United kingdom

The UK is known to be one of the top destinations among those wanting excellency in education. With innovative teaching methodologies and a dynamic learning environment, students are sure to reach their potential.

Growing Destination

International students have always been an important presence in the UK, and the numbers have been growing steadily. With about 500,000 international students during the academic year of 2021/2022, the UK is the second most popular destination for international students, behind the US. 

For more demographic and statistical information about international students in the UK, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Worldwide Recognition

The degrees and qualifications from UK higher education institutions are known around the world as high quality and world class. The standard of excellence is set by some of the oldest universities in the world, like Oxford and Cambridge. However, this tradition of excellence carries through many of the universities and colleges across the UK. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favour!

Education Costs are Lower

The cost of education for an international student in the UK can be lower compared to the USA and other countries. You can also save a lot of money because your degree will generally take less time to complete in the UK than in other countries. Although four-year programs are increasing in popularity, most degree programs in the UK require a three-year course and a master’s program is typically between one and two years.  When you consider the shorter timeframe, the cost will be much lower if you only must plan for three years instead of four or even five as in many other countries.

Work Opportunities

“An international student in the UK is typically allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during school term, and up to full-time when school is out of term.”

Of course, you should always check with your international advisor at your school before starting any work – you do not want to be in violation of your visa, and rules change all the time. Also, it is not always easy to find a job, so relying on work income to fund your education is not a good idea. Unless you have employment set up through your school before you arrive, you should plan to fund the entire first year of your studies without any employment income. 

Gateway to Europe

With the addition of the Channel Tunnel and low-cost airlines such as Easy-Jet and Ryan Air, Europe is easier to access from the UK than ever. You can reach most areas of Europe from the UK within a few hours by train or direct flight. For example, if you are studying in London or Manchester and you want a weekend away in Italy, you can fly Ryan Air direct to Rome, Milan, Pisa, and Genoa, Venice or several other cities in Italy. The direct flight would take around two hours and cost anywhere from 30 to 100 pounds, depending on when you travel and when you book. All non-EU students require Schengen visa for travel to major European destinations

Multicultural Nation

The UK is known for having a multicultural society with all religions and faiths represented in some way. With a racial, ethnic and religious jumble, the UK is very open to new traditions and cultures – a benefit that not only helps in building better connections but also for a harmonious, understanding social circle! You can also be sure that a place of worship will be easily accessible for most major religions. Food from all countries is found in the UK, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Caribbean etc, you name it – it’s on the menu and is easily available everywhere.