International Students
Going to university abroad is a great way to experience living in a new country, expand your knowledge, make new friends and become more independent. Students all around the world are now considering studying abroad and the OECD reports that the number of foreign students engaged or enrolled in different education programmes worldwide has increased massively, rising from 2 million in 1998 to 5.3 million in 2017. In OECD areas, there were 3.7 million international students in 2017, 6% more than in 2016! So why has there been such a rise in these figures and why should you consider studying in the UK? Here are the top ten reasons why the UK provides a great opportunity to pursue higher education!
  1. Recognised globally and academic excellence
The UK is well renowned globally for its degree recognition and esteemed educational reputation. UK universities are amongst the top universities in the world and the UK is often featured in lists as one of the top countries to study in. Additionally, UK degrees are highly valued by employers worldwide and students get the chance to further their skills extensively in an environment that has been recognised for years.
  1. Cultural diversity
From London to Edinburgh and Manchester to Leicester, metropolitan cities make up for so much of the UK's international communities and vast cultural heritage. London is also amongst the top multicultural cities in the world, providing a unique and memorable student experience to meet diverse people from hundreds of different countries! 
  1. Home of the English language
Studying in the UK allows you to enhance your English proficiency in the place where English was born itself! According to the British Council, roughly 500,000 people travel to the UK to learn English every year. The English language is also becoming increasingly important as a means to communicate worldwide and for its use in business and career communication. Most universities also provide language support which will further equip your career prospects in the long run.
  1. International work experience
Typically those on a Tier 4 visa will be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while studying thus giving you the opportunity to supplement your income. Depending on the type of course you study, prospective students can enhance the value of their CV with international work experience. Universities often place students on to placements, giving students the opportunity to build up valuable work experience and increase their employability.
  1. Less expensive
The UK is ranked after the U.S. and Australia for overall tuition and cost of living, which means a better overall value for money. While fees tend to vary, international students can expect to pay between £10,000 and £26,000 for their tuition. On average, UK tuitions stem around £13,414 ($17,860) per year compared to the U.S. average of £18,020 ($24,000). Travelling around Europe can also become easier and less expensive.