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Study in United kingdom (UK)

Why Study in UK

  • The UK is fast emerging as one of the most popular study destinations for education in the world.
  • There are numerous factors which prompt international students to pursue their education in the UK. UK education equips students with unparalleled academic and professional skills and augments their personal development with an unforgettable cultural experience

 International Culture in Multi-cultural and Multi-faith Britain - UK offers invaluable multicultural experience for international students. Being an ethnically diverse and multi-faith country and a confluence of many cultures and communities, international students are able to adapt and assimilate admirably into the larger British culture.
This is a significant factor which ensures that all international students will we welcomed into a receptive and sensitive climate while in the UK.

Education System of UK

Quality Education - The British universities are owned and funded by the UK government and are subject to rigorous quality assurance audits periodically to standardize the quality of education across all institutions throughout the UK

All services such as facilities available to students, quality of teaching, research  funds, infrastructure, accommodation services, student support and career services are monitored according to strict quantitative assessments

World Class Qualifications - Quality standards for UK institutions are among the best in the world. The British qualifications are recognised and respected throughout the world. They serve as a solid foundation for building one's future, boosting career and prospects for a higher salary.

UK universities, colleges and schools will provide a vibrant, creative, stimulating and challenging environment that gives students a chance for personal growth and to develop their potential

International Recognition and Global Career - UK scientists and institutions have won more than ninety Nobel Prizes for their scientific achievements. The UK's creative brains - artists, fashion designers, film, television and leisure software designers - are regarded as among the best in the world.

English language skills are also important for your future career prospects as English is accepted as being the language of business, science, IT and the internet around the world.

Range of Courses - There are three thousand educational institutions in the UK that offer thousands of courses at different levels of education, be it schools, colleges, further education, higher education or research institutions. Students have umpteen number of options to choose from.

There is also great flexibility in the way in which a subject can be studied and it is of  ten possible to incorporate different elements such as vocational, English language training, work placements into a specific programme of study. 

Entry Requirements
Listed below are details on the requirements for entry to universities in the UK. This information is designed to help prepare you for applying for entry to universities and colleges in the UK.

Academic Requirements –
Undergraduate courses

  • Most universities and colleges in the UK consider the results in the High School leaving exams of your country for entry to undergraduate degree progammes.
  • Depending on the country you are from there may be exceptions to this for subject areas such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine.
  • Students are required to have gained first division or second higher division in their high school leaving examinations or appropriate results in A levels or the IB.
  • The requirements for entry can vary considerably between universities and colleges in the UK
  • Some universities will consider lower grades if you have additional professional qualifications or work experience.
  • Alternatively, if you do not have the grades to get admission directly to a degree course, you could join courses that are known as the bridging/foundation programmes.
  • These programmes normally last for one year and provide entry to degree programmes.
  • Another option is to join a Higher National Diploma programme. This is a two year programme and roughly equivalent to the first two years of a degree programme.
  • On successful complete of the programme you may be able to enter the second or third year of a relevant degree programme in the UK

Postgraduate courses

  • For entry to most postgraduate degrees you are required to have at least a higher second or first division in your bachelor degree programme.
  •  In addition some universities will accept students with lower marks if they have professional qualifications or good relevant work experience
  • There are some select courses that might require relevant work experience for a couple of years in a relevant field

MBA

  • MBA is the most popular degree professionals seek these days. In the British education system the degree is designed in a way to impart management principles as well as training to qualified professionals.
  • Most of the MBA degrees require you to have some work experience in either a related field or at an appropriate managerial capacity.
  • This can vary from 1 to 6 years, with most programs requiring at least 2 to 3 years of full time work experience after completion of your undergraduate degree.
  • This is in addition to a good undergraduate qualification.
  • There are, however, some universities in the UK that have designed their MBA programmes to ensure that they are suitable for students who do not have any work experience

English Language Requirements
Candidates for admission whose first language is not English normally need to have a a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme in a UK institution. A general guide to the accepted English language entry requirements for most institutions is outlined below

  • British Council IELTS band 6.5 or above
  • TOEFL (including the Tests in Written and Spoken Practice), minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test)
  • O-level English Language or GCSE English Language - Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Higher School Certificate at Subsidiary level or in the Cambridge
  • Oxford Certificate of English as a Foreign Language at Higher Level

IELTS and TOEFL

Two of the most popular and internationally-available tests are the International English Language Testing Service [IELTS] test which may be taken in most countries at British Council offices and the American TOEFL test which is widely available through offices of the US Information Service.

TOEFL is now being run as both paper-based (PBT) and computer-based test (CBT) in many countries; others still offer the traditional paper-based text. There are a few universities in the UK that prefer to accept an IELTS score over a TOEFL score and if you have not sat an English language test then IELTS is recommended

Application Procedures

Intakes - There are two major intakes a year for UK Institutions. The main intake is in September every year when institutions offer all courses. The Jan/Feb intake is slightly smaller with the majority of courses being offered.
Process While travelling internationally, there a few preparations which need to be taken care of which are mentioned as follows:-

  1. First is to get a letter of acceptance from the university applied to which will help later to get the VISA.
  2. Show proof of adequate funding which should be able to cover the Tuition fees along with cost of living expenditure and the ability to return to their home country.
  3. Interviews for the Visa are normally taken only when the officer is not satisfied with the Application or there is requirement of clarification.
  4. There are many universities which allow online submission of application forms and screening of the same to decision making takes anything between 4 to 8 weeks.
  5. A statement of purpose which is quite often requested by some university’s which is like an essay about the student. One should write about his goals, achievements, experiences and interests which should distinguish and make the student stand out from the rest of the applicants.
  6. A Letter of Recommendation by a previous teacher of the student providing specific information which the committee members can use to determine the applicant’s strengths and that will help shape an interview.
  7. Most international students will enter directly into the UK higher education system, after completing their home country’s equivalent to the UK’s “further education”, though for most universities, students might have to appear for IELTS before they apply for any university
 Cost of Studying -

