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Study in UK

About Studying in UK

UK is one of the favourite destinations when it comes to studying abroad. Students travel from around the world to study in the UK. There are more than 3,000 educational institutions that welcome international students in the UK.

Why Study In UK?

UK offers a stable economy with a good employment ratio for locals as well as immigrants. An UK undergraduate degree takes three years, which is one year shorter than a US degree. Also for a majority of courses, there is no requirement of the entrance exams, except for a proof of English language ability. And these are the reasons why the number of Indian students opting for courses in UK universities is witnessing a considerable rise.

Education System In UK

The UK Education System consists of both publicly funded and private schools. UK Education System is under the complete jurisdiction of the provinces and territories (states). There is no central education system in UK.

UK universities are able to offer a broad spectrum of subjects from the highly academic to the purely practical. For example, in the UK, one can specialize in anything from computer games programming, ocean engineering, satellite positioning technology or sound engineering to multi- media design, anthropology, cross-cultural psychology, hotel management or dance.

Types of Institutions in UK Education System:

  • University
  • Open University & College
  • College and Institution of Higher Education
  • Teacher Training College
  • Institutes of Technology

Types of Degrees :

  • Types of Courses at UG Level (expansion option)
  • Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree
  • Foundation Courses.
  • Certificate of Higher Education;
  • Diplomas of Higher Education
  • Higher National Diploma (HND

Types of Courses at PG Level

  • Professional / Vocational Qualifications
  • PhD / Doctorates
  • Masters – 
  • MBA’s
  • Post Graduate Diplomas & Certificates
  • Conversion Courses

Living & Studying in UK

Whether you are going to the UK for the first time for a short period or you have visited before, the experience of living in a different culture is a real challenge. It can be exciting, fun and life-changing.

Working & Studying in UK

Working Part-Time in UK (expansion option)

As an international student in the UK you may be eligible to work alongside your studies, depending on your immigration status. Students could look out for part-time jobs by looking in the local newspapers and job shops. Most UK universities / institutes have a career cell to help connect you to work opportunities. Students can work up to 20 hours a week during term time and full time during vacations.

** Students who are going for six months or less, need permission to work from the Entry Clearance Officer.

Application for Study in UK

UK Visa application and admission procedure for universities include submitting your application to the institution, accepting a Letter of Offer and applying for student visa.

The UK Visa Application Procedure has the following steps :

Application Process :

Application for Undergraduate Courses :

  • Applications are made only through UCAS
  • It is an online application process.
  • One can apply to 5 different universities on the same application form.

Application for Post Graduate Programs :

  • One can apply through GC.
  • Very few universities charge an application process fee

Entry Requirements / Eligibility :

Undergraduate

  • Approx 65+% for humanities in std. XII
  • Approx 70+% and above for Science, Commerce, Eng. in Std. XII / Diploma
  • Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured less than 60%
  • 2nd class could also be considered by some universities if there is some additional qualification / experience
  • 18 years of age mandatory before joining a degree program

**Note: The requirements vary from university to university.

Postgraduate (expansion option)

  • 60+ % in bachelor’s degree.
  • Few universities may even accept student at 55% and above in bachelor’s.
  • GMAT scores ranging between 600 – 700 may be asked by universities for management programs.
  • Full time work experience of at least 2 – 4 years after 1st degree required by many universities for MBA.

**Note: The requirements vary from university to university.

Student Visa For Studying in UK

The application for a student visa must be submitted at the nearest British High Commission or Embassy. Application must contain all the required documents and visa fee. It will then be accepted and put up for decision to an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO).

The British High Commission or Embassy normally aims to make decisions on visa applications within 2 working days.

Also, if an interview is required then the application process will take even longer it is therefore advisable to apply for a visa at least 3 months before the start of semester in UK. Students can reach UK up to one month before start of semester.

Education Cost & Scholarships in UK

Education Cost

Under Graduate (3-4yrs) – £7000 to £9000 per year (approx.)

