Why Study in The UK?
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- England, Scotland, Wales, Great Britain refer to different ‘parts of the UK. The British Isles includes many islands not even part of the UK. (England, Scotland, Wales, Great Britain, UK, British Isles.
- Popularity: UK is now the second most popular destination for international students, behind the US. QS World University Ranking says “Four of the top ten universities on the planet are in the UK”
- Value for Money: The cost of degrees for an international student in the UK can be generally lower compared to the USA and other countries. Fast – track courses: Because your degree will generally take less time to complete in the UK than in other countries, this will also save you money.
- Research: The UK undertakes 5 per cent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited papers.
- Flexibility: UK degrees can be tailored to your interests and often include specialised modules. Teaching Methodology: The teaching and study methodology used in the UK give you the freedom to be creative and develop skills sets and confidence.
- Employability: The UK is the home of English hence an ideal place to develop language skills and enhance employment prospects. Students in the UK enjoy a great lifestyle: beautiful countryside, historic sites, city life and music and culture.
- Satisfaction: Around 91 per cent of international undergraduates are happy with their experience in the UK
- IELTS Waivers: Some UK Universities also offer IELTS Waivers provided you satisfy some of the eligibility criteria such as Class X and XII English language scores and if you are a student of an English Medium School.
- The top 4 universities that are ranked in the QS world ranking are-
- University of Oxford- 4th rank
- Imperial College London- 6th rank shared with Caltech
- University college London- 8th rank
- In total there are 17 UK universities in the list of top 100 Universities in the world in 2023 by QS World rankings
- Master’s degree in the UK is completed within one year
- 75 percent satisfaction rate, according to students after completing their studies in the UK. University of Cambridge- 2nd rank
- UK is the 8th best country in Europe for graduate employment. With an employment rate of 86.7 percent.
Living in the UK
Traditions & Culture: British literature, music, cinema, art, theater, comedy, media, television, philosophy, architecture, and education are important aspects of British culture.
Food: British cuisine has traditionally been limited in its international recognition to the full breakfast, fish and chips, and Christmas dinner. British cuisine has many regional varieties within the broader categories of English, Scottish and Welsh cuisine. Each has developed its own regional or local dishes.
Safety: Even before you leave your country, even before you decide on the university you want to head to, it might be worth finding out which is a safe city to study in the UK. While travelling, be aware of your surroundings at all times, and avoid exhibiting your assets. UK is a “safe and tolerant” place to study. By taking all the precautions you can, you can ensure you enjoy a peaceful time while in the UK.
Welfare: Welfare is vital for everyone. All the college and the universities provide a selection of training days on specific aspects of student support, including the safeguarding of young students, mental health issues, special educational needs and managing student accommodation and etc.
Health: It’s important to look after your health when moving away from home for the first time. NHS (National Health Service) is just a call away for all your health (mental or physical) related issues.
Transport: Urban rail networks exist in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Leeds, and Liverpool. There are many regional and international airports, with Heathrow Airport in London being one of the busiest in the world.
Train: There’s a really efficient rail network across Britain. Anyone in full-time study qualifies for a 16-25 Railcard, which saves you a third on most journeys you make. It costs £30 a year, which should make it worthwhile, even if you only make occasional journeys.
Buses: You can get lots of discounts with your weekly, monthly or annual passes, which will save you money throughout the year.
Coaches: Coaches are a good choice for students, especially for long distance journeys
Cycling: If you can put up with the British weather, cycling can be a cheap and effective way to travel.
Driving: If you want to drive in the UK, you’ll need to first pass your driving test and get taxed and insured. Cars over three years old also need to pass an Ministry of Transport (MOT) test annually, to make sure it is still safe to drive.
Taxis: In all cities around the country, you should be able to flag down a taxi easily if you’re in a hurry.
Because Indian food is so widely available in London, for Indian people, it will be like coming home. In the UK, there are more than 8,000 Indian eateries, with London having 3,600 more than Delhi and Bombay put together. Indian cuisine generates $3 to $4 billion in income annually and employs more people than British shipping.
- One of the safest nations with the Global peace Index giving it the number- 1.667 and ranking it 34th in the world.
- Transportation– Metro (London Underground) (only for London) and the famous double decker buses are also available for daily use.
- Sports: Sports is huge in the UK with football begin the most watched sport flowed by cricket and tennis. Premier League is the most watched football league in the world and the Wimbledon is the most watched tennis open in the world.
International undergraduate and postgraduate tuition fees vary considerably, starting at around £10,000 and going up to £35,000 or more for medical degrees. At all levels, humanities and social sciences degrees tend to cost the least, while laboratory and clinical degree programs are markedly more expensive.
