After thirteen years of school, students just want to get out and experience the world at large. They are finally of an age where they can be on their own and so many take a gap year off studies to get out and about before buckling back down again to their academic lifestyle. Instead of taking that year off your studies, have you thought about attending university abroad?
The UK provides the perfect way to see and experience some of the world, just a ferry ride across the channel from the European continent, and the best part of all is that you will not need to learn a new language. If you are considering studying abroad in the UK, here are the top 5 universities you might want to apply to. Bear in mind, however, that as the top 5, entrance requirements might be stringent.
First, a Word about Getting Around in the UK
One of the things you’ll notice in the UK is that they have a public transportation system that is usually much better than any you’ll find at home in the States. Even so, many young people in America are used to having their own car so that they can come and go as they please. If you already have a driver’s license in the US, you could apply for an International License in the UK or you could take the UK driving tests to get a valid license to use for the three or four years you’ll be studying here.
Their tests are much like ours in that they must pass the theory portion first and then they take the actual driving test which the UK refers to as the “Practical Test.” If you are a bit insecure with the ‘written’ theory test, they even have sites like toptests.co.uk where you can take practice tests to prepare you for what lies ahead. All you need is a computer and internet access.
The 5 Top Ranked UK Universities
If you are a student with a GPA of at least 3.75 you just might qualify for one of these but most often only those with a straight 4.0 through high school may qualify for entry. As listed in the publication, The US News, the following five are ranked highest:
1. The University of Oxford
2. The University of Cambridge
3. Imperial College London
4. University College London
5. University of Edinburgh
Each of these colleges and universities are located in metropolitan areas so you really could get out and about on public transport. However, since you are looking to experience some of the world in this time between living at home as a teenager and living on your own as a young adult, you’ll want a bit more freedom. You can drive in the UK on an International Licence or you can take the UK tests there. In either case, spend free time travelling the country to see the sights and meet new people and it won’t feel so much like work.