The UK has become one of the top destinations to study around the world. With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, prestige institutions on every corner, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot.
Growing Study Destination
The UK is a popular destination for higher studies for students from around the world and is home to three of the top 10 universities in the world. The UK is also the second most popular destination for international students, behind the US. Recently the UK government has announced a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for talented international students to build successful careers in the UK.
UK universities are among the best in the world, and consistently perform well in world rankings. They also have a reputation for world-class research. A degree that you gain from a UK university will be recognized internationally by universities, employers and government bodies.
High Quality Education
The standard of teaching and research at UK universities and colleges is routinely assessed and graded by official organizations to ensure that set benchmarks are met. This standard of excellence is set by some of the older universities with recognizable names, such as Oxford and Cambridge, but the tradition carries through to many of the universities and colleges throughout the UK.
Although UK institutes undertake the responsibility of ensuring the standard and quality of different programs themselves, independent audits are carried out. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favor.
Affordable Education Cost
Because your degree will generally take less time to complete in the UK than in other countries, you could save money compared to a US school. Although four-year programs are increasing in popularity, most undergraduate degree programs in the UK are three years, and a master’s/graduate program is typically between one and two years.
Work While You Study
Many Indian students in the UK gain work experience along with their study. A part-time job, internship or placement during vacation and volunteering are some ways to develop valuable skills that you can add to your CV. A work placement is a part of the study course for some colleges, and your university or college may assist in providing placement.
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. You should check with your international advisor at your school before starting any work.
Indian students who're worried about expensive tuition fee need not lose sleep either. The best approach includes lots of preparation, careful analysis of your budget, and hard work in researching and applying for scholarships. There are many scholarships and loans available to students who want to study in the UK, especially at the postgraduate and research level.
The UK is known for its multicultural society, with nearly all religions and faiths represented. With a racial, ethnic and religious jumble, the UK is very open to new traditions and cultures - a great thing for students from other countries. With the addition of the Channel Tunnel and low-cost airlines, Europe is easier to access than ever. You can reach most areas of Europe from the UK within a few hours by train or direct flight.
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