Why is UK the perfect study overseas destination for Singaporeans?
[:en]Apart from the fact that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and build a life, there are a number of reasons as to why the UK also makes it to the list of perfect study destinations!
One important reason is that higher education degrees and qualifications from any university in the UK are recognised by employers and academics worldwide. 7,257, Singaporeans study in the UK according to UNESCO. Home to some of the oldest universities, the UK is famous for the quality of its education and research.
One in five world leaders or film directors have studied in the UK. So if you’re dreaming of achieving big, you can be sure that the UK is the right place for you. Keep reading further to know why the country is known as the perfect study overseas destination.
1. World renowned education
As mentioned at the beginning, one of the main reasons why students choose to go to the UK is for its world-renowned institutional reputation and academic excellence.
Universities in the UK are centuries-old. For example, Oxford and Cambridge were both founded over 800 years ago and such is the heritage and the value of these universities.
According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, UK universities consistently rank amongst the best in the world, including three of the top 10 universities.
The universities in the UK also provide students with innovative teaching methods where you’ll have an opportunity to learn from the very best in your field. It’s interesting that students are encouraged to learn independently which is quite different from the education style in Singapore.
The universities offer traditional lectures with a variety of innovative teaching techniques designed to encourage independent thinking, problem-solving skills and self-motivation. As a student, you will be asked to work in small groups solving real-life problems from your future career, whether in the classroom, the lab or on field trips. Moreover, you’ll have access to leading technology, from state-of-the-art laboratories to interactive screens and online-learning.
2. A great place to live in
With its multicultural atmosphere, the UK offers an amazing, unforgettable student experience like no other country. In the UK you can find people from almost every country around the world. So make sure to try to make the most of it!
The country offers a lot of cultural attractions. From the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace to Stonehenge and Edinburgh Castle, there’s just so much more to see and do.
When it comes to culture, the UK offers some vibrant performing arts heritage, with theatres featuring traditional plays as well as new, contemporary productions – from Shakespeare and opera to world-famous musicals and modern dance.
The UK also has the world's largest music venues, such as the O2 Arena in London and the world-famous Glastonbury festival, but many world-renowned artists and bands also play at the universities and colleges. Some artists host live music and dancing in cafes too.
3. The largest library in the world
Are you a bookworm? Then you will fall in love with the London library at first sight!
London is home to the largest library in the world by the number of items categorised — the British Library has more than 150 million items in its catalogue!
With a lounge of bookshelves across five floors and 11 reading rooms, this spectacular Grade-I listed brick building will leave every book lover in awe. You can find a copy of every journal, periodical, book ever published in the UK.
The British Library is located close to King’s Cross train station. The library is famous for its reading room and is a popular place to come for quiet study. So, if your university library doesn’t have enough academic-related information about something you need, you can be sure that the British Library can help you.
The library also hosts some learning programmes. Around 33,000 students and teachers participate in the learning programmes on-site every year. According to the library, there were 8 million unique visitors who registered for the online learning resources last year.
4. Access world-leading research
The UK is generally known as the global powerhouse of science and research. Building on an excellent heritage of new discoveries, universities in the UK continue to be globally-recognised for their commitment to research.
But a very important thing to notice here is behind every research there are some brilliant thinkers, some of the best minds in various fields who you can connect with.
As a student from the UK university, you have the opportunity to collaborate on groundbreaking research, hone your skills with state-of-the-art technology, and learn from excellent thinkers.
5. You get to work while you study!
As an international student in the UK, you can work while you study depending on your course. Students are allowed to stay and work after they graduate on a Post Study Work Visa.
In the UK, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week and full time during your holidays. This can help you earn money for yourself and experience everything you want to while you’re studying.
Some courses in the UK also offer work experience or internships as part of the curriculum. This helps students to put their studies into practice and add valuable industry experience to their resume, along with a network of international contacts.
Now that you have an idea of how a degree from the UK can be valuable to you, it’s time to pursue your dreams! And we can totally help you with it. To find out more about the process to study in the UK, the universities, scholarships, and more connect with our AECC experts here.[:]