Why study abroad in UK? UK is one of the top destinations preferred by international students for higher studies next only to the USA. UK education system is well maintained and more innovative. UK degrees are more recognized and preferred across the world. UK provides friendly environment for education and also has ample job opportunities for those who want to grow. UK is 2nd place as the country which attracts hundreds of international students every year.UK universities are very old and famous in the world.
- The United Kingdom is providing quality education to the students by adoption of high quality standards of teaching and implementing innovative ideas of teaching with the help of digital technology
- Universities are providing wide range of subjects and wide variety of specializations to students. In UK all master course are available with only one year duration that is big advantage of studying a master course in UK. Alternatively, you may go for a master’s programme in combination with PhD that will save your additional year. Such shorter duration of courses aids you to reduce tuition and accommodation costs in UK
- UK is having strong research infrastructure where students can take any subjects of their choice. The fields on which you can take up research are clinical sciences, health & medical sciences, social sciences, business and humanities and many more
- There is opportunity of working while studying in UK. International students are allowed to work 20 hours in a week where they can develop valuable skills & knowledge that will be enhancement of your CV and career
- UK Allows international students to stay after the completion of their study if they have a job offer with an annual income of 20,800 pounds (Rs.18.3 lakh). Then student has to switch from students visa to work visa
- UK government and other financial institutions are providing scholarships for students. If students gain acceptance of the course of study then scholarship will be offered by many UK universities
- Studying in UK will boost your excellent language skills and you will get good job opportunities across the world
- There are more than 180 countries students are studying in UK. Where students have an opportunity to experience multicultural environment and meet new people across the world
Besides many other benefits, these were just few points to consider Why study abroad in UK?
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Great Britain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or UK or Britain, or even England, a country in northwestern Europe that comprises England, Wales, Scotland, and the province of Northern Ireland which occupies the northeastern part of the island of Ireland, and there is the country’s only land border, the one with the Republic of Ireland.
The UK is separated from Continental Europe by the English Channel. The kingdom is situated on an archipelago known as the British Isles with the main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and the surrounding island groups of the Hebrides, the Shetlands, the Orkneys, the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight. The islands are located southeast of Iceland, west of Norway and Denmark, between the North Sea in east and the North Atlantic Ocean in west. The UK shares maritime borders with Belgium, Denmark, France,
The UK was one of the 28 member states of the European Union (EU), but since a kind of populist referendum in June 2016, the UK will in a little while not anymore be a member of the EU.
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Why study abroad in UK? United Kingdom is providing highly advanced education to the students. They are using high standards of teaching methods and adoption of new technology in education system. From the last five years UK schools are spending nearly £ 1 billion on digital technology. They have adopted interactive whiteboards to tablets in schools for making classrooms more innovative. UK’s education system breaks into “key stages”. The schools which are operated by the local government authorities are free for students and other independent schools are charging some fees and they have excellent reputation for their high teaching standards in UK. Department for Education (DfE) is the central government office that is liable for education in UK.
The education system in UK is divided into four categories i.e. primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children’s in the UK have to compulsorily attend primary and secondary education until the age of 16 years. There are some similarities between India and UK like how we have central and state controlled schools India same way they have public education and state funded schools in UK.
UK’s education system breaks into “key stages”. Which as follows
- Key Stage 1: 5 to 7 years old
- Key Stage 2: 7 to 11 years old
- Key Stage 3: 11 to 14 years old
- Key Stage 4: 14 to 16 years old
In UK primary education is first step of compulsory education. It starts from age of 5 & ends with the age of 11. Along with the core subjects they are free to take other subjects like music, art and computer studies too.
After completing primary education students can join secondary education till the age of 16. Here programs are more challenging. Those who completed they will receive a certificate from General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE’s). Once students finish their GCSE’s they have the option to go further education or go into the work.
