6 Best Places to Study Abroad in Europe 2017
There are a number of reasons that students choose to study abroad, whether that be over the summer, for a semester, year or even the full duration of a degree. From wanting to improve your language skills in a new country to experiencing a different climate and culture, there are lots of great reasons to consider studying abroad as part of your degree, if not for the whole course.
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The UK has always been a popular study abroad destination, usually only coming second to the USA in terms of intake of students from China and India, which together make up just below 48% of the total inbound study abroad students in the USA. There has also been a strong relationship between the UK and the USA sending their students to each other's country to study - just over 11,500 UK students traveling across the Atlantic to study in the USA and more than 38,000 American students studying in the UK for the 2014-15 academic year.
Why Study In The UK?
Although there was a very slight decrease in the total number of students studying abroad in the UK last year, this reduction did not knock the UK from the top spot as a study abroad destination for US students. There are a number of initiatives that support transatlantic study including Across The Pond and The Fullbright Commission, which offers scholarships to support students wishing to study abroad. These scholarships are very competitive, so you should plan in advance if you intend on applying for one. The deadline for the 2017 academic year has passed. The application process for the 2018/2019 academic year will start in August 2017.
Many Americans choose the UK as a study abroad destination because English is the primary spoken language and the culture is quite similar. That said, there are a number of notable differences. Read Chloe's guide to fitting in when studying abroad in the UK and Tom's comparison between the US and the UK.
University College London (UCL) was reported to have the largest number of international students in the 2014-15 intake, with 20,745 EU and non-EU international students recorded.
The most popular subjects studied by international students in the UK last year were Business and administration (38.4%), Engineering and technology (33.1%) and Law (26.3%). [Source: UKCISA]
Why the UK? - Our brief guide the UK as a study abroad destination.
Travel in the UK - American international student Ally talks about getting around in the UK
5 Reasons to Study in the UK? - The principal at Bellerbys College tells us why students should consider studying in the UK
Read UK Student Testimonials - See why internationals love studying the UK