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British education institutions have a long history of welcoming international students.
Each year some 250,000 - 300,000 overseas students come to the UK to study programmes ranging from English language
courses to university degrees. After the United States, the UK is the most popular destination in the world for
international students. Here are some of the many reasons why you should choose the UK to pursue your education goals.
Improve your employment prospects
British qualifications are recognised internationally and valued by employers throughout the world.
As well as academic qualifications, you can choose from a wide range of vocational (i.e. career based) courses, many
designed and awarded by recognised industry bodies and world class companies.
While studying in the UK, you will have the opportunity to improve your CV by working and improving your
English. Living on your own in a new country and experiencing a new culture will also develop personal skills, such as
independence, flexibility and adaptability, all of which are highly valued by employers!
The UK is a global leader in international education
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2010), the UK is home to half the top
10 universities in Europe and the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London (Imperial College) are ranked amongst the
top 10 in the world. Although the UK has only 1% of the world’s population, it undertakes 5% of the world’s scientific
research and produces 14% of the world’s most highly cited academic papers. By studying in the UK, you have the opportunity
to graduate from one of the best education systems in the world!
Financial benefits and value for money
Most undergraduate degrees in the UK take three years and masters degrees take one, compared to four years
and two years respectively in many countries. So you could save time and money by studying in the UK. Furthermore, if your
course is longer than 6 months, your student visa will permit you to work in the UK to support your studies. You will also
have access to free health care on the National Health Service. Finally, although London can be expensive, many of the UK’s
leading institutions are based outside London where the cost of living is much lower. Cities in the North of England, in
particular, are considerably less expensive.
Broaden your horizons
Britain is a multicultural, multi-faith country that has always welcomed migrants and visitors from abroad.
By living in the UK, you will have the opportunity to experience new culture and meet people from different backgrounds who hold
different views. And, because the UK is such a popular destination for international students, you are sure to meet people from
all over the world during your time in the UK.
Improve your English
English is the international language of business, science and technology. By studying and living in Britain,
you will be immersed in the language and have the opportunity to perfect your English communication skills.