UK further education courses classified into 2 types; Acadamic and Vocational. Academic courses help you to prepare for higher education, vocational courses will give the skills required for your preferred career. You can study online or offline where they arrange wide variety of full time and part time courses along with many subjects and specialization. To provide world class education to students institutions are following high quality standards. The institutions are more innovative and encouraging entrepreneurial learning. UK further Education institutions have strong contacts with industry, confirming that what you have study is relevant to your career objectives. Education is permitted on the basis that they meet industry needs, along with these there are many courses are designed & delivered in association with industry experts and local employers.
In the UK higher education is controlled by the public universities which are categorized by their institutional autonomy. Higher education starts with a three year bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate degree contains master’s degree which are either taught or by research. There are 4 types of postgraduate degrees; Taught masters, Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Why study abroad in UK?
1. University of Cambridge
2. University of Oxford
3. University of St Andrews
4. Durham University
5. Imperial College London
6. University College London
7. University of Warwick
8. London School of Economics and Political Science
9. University of Exeter
10. Lancaster University
11. Loughborough University
12. University of Bath
13. University of Leeds
14. University of Surrey
15. University East Anglia
16. University of Birmingham
17. University of York
18. University of Sussex
19. University of Bristol
20. University of Nottingham
21. University of Southampton
22. University of Newcastle
23. University of Kent
24. University of Sheffiled
25. University of Leicester
26. Queen’s University, Belfast
27. King’s College London
28. University of Dundee
29. University of Glasgow
30. University of Essex
31. University of Reading
32. University of Manchester
33. Aston University, Birmingham
34. Royal Holloway, University of London
36. Harper Adams University
37. University of Edinburgh
38. Heriot-Watt University
39. University of Liverpool
40. Queen Mary, University of London
41. University of Buckingham
42. Keele University
43. University of Stirling
44. University of Aberdeen
45. Swansea University
46. Cardiff University
47. Coventry University
48. University of Strathclyde
49. Liverpool Hope University
50. City, University of London
51. University of Lincoln
52. Falmouth University
53. University of Creative Arts
54. Brunel University London
55. Goldsmiths, University of London
56. Aberystwyth University
57. Nottingham Trent University
58. Egde Hill University
59. University of Portsmouth
60. University of the West of England
61. Bangor University
62. Bangor University
63. Bournemouth University
64. Royal Agricutural University
65. Arts University Bournemouth
66. University of Hull
67. Northambria University
68. De Montfort University
69. University of Ulster
70. Oxford Brookes University
71. St Geoger’s, University of London
72. University of Gloucestershire
73. Manchester Metropolitan University
74. University of Winchester
75. Middlesex University
76. Bath Spa University
77. University of Bradford
78. University of Huddersfiled
79. University of Roehampton
80. Sheffiled Hallam University
81. Plymouth University
82. University of Chester
83. University of Chichester
84. University of Derby
85. University of West London
86. Abertay University
87. Liverpool John Moores University
88. Robert Gordon University
89. Nowrich University of the Arts
90. Cardiff Metropolitan University
91. University of Worcester
92. University of Hertfordshire
93. Staffordshire University
94. Birmingham City University
95. Edinburgh Napier University
96. Bishop Grosseteste University
97. Leeds Trinity University
98. University of Northampton
99. University of Salford
100. Glasgow Caledonian University
101. University of Sunderland
102. University of Central Lancashire
103. Queen Margaret University Edinburgh
104. Teesside University
105. University of Brighton
106. University of St Mark&St John, Plymouth
107. University of the West of Scotland
108. University of Greenwich
109. Anglia Ruskin University
110. University of the Arts London
111. Southampton Solent University
112. York St John University
113. Leeds Beckett University
114. Newman University, Birmingham
115. Canterbury Christ Church University
116. University of South Wales
117. St Mary’s University, Twickenham
118. University of Westminster
119. Buckinghamshire New University
120. University of Cumbria
121. London South Bank University
122. University of Bedfordshire
123. Kingston University
124. University of East London
125. University of Bolton
126. Wrexham Glyndwr University
127. University of Suffolk
128. London Metropolitan University
129. University of the Highlands and Islands
An international student who wishes to pursue his/ her degree in UK, for that a valid student visa is mandatory. For applying student visa in UK there are set of rules and standards. Along with that you have to attach required set of documents. Once the student receives an admission letter from the selected university, immediately he/she must start the applying for the visa. The student can apply for visa 3 months before commencement of the course. Sometimes your course provider may be willing to help you apply a student visa once you have been offered a place of your study.
