In a bid to woo high school students to study in under graduate courses in universities in the U.K., the British Council organised their first school mission in Bangalore. As many as 11 delegates from the U.K. participated to provide more information on their courses to eight city-based schools on Saturday.

The programme which was conducted this week ended on Saturday with a workshop where the schools were given presentations on various universities.

Stating that there was an increase in demand for undergraduate courses by Indian students over the past few years, Jon Peach, international officer, London South Bank University, said the university had close to 250 Indian students. “Our workshop aims to raise awareness on the courses available at our university. We want to help students make an informed decision by giving them guidance on courses, fee structure and other formalities.”

Mr. Peach also said that although the courses were expensive in the U.K., students were keen on pursuing courses in the U.K as they had a shorter bachelor’s degree courses.

James Minhas, international officer, University of Birmingham, said Indian students normally chose their university to study engineering, law, business and economics courses. He said that while courses such as business and law were much cheaper, medicine and engineering were expensive.

Talking about employability in the U.K after graduation, Mr. Peach said most students preferred to pursue their post graduation as the employability was high after post graduation. He said each university offered partial scholarships, but full scholarships were difficult to obtain. Mary Shirley, a teacher from the St. Germain Pre-University College, said information provided at the workshop would be of help to students as it would help them gather information on courses offered.

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