• kristenevelyn

7 reasons to study in the UK

No one will argue that The United States is home to great universities; however a lot of American students are missing out on studying abroad. If you are going to spend thousands of dollars on going to college you may as well travel, save money, and get a great education all in one go!

1. Less time

Most American undergraduate degrees last for 4 years, however the typical British undergraduate degree is only 3 years.

Same goes for post graduate (Masters) courses. The traditional American PG course is 2 years long; however most UK Masters programmes last for only 1 year. As a result you graduate with the same qualification in less time (and usually for less money!).

2. Top business schools

The UK is home to some of the top business schools in the world.

These 6 all rank in the Top 50 in Times Higher Education:

  1. London Business School

  2. The University of Oxford

  3. The University of Warwick's WBS

  4. University of Cambridge

  5. University of Sussex

  6. University of Manchester

and in Forbes Best International MBAs: one year programmes the UK dominates the list with 8/17 universities coming from the U.K.

3. Less Expensive

On the whole, unless you are going to an "in-state" or community college, it is significantly cheaper to study in the UK than it is in the USA.


A typical* undergraduate degree at Hofstra University costs approx. $45,000/year.

Multiply this by 4 years and before you calculate in "room and board" you have spent $180,000.

For a UG degree at a top 10 UK university (ex. University of Warwick), you will pay $24,316 (£18,330) per year. Multiply this by 3 years and you have spent $72,949.

Factor in accommodation, (roughly $11,000/year x 3 = $33,000) and at the time of graduation you will have spent roughly $106,000. This is a savings of at least $74,000!

*excluding Law or Medical courses as these tend to be more expensive.


A two year MBA at Harvard will cost around $158,800. If you do your MBA at University of Cambridge, including maintenance (living) costs, you will spend $88,207 (£67,090).

That is a savings of $70,593!

4. Great for travel

The UK is an island roughly twice the size of Florida, located just off the coast of mainland Europe. Travelling through countries in Europe is similar to how Americans travel across states. You can take a train from London and be in Paris in two hours and fifteen minutes. That's shorter than driving from Manhattan to Montauk!

Similarly, you can catch a flight from Birmingham International with a cheap airline carrier (FlyBe, for example) and be in Amsterdam or Berlin in an hour and fifteen minutes and have spent only $100.

With a bit of planning and an eye for good deals, you can use the U.K. as a base to travel all over Europe! And if you're keen on road-trips, most of the European countries drives on the right-hand side of the road!


5. You Can work while you study

On a Tier-4 visa (student/study visa) you can work up to 20 hours per week. This is the typical visa 99% of international students will come in on.

In addition, if you are student with a world-class business idea you can apply for sponsorship from your University as having the potential to create your own business in the UK. This will allow you to switch to a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa and stay longer in the UK.

Finally, if you're a PhD student you can apply to stay in the UK for a further 12 months after your course completion date. You will be sponsored by your university, but you will have full unrestricted work rights (except for some limited professions such as doctors or dentists).

The next section does not apply to Americans sadly; however if you're from:

  • Australia

  • Canada

  • Japan

  • Monaco

  • New Zealand

  • Hong Kong

  • Republic of Korea

  • Taiwan

GOOD NEWS! You can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa as long as you are aged 18 to 30 and have £1,890 in savings. With this visa you can stay in the UK and work for an additional 2 years.

6. Scholarships

The USA-UK have several major scholarships/awards, including:

In addition, most schools offer sports scholarships to athletic international students. Check out our Food for Thought section on "Study in the UK" for links to some of many schools that offer sports scholarships.

7. Multi-cultural

Again, with its proximity being so close to mainland Europe, as well as Northern Africa, the UK offers a great chance to study with students from all over the globe.

This not only does this improve your cultural awareness, but is also greatly widens your "network" when looking for future job opportunities!

Note: we would not recommend you study Law, Medical or Teaching courses in the UK, unless you intend to live in the UK, as the legal practice requirements vary greatly between the two countries.

University of Warwick

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