The United Kingdom or the Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign country in the western Europe, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The capital of the UK,London, is not only the largest city and the financial capital of the country, but is also a hub for education for a long period of time. The UK has the oldest university in the English-speaking world and boasts of top universities, courses, and education to make it to the top study abroad destination.
Listed below are more reasons to study in the UK.
1. Top Universities
The island country boasts of nine universities in the list of Top 50 universities according to the QS rankings. Such best universities of the UK have always inspired people from all over the world to be associated with them.
Top 12 UK universities according to QS ranking
QS Rank 2016–17
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
UCL (University College London)
Imperial College London
The University of Edinburgh
King's College London
The University of Manchester
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
University of Bristol
The University of Warwick
University of Glasgow
Source: QS Ranking
2. Top courses
Universities of the UK are ranked best for courses in ‘Arts and Humanities’ with the top two spot going to Oxbridge, the oldest universities of the world. Oxbridge also features among the top five in Engineering and technology, life sciences and medical degrees, natural science and social science degrees.
Arts and humanities
Engineering and Technology
Life Sciences and Medical Degrees
Natural Sciences Degrees
Social Sciences Degrees
London Business School
3. Top education
The courses offered are shorter in duration than anywhere in the world. Therefore, you graduate faster than elsewhere. The undergraduate programmes offered in the UK are three-year courses while the postgraduate programmes are of one+ year duration. The UK universities are also ranked for their research quality in the world accounting for five per cent of world’s scientific research. The country also accounts for 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited papers, thus, giving students access to some of the leading academicians of the world.
4. Value for Money
First, the courses in the UK are of shorter duration than anywhere else in the world. The Masters course is typically a one year programme. The shorter course duration also incurs lesser tuition and living cost in the country. Although, there are a few two-year Masters courses offered in some of the universities for the students to choose from. Second, the extra cost which is applicable in the US like GRE, are also not mandatory for the UK universities.
Engineering programmes are also quite affordable in the UK with a diversity of specializations available to the students.
While a Masters programmme in US would cost is around $33,215 annually plus the living expenses, Masters Course in the UK, a one year programme would cost in the range of Â£9,700–Â£32,000 (US$12550–41400).
Universities in the UK offer a variety of scholarships to fund education. There are a number of government sponsored scholarships available for the students. These are available for undergraduate as well as postgraduate study programmes. A host of engineering scholarships are also available to the international students to help them get world class education. A few of the scholarships are,
The Chevening Scholarships
Westminster International Scholarship
Cardiff University Scholarship
6. Top job opportunities
The Universities of the UK score quite high in the graduate employability score according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016. The employability score showcases the percentage of university’s graduates who are in work a year after the completion of their degree. This is helpful for the aspiring students. The top UK universities according to Graduate employability score are as follows:
Graduate employability Score
Imperial College of London
University College of London
University of Manchester
7. Top extracurricular activities
Universities of the United Kingdom encourage wholesome development of the students and hence have a range of extracurricular activities. They offer flexibility of choice and enable the students to blend their academic courses with their vocational interests.
8. Work and study options
One of the most important points is the availability of work for international students to help with their living/tuition expenses. The shorter duration courses cost less than the two year courses and make the candidate realize their employment potential faster. Working for 20 hours a week during term time and full time during holidays is a reason that tips the UK in favour of the international students. Students from European countries enjoy a better flexibility in terms of work. The UK Border Agency and the UK Council for International Student Affairs help the students out regarding their study and work options.
9. Health benefits
United Kingdom offers health benefits to students who have opted for full time programmes. The students receive free or subsidized medical treatment by NHS (National Health Scheme) enrolled for a period of six months or more. Individual/Private/Non-funded universities also offer some kind of health benefits to the students.
10. Top language
United Kingdom being the home of most used language, provides an ideal setting for individuals to hone their language skills which in turn enhance their career prospects.
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