Britain may have voted to leave the European Union but studying for a degree in the UK is still a positive choice. So far, in the wake of the Brexit result, not much has changed and if current signs are anything to go by, you may find that certain things are more advantageous. In fact, studying in the UK could actually turn out to be the best experience of your life.
St Mary’s University, Twickenham, reveals six reasons why there has never been a better time to come and study in the UK.
Lower education costs
When the Brexit vote was announced the value of the pound fell. It has since recovered somewhat against other currencies but is still lower than its pre-Brexit value. The good news for you as a foreign student is you are actually getting more for your money when it comes to university fees. A better exchange rate means it is costing you less in real terms to study in the UK, something your parents will no doubt be pretty happy about.
The UK also has some of the best universities in the world but it is still cheaper to study here than in the USA. Tuition in the UK for international students is on average £11,000 a year, compared to America where you can expect to pay an average of £27,000 a year.
Greater shopping opportunities
St Mary’s University is just a hop and a skip from central London which is full of some of the best shops in the world. Oxford Street is bustling with high street brands, whilst Knightsbridge and Mayfair are awash with designer names. Carnaby Street is an eclectic mix of heritage brands and independent stores and you can always pick up something out of the ordinary at Portobello Road Market.
The favourable exchange rate means if shopping is high on your agenda you will get more for your money. Whether it is high-end fashion that attracts you or the latest in wearable technology, you could pick up a bargain during your time at university.
World class reputation means greater job opportunities upon graduation
UK universities have always had strong links with both the EU and other countries around the world and these are likely to remain despite Brexit. The reputation of many British universities is second-to-none and degrees and qualifications gained from them are respected around the world.
In addition, employers tend to prefer graduates with global experience so if you’re coming from the USA or China for example to study in the UK and then apply for a job, you may find yourself far more marketable.
Excellent research opportunities
UK universities are at the forefront of cutting-edge research in many different areas. Much of the funding for such research comes from the EU currently and it remains to be seen whether this funding will reduce as a result of Brexit.
However, many universities including St Mary’s, have partnerships with organisations worldwide and such is the reputation of UK research that regardless of Brexit, there are likely to be a wealth of opportunities for some time to come.
St Mary’s, for example, has been involved in key research projects with the NHS, business and ecology. Its Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies (CBET) focuses on the ethical and social implications of biomedicine and nanotechnology, and other new technologies.
A gateway to Europe and cultural experiences
The UK may have voted to leave the EU but the country is still part of Europe and all the wonderful history it offers. As an international student studying in the UK, you are perfectly placed to visit mainland Europe and there is nothing to stop you taking a break and exploring the likes of Paris, Berlin, Rome or Madrid.
The Channel Tunnel and low cost airlines make the rest of Europe easy to access and return flights to many of the destinations can cost less than £100.
The UK is a nation of sports lovers
The Rio Olympics proved once again, just how fantastic the UK is when it comes to sport, with our athletes winning a record 67 medals. The country’s sporting prowess is one thing that won’t change post-Brexit. Whether you enjoy sport purely for fitness or want to compete at national and international level, there are so many opportunities if you study in the UK.
St Mary’s had more than 20 athletes and alumni taking part in the latest Olympics, including double gold medallist runner Mo Farah, and is one of the premier sports institutions in the country. Even if you prefer to watch rather than get involved, you are just a short journey from the rugby at Twickenham, tennis at Wimbledon and many Premier League football teams based in London.
Find out more about studying as an international student at St. Mary's University, Twickenham here.