1) High ranking and well-respected universities
While most countries only have one or two ‘top’ universities, the UK has many renowned universities, currently featuring 18 universities ranked in the QS top 100, as well as 4 in the top 10. This means that you have a high chance of being accepted into a highly respected university if you study in the UK, and you will receive an education from world leaders in their field and have access to world class facilities. UK university degrees are recognised worldwide, so having one will greatly enhance your career prospects.
2) Cheaper than its counterparts
Following on from the first point, the USA is the only country with a comparable amount of respected universities, with Australia making up ‘the big three’. However, UK university tuition fees are considerably less than the other two, meaning that you will receive an equal education at a lower price. Studying in the UK also has extra benefits, such as free healthcare if you are studying for longer than six months.
Studying in a new country, away from family and friends and in a different language, can be daunting for some. However, the UK is a friendly and tolerant place with rich cultural diversity. This is particularly so at UK universities, making it much easier for international students to adjust. Most universities have societies for international students, so that they can meet people from their home country, and UK universities are very accommodating of all religions. Many students from all over the world come to study in the UK, making for a rich and unique university culture.
4) Opportunity to work
Unlike America, UK student visas allow students to work up to 20 hours a week, and the UK minimum wage means you will be entitled to a certain wage depending on your age. Also, part time work is generally readily available for students in the UK, so you won’t have too much trouble finding a job. Not only is this a great way to add a little extra to your income, but it gives you an opportunity to add something great to your CV, as well as giving you an opportunity to experience a different part of UK culture away from your campus.
5) Improve you English
Studying in the UK university is a great opportunity to improve your English while studying. As you will be learning and conversing in English on a daily basis, this will likely come naturally. For those who do struggle, most universities run English classes for international students, helping you improve your English in both a social and academic sense. English fluency is an excellent skill to have, and will provide you with many opportunities later in life, both in England and many other important parts of the world, and will give you a great advantage in subjects such as science, technology and economics.