UK as a Study Destination
There are many factors that most influence students’ choice of where to study. Out of which, the most important are safety and security, the quality and cost of education, and work opportunities after graduation. The United Kingdom scores extremely well on these components.
According to the British Council’s Education Intelligence Service (October’2013), over the next decade the UK will keep its status as the second most powerful market after the US, enticing an extra 126,000 international students.
With an outstanding higher-education system, hundreds of top-class universities, world-class scientific equipments and labs, extremely good infrastructure, and superb teaching faculty, the UK delivers a rich experience for international students. UK courses offer a tremendous range of benefits like valuable skills, diverse culture, advanced industries and academic excellence.
Quick Facts on UK's Global Education position
- According to the Annual Innovation Report, BIS, 2012, the UK is at second position in the world for university-industry collaboration.
- According to the International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, BIS, the UK is recognised as a world-leading research country.
- Over 88% of international higher education graduates were satisfied with their UK learning experience as per the BIS Tracking International Graduate Outcomes.
- According to the Nobel Media AB, the UK universities and research institutions have given 88 Nobel Prize winners since 1903.
- As per the Study Travel Magazine, December 2012, the UK has spotted a number one spot worldwide for English language study.
Reasons to Study in the UK
International Reputation/ Worldwide Recognition
The UK is the second most popular study destination for international students, and well known for top-class standards of teaching- four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK as per the 2012 QS World University Rankings. The degrees and qualifications from UK higher education institutions are known around the world as high quality and world class
Quality Education/ Excellent Academics
The quality of education is assessed by the Official bodies such as the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Research standards are examined by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which publishes its findings every five years. These official authorities guarantee that institutions maintain the long-established tradition of excellence in education. Also, many courses in the UK follow a ‘modular’ structure, i.e. you can personalize your course by choosing modules of your choice.
Diversity of Culture
The UK is full of different cultures. A mix of cosmopolitan cities and rural villages, coupled with strong transport links, exciting sporting events historical structures and modern architecture. With a cultural and religious jumble, the UK is very receptive to new traditions.
Value for Money
The cost of education for an international student in the UK is lower as compared to other countries. The tuition fee for the majority of UK higher education institutions is in the range of �6,000 to �7,000 a year. Many UK shops, restaurants and other services offer considerable student discounts.
Tremendous Work Opportunities
An international student in the UK is typically allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during school term, and up to full-time when school is out of term. Working while studying will not only help cover your costs but will also present you with valuable experience. The UK qualification provides an excellent platform to boost your career.
There are many scholarships and grants available for studying in the United Kingdom. Student loans are also available to help you finance your education. For researchers and academics, the UK invests heavily in international collaboration – between 10 and 20% of the UK’s total science budget goes to international research collaboration. 40% of research council grants have an international component, and over 50% of UK PhD students are international students.