Anyone opting an education overseas is one of the most important decisions in one's life. Not just for the impact it has on your career prospects and long-term future, but also for the opportunities it gives one experience new cultures, new customs and new ideas firsthand. So what does the UK have to offer international students?
Recognized and respected qualifications
UK qualifications are respected and valued all over the world. They'll give you an edge when you're competing for a job, proving to employers that you're capable of independent thought, research and self-discipline.
Value for Money
Studying in UK at various levelsoffer fantastic value for money and the sort of experience you can't put a price on: fully-stocked libraries, state-of-the art laboratories, ultramodern computer facilities and extensive research resources that will make a huge difference in your learning process.
Improves your English
UK is the 'home' of English language, which is the largest spoken one in the world. Wherever you go for education or employment, your skills in English language will be an indispensable asset. Gaining further qualifications from a UK institution is like learning swimming with an Olympic instructor teaching you.
Full-time postgraduate courses in the UK vary from one year to four years depending on the type of course. The following will give the student a general idea of how long each type of course will take to complete:
One year courses - Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma, Master's degrees, MBAs.
Two year courses -Some master's degrees.
Three to four year courses - PhDs, New Route PhDs.
Improve your job prospects
UK qualifications let employers know at a glance that you've got the skills they're looking for, putting you on the right track for a great job and a great salary: a year after graduating, less than five per cent of UK undergraduates are unemployed.
It's a multicultural experience
At a UK university you'll be mixing with people from all over the world, whose different backgrounds and new perspectives will add to your experience. More than 3,41,610 international students obtained UK qualifications at Bachelor's and Master's level in 2007-08, which is 20% of the total number of degrees awarded in entire UK.
Learn outside the classroom
Cultural events and festivals run all year round. There are world-class museums, attractions, art galleries and exhibitions and hundreds of castles, palaces and historical properties to enrich your experience and support your studies.
Want to make the most of your time in Britain?The national air, rail, coach and bus networks will get him/her almost anywhere in the UK - so the student won't need a car, as required in some countries. Discounts or special rates are generally available for students on most forms of transport. It's easy to see the rest of Europe. The Channel Tunnel, cheap flights and ferries mean that the students never too far away from the other great capital cities of the European mainland. The closeness of the rest of Europe means that many institutions offer work placements and periods of study there.
Britain boasts 14 National Parks, 49 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and enough beautiful forests, beaches and mountains to satisfy any nature enthusiast. Cycle or walk from one side of Britain to the other on the Coast to Coast path or try extreme sports like white-water rafting, rock-climbing and hang-gliding. Make the most of your time
Here are just a few other ideas:
Visit a film location; go to a summer music festival; experience a unique UK event like cheese rolling; have a pint in a quiet country pub in the Cotswold's; run the London Marathon; visit an historic palace; go to a national park; surf in Cornwall…Whatever you do, enjoy! UK is just the right place for you.