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Studying in the UK

Vol2Issue3Why study in the UK?

The UK has traditionally been one of the most sought-after destinations for Indian students keen to pursue higher education abroad, second only to the USA. Britain has some of the world’s oldest and most respected universities, like Oxford and Cambridge, which are more than 800 years old. These universities, along with other prestigious ones like Imperial College London, University College and Durham, continue to provide internationally recognised education that is accepted worldwide.

There are several advantages of studying in the UK, not just because it is considered one of the best study destinations in the world. Here are some of them:

  • It is, by and large, cheaper to study in the UK than say, in the USA. Undergraduate degrees in UK are usually three years long, compared to four years in the US and some other countries. This helps save both in tuition fees and living costs. Student visa laws are less restrictive, and international students can work part time up to 20 hours a week during the school term to defray some part of their education costs, and also boost their resumes.
  • In the UK, a student can do a professional course such as Medicine or Law directly at the undergraduate level. This can save you a lot of money, compared to a similar education in the US where these courses are usually pursued as post-graduate fields of study.
  • The UK offers a highly diverse student base, with universities having students from 100 or more countries. Indians are, by and large, very familiar with the language and culture of the UK – the accent, the units of measurements, the education system etc. Even if your child has never been abroad, the similarities between the two countries’ systems makes adapting much easier than most other countries in the world.
  • Reasonable weather, access to free healthcare under the NHS, proximity and ease of travel to several European countries are other small bonuses.

Top ten universities in the UK:

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. London School of Economics
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Imperial College London
  5. Durham University
  6. University of St Andrews
  7. University of Warwick
  8. University College London
  9. University of Lancaster
  10. University of Bath

Cut-off dates for undergraduate applications

  • 15 October – applications for all professional medicine, dentistry, veterinary science courses, and for all courses at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
  • 15 January – applications for all courses except those listed above and below
  • 24 March – applications for certain art and design courses


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