Why Study
in the UK?

Studying in the United Kingdom


Every year the UK welcomes over 500 000 international students from around the world.

But what makes the country such an attractive study destination? And what’s the true value of having a UK degree? Read on to find out why so many people choose to study in the United Kingdom.

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Why study in the UK?

  • Quality of Education

The quality of education at Higher Education Institutions in the United Kingdom is among the best in the world. UK Higher Education qualifications are also globally recognised by employers and give you a competitive edge on the global job market. 

  • Travel Opportunities

The UK is also a popular destination for a number of reasons that are not related to academia. Its proximity to a number of exciting tourist destinations in Europe and excellent transport links make it the perfect base for exploring the rest of the continent.

  • Security

The UK has a relatively low crime rate compared to many countries around the world and is considered to be a safe and welcoming destination for international students.

  • Green Spaces

Many students are attracted to the UK by the sheer number of green spaces the country has to offer.

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Is university in the UK worth it?

UK Degrees are valuable for a number of reasons. Firstly, the focus at UK universities is for students to develop critical thinking skills. Rather than memorising facts, students are encouraged to dissect information and analyse the value of different arguments.

There is also a real focus in the UK on being an independent learner, something which is highly sought after in the modern workplace. Having a degree qualification from an English speaking country also proves a graduate's ability to communicate in English to an extremely high standard.

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Popular courses in the UK for international students

  • Business Studies
  • Engineering and technology
  • Law
  • Biological Sciences
  • Medicine 
  • Computer Science
  • Modern Languages 
  • Physics

Interested in studying for your degree in the United Kingdom? Check out our University Pathways courses in partnership with NCUK.

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Why study a Master’s in the UK?

A UK Masters degree only lasts for one year, which can mean the course is quicker and more cost-effective than some of the two-year programmes you might find in the United States or elsewhere.

However, the fast-paced nature of a UK Master’s also means that international students have little time to adjust to the high standards expected from a postgraduate course in the UK. For this reason, many people choose to attend a Pre-Master’s course before starting their degree.

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What grades do you need to go to university in the UK?

The grades you need to be able to study in the UK vary greatly according to the institution and course you apply for. All universities set their own entry requirements so you will need to check the specific requirements on the university course website.

However, all universities will ask for a form of high school qualification such as A-Levels, Advanced Highers or an equivalent qualification. You will also need an English Proficiency qualification such as IELTS. While many IELTS testing centres are closed due to Covid-19, many universities are accepting students to take the online IELTS Indicator test in order to apply for university in the United Kingdom.

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How to go to university in the UK

One way to ensure your place at university in the UK is to start your academic career with an International Foundation Year in the UK.

On this year-long course, you develop your knowledge of Academic English as well as getting a taste for university life in the UK. On completion of the course, you are guaranteed a place at one of 16 NCUK universities as well as a number of different institutions worldwide.

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Every year, British Study Centres helps hundreds of students study at university in the UK.