The United Kingdom is a nation filled with the world’s oldest universities having great international reputation. These universities were formed back in the 12th and 13th centuries. The richness of these universities in UK has created a benchmark for other study abroad destinations like, USA, Australia, etc by providing excellent education in all the subject fields.The academic standards and 2 years of stay back option in UK, is what attracts thousands of students to pursue education in UK. Out of the world’s top 100 universities, 18 of them are UK universities.The UK will give you what you desire in terms of best universities, latest technology-based teaching methods, brilliant lecturers having high experience in their core subjects and maximum time to search for a job after studies as well.
Studying in the UK gives the international students degrees of global recognition and the knowledge gained is of utmost value. Based on the student’s subject and study module there is an option to customize the entire course and modify the whole module. A huge range of top-notch high-ranking universities offers 50,000+ courses from not less than 25 subject streams.
Generally, the students aspiring to study abroad face a huge cultural shock while studying in different countries as the expectations are not met. But that is not the case with the UK. Being an English-speaking nation adapting to the country’s culture and living is not a problem for an outsider. The extensive diversity in the cultures, languages, and foods of fellow students makes studying in UK an opportunity to meet new people and learn different languages
The UK follows a world recognised and acclaimed education system in all the 160 education centers (universities, institutions, colleges). The course length in UK is comparatively shorter than the other countries like the USA or Australia. A general 2 years master’s course elsewhere is offered for 1 year in UK. This is beneficial for students as the cost of education reduces and also the student will graduate faster than the others. With all this the quality is not at all compromised as the heritage of old universities and the legacy of quality teaching is being carried forward.
The UK allows the international students to have a smooth transition from student life to corporate life with the post-study work visa norms. The new Point-based Immigration System aims to provide benefits for STEM and professional graduates in terms of work permits and permanent residency.
For international students, ‘Indefinite Leave to Stay (ILR) Visa’ is a securing target for permanent residency. A person can avail ILR post completion of 5 years stay in UK having a stable income with full-time job, decent moral conduct without any criminal record. Post 5 years of ILR one can become a UK citizen.
Lifestyle and the place of living are the prime factors which determine the cost of living in UK. According to the UK Visa and Immigration, a student will need a budget of £1,265 per month to study in London; whereas a minimum amount of £1,015 per month other than London. The weekly accommodation rents are £150 while weekly £104 approximately for living costs. Social habits, place of living, food habits influence the cost of living and housing.
10,000 GBP to 22,000 GBP per annum is the UK tuition fees for international students tentatively. Considering living costs of 10,000 GBP to 12000 GBP per annum, total education and living expenses in UK are 20,000 GBP to 30,000 GBP. These figures change with various factors.
UK offers a huge range of scholarships to international students by the universities, the government itself and other private entities. The student can apply for these scholarships based on the need of the scholarship and student’s merit. The universities in UK also offer financial aid and tuition or application fee waivers to reduce the financial burden of the students. These scholarships cover the entire living, education (tution), travel and many other expenses.
SOURCES OF FINANCE
The funds to study in UK can be managed by student’s Self Funded Parents; Fixed Deposits and Savings Funds or from Education Loans from nationalized or private sector banks which are readily sanctioned if requirements are fulfilled.
APPLICATION & VISA PROCESS
Tier 4 (General) Student Visa has to be applied to study in UK. The nation has introduced a new Point Based Immigration System, mainly for skilled workers from all over the world in the wake of the UK’s new policy of treating both EU and non-EU students equally.
WHAT IS A WINNING APPLICATION
An application plays an important role apart from the education scores. A winning application is a combination of the two – good score and good application. To enhance the application, students will have to research about the applying universities and prepare for the application questions thoroughly.
A decent standard of written and spoken English needs to be proved being an international student to support the application. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must be taken by the students to demonstrate English language skills. This is the prime English language requirement to process the application. Based on the applied university and study programme the language requirements vary. In order to avail Tier 4 Visa, the major requirement is to apply and satisfy the expected score in IELTS Exam.
University Foundation: IELTS 4.5 (4.0+ in all skills)
Bachelor’s Degree: IELTS 6.5 (6.0+ in all skills)
Pre-Master’s: IELTS 5.0 (5.0+ in all skills)
Master’s Degree: IELTS 6.5 (6.0+ in all skills)
Required qualifications and grades, expected entrance tests and language proficiency test along with ID documents, experience and references letters and any additional entry requirement asked during the Credibility interview sums up the entry requirements for studying in UK.
Compared to the other countries, the UK employment opportunity rate is high. As indicated by the QS Graduate Employability Ranking, scores secured by Universities in UK are much impressive.