London is reinventing itself as an international study destination. Recently, London Universities International Partnership chose 30 students from India and the US who will become student ambassadors for London
London is home to over 100,000 international students from over 200 different nations—that’s more international students studying in London than in any other city in the world. According to London & Partners—the official promotional organisation for London—studying in a global city such as London has many advantages including an exciting social life and an international network of friends; students can choose from over 30,000 university courses at 45 universities in London; additionally, London has seven universities in the the world top 200 university rankings, which is more than any other city in the world; London is the most diverse and welcoming city in the world since students from more than 200 different nations study here; and a degree from a good London university is recognised by companies around the world.
In fact, Subrato Banerjee, a research scholar at the Indian Statistical Institute and someone who has lectured at the London Business School, puts it this way: “Assuming that one is backed with adequate scholarship to cover basic expenses, there is a lot to the quality of life that London can offer—availability of constant electricity supply, decent quality food, convenient transportation, and the internet can almost be taken for granted. Universities/schools in London are well equipped with libraries that often house rare manuscripts. Besides access to a vast number of celebrated online journals (exceeding that which most Indian institutes offer), institutes in London also boast of high standards of instruction, stemming from stringent publication requirements on faculty.” He also says that the scope for cross-disciplinary education between institutions render the teacher-student equation relatively informal. “The conferences, workshops and seminars hosted by schools in London on a regular basis enrich study exposure from almost all directions,” he adds.
On student diversity, Kevin McCarthy, head, Study London, London & Partners, adds, “With students from over 200 countries, London’s student population replicates London’s overall diversity. And it’s the diversity of the city which makes London unique. Students will establish a global network of friends and future business contacts that they will take with them throughout their career.”
But a few months ago, the city was shocked (more so the non-EU students studying in London) by the student visa row that involved London Metropolitan University (LMU) and resulted in revoking