why the uk?

Reasons to Apply to Graduate School in the UK

Whether you’re applying for a degree in Cultural Studies, Physics, or something entirely different, these are reasons why you should apply to grad school in the UK. Here they are, in no particular order:

You have the opportunity to obtain a degree abroad. This is a great way to experience a new educational system and always looks good on a cv.

There are no application fees. This means you can apply to as many schools as you want without having to put in hundreds of pounds.

There are no set deadlines. Most programmes advise their applicants to apply before the end of March, but continue accepting applications until June or July. Since most schools have rolling admission and a limited number of spots, the earlier you apply the better.

The application response time is much faster. I applied to programmes mid-January and received responses in about a month’s time. In North America, it takes about 2-3 months to hear back from schools.

Graduate programmes are much shorter.
Most masters programmes are only about a year long and PhD. programmes are an additional 3-4 years. Even though the pound is worth more than the dollar, you might save money by studying in the UK because you finish your degree much faster.

There are no GREs or standardized tests. Evaluation is based on your application, transcripts, letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, statement of purposes and/or research proposal. Yes!

You get national health care. Being a student automatically qualifies you for the National Health Service (NHS).

You have the opportunity to live in the UK. If you want to move to London, Glasgow, or another cool city in Great Britain, grad school is one way to get there

You have the opportunity to work in the UK after graduation. Receiving a degree from a British institution enables you to work in the UK without a work permit for up to two years under the Post Study Work Programme.

Of course, there are many other reasons to study in the UK, but these are just ones to start off. You should obviously think about the faculty, research and teaching opportunities, job placement, and other areas specific to your interests and goals.


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