Are you considering studying in the UK?
The UK is home to over 130 universities, providing a wide variety of courses to North American students. Learn more about why you should consider studying at a UK university below and, if you wish to discuss your future study plans, arrange a free consultation today.
10 Reasons to Study in the UK
1. High quality education
One of the main benefits of studying in the UK is that UK universities have an impressive international reputation and rank among the best in the world – did you know that four of the global top ten are in the UK? Oxbridge and Russell Group universities (UK equivalent of the Ivy League) are some of the oldest and highest-ranked universities in the world.
Research carried out by UK universities also impacts our lives every day and is internationally renowned for its excellence. By studying in the UK, you’ll be immersing yourself in centuries of high-quality academia.
2. International students are welcomed
The UK has a long history of welcoming international students to study at its universities, and those who decide to study in the UK will be rubbing shoulders with some of the brightest minds from all corners of the globe.
You will get the chance to mix, meet and interact with over 200,000 international students from all over the world, learning more about different walks of life in a place of contrasts and culture. Many universities have US/Canadian student societies and some even have a Tim Hortons on campus!
3. Variety of courses
One of the best reasons to choose to study in the UK is that there are so many program options at a variety of schools. Whilst Law, Medicine and Physiotherapy / Allied Health are some of the most popular courses for Canadians going to the UK, SI-UK’s course search showcases the wide variety of courses available for international students to choose from, whatever their age, ability or interest.
If you wish to study subjects such as Business, alongside Hospitality and Tourism in a dual honours degree, you can!
4. High standards of teaching
UK universities are inspected regularly by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education to ensure that they maintain the high standards of learning which are expected.
As a student studying at a UK university, you will get the opportunity to be taught by the world’s leading academics and to be creative and develop skill sets and confidence.
5. Shorter courses
Most undergraduate courses in the UK take three years to complete, and shorter courses mean a quicker graduation and less money spent on things such as tuition and living expenses. A 2-year degree is a fast-track degree that can be completed in just 2 years of study and exams. The content and qualifications are the same as traditional 3-year degree programs but condensed into 2 years making studying in the UK an attractive prospect for those that want to graduate and work in a shorter time frame.
North American students are often interested in the Law programs in the UK as you can enroll straight from High School and can complete your degree in just three years (two years from a graduate entry degree). Likewise, Medicine and Physiotherapy degrees are typically shorter than in North America and students can enroll after High School.
6. Scholarships and funding
All UK universities have multiple scholarship opportunities for students each academic year making studying at a UK university more affordable for students from Canada and the US. Whether you have outstanding academic achievement or need that extra support to get through the academic year, universities will try their best to support you via funding (if eligible).
SI-UK has partnered with several UK universities to offer exclusive scholarships only available to students who apply to the university through us. Speak to an SI-UK Consultant for more information on how you can fund your studies at a UK university.
7. The UK is an interesting place to live
With a mix of cosmopolitan cities and countryside villages, the UK is full of historical landmarks, famous music festivals, widely varied cuisine and amazing events to keep students studying in the UK entertained throughout their studies.
Students will have the opportunity to study at universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all of which have fantastic academic institutions and reasons why students should consider studying there.
8. Work while you study
Studying at a UK university is more affordable by students ability to work during their studies. International students who study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at a recognized university are allowed to work part-time during the term for up to 20 hours a week and full-time (40 hours) during the holidays.
Learn more about working while you study by visiting our blog article.
9. High rate of employability
Employers want high-quality graduates who have specific skill sets, including effective, critical, and creative thinking skills. UK education is recognized by employers, universities and governments worldwide so students who study at UK universities will stand out from their peers.
Academic standards are of high prestige and the education will provide you with a solid foundation to boost your potential for having a higher salary and finding exactly what job you want.
10. Gateway to Europe
Many North Americans will not get a better opportunity to travel and explore continental Europe than by studying in the UK. Students will never be far away from an international airport or train station and travel and accommodation is typically more affordable than in the US and Canada.
Many international and domestic students will take the opportunity to travel during term time weekends or take a longer trip during their breaks. Visit our student experience page to learn more about how many students utilize their free time to travel.
Study in the UK
Are you interested in applying to study in the UK? Don’t delay and arrange a free consultation with SI-UK North America to learn more about UK higher education and how we can help you apply.
Study in the UK FAQ
International students can apply for a permanent residence card in the UK after completing five full years of a graduate job.
Students will need to prove they have enough money to support themselves while studying in the UK. For courses in London, it is £1,334 per month, and outside of London it is £1,023 per month.
Entry requirements vary depending on study level, course type and institution. Enquire with SI-UK North America today to learn more.
It is possible to study in the UK without taking the IELTS to prove your English language comprehension. The majority of UK universities will accept that you have sufficient English language comprehension if you attended high school in a country where English is the predominant language.
There may be some exceptions to this but speak to an SI-UK Consultant if you have any questions.