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. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture.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.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.
Why Study In UK:
Renowned and Well-Respected Universities :
UK universities are regularly featured in ranking league tables such as The Times’ Higher Education Rankings and the QS World Rankings. Many UK universities are featured in the rankings, with at least a third of the top 10 comprising of UK universities.
Universally recognized institutes:
The UK is home to some of the world’s most renowned schools (Who hasn’t heard of Cambridge and Oxford?). Apart from the big names, the UK is recognized by the world for having a solid educational system, and your credentials from the UK will most likely be acknowledged in any country you may work in.
- International hub:By studying in the UK, you have great opportunities to travel and work in the host country of a world-class metropolis: London. With its professional and diverse mix of people, the UK may be your launch pad to other international opportunities.
Easy access to travel:
Unlike in Canada, everything is relatively close in Europe. While you’re studying in the UK, you can take weekend trips to Rome, Athens, or Paris in your spare time for a fraction of the price you would pay to visit them from Canada.
Large Student Population :
The UK has a large international student population, increasing year on year. 2009/2010 saw the number increase by 10% to 405,810. For postgraduate courses, international students make up the majority percentage. With almost half a million international students you are certain to be studying with like-minded people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
Work and Study Option:
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.
The United Kingdom is a friendly and tolerant place rich with diverse cultures. There are many international communities, especially in big cities, which provide a familiar and homely environment for inhabitants, offering both new experiences and the ability to share culture with the rest of the UK.No matter what your culture or religion you will receive a friendly reception. Not only that but the UK also caters for your religious requirements, such as places of worship, and often provides translated documentation should you require it.
Cheapest of the Big 3 Destinations:
Out of the ‘big 3’ destinations (Australia, the USA, the UK) the UK is the cheapest. Tuition fees in the UK are substantially cheaper than in the USA and Australia, from £10,000+ compared to £12,000+ for the US, and £13,000+ for Australia.More importantly, the financial proof requirement for a UK visa is less. This is the amount of money you are required to prove you have available in order to qualify for a student visa. In the UK this is £16,000+ compared to £18,000+ for the US and £25,000+ for Australia.
Free Healthcare for the Duration of Your Study:
If you are studying in the UK for more than 6 months you are entitled to full NHS healthcare coverage. This means that, should you require emergency healthcare, you do not have to worry about any financial implications. Healthcare in the UK includes anything from consultations with a GP (General Practitioner), family planning, to major surgery. Most universities have an on campus doctors’ surgery.