For a high-schooler in the UK, choosing where you want to go to university is a difficult process. The recently-increased tuition fees can act as a discouraging factor, and you may find yourself deciding that maybe, university isn’t for you after all.
Perhaps it’s time you considered studying abroad. It’s a big step to take, but if you’re interested in being immersed in another culture, or you haven’t found a university in the UK that appeals to you; you may find that studying abroad brings you the new lease of life you’ve been looking for.
In this blog, Enrol looks at everything you need to take into consideration when you choose to study abroad.
On average, British students pay £10,133 per year to go to university. This includes the cost of tuition, maintenance, travel, and other expenses. For students living in London, that cost is significantly higher. Of course, entering into a Student Finance Loan agreement is a scary thing to agree to, especially at the age of 18.
Some people look at studying abroad as a cheaper option compared to studying in the UK.
Studying abroad is not always necessarily cheaper, but many universities (especially across Europe) are able to offer international students cheaper tuition and a reduced cost of living.
However, it’s important to note that UK Student Finance loans (which are paid out to cover the cost of your course fees), do NOT cover the cost of courses outside of the UK.
Some universities located outside of the UK will ask for course fees to be paid up front, which may pose a problem if you’re looking to save money.
Another way to study abroad and still receive student finance is by enrolling in a course at a UK university and taking part in an exchange programme.
Though you won’t be studying abroad for the entire duration of your course, you’ll get to experience the culture of your chosen city, as well as rest assured that you aren’t racking up any additional costs.
If you’re really dead set on studying abroad, you may be able to apply for a scholarship to help with your course fees. However, they are typically very competitive, and even successful candidates may not be eligible for a grant that covers all their course fees.
Studying abroad offers you a unique opportunity to improve your fluency in a chosen language, immerse yourself in a different culture, and gain valuable experience in dealing with people from different walks of life.
This – quite frankly – looks great on your CV, and may even be the thing that sets you apart from other candidates in the future. This is especially applicable if you studied your chosen course in another language.
Personal growth and the “Uni Experience”
It’s no secret that many British students choose to go into higher education to get the “uni experience”. The university experience in the UK is something that is regarded as highly unique, and anyone who has been through it will likely jump at the chance to wax reminiscent of their time in halls, shared accommodation, and lecture theatres at 9 o’clock on a Monday morning.
Studying abroad will mean your university experience is wildly different from that of a local British student. Instead, you’ll get the highly unique experience that being an international student at a foreign university elicits.
For many people, University is a time for personal growth and broadening horizons. If you’d like to do that abroad, the possibilities are endless – university life in France will be markedly different than in China, America, or Sweden, for example.
Use Enrol to find your dream course
Looking for courses to set you on the path to your dream career? With Enrol, you can search the UK’s best exchange student programmes, hosted by UK universities. Sort by location and subject to tailor the results to you.