Best Places to Study Abroad for UK Students

If you’ve always had an adventurous streak, or have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree, you’ve probably already investigated the possibilities of going out of the UK to study. With the introduction of tuition fees for many courses, studying out of Europe isn’t the expensive option as it used to be. Students around the world were asked their opinions on the best cities to study, and the following places came out on top.


Top of the pile was Paris, which boasts a host of world-known Universities such as the Sorbonne. There are more top class Universities in Paris than anywhere else in the world, and with an emphasis on small class sizes and access to experts in the field, it’s easy to see why an increasing number of UK students are packing their bags and heading across the Channel. They are not alone; 17% of Parisian students are not French, giving a very cosmopolitan and vibrant flavour to Uni life. The only drawback is that you will need to speak French fluently for most of the degree courses on offer.


The obvious benefit of studying in Boston is that there is no language barrier, and British students slot into the American way of life well. Harvard, Northeastern Uni and MIT all have their homes in Boston and are among the most prestigious Universities in the world. Fees are much higher than Europe at around $50k per year, but there are attractive scholarships on offer for students from the UK although competition for the few available places each year is intense. 1 in 5 students at Boston Universities also come from outwith the United States.


Although Canberra is the capital, the vast majority of the best Universities in Australia are in the Melbourne area. A third of the students studying in Melbourne are international students, and although fees can be higher than in the UK, cost of living is considerably less than in Boston, London or Paris. Add in the laid back Aussie lifestyle and the opportunity to explore some of the stunning countryside, then it’s easy to see why studying in Australia is so attractive.


Where do students go internationally?

A generation ago, most of us studied in our home town, or at another university or college in a neighboring city. All that is changing rapidly, and Universities are encouraging international students not only to broaden the experience and appeal of their courses, but also as a valuable revenue stream. Nowadays, there are as many as 4 million students worldwide studying in overseas. So where are all of these students going?

English Speaking Countries

The most attractive countries for international students are those which have English as a first language, namely the USA, UK, Canada and Australia. The quality of education in these countries is first rate, and there is also a great deal of movement between them as students search out the course which is best for them.     The nation which sends most students to English speaking countries to be educated is India, closely followed by China and South Korea.


The countries in Europe which have the highest percentage of international students are Austria and Switzerland. Education standards are high, and fees are comparable or even less than what students would be expected to pay in the UK. Germany is another huge attraction for overseas students and was ranked as one of the cheapest places to be a student in the world as living costs such as rent are relatively low, there is a good student community and students qualify for many discounts in leisure or public transport.

Tuition Fees

European Common Market legislation means that students from the UK are treated the same way as native born students if they choose to study anywhere in the European Union. With top Universities such as Oxford or Cambridge charging up to £9,000 for each year of a three year degree, the fees at European Universities can be as low as £1,500 per year. If the thought of studying in Holland doesn’t appeal, Irish Universities charge around half of what the top UK Universities charge, but competition for places can be intense and studying in Dublin is not a budget option.