Every year, thousands of Japanese visit the U.K. They are attracted by a classic and historical appearance that is uniquely British. England stands in a front rank of literature for its great authors like Chaucer, Shakespeare, and the Bronte sisters, etc. But what attracts students to the UK is much more than just its reputation for great literature. British universities (most of them are public) are open to international students and have a long history for accommodating students from all over the world. Universities in the UK have a record of achievement in creative/innovative studies in business, law, the sciences, the environment, philosophy, linguistics, and many other fields. Education in the United Kingdom is of a very high standard.
The British climate is not severe – averages range from 3.9°C in January to 17.8°C in July. Winter is generally cold and wet–during the evening, the temperature drops to below freezing, and is normally just above freezing during the day. During the summer you will normally be comfortable in pants and a T-shirt, although there are days when the temperature does fall in the evening.
Why Study in the UK?
- High Level of Education
(high standards maintained from language academies to higher education programmes)
- Foundation Programmes
(preparatory programmes prepare overseas students for smooth entry to higher education)
- Further Education
(wide variety of technical and specialty colleges)
Special Features of Study in the UK
The United Kingdom is world-renown for its high standard of education. From the establishment of Oxford University in the 13th century, the British have been developing a strong tradition of higher education for nearly 1,000 years.
Placing a strong emphasis on individuality, Britain provides students with a wide variety of education options, such as International Relations, Developmental Studies, Peace Studies, and the always-popular Business and Art & Design Courses. The UK is also known as a relatively safe study abroad destination.
High Quality Lectures and Small Classes
British university programs are three years in length and feature a low number of students per class in lecture format courses. Essays and papers make up a large part of course-work and students must develop their research, dissertation, and presentation skills in order to perform well.
The Strength and Popularity of Art & Design
British Art and Design Programs include Drawing, Sculpting, Prints, Flat and Vertical Designs, Textiles, Film, Photography, Computer Graphics and a number of other areas. Unlike programs in some countries, where students learn to create the same model, instructors in the UK encourage students to develop their own interpretations, materials, and methods. As a result, students not only learn independent and individual approaches to art, but also learn to make selections and produce results on their own.
The UK Education System
Compulsory education is until sixteen years of age and students must pass a national (GCSE) examination in order to receive graduation certificates that are vital for further education and employment opportunities.
For students who wish to proceed onto higher education, they advance into Sixth Form and more specialized studies. At the age of eighteen, there is another national examination (GCE-A Level) and the results of this examination determine whether students are able to proceed to the educational institution of their choice.
There are roughly 100 universities in the UK and, with the exception of one, all are public institutions. Most undergraduate programs are three years in duration (in Scotland they are four years). Since specialized studies begin right away, overseas students must realize this and be prepared to take a Foundation Year as preparation, if necessary.