So you want to study abroad? Good idea. But choosing the right host country is probably the most important decision you'll ever make, one that will affect the course of your personal and professional life for many, many years.
You'll be leaving your country for a new culture, a new way of life, and new people.
Almost as important as the academic advantages of an international education are the chances it offers to experience life abroad. Quite simply, there is no better environment for students to take hold of their future...and be the best they can be.
A study abroad education in UK, USA or Australia has always placed great importance on the ability of students to work independently and develop their own thinking. The end result is that students emerge from an international education not only with a thorough understanding of their subject but also with analytical abilities and problem-solving skills that are much prized by employers in later life.
Currently UK offers the easier access route to Study/Work/Migrate internationally. Embrace your independence with a UK education. You can think for yourself, make your own decisions and learn the way you want to.
British Education means quality education - British Education is known all around the world for its quality. It teaches you skills that are relevant and much sought-after by companies. British degrees are of variety, affordable, of highest quality and give compact ability and respectability.
At the heart of your course - You can get closer to the heart of your course, e.g. if you plan to study arts; you would be interested to note that the design industry is worth £12 billion and it supports over 300,000 jobs.
Long history - UK Education history can be traced back for 800 years. UK has been welcoming international students for generations. It has a long experience of looking after your needs, and will give you special support from the moment you apply throughout your time in the country.
Be on your own - In British education importance is on independent work and to develop your own thinking. Classes and lectures are often supplemented by small, informal group tutorials in which students are free to exchange ideas with their teachers.
Quality Assured - The UK operates a unique quality assurance system that ensures accountability in all areas. A qualification from a UK institution is very prestigious, as standards are high at all levels. Universities and colleges are continually assessed by official bodies that grade the standard of their research and teaching.
A valuable cultural experience - UK is a country under change: a vibrant, vital place, alive to new ideas and open to new influences. Diverse ethnic communities find their voice in British society, a standing testimony to its multicultural existence.
Variety and choice - UK universities and colleges offer a huge range of academic and vocational opportunities available at all levels, from further to higher education.
Value for money - One of the most attractive features of studying in UK is that it offers good value for money. Most undergraduate degrees take three years, making them shorter than similar programmes in other countries and very cost-effective, although nowadays there are two year degree programmes offered mostly by UK colleges. Some postgraduate degrees last only one year (as opposed to two in other countries), which means you can finish your degree more quickly and start earning more in the workforce.
One question that I am constantly asked is "How much will a UK education cost me?" The answer, "it costs less then you think"!
The cost of an education in UK consists of two areas: course fees and living costs.
Comparing course fees between countries is by no means a clear-cut process. But because courses in UK are often shorter, the total cost of study can be lower. Shorter courses also mean students can realise their earning potential sooner than their counterparts elsewhere. All of which makes UK courses better value for money overall.
The information below gives a rough idea of annual overseas fees in UK, but remember it is always best to check exact costs with the institutions you're interested in. According to the British Council, the average costs for undergraduate courses (in 2009) are listed below, but it's worth bearing in mind that course fees can vary considerably between institutions.
Undergraduate classroom-based courses £8,000 - £10,000
Undergraduate laboratory-based courses £8,000 - £9,000
Undergraduate clinical courses £16,000 - £17,000
Postgraduate classroom-based courses £7,000 - £14,000
Postgraduate clinical-based courses £16,000 - £17,500
MBA courses £6,000 - £16,000
Further Education Colleges
Access Courses £3,750 - £5,500
Further education courses £3,000 - £4,250
Higher level courses (such as HNC/Ds) £4,000 - £7,950
Your UK course fees don't just cover lectures, seminars and practicals. You'll also have access to:
- college libraries and data archives
- extensive research resources
- modern computer facilities
- science and practical laboratories
- workshops equipped with state-of-the-art equipment
- fantastic sports facilities
- personal tutors and experienced, professional support services
- leading thinkers, practitioners, academics and researchers
- music rooms, film and drama studios, animation suites and other creative facilities
The cost of living is not the same throughout the country. The average annual costs of living for a typical student in UK are given below:
- London - Academic year £7,200 - Per month £800
- Outside - Academic year £5,400 - Per month £600
The National Union of Students' discounts, free health care and part-time work are some of the other benefits available for students. So if you decide to join the thousands of international students in UK in becoming the best you can be, congratulations! I can assure you that your decision is a wise one!
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