Limeyland has a long-standing history of great achievers, scientist, artists and philosophers. Present are a number of traditional universities which have a rich history, plus there is a vast list of modern universities which are dragging the attention. The UK comprises of Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. As British Empire was well spread all over the world, countries from each continent have an elongated affiliation with the country. London is persistently ranked as one of best student cities in the world, there are 15 universities which are in top 500 and 4 which make it to the top 100 in the city. Four out of six world’s top universities are from the UK.
London is also a world’s top financial center and a business hub as per financial institution. As an Island Country, it also gains from the geographical advantage operating as a center and halts point for ships and planes. One can take the flight to any corner of the world from the country. Construction of Channel tunnel and emergence of cheap airlines like Ryan Air and the Easy jet has made accessible than ever to travel to Europe at a minimal cost. Most of the flights are direct flights to almost all the major cities of the Europe costing 25-200 GBP only.
As a country, it is one of most beautiful countries in the world, from sandy coastlines to elevated highlands. More than 40,000 international students study in Scotland each year. The current government is quite immigrant friendly and if expecting the post-study visa in the UK, there is high anticipation from the country. Wales is the single country in the globe which have universities in a not-for-profit blending for overseas students, also the range of courses coupled with striking settings can be the long-lasting experience for the students. Autonomous education, extended evaluation and variety of theoretical coursework are the speciality of education in Northern Ireland. Popular courses to study in the Northern Island are arts, history and music. The unique culture and breathtaking landscapes supplements to the positives of education in Northern Island.
There are around 120 universities in the country. The biggest misapprehension among the common folks is studying for a degree in the UK can be costly which is not factual. Considering if a student is looking to study in UK then it can be an expensive matter as living expense can tumble the budget due to the skyrocketing rent prices. But if looking to study outside London then it is much economical as compared. The preeminent advantage will be the duration of the bachelors and master’s degrees, the undergraduate can be completed in 3 years and masters in 1 years, saving plentiful of time, money and effort. For Bachelors the UK is one of the hot destination as there is paid internship and placement year available during the course plus part-time options can also be considered.
A wide variety of courses, modules and specialization is one top USP of the country. On the record, there are approximately 150,000 courses which students can choose for study in UK. Universities are very modern and are following the latest trend in the job and research, in accordance with that there are changes in the existing courses or new courses are also seeing the daylight every year, which is rare in other countries. If a student is looking for a specialization in particular field, subject or area, there will be a course available in the UK universities as when compared with other countries the same student can only find an existing course with a specialization, that to chances are rare. Plus, students in the UK have access to free medical care through the NHS if they are studying for more than six months.
In terms of research, the UK has a solid foundation, as there are 6.4% of worldwide journals published form the country, 16% of most cited articles in the world. Plus 11.6% of citations are from the UK, making an obvious choice for the students looking for research degree and experience. Even the Research Excellence Framework which cross-checks and validates the quality of conducted research worldwide has placed 154 universities from the UK, plus 30% were termed as world leading and around 46% of the research were placed as internationally excellent. There are approx. 95 thousand students conducting research in the country. UK universities have to go through regular inspections and audit in order to keep the quality of the education top notch. QAA (Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education) is solely responsible for carrying out the audits and to maintain the standards.
Popular courses to study in the UK are Humanities, architecture, management, law and sciences. UK universities are most international in the world attracting students from the globe. Hence one can expect a diversified class which in return will enhance the cultural understanding. A degree from the country will boost your CV and irrespective of the geography it will be considered around the world.
BREXIT an advantage for the International Students. International students should perceive the Brexit as an advantage. There is no change in the policy for the international students but it will be especially affecting the education and status of the European Students. This change is advantageous for the international students as now international students are standing at par with the European students when looking for a job before it was a different story as European students did not need and sponsorship or have to change the visa status when taking the employment. Possible changes which we can experience in coming days due to the Brexit are-: Less number of collaboration with the European universities in research, funding cut for the UK universities from the ERASMUS, which will be hampering the universities and they have no other choice but to increase the fees.
Marketing Manager, Registered Nurse, Finance Manager are most prevalent jobs available in the UK.
UK universities are very flexible in terms of Entry requirements if omit out the top ones. Particularly a descent marks in the undergraduates qualify for the most of the masters in the UK. GRE/GMAT is not mandatory but will be preferred, if looking for top universities then it will be a mandate.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE)
Approx. Tuition Fees- 8-20 Lakhs
Average cost of living- (7000-11000 GBP) depends on the lifestyle
Student discount can be availed almost everywhere- Bars, Restaurants, and Theatres.
Part-time jobs in UK 20 hours week, students can work 40 hours per week during the holidaysDocuments required for the VisaDocuments required for the Tier- 4 Student VisaValid passportFees for visa Pound 310 = Rs 27,240/-Photograph in correct sizeAn unconditional offer letter from the college and the universityCAS (Confirmation of Acceptance FOR Studies) Tier 4English language requirement (IELTS UK VI, IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, GRE and GMAT)Financial Documents (Bank Statements, Loan Sanction letter, Sponsorship certificates, proof of living expenses for one year, tuition fees for one year), As a proof in London the amount required will be 10k GBP if outside London the amount prerequisite is 7k GBP for living expense.
There are numerous and generous scholarships offered by the UK government, British Council and the universities as well. Following are the scholarship offered by the government
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme at UK Universities – This scholarship is catered to the international looking for their post-graduate degree in the UK. Courses covered in this scholarships are an economy, society and technology.
Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Countries – Students looking for masters and PhD can apply for this particular scholarship. It’s for students hailing from developing countries.
Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships –Only for visiting fellows, research students and doctoral students from India.
Saltire Scholarships – For all the degree levels for students coming from China, Canada, India, the USA and Pakistan.
British Chevening Scholarships – Funding provided by the Commonwealth and the UK Foreign office for any full-time course in the UK.Top Universities in the UK.
Most frequent questions and answers
A number of reasons should be considered while searching yourself a suitable Institute like the degree supposed to be pursued, the type of institute like private or public colleges, Whether they are famous arts colleges or universities or special schools the geographical location, the financial aid if any, tuition and other living expenses, accommodation, their overall acceptance rate and the world rank conferred on the institute.
UK boasts of a variety of educational institutes like the Ancient universities of which Oxford and Cambridge are a part of. Red brick universities which includes University of Bristol,University of Birmingham, Then you have Plate Glass Universities which refer to campuses set between 1963-1992 (which is also known as 1960’s universities, University of Sussex, Aston University are examples of being a part of this bunch). The New Universities form a core group which were primarily polytechnics,Teacher Training Colleges, University colleges which were granted full University status. Kingston University is one such acclaimed university to come under its belt with many others.
Once, you reach the country you are required to direct yourself to the college for further assistance with boarding and lodging as the case might be. You should be able to contact the office made available to help out international students or scholars.
You need to apply for a Tier 4 General Visa which is applicable for any individual having attained the age of 16 years and above.Apart from this you also need to pay a surcharge of 150 pounds per year for both domestic and International students if their course extends for more than 6 months. You need to contact your UK Visas and Immigration website. or. UK Council for International Student Affairs . You can apply for your visa at least 3 months before the start of your course.
15 October (15 October 2017 for 2018 entry) 15 January (15 January 2017 for 2018 entry) 24 March (24 March 2017 for 2018 entry)