Want to study abroad, but not sure where? Here we list 10 excellent reasons to consider the UK
Home to some of the best universities in the world and a truly multicultural society, this list will show you that there’s more to British life than rainy days and “fish and chips”.
- The best universities in the world
Each year, the UK’s universities rank highly on the list of the world’s best universities. In 2015, three placed in the top seven: Cambridge University, University of Oxford and University College London.
- Institutions and students that changed history
Isaac Newton received his degree in physics from Cambridge University, as did the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, as did economist John Maynard Keynes. Famed writers J. R. R. Tolkien and Oscar Wilde are two significant members of Oxford University’s alumni.
- Recognised excellence
With 85 Nobel Prizes in Science and Technology under its belt, the UK is the second most decorated nation in the world. King’s College, for example, educated 12 winners of the coveted award.
- Striking architecture
You’ll find ancient castles, fairy tale palaces, medieval towns, classical buildings, Gothic churches, and modern building everywhere you look.
- The cradle of football
That’s right, the number one passion amongst Brazilians was created in the UK. Games similar to what we now call football were commonplace throughout the Middle Ages in the British Isles.
- … and other great sports
A true love of sport unites the British people. Besides Football, several other sports were invented by the Brits, including tennis, golf, and rugby. Playing sports for universities and schools is part of British tradition.
- In addition to studying, you’ll hear some very good music
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, The Who, Coldplay, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Amy Winehouse… Need any more? Music is so integral to British culture that it’s almost impossible to avoid going to shows, outdoor concerts, local gigs (pub performances, mostly free).
- More besides fish and chips
Don’t be fooled into thinking that British cuisine is limited. As well as fish and chips, slow-cooked meats (beef, lamb, chicken or port), known affectionately as “roasts”, are popular. And the UK is so multicultural that you can find food from all over the world.
- People really are fun
British humour deserves attention. A dry wit tempered with insightful sarcasm: it is something quite unique. The secret? The British like to laugh at themselves. Fans of Monty Python know exactly what we’re talking about.
- 10. Summer is bliss!
OK, winter can be brutal: cold and grey. But as temperatures rise and the sun breaks through the clouds, the British flock to their parks, squares and gardens in an act of climatic celebration. The summer is awash with outdoor sports, picnics, open-air concerts, and BBQs.