UK Universities 2015 is the largest British education fair in South America and brings over 60 universities to talk face-to-face with students looking for exchange opportunities in the British Isles.
The UK Universities 2015 fair brings together representatives of major universities in the United Kingdom for a meeting with students interested in graduate, post-graduate, master’s, MBA and doctoral degrees in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Promoted by the British Council of Brazil, the fair has been held in the country for 10 years and is the largest British education event in South America. Among the more than 60 participating universities, five are among the top 100 universities in the world: University College London, University of Manchester, King’s College London, University of Bristol and London School of Economics.
“It is the representatives of these universities themselves who come face-to-face with the students they plan to study abroad,” the British Council’s Deputy Director of Education, Fernanda Medeiros, told EFE-Cola, stressing that the public normally focuses on students with the idea of studying was already well-matured, which allows the conversations to “yield a lot”.
In addition to the presentation of the courses, university representatives show visitors how it is the “university life” of the British countries, giving lectures on the student routine, the method of universities and even on the differences between the universities of the heart of London and those located in Wales and Scotland, which has different customs from the English.
Medeiros explains that these countries are often even more attractive to students than the life they can find in large English cities, as the cost of living “is much more than living in London,” he said.
The director said that the expectation is to receive about 4 thousand visitors at the fair in São Paulo, she also stressed that there is a large presence of people who aim to change careers, who are “reaching 30 years and want to redirect their lives,” he explained.
“The United Kingdom is culturally very rich and the British nations are very open to foreigners, so the Brazilian who goes to study there will not only live with Britons but with people from all over Europe, the Middle East and Asia,” said Medeiros , stressing that what attracts Brazilians to the British lands for the study is “the fact that the universities there are very multicultural”
She assured that “Brazilians feel very welcome in the UK” and also learn to study in the British method, where students “have a lot of independence with their studies.” The role of the teacher ends up being that of an “orientation”, explained the director, different from the “intense expositive classes that are common in traditional Brazilian colleges”.
Among the most sought-after courses, Medeiros says that the human sciences maintain great prominence, especially in areas such as design, architecture, fashion and creative economics, for undergraduate courses. In the case of postgraduates, the director said that business and law schools (economics and law) are the most sought after.
“Education in the UK has a long-term vision, which not only thinks about what you are going to do in the course but what you will do with the results going forward,” she said.
Only in the last decade, the interest of Brazilian students in studying abroad grew 500%, in 2014, 230 thousand students went abroad to do some type of exchange and more than 4,800 had in the UK their destination.