Published Originally: November 12th, 2019
by KeyAna Washington, ATP Student Ambassador
Studying at: Brunel University
Committing to study miles away from home, is no doubt a stressful process. Therefore, making sure that your new home offers the things that are important to you is critical. “Why here?” – If I could have a pound for every time I heard this question, let’s just say, I would be a very wealthy woman. A few of the reasons I chose to study in the UK are as follows: it offers diversity, the financial aspect, no GRE or timeframe on prerequisites requires.
Coming from a predominantly white institution for my undergraduate studies (University of Kentucky ‘UK’), I was certain that I wanted to be in a diverse setting for my postgraduate studies. Being surrounded by unique people from various countries around the world, with different stories to tell, life experiences, and backgrounds have helped me gain new perspectives on life. It has also enhanced my learning because I have been able to ‘pick the brains’ of my peers and view things from their point of view, widening my overall understanding of many topics. In addition to London’s diversity, It is cheaper to travel to different countries from the UK rather than from the US. Being able to travel will expose you to more settings as well, and give you even more insight into different cultures.
GRE and prerequisites
The GRE is a common standardized test used for admission into many graduate school programs in the US. If you are anything like me, standardized tests make you want to run away and hide. Universities in the UK do not require the GRE, so any need to lace up your trainers. The UK also doesn’t have a time restraint on prerequisites. Typically, schools in the US would like your prerequisite courses to be done within five years of you applying to a graduate and professional school. This isn’t attractive to potential students who have taken a considerable break from school, and are wanting to go back. If you have been out of school for a while, and want to go back without retaking a lot of classes, studying in the UK is a great option!
Another thing that sold me on choosing the UK to study was, my school accepts FAFSA. The FAFSA is the student federal aid for the US. I can use federal loans instead of dealing with private loans that tend to have higher interest rates. There are over 1,000 international schools that accept FAFSA. Further, I am fortunate to receive scholarships. There is an abundant amount of scholarships through universities, scholarship search engines, and programs available to help with the cost of attendance. Across the Pond offers scholarships as well!
It is imperative that you choose to study somewhere that offers things that you value. Moving away from home can be scary and you want to ensure that you are able to make a new home away from home, that satisfies your needs.
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