With a great history and legacy for international education, UK is undoubtedly one of the top study abroad destinations for students all over the world. World renowned universities that have maintained their standards for more than 5 centuries have welcomed students from all over the world and contributed to the development and innovation in various fields. Among the world’s top 10 universities 4 are from UK and further many fall in the list of top 100.
The United Kingdom comprises of the four countries England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It has a rich history and increasingly multicultural environment owing to the huge number of immigrants from Asia, Europe and Africa. Blessed with rolling greens and beautiful landscapes that proudly boast of palaces, royalty and a rich history of education with heritage universities and sprawling campuses. The capital City London is a financial hub for the entire world and the language English is the most widely spoken language in the world. The founding member of Commonwealth and a strong member of NATO and UN, UK has had a strong voice in matters on international concern. With a population of just above 65 million and an average age of 40, UK provides a great opportunity for students and professionals.
It is a sovereign country with constitutional monarchy/parliamentary democracy. The UK economy is one of the leading economies and sixth in the world by GDP. It is a member of G7 and G20 and leads in the fields of finance, business, insurance and a very efficient agricultural industry. Surrounded by sea on all sides except the land border shared by Northern Ireland, UK has a temperate climate that ranges between 0 to 32 degrees Celsius from winter to summer.
World Renowned Education
With a history of international education that goes back to the 12th century, UK boasts of some of the oldest and highly distinguished universities of the world. A degree from UK is recognized world over and opens the world of opportunities.
World Class Standards and Research
The British Education system has a world class reputation for quality and has contributed to several fields through ongoing research and innovations. The UK universities are inspected regularly to abide by the high standards of education, teaching and research by agencies like The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.
Varied Exposure and Teaching Methodology
A vast range of courses and fields of study promise to satiate the learning needs of students from various backgrounds. The infrastructure and advanced teaching approach is guaranteed to train and educate the students with high level of qualification.
High Standard of Living
UK offers excellent support services that guarantee health and safety to all including the international students. Low Crime rate, environmental quality, jobs and earnings and all such factors enable UK to maintain its position as a country offering good standard of living though it can be slightly expensive.
Multicultural and welcoming
UK has been a home to people from various countries thus offering the international students experience of a multicultural society with perfect blend of various races, religions, nationalities and ethnicities.
Affordable and Flexible
Compared to the other popular study abroad destinations the graduate and undergraduate degrees from UK are shorter. The affordable tuition with high standard of education in a shorter duration brings down the education cost and hence makes UK more popular among the international students.
UK offers an excellent education system that can vouch for high standards, quality learning experience, wide range of subjects and types of courses with an affordable fee. The education system that constitutes primary, secondary, further education and higher education compels a fulltime education between ages (5-16). Although the education system is broadly uniform there could be slight variation based on the state (England, Wales, Scotland, Norther Ireland). UK welcomes close to half a million international students. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education monitors and evaluates standards across the range of qualifications offered. The undergraduate degrees are usually for 3 years and offer a myriad of choice in terms of fields and courses although courses in Scotland are a year longer. The Scottish education system slightly varies from the rest of the UK for an example Scotland has one main university system, Scotland University which controls the operation of other universities in Scotland. The Scottish education system also has its own legislative framework, curriculum framework, and qualifications system.
The graduate courses vary from one to two years. Some Universities offer some courses which can be taken at the undergraduate level and they lead up to a Master’s Degree.
The doctorate(PhD) programs usually last for at least 3 years depending on the course.
For the vocational education and training (VET), England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, share a joint system of external qualifications within the National Qualifications Framework.
Why Study in United Kingdom
The undergraduate tuition fee can range between 10,000 pounds to 35000 pounds. The Graduate tuition fees range between 10,000 to 40000 pounds depending on the course thus making it possible to complete your Masters study from UK at a much lesser cost but with a degree that is well reputed worldwide.
The average living cost per year in UK ranges between 10000 to 12000 pounds and the expenses could slightly shoot up depending on the location of the accommodation. For the student VISA, the requirements laid down by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) for the living expenses will have to be take care of.
There Various scholarship opportunities available to International students studying in UK. There could be special scholarships or assistantship opportunities based on nationality, ethnicity or course of study. You can also check with the institute you have applied for the funding options available to you by the institute, different trusts, committees, industry and so on.
Some Government Scholarships available to international students
Some common scholarship options for the Indian students are listed below
The immigration and VISA requirements to study or stay in UK can be found at UK Visas and Immigration website.
If you’re studying a short course and are over 18 years old, you may be eligible for the short-term study visa. A short term student Visa for six months can be procured for short course if you are above 18 years old. This visa can be extended till 11 months.
The most popular VISA for a longer stay is TIER 4 Student VISA (Point Based) You can apply for this VISA, 3 months prior to the start date of your course. It is a point based system with a total of 40 points. The requirements are as follows
You can apply online on https://www.gov.uk/apply-uk-visa after checking all the requirements in detail.
The fees for the 4 TIER VISA is for the Tier 4 (General) student visa is 348 pounds. To access National Health Service (NHS) during your stay you need to pay a health surcharge of 150 pounds per year
On a TIER 4 student VISA you can work for up to 20 hours per week and full time during vacations.