Introduction to United Kingdom
England is one of the most popular countries to travel to for the purpose of earning an education. Generations of international students have come to England for their educations, which means that English universities have decades of experience in working with international students.
UK 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. The UK higher education system is renowned for its academic excellence; 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. London is one of the most exciting cities in the world. And with more than 90,000 international students studying here – more than in any other city
Why Study in the UK
The UK is a welcoming, diverse and popular destination for international students. University or college will give you world-class teaching and help you develop great skills for success in the global workforce. By studying in the UK, you have the opportunity to graduate from one of the best education systems in the world!
- According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the UK is home to seven out of the top 10 universities in Europe.
- UK research is ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ which produces quality profiles for universities and colleges by assessing research activity against agreed quality standards.
- The UK is the world’s second most popular destination for international students (after the US), with the strong reputation of UK universities continuing to give a competitive advantage to those who gain a UK degree. According to the Tracking International Graduate Outcomes survey (from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills), international students in the UK are more likely to earn higher salaries after graduation than if they’d studied at home. So the overall cost to study in the UK may well be counterbalanced by future returns.
- The UK education will provide you with a solid foundation and boost your potential for having a higher salary and finding exactly what job you want.
- You might be able to work while you study too.
- England has countless educational institutions and almost every single one of them has opportunities for international students to study there. You can choose from a variety of different undergraduate and graduate degrees, and combine your courses in order to make a degree program that suits your needs and interests.
- Students are eligible for loans, grants and other forms of funding to cover their UK tuition fees, with differing amounts of funding depending on location.
- England only takes three years for an undergraduate degree, and one year for a postgraduate (unless you are in research, then it may take 18 months to 2 years). That means that you are spending less money overall.
- The UK is full of different cultures, historical landmarks and amazing events to keep you entertained.
- Studying in the UK offers you the chance to master the English language. You'll also be able to learn more about British history and culture by experiencing it first hand, and can travel both within the UK and to the rest of Europe during your free time.
- Find widely varied cuisine, strong transport links, famous music festivals and international sporting championships.
Tuition fees and course costs
For international students fees start at around UK£8,000 (US$11,920) for lecture-based courses, going up to £36,600 ($58,201) for an undergraduate medical degree at the top of the price range. On average, however, international undergraduate fees level out at around £11,987 ($17,870). At postgraduate level, the average international fee for classroom based programs in 2014-15 is £12,390 ($18,470), although the majority of courses range from between £10,000 and £13,000 ($14,900-$19,380). For laboratory-based programs, average annual fees stand at £14,274 ($21,285), while for clinical degree programs the average figure is £21,296 ($31,750). For leading clinical programs (such as medicine) at leading UK universities, however, fees can be as high as £38,532 ($57,440) annually.
Cost of Living
The cost of living is fairly reasonable to live in England. It will cost a bit more if you live in a city like London, but in general, costs are reasonable. The average annual cost of living in England (outside of London) for students is UK£12,056 (US$19,490). This includes £4,989 ($7,460) for rent, £1,954 ($2,920) for food, £363 ($540) for household goods, £42 ($62) for insurance, £1,917 ($2,860) for personal items, £1,705 ($2,550) for travel and £1,190 ($1,780) for leisure.