Why should international students study in the UK?

Posted 13 October 2015
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Studying in the UK gives you the chance to earn globally recognised qualifications, and a Bellerbys College education helps you get the grades you need to access the UK's world-leading universities. As a student in the UK you’ll develop excellent English language skills, learning from native speakers. This helps you excel in your studies and make the most of the rich cultural experiences available in the UK. 

Great teaching and specialist support make the UK a uniquely welcoming place

With more than 430,000 international students coming to the UK each year, according to the latest figures published by UKCISA, the UK is definitely a very popular place to study. From great teaching to a wide choice of subjects and study pathways, there are lots of reasons for choosing the UK as your study destination.


English is an increasingly important language to master, particularly in the world of business and finance. As a student in the UK you’ll develop excellent English language skills, learning from native speakers and using it every day. At Bellerbys College, all of our courses, from GCSE to Pre-Masters, include intensive English language training to ensure your English language skills develop quickly. And if your IELTS score isn’t quite high enough to get you into one of our courses, you can get the training you need via our English Language Preparation Programme or IELTS Express course.

Educational quality

According to the latest QS rankings, four of the top eight universities in the world are UK universities, and, according to the latest Research Assessment Exercise, UK university research is rated as internationally excellent and world leading. Schools, colleges and universities are subject to rigorous annual inspection by bodies including the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). This ensures that high teaching standards are maintained. Bellerbys student success rates are evidence of the quality of teaching here in the UK, with 87% of A Level students graduating to the top 50 UK universities last year.

Internationally recognised qualifications

Impressive British teaching standards have earned the country a much-respected reputation around the world. The result is that employers and learning establishments around the globe recognise and respect qualifications gained at British colleges and universities. Earning qualifications in the UK can make it easier to pursue subsequent study, research or a career outside the UK.

A friendly welcome

Britain has a long tradition of welcoming international students into its universities, schools and colleges. This means that the majority of colleges and universities are experienced in dealing with the unique worries and challenges faced by students of all ages who come to the UK from all over the world. Universities and colleges have specialist staff, or whole departments, dedicated to international students. As a specialist international school, Bellerbys College has been helping international students enjoy the best possible level of education and settle into life in the UK for over 50 years. At Bellerbys you also have the opportunity to live with a British family as a Homestay student. This is a great way to experience real life in the UK, receiving the warm, friendly welcome and support of a family while you’re away from home.

Cultural diversity

The UK is home to a rich mix of ethnic groups, particularly within its larger cities. In London alone you’ll find more than 300 languages spoken, and more than 50 non-indigenous communities. Cultural diversity makes the UK a fascinating place to live and study. Wherever you come from, the chances are you’ll be able to find shops selling food and goods you miss, as well as people who share your culture, language and background.

It’s fun!

From the highlands of Scotland to the bustling cities of London and Birmingham, remote islands to the beautiful Lake District, there’s so much to explore in the UK. Museums, galleries, cafes and restaurants serving up global menus, gigs, and some of the best music, film, comedy and literary festivals in the world - you’ll never be short of new experiences.