Is the UK a good place to study?

This article about if the UK is a good place to study was published by the Great British Mag content team on 9 October, 2019

The UK is one of the world’s most popular study abroad destinations. More than half a million students choose to study at one of the many prestigious and world-renowned universities because of their academic excellence, but this is just one reason why you should consider studying in the UK. Here are our 10 reasons why you should choose the UK. 

1) The UK offers high-quality education 

UK universities are among the best in the world. Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London and UCL are all in the top 20 universities worldwide and a degree from UK universities is recognised around the world.

British universities are well-regulated and they employ lecturers who are experts in their fields and who care about teaching their students well. UK universities are also ranked annually by independent sources so you can be sure that a university is as good as they say they are.  

2) The UK is comparatively cheap  

UK universities are relatively cheap compared to American and Australian ones and the time it takes to get a degree is quick. For example, an American undergraduate degree takes four years to complete whereas a UK undergraduate only takes three.

  UK USA Canada Australia
Length of undergraduate 3 years 4 years 3-4 years 3-4 years
Cost of undergraduate £3,820-£38,200 per year

£13,794 – £20,288 per year

£16,099-£18,750 per year £8,212-£18,067 per year
Length of postgraduate 1 year 2 years 1-2 years 18 months
Cost of postgraduate £14,620-£22,732 £16,230-£24,345 USD per year £18,645-£30,373 per year £10,950 –  £20,257 per year

Sources: Across the Pond, Studies in Australia, Times Higher Education, Top Universities, Master’s Portal. Currency conversion rates are accurate at the time of writing.

3) You can improve your spoken and written English 

English is the language of business and being able to hold a conversation in English is a useful skill, both professionally and personally. If you want to improve your spoken and written English then there is no better way to do it than by studying in the UK. 

4) Studying in the UK boosts your employability 

UK universities emphasise critical thinking, self-motivation and practical experience – all things that employers want to see. Studying at a UK university doesn’t just earn you theoretical knowledge, it builds your skillset. 

5) UK universities offer a wide range of subjects 

There are hundreds of different subjects that you can choose to study, from robotics to marine biology to librarianship. Whatever you wish to study, a UK university will offer a degree in it. 

6) You can work while you study in the UK 

Most international students on a Tier 4 visa can work and internship for 20 hours a week. This is useful to earn some extra cash and build up your CV whilst you are studying.   

7) UK universities have good support for international students 

Because there are so many international students in the UK, British universities have great support systems specifically designed for international students. Your university can help with everything from housing to homesickness and you can rest easy knowing that they will help you adjust to your new life in Britain. 

8) The UK is culturally diverse 

Britain has centuries of amazing history to explore and a rich indigenous culture, but it is also a modern country that draws immigrants from all over the world. You will be able to learn about cultures from all over the world – as well as being able to find all your favourite foods and festivals from home. 

9) The UK is the gateway to Europe and North Africa 

One of the best things about living in the UK is its close proximity to so many other countries. If you want to explore Europe and North Africa whilst you are studying abroad then the UK is an amazing launch pad. All of the countries are small and close together, and you can even get student discounts on train tickets. 

10) UK student life is fun 

In the UK, being a student is not just about studying. It is about exploring, trying new things, making friends and having fun. Students in the UK are encouraged to have a healthy work-life balance and to pursue leisure activities in their free time, so you will have fun whilst studying.