Introduction to UK Higher Education

The UK Higher Education offers internationally-recognised qualifications across a wide range of subjects. The education system is well renowned for its quality in academic excellence. The UK Universities and colleges assist the students to fulfill their potentials and perform well in their chosen filed of study by meeting the strict academic criteria.

There are number of international student clubs and societies, planned social events, international offices, counsellors to help and support.

Good Quality of Education: The quality of a university's or college's teaching and its general facilities are assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Research standards are examined by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which publishes its findings every five years.

The results of all these assessments are freely available on the internet. Information on quality assurance and assessments is also available from the Higher Education Funding Councils.

A great international reputation: The UK is one of the most popular destinations in the world for quality education. Each year a high number of international students enrol here in the UK for quality education in post graduate and undergraduate courses because of world-class teaching and learning experience. In 2013 (QS World University Rankings), four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK.

No wonder why employers worldwide from universities to governments, multinationals, and development agencies recognis the quality of the UK education.

International Tradition: Every year, UK welcomes international students from all over the world. UK universities are used to looking after the welfare of non-UK students and have well-developed support services and social networks on campus.

In the academic year of 2011-12 UK welcomed a total of 435,230 international students compared to 428,225 in 2010-11, an increase of 2% (http://www.ukcisa.org.uk).

Choice of courses: Higher education institutions in the UK offer a broad range of courses that caters for your interests and career goals. You can search over 50,000 courses on the UCAS website to find the right one for you.

An interesting place to live and learn: UK is the one of the most interesting places in the world to live and learn. UK is culturally diverse and promotes cultural diversity by fostering the inclusion of people from all cultures, communities and nationality. For example, school children in London speak over 300 different languages.

With excellent transport networks and facilities, historical structures and modern architectures, exciting sports and international events UK is a mix of cosmopolitan cities and rural villages.

London is regarded as one of the most important financial districts in the world and it is well-connected with the rest of the world.

An international student can develop a wide range of competencies needed in the current global workforce including English language skills and social networking skills. Students can also get exporsure to international events, lectures, seminers and cultural funcitions.

A range of useful benefits: The UK post graduate and undergraduate degrees are generally shorter than many other countries, which helps in reducing the tuition fees and accommodation costs.

There is a lot of a support available for international students in the UK. Many course providers have international offices and student societies, activities, academic guidance, counsellors and advisers to help students feel welcomed and supported throughout their time in UK.

Most undergraduate courses in the UK are designed to be completed in three years, although in Scotland it may take typically four years. A postgraduate Masters course will normally only take one year, whereas a PhD degree will take three to four years to compleate.

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