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Benefits of Studying English in the UK

fWe all know that thousands of students enter UK to study English every year to enhance their english speaking, listening, writing and reading skills.

The most famous places for them to visit or study in the UK is either London, Oxford or Cambridge. Studying in a university city is different from studying anywhere else because university cities have grown, evolved and adapted to meet the needs of students – both the university students who are there year-round, and the summer school students who come to benefit from these scholarly environments. University cities have a huge amount to offer – read on to find out more.

1. Access to great resources in these cities

The interior of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

One of the best things about university cities is the resources available in them. A great example of this is museums. Think about Oxford, it’s a city of just hundred and fifty thousand people, yet its museums are world-class. Studying in the Oxford, you’ll have the opportunity to explore these museums, such as the Ashmolean Museum, which houses a vast collection of arts and antiquities from a remarkable collection of coinage to the famous Alfred Jewel from Anglo-Saxon England. This is remarkable. Or you might want to wander around the Natural History Museum, where you can see a stuffed dodo and the fossils of dinosaurs. Under the same roof is the Pitt Rivers Museum of archaeology and anthropology. Not only does this house fascinating exhibits, the style of the museum itself feels like something from another age with narrow passageways between cabinets with handwritten labels. The experience from the visit is amazing. They even hold evenings when you can visit the museum by torchlight, to enjoy its unique atmosphere. This is the only museum to do so for visitors.

And if we talk about Cambridge, there’s the grand Fitzwilliam Museum, which houses fine art and antiquities (their collection of Egyptian mummies is particularly worth seeing); the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Cambridge Museum of Technology; and the fascinating and unique Polar Museum, about the history of polar exploration and the importance of the Arctic and Antarctic. In St Andrews, the university has its own museum, and appropriately enough given the sporting tradition there, it’s also home to the British Golf Museum.

What’s more, that’s without mentioning the university city with some of the most deservedly famous museums in the world: London. From the British Museum to the V&A, the Natural History Museum to the Science Museum – plus smaller, less well-known but no less interesting museums like the Geffrye Museum or Sir John Soane’s Museum – you’d need to spend weeks in London to see everything that its museums have to offer.

The library of Merton College, Oxford.

But the remarkable resources of Britain’s university cities don’t just relate to their museums and art galleries, wonderful as they are. These cities also have another key resource for students: libraries. Oxford, Cambridge and London are all home to copyright libraries, which means that they have the right to request a copy of any book published in the UK; if you want to have access to incredible research facilities, there’s nowhere better. (The UK’s remaining copyright are in Edinburgh and Aberystwyth, both also university cities). If you’re learning English as a second language, being better able to understand fascinating arguments in rare books can be a powerful motivator to improve.