- To study in UK, students can apply tier 4 visa that is student visa in UK. These visas are offered to 4-17 years students and who want to study in only independent schools of UK
- If any student wants to study short course in UK and he/she over 16 years old, he will be eligible for the short term study visa. That is valid only for 6 months and it can be extended for a stay of up to 11 months for English language courses.
Once a student has selected the University of his Own Choice then they must undergo for the visa approval process. The UK visa is issued based on points, 40 points should be required to study in UK. The points are based upon the valid Confirmation of Acceptance for studies from a wholly licensed Tier 4 Sponsor (30 points) and the financial statement of the income so that student must have enough money for his course and monthly living costs (10 points).
In some cases students are required to check level of English language ability by taking up an exam called Secure English Language Test (SLET) from an approved test provider. If student is not performed as per the standard required in the immigration rules then he will refuse his application or refuse his permission to enter in the UK.
Along with that you are required to provide current passport, recently photographs, all marks cards and documents, Biometric Residence Permits (BRPs) which includes scan of your finger prints, Health Surcharge that is mandatory in UK you have to pay for these 150 ponds for a year.
Why study abroad in UK? The UK is providing best education to the students. UK continues to have, by some margin, one of the strongest universities in the world. And they have second strongest university in the world after the US. They are extremely well at providing a global level quality research, in the attractiveness of their courses. The UK universities are outward looking, internationally linked and welcoming for talented students from across the world. But in case of work permit for international students it is following stringent rules and regulations.
If you are studying in UK means you have to apply a study visa that is tier 4 visa after that you are applying for work then you have to apply for other visa and follow some UKVI (UK visas and Immigration) rules. There are different work visas, they are
Tier 1 Visa:
These visas are issued for entrepreneurs, investors, and the very few people who come under the ‘exceptional talent’ visa. But these post study work visa is abolished in 2012, now they allowed students to stay back in the UK for two years after completing their course to be capable to work and earn some money before returning to their home country.
Tier 2 Visa:
This category is for trained, skilled, expert and capable workers from outside the UK with a job offer in the country. Tier 2 visa rules are very strict, they provide these visa to only these category workers who are having have minimum salary of £25,000 to £30,000 per year and for new entrant it is £20,800 as per April 2017 UK immigration rules and every year these figure changes.
Tier 3 visa:
These is a new visa category is for lower skilled workers to come to the UK to fill job shortage. These workers come for shorter period to employers help for temporary labour shortages. An example likes construction they hire workers from abroad because of local labour shortages. But unfortunately Government has so far never allocated any visas under this scheme and you cannot apply for this visa.
Tier 5 Visa:
These category visas allows graduates to gain experience for work, in the form of training schemes or paid internships, provided they are paid the national minimum wage as per government of UK. Every year many young people come to work in UK on working holidays.
International students can do part time job in while pursuing their education in UK. These part time jobs can help students in meeting up living expenses to some extent as well as real time working experience can be obtained. Students studying in Australia are allowed to work 20 hours/week and full time during the holidays, students under the age of 18 are allowed to work only 10 hours/week. To get into these kinds of part time jobs, a student must have a valid student visa.
