Degrees from UK higher education providers are respected around the world, and the choice of subjects you can study is extensive. A degree from any British university will look great on a CV, and when looking for work in the future, no matter the industry and the location, having a qualification from the UK will be a great selling point.
British higher education providers are recognised internationally for their creative and challenging environments, that help push students to be their best. Their standards are highly regarded, with experts on many academic topics, and they're generally high in internationally university rankings.
The British higher education system has been the basis for higher education standards around the world for a long time, with revolutionary teaching styles and modern facilities.
The UK is a multicultural country and is also immensely popular with international students. In fact, the UK is the second most popular destination for overseas students in the world.
This diversity means our campuses are alive with different cultures. You can mix with people from around the world and learn so much more than just what you are studying on your degree.
Generally, an international student can work up to 20 hours a week during term-time, and ten hours when school is out. This allows students to take on a part-time job or an internship, to learn new skills and earn money while studying.
Your university may even help you secure an internship as part of your course, which will most certainly give you a competitive edge when you graduate.
The UK Government has also announced a new post-study visa that will allow international students who graduate from the summer of 2021 to stay and work in the UK for a further two years.
International students can enjoy some financial benefits when choosing the UK.
Firstly, a degree in the UK takes less time to complete than in other countries. In many countries it takes four years, plus two or three extra years to complete a postgraduate degree. In the UK it takes three years for an undergraduate degree and then one extra to complete a postgraduate qualification (unless you are a medical or research student).
International students can also get financial help when studying in the UK, in the form of scholarships, grants and bursaries. Furthermore, living costs in the UK, especially when outside of cities like London, are reasonable.
Research the area before applying to the university to better understand the prices, but generally, entertainment, food, and rent is cheaper than the US.
If you decide to study in the UK, you won’t be bored, there is always something to do no matter your interests are. The UK is a unique country, filled with many families with roots from around the world. This leaves the UK with a unique mix of different cultures, food, and interests. You will not just learn about British culture, but from people from other countries and cultures too.
No matter what part of the UK you move to, you will find a mix of restaurants, nightlife, shops, and sporting activities to keep you interested. The Brits love to visit art galleries, bars, concerts, and open-air markets – so you will always find something to entertain yourself with outside of class hours.
- There are more than 395 universities and colleges, offering over 50,000 undergraduate-level higher education courses across the UK.
- UK higher education applications are made through UCAS.
- There are different deadlines for applying for different courses, and to different universities – take a look at the key dates and deadlines relevant to courses you’re interested in.
- You will need to pay tuition fees – these vary depending on the uni or college and course you choose. You may be able to get financial help with your tuition fees, or a scholarship. However, EU students are not subject to tuition fees in Scotland.
- The amount of money you will need to cover living costs will vary based on where you study. London and other large cities tend to be more expensive.
- Many international students need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, and there are work permit restrictions and some English language qualifications you may need.
- Universities advise all applicants what standard of English is required for their courses. Most course providers will ask you to demonstrate proficiency in English, or to take an approved English language test if English is not your first language.
- First year students tend to live in university halls of residence (university accommodation) – but there are lots of other accommodation options.
If you would like to speak to current UK undergraduate students about their experiences, try Unibuddy – there are students to talk to across subjects, universities, and even nationalities.
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