Why studying in the UK is a popular option for international students?

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[:en]The United Kingdom of Great Britain, also known as UK or Britain, has always been one of the popular destinations for its world-class education, welcoming 500,000 international students yearly. UK comprises of 4 countries – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With 74 cities spotted across the 4 countries, each has its own distinct cultures, religions and architectures from cities to countryside villages. If you are there, you definitely will experience the life of the locals and immerse in the strong multicultural feel.

Of course, if you are in UK, how can you not visit Europe? Furthermore, as an international student, you enjoy special rates for monthly transportation passes. With the addition of the Channel Tunnel and low-cost airlines, Europe is easier to access than ever. You can reach almost all areas of Europe from the UK within a few hours by train or direct flight. If you are studying in London or Manchester and you want a weekend away in Italy, you can fly direct to Rome, Milan, Pisa, Genoa, Venice or several other cities in Italy. The direct flight would take around two hours and costs will vary, depending on when you travel and when you book.

Second to United States, the education fees are much lower as your degree will generally take less time to complete in the UK. You could save money compared to a US school. Most degree programs in the UK are 3 years, and a Master’s program is typically between 1 to 2 years. Postgraduate courses in the UK are shorter than both the US and Australia, with many MBA’s taking just one year. So, you get better value for money and can begin applying your knowledge in the real world a lot sooner. The UK government also offers hundreds of Scholarships , bursaries and additional financial support to students from several countries. You can get more details from our counsellors. When it comes to the living cost, it depends on the cities you are in. So, do expect to spend more if you are in London and other larger cities.

Getting sick in overseas is not fun, especially being away from your native country for so long the first time. The United Kingdom has the National Health Service (NHS), which means as an international student studying in the UK for 6 months or more, you are qualify to receive the benefits at no cost. However, you will still need to pay for prescriptions, vaccinations, optical and dental treatments at £8.20 per item if you are studying in England. Good news for international students under 19 years old and studying full time, the medicine is free for you! This will give you a peace of mind, nonetheless, take care of your health as you wouldn’t want to keep visiting the doctor.

With the recent announcement from the UK government, the 2020/2021 intake of students will have the chance to stay in the UK for another 2 years to work with their new Post-Study Work Visa where the current one only permits graduates to stay for 4 months after their studies.

No matter what courses you have in mind, UK is for sure one of the ideal places to pursue your interest. Keen to know more about the popular courses and universities in UK, you can get in touch with us.


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