Often referred to as Great Britain, the United Kingdom has become a major tourism hub for millions of visitors from around the world.
The strong economy, huge thriving consumer markets, supermarket chains, shopping malls, retail outlets, fast food chains, business firms, legal firms, large number of boroughs and counties with London as the capital make UK an irresistible choice for students to study and work, besides attracting international visitors.
Students find the UK a very comfortable place to live in. You can commute with so much ease. Take your pick from London’s famous Tube or Metro, the single-deck and double-decker buses, trains and ferries that transport you from one place to another in superb comfort at very affordable prices.
The food and cuisine is truly international and students from every corner of the world find exactly what they want to eat. With a moderate temperature during a period of under two months in summer, the rest of the year is pleasant with cool winds prevailing from the Southwest over the North Atlantic. Skies are cloudy a
Every year in many countries, students continue to tick the United Kingdom as the Number One Choice for their studies. While the reasons are many and varied, it has to be seen in the special context of the traditional and historical role of UK being a pioneer in education for the whole world due to the vast influence of the erstwhile British Empire.
Thus, the United Kingdom is second leading study destination for students. Historically too, with great institutions of excellence such as Oxford and Cambridge, the UK has remained a bastion for high standards of education instilled with a sense of discipline for nurturing future leaders.
Employers the world over prefer candidates who are UK qualified. Another factor is the uniqueness of the courses that are designed to introduce many new innovative features to international students.
Studying in the UK means that students are encouraged to be independent in their thinking, bring creativity to their learning and imbibe a high sense of individuality, self-expression and reliance. For international students, the UK job market is an irresistible attraction because it offers a diversity of jobs with excellent pay scales, fringe benefits and the choice of carving out a well-planned career pathway for lifelong success. Then there is the opportunity to settle down permanently as a Citizen of the United Kingdom based on certain categories.
An island off the coast of northwestern Europe, the United Kingdom (UK) consists of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland.
Home to four of the world’s top ten universities, is the world’s second most popular choice for international students aspiring to study abroad with over 450,000 international students choosing to pursue their higher education in the UK every year.
Cost-effective tuition fees, robust scholarship and bursary options and strong infrastructure for learning and research are resulting in international enrolment in UK universities expanding by 3.6% year on year.
A country that is quick to embrace the influences of other cultures, for example one of the favourite national dishes is Indian curry, you will find a lot of diversity in the UK especially in its big cities. The British are generally friendly, polite and reserved, with a sense of humour which can sometimes be a bit sarcastic.
Whilst there isn’t much formal etiquette in the UK, being polite, punctual and greeting people with a smile will always stand you in good stead.
Revolving around simple, hearty dishes, Irish cuisine makes the most of seasonal produce especially lamb, green veg and, of course, potatoes.
Degree courses in the UK are typically shorter than in other countries, making studying in the UK more cost-effective when compared to countries such as the USA.
Undergraduates can expect to pay around £10,000 – £38,000 in tuition fees depending on what course you choose to study
For post-graduate specialisations, the tuition fee varies depending on your course:
Please bear in mind that these fees are indicative only, and are subject to both increase or decrease depending on which course you choose to study and where.
During the first year of university, you can usually expect to be offered a place in Halls of Residence or other accommodation run by the university itself. This is shared, self-catering accommodation with other students and is a great way to get to know people and make new friends.
Halls of Residence normally have shared bathrooms and kitchens, and are usually mixed sex accommodation. There is help available to find alternative student-friendly accommodation if this isn’t suitable for you.
On average, you will need around £10-12,000 per year to cover accommodation
Work and Study in the UK
A great way of challenging and expanding your language skills as well as helping you support yourself, it’s possible for international students to work whilst studying in the UK.
In general, if you are studying at degree level, you are ale to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time, and up to 40 hours during holidays.
Your bio-metric residence permit should provide information on what hours you are able to work whilst you’re studying, but you can also check you are eligible to work in the UK or speak to one of our advisors who will be happy to give you more information.
It might be a relief to know that there are hundreds of scholarships and bursaries available to international students who want to study in the UK. As well as key schemes run by the UK government, individual universities also have their own scholarships and bursaries, so it’s well worth doing your research to check whether you’re eligible to apply.
This is a global scholarship programme which is open to all international students
who meet the criteria.First established in 1983, the scheme is aimed at develop ing global leaders, you can read more about Chevening Scholarships here. Appli cations open in August for the following year.
Available for international students who are domiciled in a Commonwealth
country and want to study a Masters degree in the UK, these scholarships provide funding for tuition fees, airfare travel to and from the UK as well as other expenses.
Find out more details and what scholarships you can apply for here.
All international students, apart from Swiss nationals and those from the EU/EEA
states are likely to require a visa in order to study in the UK. UK visas are currently managed by the UK Visas and Immigration, who have a comprehensive and easy to follow website which provides all the information you need to determine whether you’ll need a visa, and which one to apply for.
Short term study visa –Valid for up to 6 months, it can be extended up to 11 months for English language courses.
Short term study visa –For students aged 4-17 who want to study at an independent school in the UK.
Tier 4 (general) student visa-For students aged 16 and over.
As visa fees are subject to change, you can check the latest updates on costs here.
Students can work up to 20 hours a week during their term time.
They may work full time during vacations.
Students can earn around £ 5 – £ 7 per hour i.e. approx £400 – £560 per month during term period.
The local newspapers, job shops as well as the Universities and Colleges career cells are places to look out for Jobs.
Students are however advised that they are not guaranteed part time employment by the University.
If you are going to the UK as a student for six months or less, you must ask the Entry Clearance Officer’s for permission to work.
Pont-based System (PBS)
PBS is a new system for managing migration of those wishing to enter the UK for work or for study.
UKBA (UK Border Agency) introduced Tier 2 of point based system whereby a student who graduates from a UK university will be able to take graduate level job in the UK with the registered companies after paying a minimum of £ 20000 a year and work for 2 years. There is possibility of later extending it for 3 year more.
The introduction of new visa for graduate entrepreneurs will allow students who have world class innovative ideas to migrate and settle down in the UK. There are approximately only 1000 places this year.