Choosing to study in the U.K. or the U.S. takes careful consideration. If you’re still thinking of ditching apple pie for shepherd’s pie after our teaser info a few weeks ago, here’s are some quick facts about studying in the U.K.
1. (Less) Money, Money, Money
While studying and living in the U.K. can be costly, it is still by far cheaper than universities in the U.S., which carry the highest price tag in the world. Studying in the U.K. can save you a buck or two compared with studying in the U.S., especially since it can be a year shorter.
2. Diving In
If you always knew what you wanted to be when you grew up, then the more structured U.K. and European model might be a good fit for you. It allows students to dive right into what they want to study at a high level. This system usually requires students to study one focused subject from the outset, which frees them up from the general ed classes they need to take in North American universities.
3. Only 3 Years For Undergrad
Most university programs in the U.K. are three years (except Scotland), allowing students to enter the workforce earlier. This also means less to pay in tuition and fees.
4. Straight To The Point
The application process for U.K. universities is straightforward and the requirements are clear and specific. The focus is on academic scores and not on extracurricular activities. Most universities’ decisions are based on a student’s academic performance and predicted performance on AP and IB testing; a personal statement; and school counselor’s reference letter. Furthermore, you only need to submit one application through the UCAS system that will reach many universities.
5. Smaller Can Be Better
If you’re the type of student who learns better in smaller class sizes, then a U.K. university might be just right for you. Most U.K. universities have “tutoring”, where a professor regularly meets with a small group of students. This gives you the opportunity to ask all your burning questions about the subject matter and have discussions with likeminded classmates. Shanghai American School students would already be familiar with this concept, as our teachers offer their time outside of class to meet with students during extended learning.
Next time, we’ll bring you some highlights on studying in the U.S.