London has lots to recommend it over other international cities.

London has now overtaken Montreal and Paris to be ranked as the best city in the world for university students, according to research by QS higher education data analysts, which included a survey of 50000 students. The ratings are based on factors such as the number of top universities in a city, the local jobs market, cultural diversity and the quality of life.

London offers a higher concentration of world class institutions than any other city; institutions with heritage and reputation like Imperial College, University College London, the London School of Economics and Kings College.

Of course, higher education isn’t just about the learning. London offers fabulous access to cultural facilities like museums, theatres, pubs and restaurants. If you like the outdoors life there is plenty of sightseeing to do, parks to visit and of course boating on the Thames!

For overseas students London is well established as a culturally diverse and tolerant place to live and study, where overseas students can quickly feel at home.

So, is there a down side? Well, what QS did identify was that London can be a very expensive place to live. If you can manage your finances though, London can furnish you with a degree that is respected and recognised around the world, and London, as a centre of world commerce, can give you an access to that international employment marketplace.

When considering costs, it is worth noting that British University degree courses typically take less time than their overseas competitors: 3 years for undergraduate courses and 1 year for post grad, compared to at least 4 years and 2-3 years respectively for overseas establishments. When making comparisons, consider the actual long-term expenses.

So, you’ve made the decision, you want to study in the UK. There are a couple of organisations that can help you. The British Council can work with you on every aspect of applying to university, including finding the university that best suits your needs and preparing you for coming to study in the UK. The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service can also help you apply to institutions across the UK.

The choice of country is clear, the only decision now is which institution and which course.

Good luck and enjoy all the UK has to offer!


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