Study in United Kingdom
Why study in UK?
UK is the second most preferred overseas education destination in the world, only next to the USA. The education system here is the testament of time. Universities like Cambridge have shaped modern education which we receive today.
Living and studying in the UK is like experiencing a high profile urban lifestyle and enjoying the diversity, complexity, civic infrastructure and social exchange while enjoying beautiful ancient yet modernized cities and delicious food with the liveliest population to be around.
UK universities rank amongst the best international universities in the world. With regard to life and career, a degree from an affiliated institution is highly appreciated by employers everywhere in the world.
REASONS TO STUDY IN UK
- Impressive International Reputation:
A degree from the UK can be a great selling point in one’s favor. According to the latest QS World University Rankings, 4 of the top 10 universities in the world, including the university ranked first, are in the UK. The education system of the UK is one of the best in the world and qualifications are internationally valued and recognized. The high benchmark and the tradition of excellence set by some of the older universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, permeate the universities and colleges throughout the UK.
- World-leading Research:
Currently, the UK ranks third in the world for innovation. It undertakes 5 percent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 percent of the world’s most frequently cited papers. The most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) noted that research in the UK is ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’. Very few countries can claim such a level of achievement.
- Highly-Advanced Pedagogical Methodology:
UK universities will provide students the opportunity to learn and get constant support from world-leading academics. The UK has 19 universities with a 5-star teaching rating, which is more than any other country.
- Variety in Course Offerings:
One of the best things about education in the UK is the range of options offered to students. One can study everything from photography to astrophysics. However, unusual students’ interests are, in all likelihood they can find an institution to study it.
Flexibility to Customize Your Degree: As there are many options available in the course to study, there is also flexibility given by the university to pursue these courses as per the need of the student. They can choose any combination of the many options available.
- Growing Popularity:
The UK is second only to the US as the most preferred country for international students. This is the result of the hard work the UK has put in to capitalize on the growing demand for newer avenues of English language instruction.
- Lower Education Cost than the US:
Another important point that speaks volumes favor of the UK is the lower cost of education for an international student compared to the US. Add to that the fact that students’ degrees will take less time to complete in the UK than in other countries. This will further save students money during their overseas education in the UK.
- Numerous scholarships in UK and Work Opportunities
There are a variety of scholarships, grants, and bursaries available to students from UK institutions that are just for international students. Over 20,000 international students also get other financial aid from the UK government. Also, students’ can work as well while studying.
- A Great Opportunity to Improve Your English
The UK is the home of English, hence an ideal place for a student to develop their English language skills. It is the primary language of more than 400 million people in the world and indispensable for jobs in the US, Canada, and Australia. At any point of time, excellent English language skills can add tremendous value to your employability in India and the world over by setting you apart in the crowd.
- Experience the UK, its Culture and Lifestyle and More
The UK is full of different cultures, music, and cultural events, beautiful countryside, historic sites, and vibrant city life to keep one entertained. Students’ will find varied cuisine, strong transport links, famous music festivals, and international sporting championships. There’s a mix of cosmopolitan cities and traditional villages in the countryside all over England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which are the four countries that comprise the UK.
- Two year Post Study Work Right
Last but most important, the UK is now offering 2 Year Post Study Work Right to overseas students beginning from Sept 2020 intake. This policy change by the UK Government provides students with the opportunity to embark on a truly global career.
Education in UK
More than 10,000 courses available in British Universities nurture and develop the best in the students, training them to encourage an open mind, skills in logic, develop creativity and self-reliance. In the job market of the future, these qualities are valued by potential employers.
Universities in the UK design their courses to prepare each and every student to evolve professionally to meet and overcome the global challenges that lay ahead. Studying in the UK enhances students’ overall experience of seeing things from an International market perspective and allows them to become more accessible to the global network. UK Universities are famous for having campuses with students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The university offers its students various options to study in the UK as full-time, part-time, evening programme, distance, and eLearning.
Top Universities in UK
There are 71 universities in the UK which rank among the world best in the QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, including four in the global top 10, and a further 26 in the top 200.
Here is the list of the top 10 universities in the UK.
