Top 10 Reasons to Study in the UK

Top 10 Reasons to Study in the UK

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Anumika Bahukhandi
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Updated on May 3, 2023 23:16 IST
Top 10 Reasons to Study in the UK

A country with a fascinating literary history, culture, and landmarks, the UK offers much more than just aesthetic beauty and tourist attractions. One of the top choices of international students for studying abroad, the United Kingdom accommodates some of the best universities and colleges in the world with international recognition. Many of these have been highly ranked on the global ranking league tables, with the University of Cambridge standing as the first runner-up in QS World University Rankings, 2023. Well-known for its higher education, 9 of its cities are among the top QS Best Student Cities, 2023.

This year, in 2023, as per reports the total number of overseas students in the country surged to an all-time high of 559,825. A 23.7% increase from the year 2022 was recorded. This proves how much students across the world are interested in pursuing their after-school studies in the UK. The article will assist you in chalking out your study plans by highlighting the top 10 reasons to study in the UK.

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Why UK is Best for Study?

Due to its intransigent education quality, students target the UK for obtaining a well-recognised foreign education degree as well as a promising future. Employers all around the globe value the education obtained from UK institutes due to the excellent teaching offered, top-notch research facilities, and high academic standards. Apart from this the multifarious programmes offered, with distinct specialisations, act as an added advantage.

Top 10 Reasons to Study in the UK

Availability of Diverse Courses: Students have the option to choose from a variety of academic programmes and specialisations and pursue undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral degrees. From law and business to humanities and medicine, almost every imaginable area of study is available in higher education institutes in the UK. Some of the popular courses/study areas which overseas students prefer to study there are listed below in the table.

Top 10 Courses to Study in the UK

Law

Economics

Nursing

Medicine

Business

Computer Science

Dentistry

Management Studies

Media and Communication

Psychology

Supreme Education Quality: While filtering choices, one of the topmost priorities of students when it comes to studying abroad is to get a good education. The UK has long maintained its image for providing high-quality education and sets of its world-famous universities speak volumes about the same. With a creative teaching style, its programmes are created to be relevant to the present job arena. It has institutes which are not only preferred by students around the world but also by highly reputed employers. Institutes such as the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Manchester, etc., feature among the top 100 universities in the world.

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The table below lists the top six universities in the UK which are ranked highly in the QS World University Rankings, 2023.

University

QS World University Rankings 2023 (Global)

University of Cambridge

#2

University of Oxford

#4

Imperial College London

#6

UCL

#8

The University of Edinburgh

#15

The University of Manchester

#28

King’s College London

#37

Rich Cultural Experience: Making friends is not only important for a happy academic tenure but also for future professional growth. You will be a part of a class that would accommodate students from all parts of the world, following different cultures and holding different perceptions. Interacting with them and building ties will not only help you grow as a person but will also help view the world from a different perspective. The country offers a great social and cultural experience and you can explore the same with your batch of friends. Currently, more than 450,000 overseas students are residing and studying in the UK.

Research Opportunities: A leader in research, the UK has many universities which excel in various fields of research. As per the British Council, 38% of Nobel Prize recipients had pursued higher education in the United Kingdom. It holds the third position worldwide for published scientific research, with almost 200,000 publications that could be cited in the year 2020. Also, 20% of its academic faculty are from outside the nation and offer a productive part of their international experience to students while teaching.

Employment: Employability is also among the top 10 reasons to study in the UK. Helping students earn some extra money while studying and after graduating, the UK permits part-time work while studying, provided the set conditions are met. So, if you wish to work while studying a degree course or more, you can do so for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Once you’ve graduated, you can remain in the UK for a period of two years and pick up employment. Those enrolled in the language centre can work for up to 10 hours every week during the course term. Due to UK universities’ collaboration with various renowned employers/agencies, one can find good internship opportunities as well as placements.

The following is a list of the UK universities which have been ranked among the top in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings in 2022.

University

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022 (in UK)

University of Oxford

#1

University of Cambridge

#2

UCL

#3

Imperial College London

#4

The University of Manchester

#5

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

#6

Check: Part time Work Options in UK for International Students

Free of Cost Healthcare Service: Another benefit of studying in the UK is the free healthcare services provided to overseas students pursuing education there. For this purpose, National Health Service (NHS) has been established which helps one with professional health appointments, hospital booking, and much more. One needs to be holding a valid student visa in order to use its services. Also, an immigration health surcharge fee of £470 has to be paid annually till the end of your course after which one can make use of NHS services. Please remember that these cannot be used if your course lasts less than six months.

Courses with Short Duration: As compared to the US and Canada, the UK offers shorter duration courses. So a bachelor’s degree in the USA which takes four years will take only three years in the UK if the same is being pursued full-time. Similarly, unlike many other countries, a master’s degree in the UK can be obtained in only a year. This will enable you to graduate earlier and will help you with cost-saving.

Polishing Language Skills: Studying in a country where English is one of the native languages and more than 98% of the population speaking the same will help you polish your language skills quite effectively. Not only will your lessons be taught in English but all your classmates will be acquainted with the English language, with the local students helping you enhance the same if required.

Availability of Scholarships: Scholarships are meant to help students unburden their financial constraints and pursue their education in a stress-free manner. Multiple scholarships are available for Indian students to pursue their higher education in the UK. Some of these will be need-based, merit-based or even programme specific. The majority of the universities in the UK also offer discounts on the tuition fee if one pays the initial amount before the set deadline. In order to obtain a merit scholarship, one needs to hold an excellent academic record as the competition is pretty high. Check Popular Scholarships to Study in the UK for Indian Students in 2023-2024

Affordable Education: As it takes less time to obtain an academic degree in the UK as compared to some of the other sought-after study destinations, the cost of tuition and living automatically becomes less. Also, if we compare it with other English-speaking nations such as Australia and the USA, the overall cost of one’s academic tenure (tuition fee + living cost) comes at a lower level. Read Living costs for International Students in UK to get more details about how much would you have to spend on living in the UK.

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