United Kingdom - A Study Destination
Every young student dreams of a bright future and, most often, this dream is achieved through higher studies abroad. The United Kingdom is a forerunner in offering world class higher education to students from all over the world - as per the latest available statistics of 2014 - 2015, there are 4,36,585 international students studying in the UK. Given the age-old reputation of being the best in the world and the fact that the world's premier colleges and universities were set up hundreds of years ago in Britain, thousands of students from India plan their higher education in UK. There were 18,320 Indian students studying in the UK in 2014 - 15 (these numbers have been dropping since the last few years.)
The United Kingdom (official name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) consists of four countries united under one monarch and government. The countries are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
England has traditionally been the dominant nation within the UK has over 80% of the share of the total population. People in Scotland and Wales have proud national traditions and languages. Scottish Gaelic is mainly spoken in the north west of the country, by a small proportion of the population. Welsh have a much bigger number of people speaking the language and all public signs in Wales are displayed in both Welsh and English.
Languages: English, Irish and Welsh
Currency: Pound Sterling [£] (GBP)
Time Zone: 5:30 hrs behind Indian Standard Time (IST)
Major Cities: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester
Compared to the other countries, degrees in the UK can be completed with honours, within a span of only three years. Moreover, if you study in UK for more than six months, international students get medical care for free, through the NHS.
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Why choose UK for higher studies?
- The United Kingdom has about 109 universities and most of these are reputed, worldwide. There is a lot you can gain when you study from the universities of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The University College London hosted the largest number of international students (20,745) in the UK in 2014-15. (Read: List of higher education institutions in England, Wales, Northern Ireland & Scotland)
- All institutes in UK offer high quality teaching and the teachers happen to be professionals of the top class.
- Any course done in UK is usually recognised internationally and you can add a prestigious qualification to your resume that will help you stand a better chance when it comes to finding a good job, anywhere in the world. Most popular courses in the UK among foreign students are business & administrative studies, followed by engineering & technology and then law courses.
- You are not alone if you interested to study in UK from India. Students from about two hundred nations come to UK for the sake of higher studies. This is why most universities in UK have international societies, which can help you settle down in UK and also help you make friends. Such societies also arrange for day trips to see local attractions and parties, gatherings, and meals-out, where you can mingle with other students like you. They provide a whole lot of support as well as advice, which can help you go a long way in a foreign country.
Need more reasons? Read: 9 Reasons for Indian Students to Study in the UK
When you wish to study abroad, UK seems to be the right destination, as the UK Education System offers top class education with state-of-the-art facilities. Also, it is quite easy to get a student visa for UK - the process is quite easy and streamlined. Also, UK has no restriction when it comes to issuing student visas, which is why so many students get to pursue their higher studies here. (Also read: How to Apply for UK Student Visa)