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By Rizwana Aysha Begum
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.
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.
Education and career opportunities:
15 of the top 20 universities in the world are outside of 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.
Alongside your academic studies, universities are a vessel for self-discovery; they are means to mould your curiosity. Personal development and self-sufficiency are a welcomed repercussion 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 listing 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.
Wear that globe-trotter badge:
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.
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).
Distinct EU universities do distribute grants and loans; however, beyond the EU the likelihood of paying a much higher fee is evident.
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.
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.
Alternatively, for international students aspiring to study in the UK, they would have to apply for a Tier 4 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 Tier 4 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.
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