Why study English in the UK?
Every year, thousands of international students from across the world come to study English in the UK. English is one of the most widely spoken languages and there are many professional and social benefits of learning the language. But why learn English in the UK, as opposed to anywhere else in the world?
Here are some reasons why you should study English in the UK:
Gain confidence and independence
Potential employers are looking for confident graduates who are keen to take on new challenges and opportunities – one way you can demonstrate this is by heading overseas to learn a language. By practicing conversational English with native speakers in an immersive environment, you will be pushed to improve your communication skills, which will help you in a professional setting later on. Improving your ability to communicate in English will not only build your confidence, but also demonstrate a determined work ethic and develop your independence. These are all great additions to your CV, and prospective employers will recognise your achievement of mastering a foreign language in a new country.
Immerse yourself in the history and culture of the UK
Whether you are interested in movies, literature, architecture, music, theatre or museums, you’ll find plenty here to suit your tastes. The UK is home to a wealth of history and culture, and offers you the chance to explore your interests outside of the classroom; visiting famous cities, such as London, Liverpool or the country’s former capital city, York, or exploring the beautiful countryside that the UK has to offer in the Yorkshire Moors or the Peak District.
Experience different teaching and learning styles
When you choose to study English abroad, you are showing your willingness to seek out new and exciting experiences. Studying at a UK university will offer different challenges to studying within your native country; presenting new learning styles and teaching techniques. By broadening your learning experience, you will demonstrate your resilience and adaptability to future employers - two key skills that will help you stand out from others when applying for future positions.
English language qualifications gained within the UK are highly regarded around the world and international students are attracted to the UK’s reputation for academic excellence.
Learn English from the locals
The English language is spoken in many different countries across the world, so what will you gain from studying it in the UK specifically? Living in the UK, you’ll be surrounded by opportunities to practice your language skills with native speakers. Through meeting British students and exploring the country, you’ll become familiar with many different dialects and accents used within the English language. By learning these different styles of speaking, you will broaden your conversational abilities and be able to communicate with increased confidence.
Fully immerse yourself
Whilst living, socialising and studying in the UK, the constant exposure to English should improve your linguistic skills. Experiencing local customs in the UK will allow you to practice English in your everyday life. Daily tasks like using public transport, buying coffee and ordering food will give you great first-hand experience of Britain’s colloquialisms as well as familiarising you with English as a first language. By using English both inside and outside of the classroom, you’ll get the chance to improve your formal and informal language skills.
By studying English in the UK, you’ll meet an array of students who, like you, have chosen to study abroad. The UK attracts many international students from all over the world, and through studying and socialising within this multicultural community you will gain a greater understanding of different national identities. Leeds International Study Centre is home to students from over 50 different countries, making it the perfect place to gain exposure to the UK’s wide variety of global cultures.
Plus, you’ll have the chance to build a network of international contacts and friends around the globe – creating your very own international community.
Prepare for a university degree
At the Leeds International Study Centre for progression to University of Leeds, we help to prepare our students to progress to study a world-class degree course. After completing your preparatory English and subject-focused course, you will be in a great position to undertake your chosen degree course at the University of Leeds. Your experience of having studied and lived within the UK will also ease your transition to undergraduate study.
Travel opportunities in the UK and Europe
The UK is a great base from which to explore Europe. It’s simple and affordable to visit exciting cities such as Paris, Madrid, Rome, Berlin and many more, either for a short weekend or longer.
However, you won’t have to travel too far for an adventure. The UK is made up of four different countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – each offering a variety of places to explore. The most famous big cities such as London, Edinburgh and Liverpool may be top of your list to visit, but don’t forget there are many other welcoming towns, villages, coastlines and beautiful countryside too. With the nearby city of York, the lovely villages scattered along the Yorkshire coastline and the rugged Moors and Dales, you’ll be spoilt for choice for places to visit within an hour of your university city. Travelling around the UK is cost-effective, simple and enjoyable, and as a student you’ll benefit from reduced cost fares on some coaches, buses and trains.
Based in Leeds, you’ll be in a very central position to explore the whole of the UK and have easy access to international airports when you wish to travel further afield.
Make new friends
The UK is definitely a great place to learn, but also to have fun and meet new friends. Lifelong friendships often start at university and you’ll have some amazing adventures along the way; meeting students from around the globe, you will build a diverse friendship group, helping each other with your English language skills as you learn and explore together.
How to study abroad in the UK
Want to know how you can study in Leeds and improve both your academic and English language skills? The preparatory courses we teach at Leeds International Study Centre for progression to University of Leeds deliver supportive English language and academic skills tuition and a cultural introduction to life in the UK. Both the International Foundation Year and the International Year One will strengthen your academic skills with teaching methods and curriculums tailored to international students, preparing you for the progression to the first or second year of an undergraduate degree. Additionally, if you don't possess the required IELTS to enter the International Foundation Year then you the English Language preparation course will support you to improve your English language skills to meet the requirements for the International Foundation Year