The pros and cons of studying outside of the UK

Here are some pros and cons of studying outside of the UK to get you started. It’s a good idea to create your own tables of pros and cons for each course, country, and study options you’re considering.


Exchange rates can have both a positive and negative effect on your cost of living, food and drink, and tuition fees (if you're required to pay in the currency of the country you're applying to study in).

Pros Cons
Many international universities do not charge exchange students tuition fees. UK residents who apply directly to non-UK universities are not eligible for UK student loans.
It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture. International scholarship programmes are especially competitive.
You can develop transferable skills and experience, which can enhance your CV and career prospects. You may not be able to get part-time work to support your overseas studies, due to visa restrictions.
Studies during a term or one year exchange can count towards your final UK degree. Tuition fees are often higher for international students studying abroad.
Many UK universities are now in partnership with universities all over the world and offer exchange programmes. Not all universities offer accommodation to UK students studying abroad – make sure you check this out early.
You can build your foreign language skills and fluency. Studying your subject in a foreign language can be challenging – make sure the overseas course or exchange opportunity you’re considering is taught in your preferred language.


  • There are support networks available at most international universities.
  • Many exchange programmes will offer you support both in-country and pre/post-study.