Tuition Fees - Tuition fees vary between Institutions and are dependent on the level and course of study. International students are charged up-front tuition fees. Some general examples are as follow:

Course Details Cost details Living costs

Undergraduate courses

Science £ 8,000 to 9,000/year £ 6,000 to 7,000/year
Medicine £15,000 to 16,000/year £ 6,000 to 7,000/year
Others £6,000 to 7,000/year £ 6,000 to 7,000/year

Post graduate Courses

Science £ 8,000 to 9,000/year £ 6,000 to 7,000/year
Medicine £15,000 to 16,000/year £ 6,000 to 7,000/year
Others £6,000 to 7,000/year £ 6,000 to 7,000/year

Vocational Courses

Vocational and Diploma Courses

£3,000 to 4,000/year

£ 6,000 to 7,000/year

Best Payment Methods:

How best to arrange for the payment of tuition fees

  • At the time of registration you will be required to pay either the first installment (for institutions that accept installments) or full tuition fees so that you can register with the institution and obtain your Student ID or matriculation number.
  • If you have already prepaid a part of your tuition fee before applying for Visa - the payment receipts of the same can be produced at the time of registration.
  • In case where you have already prepaid the first installment then you should carry proof of the same, so that you can get your matriculation or the Student ID card from the University.
  • In case where you wish to take the first installment or the full tuition fees with you to the University, then you have various options available to you

Universities that have installment scheme
If you wish to pay by installment, then it is advisable that you pay the first installment by Banker's draft and for the subsequent installments; you can ask your bank or sponsor to send the tuition fee by electronic transfer from your home country

Universities without any installment scheme
If the University that you have enrolled in does not offer any instalment scheme or if you choose to pay all the tuition fee at the start of the course, then the best advisable mode of payment is Banker's draft or an electronic transfer

Financing of Education
As for Education there are a few options which should be looked into as one of the first to do things, some of which are mentioned below-

  • International Organization like the Fulbright Commission who grant student education aid all over the world.  There are a few more like the United Nations, AMIDEAST, World council of Churches, Soros Foundation and the World Health Organization.
  • Niversities and Colleges within UK many a times provide financial aid for students enabling attraction to their institution. Such information should be checked on while applying for the institution.
  •  Private Organizations in UK sometimes provide financial support for students and later work for them once they have graduated. One can look up for such organizations in the International Scholarships
  • Scholarships are provided by various universities and colleges which should checked at the time of application submission

Visa Regulations
Most students holding a non-British or non-EU passport planning to go and study in the UK require a prior entry clearance visa from their nearest British High Commission. Please check with with the UK Visas website www.ukvisas.gov.uk to check if you need to apply for entry clearance visa. If you need to apply for visa, please read on.

The student must be able to show that he has been accepted on a course of study at:

  • A publicly funded institution of further or higher education (e.g. a university)
  • A private-education institution
  • An independent fee paying school

The student is going to pursue:

  • A recognised full-time degree course
  • A weekday full-time course involving at least 15 hours organised daytime study per week
  • A full-time course of study at an independent fee paying school

The student must also:

  • Be able to pay for his course and support an accommodation for himself and any dependants without working or without help from public funds

UK Visa application Procedure

To apply for a student visa you must submit your visa application at the nearest British High Commission or Embassy in your home country. Your application with all the required documents and visa fee will be accepted and put up for decision to an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) from the nearest visa issuing centre of the British High Commission or Embassy.

The British High Commission or Embassy aims to make decisions on visa applications within 2 working days, although this may take slightly longer during the busy periods. It is therefore, important to apply as early as you can. If an interview is required then the application process will take longer and you are therefore advised to apply for your visa at least 1 month before your course commences, but preferably earlier.

 If your application is fully prepared, and accompanied by relevant documentary evidence of your circumstances, you may be issued a visa without an interview. The final decision on whether you would require an interview or not will be taken by an Entry Clearance Officer at the British High Commission or Embassy, no one else can make this decision. However, generally students may not require an interview (subject to changes in visa regulations for different countries) if they have:

  • Travelled to the UK in the last ten years and have evidence of this travel
  • Travelled to the US, Australia, New Zealand. Canada, Switzerland or Schengen countries within the last five years and have evidence of this travel
  • Prepaid 100% of their tuition fees and have a receipt to prove it

 If no interview is required, your passport would be returned to the application centre, or couriered to you, within two working days or you may be asked to come and collect it. If however, you are called for an interview, you are likely to get an appointment on the next working day. This might slip during exceptionally busy periods

The student is likely to be called for an interview if he has:

  • Been refused a visa for the UK or for any other country, unless he has subsequently obtained a visa for that country
  • Been refused entry to the UK or any other country
  • Failed to comply with the conditions of entry to the UK, or sought an extension of stay there

 Careers in UK

  • Britain is an educational hub and also one of the strongest economies of the world as its economy is sixth largest in terms of nominal GDP and sixth largest in terms of purchasing power parity.
  • There are many avenues in the multifarious economic sectors attracting a large number of aspirants every year and there are handfuls of opportunities for skilled individuals.
  • The Economic sectors include- Industrial, Commercial, Finance and Service sectors. The industry that plays a provision of employment in this nation is the IT and service sector.
  • As for the salary, a survey suggests that at an average a graduate is paid an annual salary of around £20,000 in the public and private sectors and those working in the urban towns of London, Scotland and south east areas get £25,000 per annum.
  • Those working in British Companies in higher posts enjoy perks along with their salary. The average working week is a 40 hour week.

 

 

 

 
 

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