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Growing preference for UK education among Indian students

British Council Article

Over the past year, the number of Indian students heading to the UK for their education has been growing steadily. In fact, the UK is acknowledged as one of the world’s most popular education destinations by students world over. The UK universities offer high quality education across a wide range of courses in areas of Business and Administrative Studies, Engineering and Technology, Social Studies, Subjects Allied to Medicine, Creative Arts and Design, Biological Sciences, Law and Computer Science. According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) report, more than 458,000 international students chose to study in the UK in 2017-18.

We looked at some of the reasons that make the UK such a sought after destination among Indian and international students and professionals considering a foreign education:

#1: Employability

One of the most important considerations while choosing a foreign university is the job potential upon completion. The UK colleges and universities score highly on this parameter. According to the latest Indian Graduate Outcomes (iGO) report, 82 percent of Indians who’ve graduated from the UK, feel satisfied or very satisfied with their careers. International exposure while studying, can boost your career immensely as you can gain a broader worldview. According to the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, UK universities produce some of the most employable applicants in Europe. They have students from all over the world contributing to its vibrant and diverse academic culture.

#2: Academic excellence

According to the World University Rankings 2019, four out of the top ten universities are in the UK. These include coveted institutions such as the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. In addition to providing quality education, the universities ensure that they have teachers who are among the world’s best; assuring academic excellence. Despite having just 0.9 percent of the global population, the UK produces 15.2 percent of the world’s most highly cited research as per Elsevier, a global analytics company.

#3: Global and welcoming

The UK is a welcoming place where international students  can immerse into an exciting life. From the UK’s rich cultural scene in theatre, music and arts to its historic destinations, you can have it all. As a student, you become a part of the UK’s vibrant culture where the universities ensure that students settle and thrive in their new environment. As a result, 86 percent of Indian students who have studied from UK universities feel welcome in the UK, according to the findings of iGO report.  This warm and enabling environment has also led to London being named the world’s best city for students for two years in a row by QS Best Student Cities Ranking, 2019.

#4: Financial Support

Scholarships play a crucial role in making your college experience more affordable and free of financial-stress. The UK provides a host of scholarships and financial support for aspiring students. In 2018-19 alone, the UK government and the British Council offered 480 scholarships to Indian students, worth approximately £4.675m. Scholarships also make your resume stand out and give deserving students the opportunity to benefit from their hard work.

As a student who is aiming to move abroad for higher education, it can be overwhelming and rather challenging to decide every little detail. That’s where the education fairs can help you with planning and research. In the first week of February 2020, British Council is conducting ‘STUDY UK FAIRS’ in ChennaiBangaloreVizag , CoimbatoreNagpur and Pune. At these fairs,  prospective students and their parents will have the chance to meet representatives from several UK universities and also get first hand information on various scholarships like the GREAT Scholarships 2020, launched by the British Council in collaboration with the UK’s GREAT Britain Campaign. In addition to scholarships, the representatives will readily answer queries on studying in the UK.

Education plays a vital role in shaping your life.  Thorough planning can help you in studying at your dream university in the UK. Since your most crucial years of education are ahead of you, make an informed decision, attend education fairs, research about courses and universities, and then start your journey towards a fulfilling academic life.

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