Study in England? 6 Things You Should Know
Here are a few things to be aware of, if you are planning to study in England.
England is a popular choice for international students who want to study abroad. In fact, it's the #2 choice for international students around the globe, second only to the United States. The country has plenty to offer students that want to study in England, but here are six things that you should definitely be aware of before taking off.
1. Take Advantage of the Outdoors
England is full of beautiful outdoor spaces, from the seascape in the South to the roving hills in the North to the cosmopolitan feel of London, there's plenty to see and do. Take time during your time off from studies to explore the countryside and visit many of the quaint towns that offer a well rounded perspective of your new host country.
2. Be Prepared for the Rain
While England isn't the winner for the highest rainfall each year, it does get its fair share of precipitation. This means that studying in England requires a little prep beforehand, so making sure you have a sturdy umbrella, appropriate footwear, and a good rain jacket is key. According to the UK Met Office, it rains on average 152 days a year, with most happening in the Northwest part of the country.
3. Search for Societies
In many universities around the world, students turn to fraternities and sororities as a place to find a built-in social circle. However, when studying in England, there's a larger trend towards joining societies. In England, societies are basically clubs that revolve around a given interest. For instance, at Kings College in London, they offer 100 student societies that range from the Indie society to the Ethical Finance society to the Doctor Who society. These groups can be a great way to meet people, make friends, and find a new hobby.
4. Plan to Travel
If you're coming to England from a country that's not in Europe, you might not be aware of how close many countries are in the EU. In fact, you can hop on a train in London and be in Paris in just over two hours. Plan ahead, and make sure you are familiar with student travel discounts on trains and flights so that you can really take advantage of traveling not just in England, but throughout the greater European region.
5. Brexit Will Have an Effect on International Students
While the full effects that Brexit (the vote for the UK to leave the European Union) won't be fully understood for a while, it's inevitable that these changes will have an effect on international students studying in England. Because the UK has two years to finalise their leave from the EU, students finishing up their university studies over the next year or two will likely have an easier time navigating the changes, while students entering England to study over the next two years will need to stay abreast of topic and policy changes affecting international students and immigration.
6. Take Advantage of Freshers Week
Freshers Week is a common event at most universities and colleges in England and is a cross between new school orientation and parties and events designed to help students integrate into life at university. Freshers Week is obviously geared towards new freshman, but it can be hugely helpful for international students, as well. From offering tours of the campus and introductions to uni professors to pub crawls and comedy shows, Freshers Week is a great way to meet people and start becoming acquainted with your school and all of the student activities that they offer.
To find out more information about studying in England, check out our listing of schools in the UK that offer a wide variety of programs and great student life here.