Choosing a university is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make.
And if you want to study abroad, it’s even more important that you make the right choice because before long you’ll be flying across the world to start your new life.
In 2019, UK universities received over 561,400 applications from non-EU students, which was 9% more than in the previous year.
It’s clear the UK is an increasingly popular choice for students.
So let’s dive straight into the question we’re all asking: Why do international students choose to study in the UK?
1. It’s home to some of the world’s best universities
The UK is home to some of the most prestigious and well-known universities in the world.
Every year in the global rankings, Oxford and Cambridge wrestle Harvard and MIT for the top spots, sometimes winning, sometimes coming a close second or third.
Today, in the QS World Rankings, four UK institutions – Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Imperial College London – are rated as being among the top 10 universities in the world.
Why study in the UK?
Because here, we offer you a world-class education that’s recognised and highly regarded by the international community.
Employers understand that when they hire a UK graduate, they’re getting someone whose intelligence, dedication and perseverance has been proven.
They know and trust that our education system nurtures curious, hard-working and employable individuals.
In the UK, only official universities are allowed to enrol international students, which means you can be sure you’ll receive an excellent education from a reputable institution.
2. Between Australia and the US, it’s your cheapest option
We all know how gut-wrenchingly expensive tuition fees can be, but tuition fees in the UK are significantly cheaper than in other English-speaking countries like the US and Australia.
The fees here are at least £2000-£3000 cheaper each year.
And with free healthcare for the entire time you’re at university (provided you’re studying for longer than six months), you never have to worry about illness or unexpected healthcare bills.
One of the other top reasons to study in the UK is that it’s easier for you to receive your student visa here, since the required income is lower than the income requested by the US and Australia.
The UK accepts international students who can prove they have £16,000 or more, whereas the threshold in the US is £18,000 and £25,000 in Australia.
Another benefit of studying here is that your student visa allows you to work up to 20 hours each week. The extra income will make life a little easier for you, and it’ll give you the freedom you’re searching for.
Unfortunately, working isn’t quite so simple in the US.
3. It’s culturally diverse
The UK is a popular choice for people who want to study abroad, so we have a long history of welcoming students who are far from home.
With over half a million international students in the UK, you’re sure to meet people from all walks of life who share your passion for learning.
We’re a melting pot of cultures and languages, so we’re naturally a tolerant and friendly nation that appreciates diversity and understands the value international students bring.
As an English-speaking country, you’ll have ample opportunity to practice your English skills on natives. But if you’d like a more structured learning process, you can join one of the hundreds of English language schools across the country.
We help you find your dream university
So there you have it! The top three advantages of studying in the UK.
There are tonnes more reasons to study here, and if we had more time we could talk about our online application system (UCAS), which makes applying to university simple and fast.
Or about the fact that our courses tend to be shorter than in other countries, which means you’ll end up spending less money on tuition fees and living expenses.
Choosing where to study is a life-changing decision, so you need to do as much research as possible before you start submitting applications.
To get more advice on where to study within the UK, head over to our dedicated page for a breakdown of our most popular cities and institutions.
If you’re ready to start your academic journey in the UK, contact our admissions office so we can help find the perfect university for you.
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Want to know more?
Here’s our suggested reading list:
Study in the UK – IEC Abroad
Studying in the UK – UCAS
Why study in the UK?
The Complete University Guide