The British Council projects that by 2020, two billion people in the world will be studying English. Not only is English the international language of the world but it’s also important for friendships, the curriculum at university and your future career. 

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If you want to get into a high ranking university, studying English as early as possible is one of the things that can help you succeed. Here’s why English is important for students.

It’s the international language of the world

English is the most commonly spoken language in the world. Around 1.5 billion people speak English, which is one in four of us. Knowing it gives you a big advantage as you’ll be able to communicate with lots of different people all over the globe.

If you study here in the UK, you’ll already have a good understanding of the English language. It gives you the opportunity to practise daily with native speakers.

Enhances your CV

When writing your CV, you’ll be able to include that you speak English. Knowing more than one language is very impressive to potential employers because it shows your communication skills. It also gives you a good advantage over other candidates for certain job roles as they might not be bilingual like you. 

Knowing a second language shows you are dedicated and excited to learn more about the world. 

Easier to make friends

If you want to speak to someone from another country, then the chances are that you’ll both know enough English to have a conversation. Building friendships at university will be so much easier and having friends will make your time studying abroad even more fun.

You’re most likely coming to the UK with a good knowledge of English already, so you’ll easily make friends with students from all over the world.

Access to fun and helpful resources

Many films, books and music are in English. By learning the language, you will have access to lots of entertainment and educational resources. You won't need to use translations and subtitles anymore to enjoy your favourite shows.

Watching TV in the English language is also a fun way to practise if you need to improve outside of the classroom.

English is also the language of the internet. More than half of the world’s most visited websites are displayed in the English language. Knowing how to read English will allow you access to lots of helpful information for your studies and assignments.

More international career opportunities

Your course and curriculum will be in English but it’s also the business language of the world. It has become a requirement for students looking to enter a global workforce.

Large corporations like Samsung and Nokia have even made English their official corporate language. So knowing it well will increase your chances of employability all over the world.

Now you know the importance of the English language for students, you can use your skills to explore the UK. You’ll be able to navigate around the country, experiencing the landmarks and famous sights. Studying here is an amazing opportunity.


By studying abroad in the UK, you can improve your English language skills every day. You can also explore a new place and meet new people - there’s no better place to do that than in the UK. Find out more about the courses we offer and what it's like to live and study in Newcastle.

Visit our International Students page