What do NHS commitments mean for Scotland

Study in the UK

2. Why the UK?

Baked beans, fries with vinegar, fried sausages for breakfast: Great Britain cannot boast a world-famous cuisine. Universities are different: with Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews and the London School of Economics - to name just a few - the United Kingdom is home to some of the most recognized institutions in the world.

This is also reflected in the rankings: The Times World University Ranking 2020 lists the University of Oxford in first place and the University of Cambridge in third place. The University of Munich, as the best university in Germany, ranks 32nd (it should be said that rankings are very method-dependent and therefore anything but precise). More information is available here.

But British universities are not generally better than German universities: the differences in quality between universities are much more pronounced than ours. There are many excellent universities - but also many bad ones. One of the reasons for this is that, unlike us, research funding in Great Britain is concentrated on a few particularly recognized universities.

Above all, the internationality of the students speaks for Great Britain. People from all parts of the world cavort at the better universities. You can make exciting discoveries: Students from different parts of the world have different learning rhythms.

You meet a lot of Asians early in the morning, while from nine o'clock the British rush into the libraries - there is a “9 to 5” culture in Great Britain. When most English people have left the libraries by six at the latest, the average skin color becomes darker: Suddenly, students from India, Africa and the Middle East dominate.

In general, Great Britain is a very hospitable country. In the supermarket, cashiers like to address you with “love” or “dear” and in pubs you can quickly come into contact with other people - especially if you have a clue about football.

The fairness of the British in everyday life is also legendary: battles are formed everywhere, even at the bus stop. At first glance, this seems strange to Germans with elbow experience, but it reduces stress and arguments and makes life easier for the weaker.

Large protests have sparked the significantly increased tuition fees in England from 2012 of up to 9,000 pounds per year. In 2017 the maximum tuition fee was increased again and is now up to 9,250 pounds. Medicine and management are even more expensive. The same limit also applies to Wales, but the state pays a large part of the tuition fees here.

It is cheaper to study in Scotland, where Scots and (UK citizens have to pay more) study the Bachelor for 1,820 pounds (Brexit will probably make it more expensive). Northern Ireland, on the other hand, is in the middle, the maximum tuition fee for the Bachelor is £ 4,030 here.