Rankings, Reputation and Standards
World’s top 6 universities and 19 out World Top 100 Universities are in the UK as per QS World Rankings. UK universities are inspected regularly to ensure that they uphold the high standards of teaching, learning and research set by the Government. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is the key body charged with maintaining these standards. UK is a world-leading research nation. Researchers in the UK gain more citations and usage per article, and write more articles individually, than anywhere else in the world (International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, BIS). UK universities and research institutions have produced 107 Nobel Prize winners (Nobel Media AB).
Employability, Careers and Placements
UK Universities offer opportunities for students to pursue placement/ sandwich year/ co-op within their UG and PG courses both. Employers worldwide considers UK graduates among the most ‘employable’ (QS World University Rankings). In a global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, it was found that 5 of the top 10 Universities were in the UK. The UK ranks second in the world for university-industry collaboration (Annual Innovation Report, BIS, 2012).
Duration, Fees and Scholarships
Courses in UK are shorter in duration as compared to most other countries, which help in reducing the overall cost incurred. Undergraduate courses tend to be three years, although in Scotland it would typically take four years to complete an undergraduate degree and postgraduate courses are one year upwards. International students are allowed to work part time for 20 hours during semester time and full time during vacations on a student visa, thereby enabling them to earn while studying. There are multiple funding opportunities available to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Skills, Exposure and Growth
Studying in the UK helps students develop excellent language skills. The English language is of crucial importance in today’s global business arena. The UK has a long history of welcoming international students to study in its universities and colleges, which gives students ample opportunities to interact with people from various parts of the world giving them unmatched exposure in life.
International Students, Cultures and Connections
UK Universities also offer ‘one year study abroad opportunity’ to students at undergraduate level, which allows students to gain early exposure in multiple countries.