The United Kingdom has grown to become one of the top destinations to study around the world. With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions at every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.
The UK is situated north-west of the European continent between the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. It has a total land area of 244,100 square kilometres, of which nearly 99% is land and the remainder inland water. From north to south it is about 1,000 kilometres long. The UK part ofEurope and is a member of the European Union (EU) although it has passed a resolution of Exiting European Union. Britain is full of culture and traditions which have been around for hundreds of years. British customs and traditions are famous all over the world. When people think of Britain they often think of people drinking tea, eating fish and chips and wearing bowler hats, but there is more to Britain than just those things.
The culture of the United Kingdom refers to the patterns of human activity and symbolism associated with the United Kingdom and the British people. It is informed by the UK & history as a developed island country, being a major power, and, its composition of four countries (England,Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) each of which have preserved and distinct customs, cultures and symbolism. The British are very reserved and private people. Privacy is extremely important. The British will not necessarily give you a tour of their home and, in fact, may keep most doors closed. They expect others to respect their privacy. This extends to not asking personal questions. The question, “Where are you from?” may be viewed as an attempt to “place” the person on the social or class scale. Even close friends do not ask pointedly personal questions, particularly pertaining to one’s financial situation or relationships. There is a proper way to act in most situations and the British are sticklers for adherence to protocol. The British are a bit more contained in their body language and hand gestures while speaking. They are generally more distant and reserved than North and South Americans and Southern Europeans, and may not initially appear to be as open or friendly. Friendships take longer to build; however, once established they tend to be deep and may last over time and distance.
Britain has an interesting history and is good at preserving its traditions and old buildings and gardens. There are many museums and art galleries.
British people are usually tolerant to foreigners, and respect the freedom to have different opinions and beliefs. Individual ideas are encouraged. Arts and music are creative. British people are often not so good at working as a group.
People usually feel free to express their own opinions and wear what they want. Don’t expect people to agree with you all of the time. Still people are quite modest. They do not like to complain directly: life is peaceful, but when there is poor service it is not challenged and changed.
British people have a strong sense of humour, but it can be hard for foreigners to understand when someone is joking. People often avoid talking to strangers until they have been introduced, partly to avoid any possible embarrassment.
The UK is where the English language developed. There are more people using English as their first language in the UK than in any other country except the US. British English is easily understood in many parts of the world. Many people like British accents, although it can take some time for a foreigner to get used to some of the regional varieties.
It is easy to travel to the UK. There are flights to London from most parts of the world. You can travel around the UK by trains and bus. The UK is close to the many different countries of continental Europe. The UK is a relatively safe country. The police do not usually carry guns, and there are strict controls on the ownership of weapons. There are not many insects, snakes or dangerous animals in the UK. There is very little risk of earthquakes, hurricanes or other natural disasters, althoughflooding sometimes occurs in low areas.
The British weather is quite moderate. There are many green areas, including beautiful parks,gardens and public footpaths. There are many coastal areas, but only a few of these have sandy beaches. In general the summers are not too hot, and the winters are not too cold. Days are short in the middle of winter (it gets dark before 4pm in December), and long in the middle of summer (it remains light until after 10pm in June).