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The Benefits of Studying Abroad

As closure on the United Kingdom’s exit from Europe still lingers, students are left questioning the probability of studying in universities outside of the UK.

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    An air of caution distils the outcome as some students have been warned that financial aid for the 2019-2020 academic year could ware doubtful.

    The European Parliament has promised continued support for students seeking to establish an education abroad and guarantee financial funding; such as through exchange programmes like Erasmus+.

    Studies by UUK show that 19% of students who study abroad attain a first-class honours degree and 20% of students are less likely to be unemployed.

    Why studying abroad is important:

    Education and career opportunities:

    15 of the top 20 universities in the world are outside the UK, so studying a similar course at another top-ranking university provides a unique stamp on your qualifications.

    Adaptability, cultural awareness and a unique perspective are great benefits of studying abroad and can contribute to your electability against rival peers.

    Personal development:

    Alongside your academic studies, universities are a vessel for self-discovery; they are means to mould your curiosity. Personal development and self-sufficiency are welcomed repercussions when living in a foreign country.

    Weirdly, it could work out cheaper:

    Since the Cameron/Clegg coalition government’s tripling of university tuition fees in 2012, the UK has statistically proven to be the least cost-effective country in the world to study in.

    According to QS World University Rankings, 4 British universities rank in the top 10 listings of the world’s most expensive places to study.

    Attracting Graduate schools:

    It’s arguable that students who have studied abroad display serious initiative toward their academic achievements. It’s something that attracts the eye of employers and companies, and also graduate schools. Graduate school admissions boards look favourably towards those who have overseas experience, as they display a fresh depth of dexterity and competence.

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    Exploring culture shocks, sightseeing on a personal scale, and breaking down language barriers one phrase at a time; these are endless side-dishes to accompany your university degree. Absorbing life in your new host country makes for a better student, proving why studying abroad is important.

    How to prepare for studying abroad:

    1. All the paperwork – applications for passports and visas can be lengthy processes, so make sure to apply early.

    In some situations, you may have to apply for a Student Visa as well as directly to the university itself. It is vital that you have a full understanding of all compulsory entry applications that you might need for your course (make a note of different requirements for different universities).

    1. Funding and grants– similar to the entry paperwork, it’s wise to read into all the possible funding and loans you are entitled to. Students who apply for a university placement within the UK are eligible to receive student loans and can also receive grants.
      Distinct EU universities do distribute grants and loans; however, beyond the EU the likelihood of paying a much higher fee is evident.
    1. Being money savvy – consider all costs and payments that you will have to pay. Compare both living in the UK and internationally, and figure which path would be better for you. Course fees, student loans, living costs, they all add up and sometimes the amount can be a painful stake to your bank bills.
      Some students take up part-time jobs alongside their studies but check the legislation around working in a foreign country. It’s wise to research the rules and regulations on what type of employment you are allowed to do.
    1. Is it really for you? – the entire idea seems fantastical and otherworldly, but you should really consider if this is the right path for you.

    Fully immersing yourself within a new culture could prove unpalatable. You will be committing to an entirely different academic system; so consider any bumps it might cause to your educational development.

    The benefits of studying in the UK vs. the benefits of studying abroad

    Alternatively, for international students aspiring to study in the UK, they would have to apply for a Student Visa, or a Short-Term Study Visa, which provides UK residency for a fixed amount of time.

    If international students are planning to study in the UK for longer than 6 months, a Student Visa application must be made.

    If your application is successful, you will have permission to stay in the UK for your course length, followed by a short ‘cooling off’ period.

    After this, you will have to leave the UK, unless you have applied to extend your stay or have switched to another immigration category.

    The UK immigration lawyers at IAS can help you if you want to study in the UK as an international or are looking to emigrate elsewhere. Get in contact with them using the enquiry button below to find out more.

    Our specialist immigration solicitors are located in LondonManchester, and Birmingham, as well as in many other locations throughout the UK.

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