Studying in the UK
Hundreds of thousands of international students choose to study in the UK every year; from India alone there are currently 15,000 students. Universities and colleges in the UK are increasingly international. More than one hundred countries may be represented on campus and each student makes a unique contribution to the life of the institution, both academically and culturally.
UK education enjoys a reputation for unsurpassed quality throughout the world. It emphasises pro-active, independent thinking and encourages skills that are relevant, marketable and much sought-after by top organisations around the world.
The UK operates a unique quality assurance system that ensures accountability in all areas. From student support services to the quality of the teaching staff, every school, further education and higher education establishment is subject to rigorous scrutiny by the government.
This system allows students to compare the choice of courses on offer on a like-for-like basis, secure in the knowledge that each one has been assessed according to the same demanding criteria.
One question that is constantly asked is "How much will a UK education cost me?" The answer? It costs less than you think! Comparing course fees between countries is by no means a clear-cut process. But because courses in the 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.
There are many benefits available to international students that can make life in the UK more affordable:
Many discounts are negotiated by the National Union of Students; with up to 50% off anything from books, stationery and food to clothes, travel and entertainment, an NUS card can significantly reduce the cost of living.
All international students staying in the UK for a period of six months or more qualify for free healthcare through the National Health Service.
And if you want to earn extra money, you can work for up to twenty hours per week during term and full-time in your vacations. Whatever the final cost, it will be more than repaid in a world class education. Indeed, an independent survey conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that UK degrees offer the best value for money. The study found that students going to university in the UK get a better personal `rate of return' from higher education than in any other industrialised country.
A culture of success:
International students get closer to the heart of their subject in the UK.
Those studying the arts, for instance, do so against the backdrop of a design industry that is worth some £12 billion and which supports over 300,000 jobs. Aspiring media professionals can seek direction from a film and television industry that commands a quarter of the European market. And science and engineering students will be at home in the country that first split the atom, successfully cloned the first mammal and that supports the work of leading scientific thinkers such as Steven Hawking and Brian Josephson.
The UK government's Chevening scholarship covers one-year masters' programmes and some short tailor made courses in almost all subjects except medicine or medical related subjects. Please refer to the website www.britishcouncil.org.in/scholarships for more information. For a searchable database of other scholarship opportunities visit: ukscholarshipsdatabase.britishcouncil.org.
Sir Michael Arthur
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