US vs UK Study

Besides there being many differences between the United States and the United Kingdom, there are also pros and cons to staying in your home country versus going abroad to complete a degree. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make the decision about what you want to do with your life and how much money you are willing to spend/loan.

People will say it’s actually cheaper to go to school in England, based on the tuition. While this is true, once you add up all the other expenses, such as flights, visa, living costs, etc., it will actually come out to be about the same. If you’re an American citizen, studying in the US, you can work as much as you want to help pay for school. When you’re on a student visa in the UK, you can only work 20 hours a week, which limits your income.

The style of lectures and homework is nothing like you’re used to. I remember my courses when I studied abroad, and the style of classes is a boring two hours of the teacher speaking, but only once a week. There are almost no assignments due until the end of the semester, which usually means turning in one paper that determines your entire grade. It’s tough to get used to, especially a when Americans are so used to having many assignments over the course of a quarter.

You could consider going out of state for school as an adventure of sorts, but leaving your country is a much bigger leap. While America is vast and each region has its quirks, it doesn’t beat the uniqueness of all the countries of Europe. To get outside your comfort zone, on a different continent too, shows independence, adaptability, and the yearning for international experience. To stay inside the bubble of your native culture will not help you grow to understand the world. Travel is a must for people who want to be educated.

I chose England over America because I want to gain international experience. I received a bit, but I need more. I’m not concerned about the costs or the style of teaching. I want the knowledge of living in another part of the world, which should be the top priority on people’s minds when deciding to study abroad.

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