Grad School Abroad in England
Before we start talking about graduate school in England or United Kingdom (UK), lets talk about the UK. The UK is made of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England is situated in the north west of Europe and is part of the island better known as Great Britain. England is the largest country in the UK and a majority of people (around 85%) of the UK lives in England, mainly in the major cities of London, Manchester, Liverpool etc and other metropolitan areas.
The 60 million or so people come from various parts of the world, partly due to the country’s colonial heritage. The ethnic groups that are the Anglo-Saxons, Scots, Welsh, and Irish make up the majority of the population but migrants from the sub-continent (India, Pakistan), as well as many from the Caribbean have made England home and as a result has made this country one of the most diverse in the world. So what you experience is a real melting pot of cultures, which would no doubt be a rewarding living experience.
First class universities
Universities in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) are known to be first class and especially for their teaching at the postgraduate (graduate) level and the research that is carried out at these institutions. Nearly 70,000 international students chose the UK as their grad school abroad destination last year. All this makes the UK one of the best graduate school destinations in the world.
Overall the UK is the second largest receiver of international students from all over the world and the largest for graduate school students from the USA.
A European Lifestyle
Studying in the UK, you will benefit from a European lifestyle as well as have the opportunity to pick from an extensive array of courses and programs. The degree programs are also generally shorter than they are in the US and also in some cases less expensive than the US. Most importantly, a majority of institutions do not require the various admissions tests (GMAT, GRE etc) that are a requirement for many US grad schools.
A different Education system
The learning (and teaching style) is also very different to that of the US. The onus is put on the individual student much more to do independent study and research, and much less in class tuition. The assessment is also in the form of continues assessment where you will be expected to turn in papers regularly and sit for both mid term and final exams. There are usually lectures and tutorials (short discussion groups) and laboratory sessions for those undertaking subject areas linked to the sciences.
There are around 90 universities in England, so it pays to do your home-work before you decide on your grad school options. Wherever you decide to study, each institution will most certainly give you a high quality of education, but each of them would also have their own specialty, or a subject area that they excel at. So do you research to find out which university offers the exact match for your particular grad school subject area. This is the best way to find the best grad school option for you.
Scholarships for study in the UK
A new development from the British Council means that it is now possible to search for a graduate school scholarship online. You can now find any scholarships that are appropriate to your country of origin, level of study, subject, and institutions where you are interested in studying. To try the search, visit: The scholarships page
The main scholarships for master's courses are as follows:
If you are a very recent graduate of a US university, you may be eligible to apply for a Marshall Scholarship, which covers the tuition and living expenses for at least two years at a UK university. This scholarship is specially for US students and each year around 45 students are awarded this each year. You will find further information via the following link:
If you are intending undertake a research graduate program, many of the UK’s research programs offer scholarships. Contact British Council USA for further details. Further information about research, programs, funding can be found at the following link: http://www.hero.ac.uk/sites/hero/uk/research/index.cfm
Professional Degree programs
International Graduate Scheme
Further information can be found via the following link: http://www.workingintheuk.gov.uk/working_in_the_uk/en/homepage/ schemes_and_programmes/internationalgraduatesscheme.html
For further information, please contact British Council USA via the following link; http://www.britishcouncil.org/usa-education-graduate-degree.htm
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