Students cite the quality of research, free public healthcare, the ability to work while studying and the opportunities made available to them from a cross-cultural education as some of the main reasons why they choose the UK for higher education.
Reinstating the PSW visa makes the UK an attractive choice for international students who want to start their career there after their studies. Although the visa has a cap of 2 years, it gives you the opportunity to search for official work visa sponsorship from your existing company or other firms while you're there.
When you're looking for a job in a particular country, it always helps when you're already physically there (although virtual interviews are fast becoming a thing). That's how the PSW visa would really come in handy, if you're looking to stay in the UK for the longer term.
If you're interested in living and working elsewhere in Europe, other countries offering attractive visas for international students include France, Ireland, Finland and Germany.2