If your study is at lower level, and you want to study at further education in college or institution which is not listed, then you will not be allowed to work during your studies. There are hundreds of jobs and real time work experience opportunities for students in UK. To work & study in UK you must have National Insurance Number which it is mandatory, for that you can apply for the National Insurance Number to the UK government. For International students from outside the UK have to under to longer process to get National Insurance Number than UK Students. They will ask complete application form, copies of documents such as passport and relevant visa, and some cases, students are required to attend an interview also. Normally National Insurance Numbers are allocated centrally and given to the qualified students.
A student can work in Information Technology, Healthcare, medical & nursing, Accountancy & finance, Construction & property, Engineering and so on. Apart from these, students get a chance to do their internships which could be either be paid or unpaid. Through these internship programs students get exposure in a real time work environment.
The employer has to pay at least the minimum wages for work done. From 1st Oct 2016 the national minimum wage rate is £7.20 per hour for anyone aged 25 or over, £6.95 per hour for anyone aged 21-24, £5.55 per hour for anyone aged 18-20 and £4 per hour for anyone under 18 (the rate changes each October).
Now a day’s more number of International students is moving to UK for pursuing their studies. The UK Universities maintains a good quality of education and the UK degrees are globally accepted. But now foreign students are not allowed to stay after completion of their study they will be forced to send back to their home country. As per changes in April 2017 UK Visa and Immigration rules Stay back in UK is not so easy they are very strict & stringent.
In UK there is no stay back period after their study. Student has to build a good communication channel with other students and employers to find a good job. While studying if a student gets a job offer of £20,800 per year then only students are allowed to stay back in UK. And he should not be a:
- Self employed
- A Professional entertainer or sports person
- A doctor in training
- A student can’t take a permanent vacancy
There are many questions associated with: Why study abroad in UK? Below are some frequently asked questions :-
- What is the cost for pursuing higher education in UK?
In UK cost of higher education is depends on number of different factors such as tuition fees of universities, location of the school, the type of course you plan to join, the length of course, etc….
- Are IELTS / TOEFL/ SLET exams mandatory for seeking admission into an UK university?
Yes, it is mandatory to write the IELTS/ TOEFL/ SLET English proficiency testing exams for pursuing admission into any UK University
- Do I need a student visa to study in UK?
Yes, for studying in UK student visa is compulsory i.e Tier 4 visa from UK government
- How long does UK Master’s degree take?
In UK, most of the master degree programmes run for One year full time and two years part time. Here the master degree is taught for only one year that is big advantage of studying in UK that is for full time only
- Will I be allowed to work while studying in UK?
A. Yes, UK students are allowed to work 20hrs/ week while studying and full time on vacations
- How can I change my program of study after arriving to UK?
A. A student needs to take a permission from the university and UK Immigration office for changing their study program
- Can a student extend their study visa after completion of their education in UK?
A. Yes, students can extend their ‘student visa’, if they have completed their studies within the expected duration
- What is the duration for visa application processing?
A. The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course, usually you will get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks
- Visa processing fees?
A. It costs around £335 to apply for this visa from outside the UK
- Are scholarships available for international students while studying in UK?
A. Yes, usually scholarships are offered for graduates and postgraduate studies in UK. They are government funded UK scholarships, Non-government UK scholarships and University-specific UK scholarships
- What are the entry criteria for studies in UK?
A. Copy of passport and visa, academic transcripts, certificate of graduation, personal statements, curriculum vitae, English language requirement, student health cover
- What is the cost of living for international students in UK ?
A. The estimated cost of living per month for international students is comes around £655 to £1,340
- Where will I live during my studies?
A. Being a student, you can find accommodation at student residences, shared accommodation, an apartment, in the university or you can go for private residences which are costly
- Is there application fees for applying to universities?
A. Yes, the average application fee for each university in the UK is £75 to £100
- How do I apply to universities in UK?
A. Each university has their own deadlines and requirements. Based on these constraints you need to apply as early as possible
- What are the different types of graduate degrees?
A student can either choose a Masters which is a one-year full time degree or Doctorate which is a three to four -year program certifying the student as a trained research scholar or a Professor