Study abroad in the UK
The quality of UK education is recognised by employers, universities and governments worldwide. It is a popular destination for international students, and well respected for world-class standards of teaching. English is the international language of business, science and technology and by studying and living in Britain you will be immersed in the language and have the opportunity to perfect your English communication skills.
British education institutions have a long history of welcoming international students. Each year some 250,000 – 300,000 overseas students go to the UK to study programs ranging from English languages courses to university degrees. After the United States, the UK is the most popular destination in the world for international students.
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2014), the UK is home to seven out of the top 10 universities in Europe. And the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London (Imperial College) are ranked amongst the top 10 in the world. Although the UK has only 1% of the world’s population, it undertakes 5% of the world’s scientific research and produces 14% of the world’s most highly cited academic papers. By studying in the UK, you have the opportunity to graduate from one of the best education systems in the world.
Britain is a multicultural, multi-faith country that has always welcomed migrants and visitors from abroad. By living in the UK, you will have the opportunity to experience new culture and meet people from different backgrounds who hold different views. And, because the UK is such a popular destination for international students, you are sure to meet people from all over the world during your time in the UK.
Furthermore, UK research has a great international reputation and has been defined as ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 which produces quality profiles for course providers by assessing research activity against agreed quaity standards.
The UK is really diverse and full of different cultures, for example schoolchildren in London speak over 300 languages between them. There is also a mix of cosmopolitan cities and rural villages, with strong transport links, exciting sporting events and both historical structures and modern architecture.
Courses in the UK are generally shorter than many other countries, helping to reduce tuition fees and accommodation costs. You might be able to work while you study, find further information at Uk Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and The Uk Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) on working during and after your studies. There is a lot of support for international students in the UK. Many course providers have international offices and student societies, activities and academic guidance, plus counsellors and advisers to help you feel welcome and supported throughout your time in UK higher education.