The UK is one of the most preferred study-abroad destinations. Over 500,000 international students choose to study in the UK every year for the opportunities the country offers. But why? Let's look at the benefits.
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The UK has been able to consistently maintain its educational standard because of regular assessments and upgrades. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is an independent body that assesses the academic quality of all the universities in the country. The agency's assessment reports not only help maintain the higher education standards in the UK but also help identify the setbacks to improve them. The teaching methods and curriculum are thus reviewed and upgraded regularly to best suit students like yourself.
Internationally recognised universities
The UK is one of the pioneers in the higher education system. Some have been educating students for over 800 years. Being a leader in education, it has always been an example for many countries. Today, the UK is home to over 100 world-renowned universities. Your UK degree will lead to a lot of opportunities and be recognised no matter where you decide to work.
Availability of courses in numerous subject areas
You can choose from over 150,000 courses in many subject areas. From the highly sought-after MBAs to diplomas in pizza making; you name it, the UK has got it. You can study the subjects that you are passionate about without compromising.
Shorter course duration
The UK is known for shorter courses. An undergraduate in countries like the USA is four years long, but in the UK the duration is three years. A postgraduate degree is typically two years long in most parts of the world. But in the UK, you can finish it in one year. This way you can save time, start working earlier than your peers and bring down the overall costs (tuition and cost of living).
Career-focused skill development
The UK has a unique teaching style that focuses on both theoretical and practical training. After completing a course in the UK, you will be well versed in theory and have skills required for you to ace your tasks at work from day one.
Internships will help you understand the job environment and gain experience; you can ask questions, use your knowledge from class, and learn. Most of the courses in the UK will encourage you to take up internships. Universities will also assist you through their career support systems to get that dream internship.
As an international student with a Tier 4 study visa, you can work up to 20 hours per week. These jobs need not necessarily be related to your course; it can be anything from working at a local cafeteria to helping out the customers at a local boutique. This will be a fun way for you to be independent and learn about the culture and people of your university's location.
Post-study work visa (PSW)
The UK offers a post-study work visa for up to two years after graduation. You don't need a job offer in hand for this permit. You can continue to look for one after completing your course while holding a PSW visa. You just need to find an eligible job before your PSW runs out. Later on, you can apply for a working visa sponsored by your employer.
High student satisfaction
The UK has one of the highest student satisfaction rates among the English-speaking nations. Over 90% of the students in the UK are highly satisfied with their curriculum, teaching methods and lifestyle. This is mainly due to the wide range of options the UK offers. You will always have things to do irrespective of whether you are an outdoorsy person who likes to travel and explore or a homebody who enjoys a quiet evening at home.
Robust support systems for international students
UK universities have many student support systems in place to help the newcomers. Be it an older student showing you around through the buddy system or your personal guidance faculty advising you through tough times; you always have someone backing you while you settle down and adapt to the new environment. Plus, with the massive number of international people, you will be able to find students from your home country to befriend.
Good health care
'Health is wealth' might sound like an overused cliché, but it is absolutely true. The adventure of moving to a new country can by itself be very stressful, and worrying about your health on top of that can be a bit too much to handle. But the UK has got you covered. By paying a small fee (International Health Surcharge), you can get free medical treatment through the National Health Service (NHS).
The UK is a cultural melting pot. It is home to over 270 nationalities and 300 languages. You will be able to interact with people belonging to various cultures around the world and taste a wide array of cuisines. Being a welcoming nation, the UK not only accepts but celebrates native and foreign cultures. With frequent festivals and carnivals, you can keep yourself entertained throughout the year.