universities may be what you’re looking for. Currently there are 24 research-intensive universities members (including the famous University of Oxford & University of Cambridge) producing more than two thirds of the world-leading research produced in UK universities. There is a reason why the UK produces 14% of the world's most cited academic papers!
Did you know? Many of the top-ranked universities are members of the Russell Group but there are other non-member institutions that are also highly respected and rank among the best in the world. For example, Lancaster University, University of East Anglia, and University of Reading.
4. Cultural Diversity
The UK has universities in nearly every city. This mean that, wherever you go, there is a thriving student population - and it’s growing! According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the UK is the 2nd most popular study destination in the world, with almost 450,000 international students choosing to study at UK universities in 2019. It would be easy forging lifelong friends from around the globe, making your study duration even more special!
5. Work Opportunities
The Tier 4 student visa allows part-time work up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays. You can also consider an internship through your university at one of the many internationally famous companies based in the UK, such as the BBC, Burberry, or Rolls-Royce. Either way, you’ll surely have a great looking resume after your completing your study abroad.
What’s more, starting from Year 2020, the UK is offering Post-Study Work Visa where any student enrolling at a UK university can stay in the UK after graduation for up to 2 years to look for work related to their degree or course. This helps get you a good head start in your career – an even better-looking resume to boot!
6. Travel Connections
UK is not all study and no fun. From the Stonehenge and Buckingham Palace, to Oxford Street and Borough Market; there’s so much see and do. If that’s not enough for you, it is easy to travel to mainland Europe for more in a matter of hours by plane or train. Take advantage of the long summer breaks to explore the different countries and cultures!