As the world’s 2nd largest destination for international student enrolment (1st is the USA), the UK has a lot to offer. The British pride themselves on their multiculturalism, and the cities are melting pots of different cultures and nationalities, who all contribute to the unique flavour of each district. Aside from the weather (which isn’t really that bad), there are some excellent colleges and universities in the UK and you will never be at a loss for new things to do.
1. Cost effective
It may not be the most obvious point (indeed, on paper the costs may look quite high), but the courses in the UK are shorter and more intense than in a lot of other countries, which means you can save money by studying for a shorter period of time for the same level of qualification. Most bachelor’s degrees in the UK take 3 years, and many master’s programs are only 1-2 years long.
2. Health care
Many international students can be treated on the NHS while in the UK. While it shouldn’t be the basis for a decision about where to study, it is a definite perk to living in the UK.
3. Working part-time
While studying on your (cost-effective) course, you should be able to work part-time to further help with your finances. Many visas allow students to work up to 20 hours per week while studying, and some even allow full-time work during holidays. This can both help with the costs of studying in the UK, and help you build up valuable experience and contacts in the UK to help you get a job once you have finished studying.
4. Standard of education
The UK is home to some of the finest universities in the world, with Oxford and Cambridge always in the international top 10, and other institutions such as Imperial College London and University College London appearing high up on the listings as well. Even if you do not study in these universities, the standard of education across the board is extremely high, and is valued by employers in the UK and across the world.
5. Improve your English
If you want to improve your English, where better to do it than the home of the language? While you need a degree of fluency to be admitted to many of the courses, your English will improve considerably once you are immersed in the language and have to speak it every day. Courses are excellent ways to help you to get a foundation in the language, but to achieve true fluency and understand jokes and accents it is best to speak English every day. Employers will also look very favourably at the fact that you can speak English well enough to live and study in the country.
6. Contacts and further opportunities
While you are studying and possibly working part-time, you will have the opportunity to make contacts and impress employers. This can be an important step in securing sponsorships for work visas, and helping you to settle in the UK on a permanent basis. If you would like to live in the UK, studying in the UK is an excellent place to start.
7. Gateway to Europe
While there is a lot of discover in the UK alone, it is very well positioned to explore Europe. Studying in London, for example, means you are just a few hours from Paris on the train, or Amsterdam, or Berlin, or many other beautiful cities throughout Europe. Living in the UK is truly an international experience, and even if you do not choose to go and explore the rest of Europe yourself.