Top 6 reasons to study in the UK
Our expert Amit Chaturvedi outlines 6 amazing reasons why you should study in the UK
This is one question most students and their parents ask when making a choice of various study destinations to choose from, and I always recommend to understand why they are seeking to study abroad. There are many reasons to choose the UK over other countries – it offers the most enriching experience, cosmopolitan culture and academics besides an opportunity of a lifetime to build an incredible career.
In terms of academic credibility, the UK is ranked amongst the top 3 destinations worldwide – be it an undergraduate, postgraduate or a PhD degree. A student earning a UK degree can be assured of a global exposure besides high standards of education. Here are a few important points to consider while you decide to study in the UK.
1. Variety of courses
When opting to study in the UK, it’s important to be certain about what you would like to pursue, as the course mix varies with institutions. Having a greater understanding will not only help you shortlist your choices but also bring in life long returns.
For students looking at shorter durations, the UK offers one-year masters taught programs – these are compressed masters programs and are equal to typical two years’ masters available around the world. In fact, few British universities offer fast-track courses in which you can earn a master’s degree at an undergraduate level.
More than 500,000 international students enroll every year
More than 395 universities and colleges to select
More than 25 subject areas to choose from
2. Exceptional pedagogy
Students in the UK are encouraged to learn in smaller groups in addition to their classes; they are made to be part of a multi-country student group to work together on various projects and presentations. They are also encouraged to express their opinions and debate so that there is a forum to exchange ideas as well. Depending on the course program, the students have free lab access, practical workshops and work experience as part of the curriculum. Typically, the lectures include the importance of critical thinking and vigorous learning. Also, the UK universities expect a student to read ample references during their free time so that they stay well-informed in different business scenarios.
The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) which keeps a check on the quality of research conducted by over 154 top UK universities and colleges, classified 46% as 'internationally excellent' and 30% of the research as 'world-leading'.
3. Scholarships to fund your dream
The UK is known for some of the best scholarships being offered to international students – these are offered by the universities, the government and several private trusts as well. The quantum of scholarships depends on the eligibility of a student, but I would advise the students to explore all possible options to secure a scholarship.
Some of the popular scholarship options include:
- Great Scholarship
- Charles Wallace India trust
- Hornby Scholarships
- Commonwealth Scholarships & Fellowships Plan
- Scotland Saltire Scholarship
- Goa Education Trust (GET) Scholarship
4. It’s easy to find accommodation
Living in the UK is fun. Most institutions assure campus accommodation to all international students, and students are required to ensure that they communicate with their institution well in advance to ensure they live on campus. As a student, you can choose from a variety of options - from on-campus to off-campus, from on-suite to shared, from catered to self-catered and many more. The cost of living on the campus will depend on the choice of accommodation you choose to live on.
Wherever you choose to live, be aware of your contractual rights and responsibilities. In most cases, you’ll be asked to enter into a tenancy agreement, which must be read thoroughly before committing.
5. Expansive work opportunities
Students in the UK pursuing a degree program are allowed to work part-time during their term, students can work 20 hours a week during the term time and they are allowed to work full time i.e. 40 hours per week.
Every UK university has a specific Career Services team that assists students all over the year about how to make an influential resume, how to search for the right jobs and prepare for an interview. Graduate Recruitment Fairs are also held at the university campus and in major cities, where reputed companies from across the globe participate and recruit students on-the-spot.
6. Commuting – never a hassle
Travel around most cities in the UK is very convenient and cost-effective. If you are living on campus, you may find travel around campus provided by the institution at no cost. Mostly, the students are encouraged to take a bicycle to go around the campus as well as the city – big cities in the UK have underground systems to make the travel safer and quicker.
As you decide to choose to study in the UK, you may get a chance to study at some of the highly ranked institutions in the world, institutions that produce world-class researches. With the best of corporate houses sponsoring students with internships and high plausibility of full-time jobs, studying in the UK can change your life forever.
If you have had the thought to study in the UK, I encourage you to connect with us at IDP and pave your path to achieving your goals.
Updated on July 9, 2020
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Amit Chaturvedi, Associate Director – Client Relations – UK, Ireland and NZ for South Asia at IDP Education the South Asia region.
His previous assignment was with British Council (A division of British High Commission) in Delhi as Head of Education – UK. Amit has led some of the biggest education initiatives at British Council, supporting UK Universities form alliances and partnerships with many Indian institutions. He was also instrumental in initiating a large number of twining programs between the British and Indian Institutions.
Amit has also led some large scale brand building and direct marketing initiatives, including projects like Dare to be Digital, Dynamic Designs and Knowledge UK Quizzes, offering huge visibility to the brand and other associated players.