Choosing to study abroad can prove to employers that you're flexible and culturally mobile. Many employers also think studying abroad gives you great maturity and a breadth of experience that makes you stand out from other candidates.
Top five reasons to study abroad
- It can be cheaper – With the rise in tuition fees in 2012, and the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for courses starting from September 2017, higher education in the UK isn’t necessarily the most cost-effective option. A recent study conducted by HSBC found that Germany was the least expensive place to study at less than half the annual cost of a degree in the UK, with France coming a close second.
- Stand out from the crowd – Graduate employment is tough, with thousands of graduates with similar qualifications seeking jobs every year. Make yourself stand out from the crowd by studying abroad – it’ll give you more life experience, cultural awareness, and perhaps a different perspective on life to your fellow graduates.
- Study at a top ranking course provider – According to the QS World University Rankings, six of the top ten universities on the planet are abroad, with five of those being in America. Although four of the top ten are UK-based course providers, why not try something a little different and experience the same high level of tuition but with completely different surroundings?
- Get international-savvy – In our global economy, an awareness of the wider world outside your home town (and home country) can go a long way. Just think of all those international businesses looking for clued-up employees, with an understanding of different cultures and how the world works.
- Whet your appetite for adventure – Want to see the world but can’t justify an extended holiday? Combine the two and study abroad in a location you can explore as extensively as you like!
IE University, Spain
IE University is an institution that thrives on change. With an innovative vision, entrepreneurial spirit, and a focus on humanities and academic rigour, IE University is committed to educating professionals and experts who will make a difference in society.
IE University offers a unique learning environment, which fosters the exchange of ideas and facilitates a global vision.
- 100 nationalities are represented on our campuses in Segovia and Madrid, with over 65% of students coming from outside of Spain.
- IEU ranks 1st university in Spain, 8th in Europe, and 25th worldwide on employability (Times Higher Education, 2016).
IE University is a pioneer in innovative programmes that approach areas of study in a different way. Innovation thrives in an environment that is flexible and adaptable, where the capacity to think ahead and cultivate new skills is considered essential for a top tier education.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam:
- is listed among the world’s top universities in various rankings
- offers 120 English taught programmes at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. Ten faculties share one campus and cover a wide spectrum of business, law, science, arts, and medicine studies
with more than 23,000 students, of which 3,000 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance
- is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language
- is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands, hosting over 700 companies
- is a modern campus university with student housing just a five-minute bike ride away. We arrange housing for you
- 78 nationalities work and study closely together, creating an international and dynamic academic community
- provides high quality education in small and highly interactive classes
- welcomes all cultures, nationalities and religions. Students look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and try to seek tangible solutions for a better world
- distinguishes itself in research and education, through four interdisciplinary themes: human health and life sciences, science for sustainability, connected world and governance for society
Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Established in 1976, Maastricht University (UM) is the youngest research university in the Netherlands. UM stands out for its:
Strong international orientation
- We offer a wide range of English-taught bachelor’s programmes and master’s programmes.
- Almost half of the student population and a third of our academic staff are non-Dutch.
- UM ranks 6th in both the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 ranking and the QS ‘top 50 under 50’ ranking.
Small-scale learning modelEducation at UM is unique thanks to our learning model: Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Although ‘small scale’ and ‘personal’ may not be terms you would immediately associate with a university classroom, it is around these concepts that PBL revolves. Working in groups of a maximum of 15, you actively discuss and solve problems with your fellow students and tutors.
Interested in studying in the USA? We can help!
American universities are becoming increasingly popular for UK and international students. Last year, over 9,400 UK students and over 700,000 total international students chose American universities for their studies.
As part of the EducationUSA network, we are the official source of information on applying to American universities for the United Kingdom. Visit our website for a step-by-step guide to applying for US study or attend one of our US study events, including our annual USA College Day fair.