Top 10 reasons to study in UK

Top 10 reasons to study in UKThe United Kingdom or the Great Britain and Northern Ireland, is a sovereign country in the western Europe, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The capital of the UK,London, is not only the largest city and the financial capital of the country, but is also a hub for education for a long period of time. The UK has the oldest university in the English-speaking world and boasts of top universities, courses, and education to make it to the top study abroad destination.

 

Listed below are more reasons to study in the UK.

 

1.  Top Universities

 

The island country boasts of nine universities in the list of Top 50 universities according to the QS rankings. Such best universities of the UK have always inspired people from all over the world to be associated with them.

 

Top 12 UK universities according to QS ranking

QS Rank 2016–17

University

4

University of Cambridge

6

University of Oxford

7

UCL (University College London)

9

Imperial College London

19

The University of Edinburgh

21

King's College London

29

The University of Manchester

37

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

41

University of Bristol

51

The University of Warwick

63

University of Glasgow

Source: QS Ranking

 

2. Top courses

 

Universities of the UK are ranked best for courses in ‘Arts and Humanities’ with the top two spot going to Oxbridge, the oldest universities of the world. Oxbridge also features among the top five in Engineering and technology, life sciences and medical degrees, natural science and social science degrees.

Subject

Rank

University

Arts and humanities

1

University of Oxford

2

University of Cambridge

14

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

18

UCL (University College London)

22

The University of Edinburgh

Engineering and Technology

3

University of Cambridge

6

Imperial College London

9

University of Oxford

53

UCL (University College London)

56

The University of Manchester

Life Sciences and Medical Degrees

2

University of Cambridge

3

University of Oxford

11

UCL (University College London)

12

Imperial College London

18

King's College London

Natural Sciences Degrees

2

University of Cambridge

5

University of Oxford

10

Imperial College London

46

The University of Manchester

54

The University of Edinburgh

Social Sciences Degrees

2

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

3

University of Oxford

4

University of Cambridge

15

London Business School

30

UCL (University College London)

3.  Top education

 

The courses offered are shorter in duration than anywhere in the world. Therefore, you graduate faster than elsewhere. The undergraduate programmes offered in the UK are three-year courses while the postgraduate programmes are of one+ year duration. The UK universities are also ranked for their research quality in the world accounting for five per cent of world’s scientific research. The country also accounts for 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited papers, thus, giving students access to some of the leading academicians of the world.

 

4.  Value for Money

First, the courses in the UK are of shorter duration than anywhere else in the world. The Masters course is typically a one year programme. The shorter course duration also incurs lesser tuition and living cost in the country. Although, there are a few two-year Masters courses offered in some of the universities for the students to choose from. Second, the extra cost which is applicable in the US like GRE, are also not mandatory for the UK universities.

 

Engineering programmes are also quite affordable in the UK with a diversity of specializations available to the students.

 

While a Masters programmme in US would cost is around $33,215 annually plus the living expenses, Masters Course in the UK, a one year programme would cost in the range of £9,700–£32,000 (US$12550–41400).

 

5.  Scholarships

 

Universities in the UK offer a variety of scholarships to fund education. There are a number of government sponsored scholarships available for the students. These are available for undergraduate as well as postgraduate study programmes. A host of engineering scholarships are also available to the international students to help them get world class education. A few of the scholarships are,

  • Commonwealth Scholarships

  • The Chevening Scholarships

  • Rhodes scholarship

  • Westminster International Scholarship

  • Cardiff University Scholarship

6.  Top job opportunities

 

The Universities of the UK score quite high in the graduate employability score according to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016. The employability score showcases the percentage of university’s graduates who are in work a year after the completion of their degree. This is helpful for the aspiring students. The top UK universities according to Graduate employability score are as follows:

Rank

University

Graduate employability Score

4

University of Cambridge

67.7

6

University of Oxford

66.7

9

Imperial College of London

64.6

7

University College of London

65.6

29

University of Manchester

65.3

41

University of Bristol

64.8

7.  Top extracurricular activities

 

Universities of the United Kingdom encourage wholesome development of the students and hence have a range of extracurricular activities. They offer flexibility of choice and enable the students to blend their academic courses with their vocational interests.

 

8. Work and study options

 

One of the most important points is the availability of work for international students to help with their living/tuition expenses. The shorter duration courses cost less than the two year courses and make the candidate realize their employment potential faster. Working for 20 hours a week during term time and full time during holidays is a reason that tips the UK in favour of the international students. Students from European countries enjoy a better flexibility in terms of work. The UK Border Agency and the UK Council for International Student Affairs help the students out regarding their study and work options.

 

9. Health benefits

 

United Kingdom offers health benefits to students who have opted for full time programmes. The students receive free or subsidized medical treatment by NHS (National Health Scheme) enrolled for a period of six months or more. Individual/Private/Non-funded universities also offer some kind of health benefits to the students.

 

10. Top language

 

United Kingdom being the home of most used language, provides an ideal setting for individuals to hone their language skills which in turn enhance their career prospects.

 

Stay tuned to www.studyabroad.careers360.com for more news and updates on the UK Education

 

Also read:

Study in UK - Admission Cycle

Accommodation in UK for foreign students

UK student visa rules at a glance

First Published On : 12 May 2017 12:22 PM IST
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