Every year, the UK government warmly welcomes lacs of international students with open arms. International student societies, besides organizing parties, conducting events, planning activities and outings, help in the rough days as well by giving advice in personal problems and assisting you as you fit in.
UK higher education and qualifications have a remarkable international reputation and the UK degree is globally by international universities, top employers and government bodies, creating huge number of chances to get placed with leading companies.
Studying in the UK allows you to immerse yourself in the English language for a sustained period of time. You’ll master the global language of commerce, science, and technology.
Many countries like to follow the UK’s education system, as its quality is considered as the best in world. UK universities are inspected regularly by QAA to assess the standards of teaching, learning and research to ensure that set benchmarks are met. The Indian education system is also based on that of the UK.
Fees for studying in the United Kingdom vary greatly depending on whether you are an EU or non-EU citizen. Students from within the EU pay the same fees as home students, which is up to £9250 per academic year in England, up to £9000 in Wales, up to £4,030 in Northern Ireland and free in Scotland. International students must pay considerably more to study in the UK – between £10,000 and £30,000 per year depending on the chosen degree.
If you are a non-EU student, you will need a visa to study in the UK. This could be a Short-Term Visa, Tier 4 (General) Student Visa or a Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa depending on duration of study. Whether you are allowed to work in the UK or extend the visa is dependent on which one you are applying for. To get a visa you will be required to provide some or all of the following: Passport details, a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’, a ‘secure English language test’ and proof that you are able to support yourself financially.
Along with your studies, you can work in a part-time job, internship or placement and develop valuable skills that will be added to your CV. Your university may assist in providing placement after studies. Also now you are eligible to stay back in the UK for 2 years after completing your degree under the new Graduate Immigration Route.
One needs to get UK Tier 4 General student visa to study higher education in UK University. It is quite easy to obtain and the process is simpler, more transparent and user-friendly for international students who have received an offer/CAS and are able to show the required funding available.
Master’s courses in the UK typically last for one year, which is shorter than many other countries. Master’s degrees are challenging but UK universities provide an environment for students to flourish, whilst developing their skills. It is no wonder that student satisfaction rates are almost at 90% for international students.
The UK is home to Premier League football, and it annually hosts the London Marathon, F1 Grand Prix, Wimbledon, and many other events. But the UK is more than just a good place to watch elite sport. For those who like participating in sport, access to facilities is affordable for students and, in many places, free.
The UK education system comprises of three levels of study – a Bachelor’s degree at undergraduate level and Master’s and Doctorate (PhD) courses at postgraduate level. Bachelor’s degrees are three years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and four years in Scotland. Master’s degrees are usually one year of full time study or two years of part time, whilst PhDs can last up to five years. There is an incredibly broad and flexible range of undergraduate study in the UK, while postgraduate students are expected to specialize and produce original research.
Most UK universities offer merit based scholarship programs and funding opportunities to international students to support their studies and cost of living. To apply, you will need to first gain acceptance to the course of study.