Studying in the UK can be a life-changing and rewarding experience. Whether you are interested in studying at school in the UK, attending a British university or taking part in a summer programme, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons before making the final decision.
These pros and cons for studying in the UK should help you make your final decision and if you need help with getting started you can get in touch and we will be happy to advise you on your next steps.
Learning English to a high level of fluency makes you far more employable in almost every sector of the job market, and where better to learn English than England? Furthermore, understanding British culture and the British mindset can be invaluable for jobs that do business with British clients.
Broadening Your Mind
Studying abroad makes you far open-minded, and helps you challenge your own preconceptions. The British education system values reflectiveness and self-evaluation, so the whole experience is guaranteed to enrich you both personally and academically.
UK University Pedigree
Like it or not, British schools and universities carry a certain pedigree that make you very impressive to prospective employers. The universities of Oxford and Cambridge, for example, are the oldest universities in the world today, and still among the most respected.
Learning To Be Self-Reliant
Unlike some countries, the British education places particular importance on self-motivation and individual student progress. For example, there is no single “curriculum” that unifies all schools, and wrong answers and class debates are usually welcomed as a sign of effort and engagement, rather than punished. British culture tends to value individuality and self-expression over conformity.
As a result, it’s eminently likely that students who have gone through the British school system are better prepared for the British university system, and make better candidates at interview.
Highly Specialised Courses
The British education system differs from America and other countries, because it’s focused around specialising in a narrow field.
For example, it’s typical for students aged 17-18, in their last year of school, to study a total of three A-levels, with no compulsory elements. One student can study English, History and Art, while another can study Maths, Further Maths and Physics.
This focus on specialising continues at university. British universities do not have American-style majors and minors: most courses are based around a single topic, eg “French” or “Music”. As a result, students receive a highly specialised education around the specific field that interests them most.
UK international fees for universities and schools can be very high, and significantly higher than what UK citizens pay. This is because UK citizens have already paid the extra throughout their lives in tax to the government, so international students have to pay up the extra. However, coming from the US system, UK education will seem very affordable by comparison.
Coming to a new country can be scary! Moving away from home for the first time, studying independently, and trying to make new friends is difficult enough. Add to that a new culture, a new language, and a new education style, and that’s a huge amount to be asking of anyone. Don’t think it’ll be easy!
If there’s an emergency, the long distance away from your family and friends may be an issue. Of course, the UK is well connected so you can usually be on a flight to your home country within a matter of hours, but studying abroad can mean it takes longer to reach close ones when absolutely necessary.
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