UK is home to world’s oldest varsities
Updated on Mar 27, 2017 - 11:57 a.m. IST by Naveen Chopra #United Kingdom
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UK is home to world’s oldest varsities - We live in a time when the world is viewed as a global village. We now consider our options globally and are cross-influenced by all cultures, whether we travel or not.

Options galore
International students today have a plethora of options, be it countries such as the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and so on, to the new emerging education destinations in various European countries such as Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and Spain. In addition, Asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia and China are also becoming viable education destinations. 

Old is gold
Among all these, the UK still occupies a pivotal spot alongside the US. These are the two most popular study destinations for students from all over the world. Modern education, as it is known in the West, and indeed in our own country, is inspired by educational institutions in the UK. There are large numbers of good quality institutions in the UK, many of which are over 100 years old (of course, Oxford and Cambridge are over 800 years old). Universities all over the world have modelled themselves on the Oxbridge format and developed it in a fashion that suits them.

The research edge
Various inventions that drive today’s world happened inside British universities. For instance, the atom was first split by Rutherford in the University of Manchester in the early 1920s and the first cloning (Dolly the sheep) happened at the Roslin Institute and the biotechnology company - PPL Therapeutics near Edinburgh in Scotland (cloned by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and colleagues). Often, the research is funded by American companies or corporates and ends being known as American research, but it is really happening in British institutions. 


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Multicultural hub
A key quality of Britain as a country is that communities from all over the world have migrated and settled. These communities maintain their own cultural identity even while they merge into a larger British culture. Further on, at British universities, you will be studying with people from all over the world and share an enriching experience. 

Since most British universities are still publicly or government funded, they maintain a minimum standard in so far as their curriculum, infrastructure and teaching quality are concerned. 


Beyond academics


Universities in Britain provide a lot of exposure to students wanting to work on their personalities in an overall sense. All kinds of sports and games are played locally on campuses and student unions are extraordinarily proactive with all kinds of extracurricular activities.

Even though like most Western and European countries, Britain too is experiencing an economic downturn at this point of time. However,  being the resilient country that it is, it would be amongst the first to bounce back as soon as the global situation turns for the better. 

The job scenario
Britain allows 20 hours of work to students during term time and full-time during holidays. However, after finishing your studies, unless you have a job offer, the British system would allow you only four months in addition to the time you have in your student visa to find work.


On its expiry, you would need to return to your home country or leave Britain to find a job anywhere else in the world. After studying in Britain, the possibilities of getting employment in the Middle East, Asian countries, Africa, South America are worth exploring. These qualifications are highly regarded. The world is your playground at the beginning and the end of the day. 


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is it hard to get into top universities with marks around 80s in ug and will I be eligilble for scholarships?

Masira 16th Dec, 2019

The cutoffs of the top universities will be an important consideration when you think about admissions. Scoring 80's will help you get around 80% and it seems like a good score and will be able to help you get into good university. However, it purely depends on what is the cutoff of a particular university. The same goes for the scholarships. There are universities that will be providing scholarships bases on merits and you can check on the site of the college before applying to see what are their scholarship providing criteria. If you have a particular university or college in mind go through their official website to find relevant information that will help you make better decisions.

Hope this helps.

What university would be best to do psychology in United Kingdom and also with scholarship and would accept 6 months fees

Vishwaksen Gouda Student Expert 5th Oct, 2019

Hello Varun Marwah,

Here are the best universities to study the psychology where your study related to your practical work

Here it is

1. University of Oxford. of St Andrews.

3. University of Bath.

4.University of Cambridge.

5.UniversityCollege London.


7.u niversity of York.

all. The best


Is it easy to get permanent residence in UK or we should return back after completion of study post work visa.....

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 25th Sep, 2019
Dear Vinay, obtaining a permanent residency in UK is quite a lengthy process usually. Now UK has extended the stay for Indian Students post their studies by 2 years. Which means, even if you complete your studies, you can extend your stay by 2 more years.  It depends on the route you are applying through. The following visas require this time to apply for Indefinite leave to remain:

Marriage or unmarried partner to UK citizen: 2 years

Lawful stay on any basis which is a long stay: 10 years

Unlawful stay: 14 years

Tier 1 and Tier 2 work permit: 5 years

Investor, sportsperson, business owner, arts: 5 years

Ancestry: 5 years

If you manage to get a good paid job you can get permanent residency under work permit within 5 years.
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