Top 10 Compelling Reasons To Study In The UK - Ixorainternational

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For many years, the UK has been a favoured destination for international students, thanks to a variety of compelling factors. The country’s rich cultural diversity, stunning landscapes, and prestigious historic universities make it an ideal place for academic pursuits.

Below are ten key reasons why students choose to study in the UK:

  1. Acclaimed Universities and Internationally Recognised Degrees

The UK has long been a popular destination for international students, particularly those from India. UK universities consistently rank among the top in the world, with four institutions featuring in the global top ten. Boasting one of the oldest education systems, the UK combines a centuries-old reputation with modern technological advancements, a blend that consistently places its universities high in global rankings. According to the QS World University Rankings 2020, one-fifth of the world’s top universities are located in the UK. Graduates from these esteemed institutions are highly employable, with UK degrees held in high regard by employers and academic institutions worldwide.

  1. Education Quality

Maintaining the UK’s stellar reputation for quality education is a task expertly managed by various professional bodies. Teaching methods, research, and overall academic standards are rigorously assessed and graded to meet the benchmarks set by designated organisations. Universities also undergo independent audits conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), ensuring consistent and high-quality education.

  1. Wide Range of Courses

UK universities offer an impressive array of degrees, with over 30,000 courses available across institutions in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. 

  1. Shorter Courses – Better ROI

Full-time undergraduate degrees in the UK are typically completed in three years, while master’s degrees can be completed in just one year. In contrast, similar programs in other countries often take four and two years, respectively. For Indian students, this means graduating sooner and saving on expenses related to accommodation and tuition fees.

  1. Unique Pedagogy

The UK education system is designed to be interactive and engaging. Faculty members encourage class participation and foster interaction among students. Lectures are designed to be interactive, and students have the flexibility to combine different subjects into a single course. Moreover, English language support programs are available to help students enhance their language skills and succeed in their studies.

  1. Research Infrastructure

From 2008-09 to 2012-13, UK institutions awarded 95,184 research doctoral degrees. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) classified 30% of the research conducted by over 150 UK universities and colleges as ‘world-leading’ and 46% as ‘internationally excellent’. Despite having only 0.9% of the world’s population, the UK contributes 6.4% of global journal articles, 11.6% of citations, and 15.9% of the world’s most highly-cited articles.

  1. Work While Studying

International students on a Tier 4 (general) visa are permitted to seek part-time employment in the UK. Some universities include internships as part of their course structures, offering valuable experience to enhance students’ CVs. Universities often provide placement services to assist students in finding internships and job opportunities.

  1. The Graduate Immigration Route (GIR)

Introduced in 2019, the Graduate Immigration Route allows graduates to stay in the UK for two years after completing their studies. During this period, students can work in any job while seeking employment in their field of interest. Although the two-year period is not extendable, students can apply for a work permit to extend their stay once they secure a desired job. This opportunity is available to students graduating after 2021 and requires an immigration application, visa fee, and immigration health surcharge.

  1. Health Benefits

International students in the UK receive free medical treatment under the National Health Service (NHS) once they pay the NHS surcharge. This includes cost-free doctor visits, emergency medical treatment, and mental health care. However, dental appointments, prescription medicines, and ophthalmic visits are not covered. Dependents, such as spouses or children, also receive treatment under the NHS.

  1. Scholarships

The UK offers a wide range of scholarships, bursaries, grants, and other forms of financial assistance to Indian students. These opportunities make studying in the UK more accessible and affordable.

In addition to these academic and practical benefits, the UK offers a vibrant cultural experience. Indian students will find a welcoming community, with familiar faces, Indian restaurants, and shops, along with peers from over 180 countries. This rich cultural tapestry provides an enriching experience of friendship, diverse perspectives, and personal discovery.

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