Why study in the UK?
For a small country, the United Kingdom is a remarkably diverse place, with a wealth of distinct cultural experiences on offer. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering how such a small island can boast so many different accents, you’ll know what we’re talking about!
For starters, the UK itself is made up of four separate countries: England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
14% of the UK’s total population were originally born overseas, and London itself is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world (alongside New York and Toronto).
This wealth of diversity is reflected in courses and degree options on offer to students in Britain, too. There are a number of different kinds of campuses and universities, and many different degree pathways available to students. So no matter what kind of student experience you are after, you are sure to find something in the UK for you.
On top of that, universities in the UK have world-leading reputations: in 2020, 10% of the world’s top 500 ranking universities were UK institutions. Whilst we wouldn’t recommend making a university decision based solely on rankings, employers around the world hold UK degrees in high esteem.
This reputation is what makes the UK such a popular university destination with international students. Around 20% of all students enrolled at UK universities are from abroad (in comparison, only around 5% of students at US universities are foreign).
This richness and diversity extends to academic faculty, too: around 30% of university professors, lecturers, and tutors are from other countries.
Finally, UK universities consistently report student satisfaction ratings of around 90%, which is the highest student satisfaction ranking for English-speaking countries.