Why choose the UK as an international destination
The UK attracts people from all over the world with its mix of vibrant cities and gentle countryside, its range of diverse lifestyles and its cultural attractions.
The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales and the province of Northern Ireland. Each has its own identity, with vibrant modern cities, as well as stunning countryside and coastline.
Vibrant, Multicultural UK
The UK is home to thousands of people from all around the world. At any one time, more than a quarter of a million international students are studying in the UK – on a single campus there could be students from more than 90 different countries, all contributing to its rich, diverse, multicultural society.
Multiculturalism has benefited the UK in all areas from industry and commerce to music, art, sport, science and literature. It has brought fresh ideas, new skills, labour and cultural diversity to the UK.
You will be interested to know what they can do in your free time. With more than 2,000 museums and galleries around the UK (many offering free entry), visiting an exhibition is a great way to spend an afternoon. Galleries such as London’s Tate Modern and BALTIC in Gateshead house some of the biggest art spaces in Europe.
Local theatres and London’s West End stage some of the most exciting theatre in the world. UK theatre has an excellent worldwide reputation, renowned for great writing, directing and acting. Each summer, the world-famous Edinburgh Festival attracts thousands of fans of the performing arts, and is the launch pad for many new artists and productions. The UK has over 3,250 cinema screens to watch the latest releases. Many cinemas show films from overseas, including the latest Bollywood and European productions.
The UK has long been at the forefront of musical innovation. This passion for making music is matched by the nation’s love of music with people in the UK buying more music than in any other country. From pop to new musical blends and the celebration of its ethnic diversity, the UK is the place to be for anyone who is passionate about music. Festivals are a great way of seeing lots of bands in one weekend and there are more summer festivals take place around the UK than ever before, from T in the Park to the legendary Glastonbury festival.
If you want to try new foods, there’s no better place than the UK. The UK has always embraced culinary styles from around the world, and you’re as likely to find restaurants offering Chinese, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian and French cuisine as traditional British food.
Students can easily and inexpensively travel to other European countries for education or pleasure to make the most of their spare time. It’s never been easier to travel around the UK and continental Europe. Thanks to the Channel Tunnel, they can board a train in London and be in Paris or Brussels in a few hours. Frequent and efficient air services also connect major UK cities with many European destinations. In just over an hour, you could fly from Manchester to Amsterdam, Cardiff to Paris or Gatwick to Berlin.
The excellent road and rail links mean that city-to-city journeys are generally quick. Students can get good discounts on most of these forms of travel and student identity cards help to reduce sightseeing costs in the UK and Europe. Many institutions have in-house travel agencies or give advice about the best and cheapest services.