London is without a doubt the heart of the UK, the epicentre of British commerce, and one of the few main business capitals of the world. Therefore, it should come as little surprise that every year thousands of students come from overseas to study in London. There are dozens of advantages to studying in London including the fact that the city offers many internship and employment opportunities. As well as the worlds most prestigious theatre and entertainment district, some of the best dining in the world, and of course some of the top educational institutes. In fact, there are possibly very few overseas students that wouldn’t dream of studying in London.
The above are just a few of the many advantages that attract young people from across the globe, and why so many overseas students studying in London feel very privileged. In a way, for students that are from overseas, a study abroad program in London is a holiday and an education rolled into one. When they are not in class they can explore one of the largest cites in the world taking in historical sites and attractions. The city is so immense that the next weekend there are still hundreds of more activities to explore.
Another great reason that so many students choose to study abroad in London is the fact that staying in the city is a great way to master English. In order to compete in the international business market students and business men and women from all over the world must know English. English is simply the most widely spoken language in business; it is the language of business. Therefore, mastering English is a great way to greatly enhance a resume so that a student can obtain a better entry level job after graduation. It can be hard to master any language, and for those who do not speak it in their own country the peculiar grammar rules of the language are difficult.
However, it is much easier to pick up English or any language when immersed in it. By living in England overseas students are exposed to English in a natural and organic way. As they travel the city, learn in class, or engage in conversations with classmates they learn ‘real’ English. This helps students develop stronger English skills and strongly reinforce the language skills that they might already have. Studies have proven that immersion into a culture is the best way to learn conversational language; therefore, studying in London is the best way for overseas students to learn the language of business, trade, and commerce.
At the same time that overseas students are learning English they will also be reassured to find that London is home of large numbers of overseas students and immigrants. Therefore, finding others from their culture that they can share native holidays, celebrations, and cuisine with should not be difficult. It can be reassuring to have a local café, bar, or even simple group of friends to share native traditions with and in London there is such a wide mix of cultures that this should not be a problem at all.