Post-Graduate (1-2yrs) – £8,000 to £10,000 per year (approx.)

Masters/Doctoral – £8,500 to £15,000 per year (approx.)

English language course – £200 to over £1,000 per week(approx.)

International Foundation courses – £4,000 to £17,000 per year(approx.)

(The PG fees may reach more than £50,000 for programmes that are in high demand, such as MBAs or science courses involving extensive laboratory work).

Scholarships in UK :

There are a range of scholarships available for students wishing to study in UK, which can provide help with funds for your study. Many UK scholarships are given to meritorious students in top institutions. UK scholarships can be availed through application to the college if there is a provision for it to international students.

When you apply for a scholarship, remember that you must apply at least one year before your course starts. Deadlines vary, so you must check the deadline before applying.

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Frequently Asked Questions for Study in the UK

1. Why should I consider studying in the UK?

The UK is renowned for its world-class universities, rich cultural heritage, and diverse academic programs. Studying in the UK offers access to high-quality education and a culturally enriching experience.

2. What are the requirements for international students to study in the UK?

Requirements may vary depending on the course and university, but generally, you will need to apply for a student visa (Tier 4), provide proof of academic qualifications, demonstrate sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses and meet English language proficiency requirements (e.g., IELTS or TOEFL).

3. How can I find the right course and university in the UK?

Researching courses and universities in the UK online, consulting with educational advisors, considering your field of interest, budget, and location preferences, and reviewing admission requirements can help you find the right fit.

4. Are there scholarships available for international students in the UK?

Yes, the UK offers various scholarships for international students, including government-funded scholarships, university-specific scholarships, and external scholarship programs. Eligibility criteria and application deadlines may vary.

5. What is the cost of living in the UK for international students?

The cost of living in the UK can vary by city and lifestyle. International students should budget for expenses like tuition, accommodation, food, transportation, health insurance, and personal expenses.

6. Can I work while studying in the UK?

Yes, international students on a Tier 4 student visa in the UK are generally allowed to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during term time and full-time during scheduled breaks. Certain conditions and limitations may apply.

7. How do I apply for a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK?

To apply for a Tier 4 student visa, you will need to submit an online application, provide the required documents, including an acceptance letter from a UK institution, and meet health and character requirements. The application process is typically done through the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) website.

8. What is the education system like in the UK?

The UK has a diverse education system that offers a wide range of programs and degrees, from bachelor’s to doctoral levels. It emphasizes research, critical thinking, and practical learning.

9. Can I stay in the UK after completing my studies?

Yes, the UK offers post-study work opportunities for international graduates through the Graduate Route. The duration of the post-study work visa depends on your level of study and qualifications.

10. How do I find accommodation in the UK as an international student?

There are various accommodation options for international students in the UK, including university housing, private rentals, shared apartments, and student residences. Many institutions offer assistance in finding suitable accommodation.

11. Are there English language proficiency requirements for international students in the UK?

Yes, most UK universities require proof of English language proficiency through tests like IELTS or TOEFL. Some institutions may also offer English language courses for students who need to improve their language skills.

12. Can I bring my family with me while I study in the UK?

In some cases, you may be able to bring your family members with you to the UK on dependent visas, but this depends on your specific visa type and circumstances. It’s essential to check with the UK Home Office for family visa options.

13. What is the application process for international students in the UK?

The application process typically involves submitting an online application to your chosen institution, providing required documents (academic transcripts, language proficiency results), paying application fees, and awaiting an admission offer.

14. Are there any restrictions on working in the UK as an international student?

While international students can work during their studies, there are limitations on the number of hours and types of employment. It’s crucial to be aware of the regulations and visa conditions related to working in the UK as a student.

15. Are there opportunities for research and internships in the UK for international students?

Yes, the UK offers numerous research opportunities, internships, and collaborations with universities and institutions, providing international students with valuable practical experience in their fields of study.

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