Students rate UK as safest place to study

Students worldwide believe the UK is the safest place to study, an international survey has found.

Posted: Tuesday, 16 October 2012

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Students worldwide believe the UK is the safest place to study, an international survey has found. The perceived multicultural nature of Britain’s society is the key reason for its reputation as the most secure study destination, according to students from over 80 countries who responded to a survey conducted by the British Council and the online student forum The Student Room.

Having a “very multicultural society” was the most significant factor, with nearly 40 per cent of those surveyed citing it as the reason for their opinion. Strict laws, good medical care and a relatively low crime rate also contribute to the UK’s highly safe status.

Over a quarter of students who responded to the poll placed Britain top in the safety ratings. Canada came second, voted as safest by over 15 per cent, followed by the United States, Germany, and New Zealand.

A report on the findings from the British Council, published this month, says news and views spread via the internet, has led to a heightened awareness of the risks faced when studying abroad. As a result, safety has risen sharply in students’ priorities when deciding where to study. It is now the fifth most important consideration out of 19 factors influencing choice of study destination, compared with 17th most important six years ago.

Integration of international students into domestic student communities was also seen as an important factor influencing perceptions of safety.

Visit http://www.britishcouncil.org for more information.

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