Combine these fees with the average cost of living in the UK, around £12,000, and the total average cost of studying in the UK comes up to at least £22,000 per year. Studying in the capital city, meanwhile, is likely to be significantly more expensive.
Under the UK immigration rules, you are legally permitted to work with the following restrictions: a maximum of 20 hours of paid or unpaid work per week during term time for degree students. Hence, you can easily take care of your living expenses
Undergraduate – The range for international undergraduate tuition is between £11,400 to £38,000. An estimated £22,200 is the average expenditure per year.
Average estimated living costs–
- Accommodation- Off Campus- GBP 408 per month, On- Campus- GBP 472 per month
- Transportation – GBP 0- 65 per month
- Food – GBP 300-400 Per month
- Other Extra Costs- GBP 200- 300
Also, add during vacations and holidays students are allowed to work 40 hours per week. The average living expense in London for Indian students is around £1,000 every month or £12,000 per year if they are living outside London, and the average expense is around £1,200 per month or roughly £14,400 per year for living expenses in inner London for international students.
Basics: As a Tier 4 (General) Student, you will be required to show the funds for 1st year’s tuition fee and living expenses.
Dependents information: Dependents can accompany if the applicant is traveling for the post- graduate course.
Immigration on Arrival: Your passport will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay.
- Completed school if you are looking for UG. Completed graduation if you are looking for PG.
- All academic transcripts
- IELTS is mandatory. Average IELTS score accepted is 6.0 nothing less than 5.5
- And most importantly an Offer letter from your desired UK university
Documents required for VISA
- Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a UK educational institution approved by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
- Valid passport or travel document.
- Recent passport-sized color photographs.
- Proof of English language proficiency, such as IELTS, PTE or TOEFL score.
- Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees and living expenses in the UK, such as bank statements, sponsorship letters, or financial aid letters.
- Tuberculosis (TB) test results, if applicable.
- Academic transcripts, diplomas, and certificates from previous educational institutions.
- Birth certificate or other proof of identity.
- Criminal record certificate from your home country, if required.
- Consent from parents or legal guardians, if you are under 18 years old.
- Additional documents, such as marriage certificates or divorce decrees, if applicable.
- Visa application fee payment receipt.
- Proof of any relevant work experience or qualifications, if applicable.
- Statement of Purpose
Student visa application fees- GBP- 363 for international students
How to Apply:
AEC Experts will help you in Documents submission, Student Visa Interview preparation, & accommodation support.
Most favoured industries for employment after graduation
- Healthcare and Social Assistance
- Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
- Retail Trade
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Finance and Insurance
- Public Administration and Defense
- Wholesale Trade
Arrival & Accommodation
Planning & Housing:
Whilst you are staying in the UK, you will have a variety of accommodation options available to you. Your choices will depend largely on whether your college or university has halls of residence, what city you are located in, and the amount of your monthly budget. Various options include Halls of Residence, Self-Catered Halls, Flats/ Houses.
Restricted items to bring to UK:
Illegal drugs, offensive weapons, e.g. flick knives, self-defence sprays, e.g. pepper spray and CS gas, endangered animal and plant species, rough diamonds, indecent and obscene materials, personal imports of meat and dairy products from most non-EU countries
Welcome week: Welcome Week is your opportunity to make friends, learn more about studying at the university and living in the country. You will be invited to attend a number of events throughout Welcome Week – some of which are optional and others compulsory.
Travel to your institution: If you are staying near the university, there is shuttle service available. Else, you may chose to travel by trains or buses.
Opening a bank account: In order to open a UK bank account, you will need two documents: one to prove your identity and one to prove your address. This applies both in branch and online. Proving your identity is simple. You just need your passport.
The UK is highly globalized which means that the job market is competitive. Major industries in the UK include:
Services: Banking, Insurance and Business Services
Other important industries include: TMetals, Chemicals, Aerospace, Shipbuilding, Motor Vehicles, Food Processing, Textiles and Clothing and Electronic and Communications equipment.
There are currently a number of shortage occupations in a variety of sectors, including:
Arts: Tartists, dancers, graphic designers and musicians;
Education: secondary school teachers (particularly maths teachers);
Engineering: electrical, mechanical and chemical engineers, civil engineers and product and process engineers;
Healthcare: nurses, medical radiographers, pediatricians;
IT: software developers and systems engineers;
Science: biological scientist and biochemists, physicists and geologists;
Social care social workers
Graduate schemes are available at many of the UK’s large and multinational companies in sectors such as:
Banking Engineering Retail Technology
In 2016 the accounting and professional services sector, and the public, engineering and industrial sectors had the most graduate vacancies. The highest graduate starting salaries were found in investment banking, law, and banking and finance.
According to The Guardian UK 300 2016/17 the most popular graduate employers include Google, Cancer Research UK, MI6, GlaxoSmithKline and Amazon.
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