The places UK students would choose for study abroad

2015 saw a boost in the number of UK students wanting to study abroad. More than a third of UK students in 2015 wanted to study abroad compared with just 20% the year before, according to research by the British Council.

The most popular destination for British graduates was unsurprisingly the US, with 33% of all students polled by the British Council wanting to head to America.

Australia (9%), France (5%), Germany (5%) and Canada (4%) made up the rest of the top five most popular countries for UK students, although a growing number were considering courses in Asia.

The main reasons UK students look to head abroad include rising tuition fees, wanting to improve language skills, the desire to experience a different culture and wanting to gain academic credit – all great reasons to consider a graduate program abroad.

“It is essential for the UK’s global competitiveness that our next generation gain more international skills and understanding, so it’s very encouraging to see that more UK students are considering studying abroad,” said Dr Jo Beall, the British Council’s director of education and society.

“The internationalization of the UK’s education sector cannot be a one-way process. More of our young people need to be prepared to travel if we’re to catch up with countries like France and Germany,” she added.