The United Kingdom is one of the most popular & desired study abroad destinations for higher studies in the world. According to the 2015 - 2016 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, it is home to three of the top 10 universities in the world.

Every year millions of overseas students become a part of the UK and are catapulted to a world full of career opportunities. We know you too dream of studying there but are unsure how to reason this dream. So, we bring to you a few of the things you ought to know even before planning to study in the UK.

All about the UK

The United Kingdom is made up of four nations - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. These nations, all united under one government, have their own major cities. The UK has a population of around 66.57 million, making the world’s 21st largest country by population.

A Multi-Cultural Hub

The UK is one of the most culturally diverse countries. You will meet various kinds of people from around the world with different cultural backgrounds. But besides these differences, you find many like-minded people there who share similar tastes as you.

The Indian Connection

It is known that the largest single ethnic minority group in the UK is the Indian community. Indians make up almost one quarter of the total ethnic minority population and the majority of Indian immigrants live mainly in London, Manchester, and Birmingham, the rest reside in major metropolitan areas like Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Pleasant Weather, eh?

The weather is mostly pleasant in the UK. Sometimes, you might not experience the best of weathers there; but you need not lose sleep over that for you can enjoy outdoor activities even when the weather is cold (or when it is raining!)

So do not let the weather bother you while you are there in the UK.

Public Transport comes to the rescue

The UK has a wide array of public transport options and is often reasonable for students.

Cities like London, Newcastle, Glasgow and Liverpool among others have the underground rail systems; and students can avail the benefits of student cards which can cut the cost of transportation. National Express, the largest coach network in the UK, helps you save up to 30% if you are lucky enough to get the Coach card. All the UK towns provide regular bus services helping the students commute to their institutions easily.

Benefits from a World-class education system

There are a numerous benefits offered by the education system of the UK. The universities and colleges across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales brings to you a wide array of courses – somewhere around 150,000 courses - to choose from. The UK education system combines different subjects into a single course of study which enables students to have a greater grasp over multiple disciplines in shorter time.

In addition to this, UK degrees are well-regarded by employers of the world, given the education system’s reputation in the global market. This means, not only your education is top-notched but also it opens up a world full of limitless possibilities in the career aspect.

Exactly how expensive is the UK?

To put it bluntly, the cost of living in the UK is very high. But then again, it is only relatively higher than the other popular study destinations like Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Also, the cost of living aspect depends on individual lifestyle of the students. Moreover, there are several exciting scholarship opportunities which do take considerable amount of burden off the students’ shoulder. And the best person to consult about it is your education counsellor!

Earning While Learning

If you are planning to make some extra cash while studying, it is not a bad option whatsoever. And since India is a non-European Union country(obviously), you are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week while studying in the foreign country and full-time during your vacation. So just imagine what you can do with those extra bucks in your pocket.

However, since the norms and regulations for working in the UK are frequently updated, we suggest you visit their official immigration website; just to be sure you don’t break any law!

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