I don’t think there should be much debate over why one should study in Scotland. It is a beautiful country with a picturesque landscape, long history, amiable local culture, delicious cuisine, and an excellent modern lifestyle. There is nearly everything necessary for the overall development of students. Of course, the quality of universities and colleges matter the most, but there is no question about that. Why? Because they have always been top-ranked. Yet, despite most of you being aware of these advantages, I intend to tell you more about them.
Today, our focus is on Scotland. Whether or not you are applying to a Scottish university or college, you might want to consider your options upon reading the article. Yes, there are also challenges to studying in Scotland but this is the running theme everywhere. The overall benefits you will reap here are amazing, and they will come not just by your placement in a good university.
Here are 5 reasons to study in Scotland!
- Its universities have a historical reputation
History speaks for itself: Scottish universities have been here for a long time now, and they are among the most renowned ones in the world. Being a historical center of education, Scotland has offered academic excellence and wonderful career opportunities to those deserving. It has a number of educational institutions of global acclaim, with the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, and University of St. Andrews being among the top-ranked in the world. There are other universities that are very good and have helped in strengthening the country’s place among world leaders in education. One caveat though, studying in any of its universities will be an expensive affair so try getting a scholarship to manage the financial burden.
- Generally expensive, yet cheapest in the country
It is weird when I say that Scottish universities are also the cheapest in the country. Generally speaking, they are very pricey. However, if you compare them with those in other parts of the country, particularly in England, then they are relatively less expensive. Moreover, so far as the other areas of expenses are concerned such as food and housing, they are also comparatively inexpensive. In fact, a number of its cities are among the cheapest such as Glasgow. So, if at all you want to pursue exemplary and less expensive higher education and that too in the United Kingdom, then prefer Scotland.
- Culturally beautiful
It is not just quality education that improves an individual. There are so many external factors that condition us into better beings, and that includes local culture. Countries with a closed and conservative culture and uncompromising approach towards foreigners often fail to impress upon their resident students. On the contrary, those with a welcoming, festive culture provide mental support to their foreign student population—and Scotland is just about that. It is home to rich cultural experiences, from Highland games to the famous kilts; there is everything that can put you in a good mood. So, it is not just your academic curriculum from which you will learn. The world around you will teach you new things.
- High Research output
This is, especially, necessary for those who want to pursue postgraduation or doctoral studies in the country. Unless there are well-crafted research curriculum and facilities, there is no point in pursuing such courses. Scotland, however, has a very thriving research-oriented culture; in fact, most of its universities have been designated as institutions with high research output and citations. Faculties across programs have published articles in reputed journals, have international exposure, and command respect in academia. If you undertake such programs here, you will be compulsorily made part of research projects so it is not just theoretical research that you have signed up for.
- Bright career opportunities
Scotland has room for everyone so long as you have the right kind of knowledge and skills. It has a low unemployment rate and offers placements to the deserving in many distinguished organizations. Regardless of your professional background, you will surely get a place to be at. For example, the country’s National Health Service offers the largest employment opportunities to people across more than 50 different professions. Similarly, there is a lot of scope in arts, humanities, and science.
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