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Why study in the United Kingdom?

Let’s know why Indian students prefer the UK as a top study destination

The United Kingdom (UK) is home to some of the world’s oldest universities and colleges having their roots in the 12th and 13th centuries. Coming from such strong legacy, education in the UK has become a benchmark for other countries.

Here are the top six reasons why studying in the UK is so popular with Indian students:

1. Academic excellence

Universities in the UK have the best academic standards in the world. In fact, four out of the top 10 universities in the world are from the UK [QS World Ranking 2019] including the likes of Oxford and Cambridge. When studying in the UK, you will find that practical and utility-based knowledge is preferred over text-book learning. This will enable you to acquire critical thinking and analytical skills along with creative ability in your chosen discipline.

2. Quality education

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is an independent body in the UK that regularly assesses the education standards of all universities and colleges in the country. Besides checking their performances through audits and subject reviews, it and helps identify the best education practices and sends feedback for improvisation. These research standards are also examined by the UK higher education funding bodies, who publish their findings at regular intervals. This is ensures all students have access to the best quality of learning, research and teaching irrespective of the course they choose to pursue.

3. Shorter duration of courses

Courses in the UK education system are shorter and more intensive than many other countries, which means you’ll graduate sooner, and without compromising on quality. While you can complete an undergraduate program in three years, you’ll be able to finish a graduate program in just one year. This not only saves your time, but also a chunk of money spent on tuition fees and living costs.

4. Work while you learn

To manage your everyday living expenses along with your studies, you can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during term time. You can even work full-time during your semester break. This will help you pay for your bills as well as gain industry experience in your own field of study as well.

5. Explore Europe while studying

The UK is well connected to major European countries like France, Netherlands, and Belgium, being the closest at distances ranging from 300 – 1,000 miles. With the airport being functional 24 hours, you can explore different places while studying in the country.

6. Health benefits for students

As an internationals student, you’ll have access to free medical treatment while studying in the UK through the National Health Service (NHS). In order to avail this benefit, you will have to pay a small International Health Surcharge (IHS). Your IDP counsellor can advise you about this detail.

Fun facts about the United Kingdom


London has the largest library in the world.


The first billionaire author is from the UK– JK Rowling.


The Queen does not have a passport.


Over 11.5 billion sandwiches are consumed by the British every year.


Being dead in the Houses of Parliament is illegal in England.


Love Chicken tikka? So do the British – it has been voted as the country’s national dish by its citizens.


Buckingham Palace has its own police station.


The UK houses over a 100 universities.


What’s life without tea? The British consume 165 million cups of tea every day.


Over 300 other languages are spoken in London.


IDP Study Abroad Insights

For students like you interested in studying in the UK, we have a wonderful series – Study Aboard Insights. This web series covers most commonly asked questions about studying in the country answered by industry experts.

Study abroad intakes in the UK

Universities in the UK offer three major intakes for students – September, January and April. Know all about it.

Cost of studying in the UK

Studying in the UK can be quite affordable if planned well. Look at our guide of estimates to help ease your financial budgeting whilst your stay as a student in the UK. Yes, we’ve covered expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel too!


What is the cost of living in London?
by Karan Khanna
The estimated cost of living in London is £1265 per month
Hi there, what's the weather like in the UK?
by Anouk
The coldest months are - December, January and February - the temperature is usually between 3 and 6°C. July and August - the temperature averages between 16 and 21°C.
Best city in Australia ?
by yash
Major cities in Australia are Sydney,Melbourne,Brisbane,Perth & Adelaide. Each of them has its own individual characteristics and profile.You can choose the city you want to study based on your individual requirements.

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