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- University College London (UCL)
- Imperial College London
- University of Edinburgh
- King’s College London (KCL)
- University of Manchester
- London School of Economics and Political Science
- University of Bristol
- University of Warwick
The following are the degrees and courses UK universities are known for.
- Accounting & Finance
- Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
- Art & Design
- Business & Management Studies
- Civil Engineering
- Computer Science
- Creative Writing
- Electrical & Electronic Engineering
- Food Science
- Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism
- Mechanical Engineering
Types of UK student visa
If you’re studying a short course and are over 18 years old, you may be eligible for the short-term study visa. This is valid up to six months for most short courses and can be extended for a stay of up to 11 months for English language courses.
If you’re studying a longer course, you’ll need to make sure your chosen institution holds a Tier 4 Sponsor License. You can either apply for a Tier 4 (Child) student visa (if you’re aged 4-17 and want to study at an independent school in the UK) or a Tier 4 (General) student visa for those aged 16 and over.
UK student visa requirements
Your course provider may be willing to help you to apply for a UK student visa once you have been offered a place on a course; ask to find out if this is the case. You can apply for the visa up to three months in advance of the start date of your course. Check the average visa processing times for your country, and be sure to allow plenty of time.
UK student visas are awarded on a points-based system. In order to meet all the UK student visa requirements, you’ll need to provide:
- Details of your passport
- A recent photograph
- An unconditional offer of a place on a course offered by a licensed Tier 4 Sponsor, evidenced by a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’ (CAS) form from your course provider (worth 30 points)
- Proof of adequate English language skills, demonstrated by passing one of the secure English language tests (SELT). You will not need to provide this if you’re from an English-speaking country such as the United States or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in an English-speaking country.
- Proof you have financial support throughout your stay in the UK (worth 10 points)
- If you’re a non-EU/EEA/Swiss student studying a sensitive subject, you may also need an ATAS certificate
- Proof of financial support can take the form of bank statements or a letter from your financial sponsor, showing you can cover your tuition fees, accommodation and living costs. You must prove that you have £1,015 (~US$1,300) per month for living costs if studying in the UK outside of London, and £1,265 (~US$1,600) a month for living costs if studying in London.
You may also be required to produce documents showing your academic qualifications, and to attend an interview or biometric test, which includes a digital scan of your fingerprints. Depending on your country of origin, you may also be required to have certain medical vaccinations or undertake a tuberculosis test.
If you’re 16 or 17 years old and applying for the Tier 4 (General) student visa, you must have written consent from your parents/guardians that you can live and travel independently.
You must apply online for the Tier 4 (General) Student visa, ensuring you’ve read the full guidance here. You can apply up to three months before the start of your course.
UK student visa fees
The current fee for the Tier 4 (General) student visa is £348 (~US$440), with an additional £348 fee per person for any dependents. You’ll also need to pay a healthcare surcharge of £150 per year (~US$190) in order to access the National Health Service (NHS) during your stay (this will rise to £300 (~US$380) from late 2018).
The Short Term Study Visa costs £97 (~US$120) for the six month option and £186 (~US$240) for the 11 month visa.
When and how to apply
- UNDERGRADUATE COURSES IN UK
All applications to UK universities are made through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), a centralized body for admissions and placements, a year before the start date of the course. After students’ get their acceptance from the UCAS, they can apply for 5 different courses in universities specified by the UCAS. They have the freedom to exercise their choice here. For example, they can apply to 5 different universities for the same course or 5 different courses at the same university. Indian students can apply anytime between 1st September and 30th June in the year proceeding the academic year they wish to take admission. For some courses, applications need to be submitted by as early as mid-October of the preceding year.
- MASTERS IN UK
Unlike undergraduate programs, there is no centralized application system for master’s degrees. This means students have to apply to each university separately. They can get the admission forms from respective university websites. Most Masters in the UK start in September. However, some UK universities may offer multiple start dates.
Remember that the deadlines for application are typically earlier for Indian students than for UK/EU/EEA (European Economic Area) students.
Benefits of Study in UK
- Internationally Recognized Universities.
- Quality Education.
- Opportunities offered by the UK Education System.
- Unique Culture.
- Work while studying and Work Permit after studying.
- Scholarships and Financial Support.
- Strong Research Infrastructure.
- Support System.