Three Top Reasons Why You Should Study in the UK
The British government, along with universities throughout the United Kingdom, supports international students through a number of different scholarship programs. Every year, thousands of students from all over the globe receive financial support. Knowing where to look can help prospective students take advantage of these diverse opportunities.
The Chevening Scholarships: Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, along with partner organizations, this global scholarship program supports approximately 700 outstanding scholars with leadership potential from 110 countries (excluding the USA and the EU) in a broad range of disciplines.
The Commonwealth Scholarships: Funded by the UK Department for International Development, this program supports graduate students from developing Commonwealth countries, awarding 200-230 scholarships every year.
The UK Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme: A joint initiative of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK universities, this program supports approximately 170 international students from developing Commonwealth countries in pursuit of postgraduate degrees in the UK.
Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford University: The Rhodes Scholarships have the distinction of being the world’s first international scholarship program, as well as its most prestigious. Awarded for exceptional students pursuing postgraduate studies across a wide variety of courses, these full-cost scholarships support 83 scholars annually.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships: These full-cost scholarships are awarded to exceptional international students seeking full-time postgraduate studies in any subject at the University of Cambridge. Over 4,000 students apply each year for just 90 spots.
The Cardiff University Scholarships for International Students: Cardiff University’s International Scholarship Fund recognizes exceptional international students at in all academic disciplines and at all level of study from undergraduate to postgraduate.
London Metropolitan Scholarships for International Students: These merit-based scholarships, which provide both full and partial tuition support, are awarded to exceptional international students pursuing a Master’s Degree in any program offered by the university.
Westminster International Scholarship: Outstanding international students from developing countries pursuing full-time graduate studies in any discipline are eligible for these fully funded awards at the University of Westminster.
University of East Anglia Scholarships: Offered to students from developing countries, these partial and full scholarships support undergraduate and graduate students in the School of International Development.
Other universities offering international student support include the University of Birmingham, which offers 18 individual scholarships for students in year-long Master’s Degree programs; the Bristol University International Office Scholarships, which offer 10 partial tuition awards for international undergrads and postgrads; the International Ambassador Scholarships at the University of West London, which recognize full-time undergrads and postgrads who will serve as representatives of the university; the Sheffield Hallam University Transform Together Scholarship, open to students from any non-EU country who seek to represent the university’s international student body; the Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship at the University of Nottingham, 105 scholarships for students from Africa, India, or designated Commonwealth countries; the Edinburgh Global Development Academy Master’s Scholarships, which offer two scholarships for students from less developed countries studying in the Global Development Academy; the Countries in Crisis Scholarship at the University of Bradford, supporting students in financial hardships from countries in crisis due to war, politics, natural disaster, etc.; and the International Development Scholarship at the University of East London, awarded annually to students from developing countries who will work toward development in their home country.
2) Your degree will open many doors when it is time to look for a job.
If you’ve always wanted to study in the UK but have been deterred by low admissions rates and rising fees, take heart: a recent report by the BBC News shows that the number of accepted students to UK higher ed institutions is on the rise. As reported by the UK’s central admissions office UCAS, these figures demonstrate the profound value of a UK education. Furthermore, not only are more students applying, an increasing number are gaining acceptance to their top choice universities.
One of the reasons students are willing to pay the rising fees for a UK education is its prestigious reputation: degree recipients are highly valued by employers all over the world. Recent QS World University rankings, based on a survey of 27,000 global employers, placed five UK universities in the top 10 globally for employability, based on factors such as academic reputation, faculty-student radio, and proportion of international students and faculty. In fact, of the top six universities, four were from the UK: the University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford.
3) You will feel welcomed in some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Studying in the UK provides international students with the unparalleled opportunity to receive an internationally sought after degree from a top academic institution. The UK has always placed a high value on education as well as on research, and international students study among some of the world’s best thinkers and researchers.
While international students can at times experience feelings of stress and isolation when attempting to integrate into an academic community, UK institutions are focused on providing a positive environment regardless of language and cultural differences. International student offices are focused on welcoming international students and helping them get settled on the path toward success. Staff and administrators remain keenly aware that international recruitment alone is not enough, but that the process must also include prioritizing outreach throughout the comprehensive academic experience.