If you are looking to study abroad and want to progress to top universities whilst having the best international life experience, the UK might be the perfect destination for you. Do you want to know some interesting facts about the UK?
World class universities. Four of the top ten universities in the world are in the UK according to QS World Universities Ranking 2019. Alongside this, the UK is home to Russel Group universities, a prestigious group of research lead institutions who provide global academic excellence. With such high educational standards, it is not a surprise that 38% of international students who have been Nobel prize laureates had studied in the UK. Even for non-Nobel laureates, the UK is the perfect place to boost your career. Also, if you want to make the most of your experience and lead an active academic life, The British Council website has some great recommendations: from joining societies to volunteering, there is a whole array of activities that will help you build a successful CV.
Wide choice in field of study. UK universities are well known for their wide choice in field of study. Whether you want to study English, Business, Law or Engineering, the UK has exactly what you are looking for. And these are only a few examples! The great thing about studying in the UK is that you can choose subjects as specific and direct as you prefer. You will be able to access top quality education specially tailored to your needs and boosting your career prospects in a way that is right for you.
Top economies in the world. In case you didn’t know, the UK is ranked within the top 10 strongest economies in the world according to its most recent GDP. Why would you not want to become an international student in one of the safest and most financially stable countries in the world?
Multicultural and friendly. If you like the idea of being in contact with different cultures, then the UK is the place to be. Not only you will be able to explore the British culture, but you will also be in contact with so many others. Unlike other countries, the UK is well known for being very multicultural and accepting of other communities and religions. Just to give you a few examples, Liverpool has the oldest Chinese community in Europe and the oldest mosque in the UK, you can discover mouth-watering food in Manchester’s amazing Curry Mile and London is a truly world city. So, if you are open minded and would like to engage with people from different backgrounds, being an international student in the UK will be perfect for you.
Degrees highly valued worldwide. According to The British Council, UK graduates are amongst the most wanted by employers worldwide. You will be able to acquire a set of skills which will make you the perfect candidate to your desired job. Besides, you will improve your communication skills; being able to speak more than one language will automatically make you more suitable for plenty of work opportunities.
Shorter duration degrees. As opposed to countries like Spain or the US where it would take four years to complete a bachelor’s degree, did you know that if you study in the UK you can get yours in three years? Additionally, if you would like to make the most of your academic experience, most study programs allow you to undertake work placements and internships known as a “sandwich degree“. A sandwich degree is where you study the first two years of your degree and then spend one year working on a placement (whilst earning a nice salary), then go back to university to complete your final year! The British Council encourages you to check these program options and their availability which will certainly enable you to obtain a first-hand experience of what your professional life will look like once you graduate, not to mention being an incredible enhancement for your CV.
Safe and welcoming. Despite its unique weather, the UK couldn’t be warmer! From the moment you arrive you will feel just how welcoming this country is. So great is the UK’s hospitality that you can always enjoy a nice cup of tea and will find the opportunity to make new friends. It is also a very safe place to live and study with very low crime rates meaning that you are able to explore the UK’s amazing cities.
Qualifications recognised worldwide UK qualifications are recognised worldwide. The UK government recommends checking The Register of Regulated Qualifications, which publishes a list every year where you can find all ‘registered bodies’, so you can make sure that your qualifications will be accepted abroad. Having a UK bachelor’s degree will open the door for you to job markets around the world.
Work during and after study Another positive thing about studying in the UK is that you can gain work experience. Whether you fancy earning some extra money while you learn or consider the possibility of finding a job in the UK after you finish, there is always an opportunity to achieve it. You will be able to find useful information on the UK government’s website on how to apply for a visa extension in case you need one and visa information about working in the UK after studying.
Cultural destination. The UK bursts with culture. From its distinctive music industry and history, to its acclaimed literature and the sheer number of museums. There is no better place to explore, learn from and enjoy. To quote Hugh Grant in one of his most popular roles, ‘We may be a small country, but we are a great one too. Country of Shakespeare, Churchill, The Beatles, Sean Connery, Harry Potter, David Beckham’s right foot… David Beckham’s left foot’. There is no way you would ever get bored of exploring everything that the UK has to offer.
Note: The information we provide has been carefully obtained from reliable sources. All key facts for this article have mainly been sourced from The British Council, QS Universities Ranking, Safe Around and Investopedia amongst others.
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