Information for the parents of international students

Employers value UK qualifications for the focus they place on workplace skills. The UK is ranked 2nd in the world for University-Industry collaboration (Annual innovation Report, BIS 2012).

UK universities offer a world-class education where students benefit from excellent teaching and facilities. The teaching style helps them to develop qualities that are in great demand from employers – creativity, innovation, teamwork and leadership for example. This is also a unique opportunity to study in a traditional learning environment that is rich in heritage, and employers worldwide recognise a UK degree as a sign of high academic standards.

UK qualifications increase future income potential, as well as enhancing a CV. Research shows international students educated in the UK achieve significantly higher salaries after they graduate, on average, than if they had been educated at home (Tracking International Graduate Outcomes, BIS). By studying and socialising in the UK’s multicultural society, students gain an international perspective; an invaluable experience for a career in an international company.

Course fees and living costs in the UK are good value for money, and compare favourably with costs in other top education destinations (International Pricing Study, UK Higher Education International Unit). There are also many financial support schemes and incentives for international students who wish to join a UK course.

Higher education courses in the UK are generally shorter than in other countries. For example, a full-time bachelor’s degree typically lasts three years, compared to four years or more in other countries. This saves money on annual fees and allows students to start their career sooner.

English language skills improve career prospects and the UK is the world’s most popular destination for English language courses. On a UK course, students are immersed in the language and will find that their skills improve rapidly.