By Vipsania Pimentel
In 2013, 37% of the postgraduate students in the United Kingdom were international. However, the number of American postgraduate students in the UK represents a small percentage of the total international student population. Vipsania Pimentel, a Massachusetts local studying at Richmond, The American International University in London, highlights the main reasons why she chose the United Kingdom for a postgraduate degree.
Most postgraduate programs in the United States require the GRE, or other standardized exams, as a part of the application process. UK universities, however, do not oblige students to take any form of standardized tests, making the application easier and quicker.
Vipsania explains,” I’m terrible at standardized tests, so this was definitely one the aspects that attracted me to apply in the UK. While most of my friends spent hours studying and stressing out about the exam, my application process was rather simple.”
One-Year Masters Programs
Although most graduate level programs in the United States are two years, a British Masters is one year, saving a student time and money.
Many students believe that a degree abroad is a pricey investment, but tuition prices at foreign universities are often much lower than at American schools, even after including the price of room and board. At Boston University, a Masters in Public Relations and Advertising, including room and board, has a total cost of $68,680. Whereas, a Public Relations and Advertising Masters at Richmond, the American International University in London totals to approximately $32,000 including housing.
According to the United States census, today over 36 million Americans posses some graduate education. A postgraduate degree abroad makes a student stand out. In fact, a survey commissioned by the British Council in 2011 recorded that 73% of employers surveyed in the United States and Canada consider degrees earned in the United Kingdom to be equal or better to those earned in North America.
Ability to Travel
London’s central location makes it easy to travel to other cities in the UK, and Europe on a student budget.
Vipsania Pimentel states, “After studying abroad in Italy as an undergraduate I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to go back and live in Europe. Experiencing a new culture, and having the ability to easily travel between countries were my favorite things about living in London.”