The United Kingdom welcomes over a quarter of a million overseas students every year. It offers world-renowned teaching, a fantastic place to live, experience the student lifestyle, and the ideal environment in which to prepare yourself for the world of work ahead. The UK is also home to some of the world’s most historic, prestigious, and legendary universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.
It is difficult to think of a better place for international students to want to come and study.
Of course, as a UK-based publication, we would be telling the world that the United Kingdom is the greatest nation on Earth for international students to come and study, wouldn’t we? Indeed, it’s a safe bet that most other countries say the same thing about themselves, too.
So why is the UK truly the best study destination for international students rather than any of our competitors?
Why the UK?
Second only to the USA, the UK is one of the world’s leading destinations for international students. According to last year’s QS World University Rankings, our universities are regarded as some of the best in the world, boasting a remarkable 20% of the world’s top 50 universities.
In addition to the quality of teaching and the near-1,000 year heritage of some UK institutions, they also have a stellar reputation for world-class research. A degree from a top UK university carries weight. It opens doors worldwide, as students who achieve them have developed the knowledge, critical-thinking skills, and connections to succeed.
Postgraduate courses in the UK are also world-leading, with some universities even offer sponsorship to students to extend Tier 4 visas.
The benefits of studying in the UK include the ability to choose from over 50,000 courses in nearly 30 subject matters, including Art, Business, Humanities, and Sciences. In other words, it’s almost impossible not to find at least one course on offer that suits you down to the ground.
Furthermore, due to UK courses generally being shorter than elsewhere, the reduced overall tuition and accommodation costs make for an attractive money-saving incentive to study here. This also means that you’ll graduate sooner and be able to begin your career, apply your skills, and get paid to do so in a shorter space of time than in other countries.
Of course, it may even be possible to start working while you’re still studying, though this will be subject to the UK Council for Student Affairs and UK Visas and Immigration.
The United Kingdom is awash with thriving cities, historic market towns, and quaint country villages. Aside from the exciting nightlife, hidden gems, and stunning landscapes, the UK boasts some of the world’s most recognisable tourist attractions. These range from the obvious London landmarks to those further afield, including Stonehenge, the Angel of the North, and Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge.
This is not to mention the UK’s long list of legendary entertainment and sporting venues, both big and small, nor the fact that it plays host to some of the world’s most famous music festivals.
With such an embarrassment of riches for things to do and places to see, it’s a good job the UK boasts some of the world’s finest public transport links. Whether it’s the famous London Underground, our National Express, Manchester’s tram network, or a cheap and cheerful coach trip, the UK is your oyster – wherever you wish to go.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the UK is world-famous for its multiculturalism – welcoming people from all different cultural, linguistic, culinary, and religious backgrounds. As an international student, you can be pretty much guaranteed a warm welcome, as virtually every country on Earth is represented in some way, shape, or form within the United Kingdom.
Other Benefits of Studying in the UK
In terms of the number of categorised items (a whopping 170 million), the British Library in London is officially the largest globally. Situated conveniently near King’s Cross Station and featuring the famous Reading Room, the building is the ideal place to retreat into your private studying.
With its almost-overwhelming selection of books, it’s safe to assume that if you can’t find what you’re looking for in your university library, you’ll be able to find it here.
If English is not your first language, then you’ll be hard pushed to find a more suitable place to learn in than right here in the UK. English is the world’s most widely spoken language, so being able to converse fluently in it will give you a significant advantage in today’s global business market.
Furthermore, since your lectures will be spoken and written in English, day to day life in the UK will provide the perfect opportunity to hone your skills and also make new friends. If you are entirely new to the language, you can study a pathway course before enrolling for a UK degree.
Perhaps most crucially for your future, UK universities are regularly inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. Therefore, you can rest assured that you’ll be benefiting from teaching, research, and learning of the highest possible standards.
Teaching and research at universities in the UK are rated and ranked by the Teaching Excellence Framework and the Research Excellence Framework, respectively. This provides you with the best chance of making an informed decision about where and what to study.
Other Things to Consider
- With nearly 400 higher education institutions/ offering over 50,000 undergraduate courses in the UK, it’s best to make sure you do some thorough research before committing to a particular university or course.
- Higher education applications in the UK are made through UCAS – the University and Colleges Admissions Service.
- Different deadlines apply for different courses and vary according to each university or college. Make sure you know when these are well in advance of applying to avoid disappointment.
- Students from the EU are not required to pay tuition fees in Scotland. However, for all other international students coming to study anywhere in the UK, tuition fees will apply. How much you will have to pay depends on the university and course you choose, as well as whether you are eligible for a bursary or scholarship.
- The money you’ll require to cover your cost of living will depend on where you’re going to study. Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the north of England will be cheaper than London or England’s south.
- Be mindful that you’ll need to apply for a Tier 4 visa before you’re allowed to study in the UK. There are also work permit restrictions and English language qualifications you may require.
- The majority of UK course providers will require you to demonstrate your English speaking abilities or to take an approved English language test before accepting you onto the course. However, the minimum standard of English will depend on the course you’ve chosen. This only applies to international students for whom English is not their first language.
- Although private renting options are available, most first-year students live in university halls of residence.
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