Why study in the United Kingdom
UK is a popular destination for higher studies for students from around the world and is home to three of the top 10 universities in the world, according to the World University Rankings. A degree from an UK university will be recognized internationally by universities, employers and government bodies.
Higher Education System in the UK
There are varieties of courses for both domestic and foreign students to make the transition into further education; these programs are typically referred to as either pathways or foundation courses. Higher education courses can be taken by students to earn an advanced degree and continue their studies in the UK. There are mainly three types of higher education, which lead to bachelor, master and doctoral degree.
In the UK, generally, there are three standard academic year starts from September to December (Term-1), January to April (Term-2) and April to June (summer). However, some courses are more flexible and offer a range of start dates.
IELTS academic, IELTS general training and IELTS skills are accepted by UK visa and immigration (UKVI) as proof of English proficiency. However, student’s purpose for being in the UK dictates which IELTS test they need to pursue. Moreover, there are many English language courses are also offered by universities and colleges to help international students prepare for a degree course in the UK. Universities use the term ‘pre- sessional English courses’ for these degree preparation programs. Presently, the UK government also announced important changes to language testing for Visa applications and reducing the number of tests accepted for visa purposes and bringing in new requirements for the way the tests are administrated.
Employments prospects in the UK
The UK has the third largest economy in Europe and an unemployment rate of 4% at the end of July 2018- the joint lowest since 1975. It is easier to get a job if you do not need a work permit. It is also easy to get part-time or casual jobs but the payment will be a lot lower. However, there may be limits on the type of work you can do in your working hours. Most students can work up to 20 hours a week and full-time during holidays. A student must not work if the passport or identity card says – “No work” or “work prohibited” as will breach immigration conditions, which is against the law in the UK.
If you want to stay and work in the UK after you finish your study, you will need to at a new visa first or apply for a visa extension. The three most common visas available to international students are the Tire 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), Tire 2 (General), and Tire 5 (Temporary worker). Currently, the UK government allows the international students to extent their stay for two years after graduation and post-graduation if they meet the requirements.
Student visa requirements for the UK
To be eligible for a Tire 4 student visa, a student must:
- Have aged 16 or over who have been offered in a course at a UK educational institution.
- Have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tire 4 sponsor
- Be able to speak, read, write and understand English
- Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course.
If any of your supporting documents is not in English, you will need to have it translated. Each translated document must be dated, and include the translator’s name and signature and confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document.
English language requirements in the UK
You must provide evidence of your knowledge of the English language when you apply for your visa. This usually means passing a secure English language test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) have minimum English language requirements for reading, writing, listening and speaking according to your level of study. Your university or school (sponsor) may have different English language requirements. There is a chance you may be interviewed by a UKVI officer as part of the visa application process. If you cannot hold a simple conversation without an interpreter, you may be refused entry to the UK, regardless of your English language results.
Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and university or school you opt for. There are many high-ranking universities and colleges in the UK with their own fee structures. Further, the fee also depends on where in the UK you choose to study (there are different rules for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales), and your study level.
For undergraduate students, the tuition fees ranges between £10,000 and £18,000 (indicative) a year, depending on the course and the institution. For all postgraduate courses, tuition fees vary by course provider.
|S.no||Study Program||Average Fees (in Euros*)|
|1.||Undergraduate bachelor degree||£6,000 to £9,000 per year|
|2.||Postgraduate master’s degree||£10,000 to £16,000 per year|
|3.||Doctoral degree||£13,000 to £29,000 per year|
Scholarship to study in UK
High tuition fee and student loans shouldn’t deter you from living your dream of studying overseas. Universities and schools in the UK offer a range of scholarships, bursaries and grants to international students. You can also apply to scholarships provided by the government, public and private organizations. Before you apply to any of these scholarships, do check the eligibility and criteria, along with the closing date. The primary criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score; however it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage. However, do note that the amount of money available and type of award varies between the various institutions. Getting a scholarship is competitive and so, you must apply well in time. We recommend you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before the intake begins. If you get stuck anywhere, our counselors will be more than happy to guide you through.
Two major government scholarships programs available to international students in the UK are:
- Commonwealth Scholarship Commission
Also, all universities and colleges also have their own set of scholarships which can be subject or destination specific. Do check with them for available options in time.