Studying abroad may seem like a costly upheaval compared to continuing higher education back home. There are, however, a host of benefits to studying in a different country. But, why choose the UK? We list 5 reasons why a North American student should take their degree across the pond…
Often the cost of studying in the UK is comparative to studying back home, particularly for professional-type degrees. Both the standard university fees, fluctuations in exchange rate and length of full degree programs play a part. In the UK, a high quality undergraduate degree can be achieved in just 3 years and a graduate degree in just 1 year, saving time and fast-tracking a career.
2. Professional Exposure
Exposure is one way to connect with the right people and progress careers. But this all depends on the type of career desired and the kind of exposure needed. The UK is a gateway to Europe, and therefore opens great international networking opportunities. Not only that, having a degree from the UK allows a resume to stand out from the crowd, and the opportunity for overseas work experience.
The UK is home to many top universities, with sixteen of the UK’s universities ranking in the top 100 higher educational institutions across the world (2015-16 Times Higher Education (THE)). Furthermore, out of 800 universities featured, 78 institutions are from the UK.
4. Quicker degree specialism
Our UK partners offer three year undergraduate degrees, and 1 year Master’s. Although it might seem that not as much is taught as much as in the longer degrees back home, this actually means the general learnings that American higher education offers are scrapped. In the UK, modules are specific to subject choice, and often students can choose specific subject areas to focus on in some parts of your degree.
The UK also offers a multi-cultural and dynamic place to study. Students are able to learn more about themselves, build on opinions and confirm beliefs studying alongside students from across the world. It’s also not all about the time spent in academia; the UK is in an incredibly convenient location for students to travel cheaply to the rest of Europe, and beyond! Imagine how much learning can be done and the opportunities it brings for the wider family and friends to visit!
Our eBook Study In The UK: The Parent’s Guide, will offer students and parents more information about studying a degree in the UK, along with the practicalities that are important to consider before starting to apply to UK universities. Download the guide to prepare for that study abroad adventure!