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How do universities in England compare to those in the US in world rankings?

I’m just about to start my senior year of high school, and I want to start sending out applications for college. I have a 4.0 GPA and also have a great record with AP classes. I know I can get into a good college here in the US, but I’ve always dreamed of going to a UK college.  How do the universities in England fair in comparison to their American counterparts in terms of academics and student life? What’s life like of students studying abroad in London?

Kristi Hammond

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Victoria Fowler on April 11, 2018

American and English Universities are the most reputable in the world, occupying the majority of slots in all world rankings. It’s a good thing that you want to try out a different kind of experience for your undergraduate studies, and it helps much that you have an amazing academic record and have challenged yourself in high school. Some of the best universities in the world, not just in the UK but also in the world include Oxford, Cambridge, the Imperial College London, Kings College and the University of Manchester.

Since you are an American student planning to move to the UK, life should be fairly easier for you to get used to. The native language is English, which is also the language of instruction, so adapting should be fairly easy.

Life at a college in the UK should be enjoyable. The country has a rich history and is always a top destination for students from all around the world. You’ll find a vibrant student life and rich culture. The other thing you need to be aware of is that the UK has several distinct regions like Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland. All these areas have a distinct life and culture, and thus the experience will probably be richer than what you’d experience in the US. Currently, students in English Universities can enjoy the benefits of travel around Europe if they have an appropriate visa. That may change once the Brexit deadline reaches but then again, we can’t accurately predict what will happen till then. If you do get the chance though, you should enjoy the ability to move around.

If you are going to study at a UK college, I’d suggest you have a specialization in mind already. Universities in the UK usually prefer students to specialize early enough as opposed to their American counterparts. Multiculturalism is one of the major reasons you should definitely think of considering a study abroad in London. It has one of the most diverse populations anywhere on Earth, and it is one of the centers of cosmopolitan student life around the world. You’ll meet students from everywhere; Africa, Europe, Asia and the US. London favors student living, and you’ll probably find most items you purchase discounted if you walk around with your student ID. While the methods of teaching in the UK universities differ considerably from the US, this will be to your advantage.

Noel Byrda year ago

For me studying abroad in London was one of the best decisions I have ever made. London is quite expensive to live in, but with a little due diligence, you can make certain not to burn a hole in your pockets. One thing I liked about it was how the movement was fairly easy. I spent a lot of time exploring the sites and museums in the city. It has a rich history, and once you get exploring into your groove, you’ll get addicted to all the new things you learn every day. Most of the international students I came across were fellow Americans like me, so there was never any feeling of homesickness. The city is extremely cosmopolitan and a big basket of foreign cultures. I can only compare it to New York, although cleaner and a lot less intimidating. The study experience is just as good as a college in the States.


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