Why not study in the UK?

Are you thinking about travelling abroad to study? Taking a leap of faith and applying to a university in another country? Considering, possibly, making that country the UK?

Travelling abroad to study will improve your future prospects and develop you as a person in ways that it is hard to imagine.

Adjusting to a new culture, mingling with people from multiple countries as a matter of course, carrying out your day to day life in a language that isn’t your native one – immediate graduate prospects aside, this is an education for life.

A degree from a British university is prestigious in the international job market.

The fact that you were accepted onto a course and made the decision to move to another country for it already puts you way ahead of the curve when it comes to employment prospects. But why particularly a UK degree?

It some cultures, it could be perceived as rude to challenge the authority of lecturers by voicing your own opinions in class. In the UK, however, this debate and the challenging of well-established norms is actively encouraged.

Students at British universities are encouraged to think independently, to question foregone conclusions and to develop their own opinions, whatever subject they might be studying.

The benefits are numerous: confidence, willingness to take risks, the capacity to move beyond simply what is stated right in front of them on the lecture slides.

Living in the UK

The UK is without a doubt an interesting place to live – possibly more so if you are a student than in any other case. Brimming with history, culture and multiculturalism; with free museums and galleries in their thousands.

If you throw yourself into every opportunity and take full advantage of your time in the UK you are almost certainly going to emerge as more of a broad-minded and knowledgeable graduate than someone who has completed a degree in their home country.

UK universities are massively international places. Studying at one of them will put you in the centre of one of the most inclusive communities that can be found anywhere.

It is almost certain that there will be other international students on your course, or that you will find yourself living amongst others straight away – universities like to mix international students together, especially in halls of residence.

It is also very likely that you will find societies centred around your home country, where you will have the opportunity to meet other internationals – as well as people who are just interested in learning about your country’s culture or language.

Where do international students come from?

The three biggest recruiters of international students are London School of Economics (65% of all students in 2009-10), followed by Imperial College (40%) and University College London (36%).

Not all international students flock to the capital, though –significant percentages of non-UK students (over one quarter of those enrolled) can also be found at Warwick, Bedfordshire, Manchester, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Oxford.

From outside the EU it is India, China, Nigeria and the US that send the most students to study on British soil (numbers from Nigeria and the US are almost identical), whilst from within the EU the top three are the Republic of Ireland, Germany and France.
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