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Study in the United Kingdom

The UK is one of Europe’s oldest monarchies, officially recognized as the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. England, Scotland, Wales, St. George’s Channel, and the Irish Sea between UK and Ireland make up Great Britain. Although a small island nation, England has been a world power for centuries. If we see, from its coast, people set out to travel and to explore the modern-day USA, Australia, New Zealand, etc. In addition, it used to occupy a large part of Asia and Africa in particular. After World War II, the colonial rule was terminated, and the British Queen remains the chief of many Commonwealth countries.

Britain provides one of the most exciting environments for international students with a fascinating history and an ardent cultural setting. It’s a land of cultural vitality and an incredible patrimony of centuries. The country’s colonial relation in almost every corner of the world has made the UK culture very pluralistic, offering international students the opportunity to discover the globe culturally while pursuing higher studies on a relatively small Island. Iconic people like Darwin, Newton, Bertrand Russell, Charles Babbage, Shakespeare, JK Rowling, and the Beatles have born in the UK and showed the world the power of giving. Moreover, the country is also home to the world’s richest football club – Manchester United. With endless musical brands and theatres – UK provides a fantastic variety of experiences to live and share. 

The UK has lovely scenery and picturesque rural areas, and vibrant towns deliver a mixture of rural and urban areas and experiences. Britishers are usually sporty, and the adventure and the multicultural surroundings in the cities make migrants and students feel at home. You can also enjoy various cuisines worldwide, participate in popular sports, attend concerts, engage in multiple festivals, and discover a variety of traditional flavors during your student life.

As a nation, the UK is never deceiving its aspirants, with reputed institutes to excellent research laboratories, a diverse population, and an incredible employment rate. There are other factors too that attract international students to pursue their higher studies in the UK, which includes:

Globally recognized education:

All British universities are recognized worldwide for having innovative and demanding experiences that help their students get to the extreme. Their expectations are incredibly high, and the universities are tested regularly on how well they meet current challenges. There are several countries where the UK system of higher education has been the basis of higher education standards for years.

Study the course which you can think of:

With the high-quality courses and dedication to education quality and performance, it’s been years that Oxford and Cambridge have emerged as brands. However, the UK has numerous high education institutions where the very same quality education level is possible. There are over 60,000 courses to choose from. So, choose as per your need. 

Gain the skills you need:

You need to prove yourself in the skills and qualities you have in today’s world economy to thrive. Employers want high-quality employees with specific competencies, including effective, critical, and creative thinking capabilities. And who doesn’t want people with a grip on English? And what better way than to learn English in the country of origin? To learn to live, work and think in English, immerse yourself.

While studying in the UK, you will be encouraged to read, ponder, inquire and discuss what you read and learn independently. Were you aware that British scientists and institutions have received almost 100 Nobel prizes? Very few countries can claim this degree of achievement.

Shorter duration of courses makes British education affordable:

Degrees from the UK take less time to attain than degrees in other countries. Most countries require at least four years for a bachelor’s degree and two or three years for a master’s degree. In contrast, the UK takes only three years for a bachelor’s degree and a year for a master’s degree (well, if you are in research, it could take 18 months to 2 years). With such a shorter duration of courses, you also end up spending less money overall.

A gateway to the rest of Europe:

The UK is the place to be if you want to travel to Europe. You can travel to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland in the UK alone. It allows you to learn about different backgrounds and lifestyles in each country. It is easy to travel across the UK and enjoy the views and sounds through public transport. Moreover, as a student, when you buy monthly passes, you can receive them at discounted prices for transportation.

The same roads can be used by public transport to reach the rest of Europe. You can go straight to mainland Europe in one day through the Chunnel (English Channel Tunnel). Public transportation passes allow you to travel to countries close to the UK. Only ensure that you have the correct documents to do this (passports) and take the time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the rest of Europe on weekends and long breaks.

A world-class education in a multicultural world will help you prepare for post-university life. And it helps you to appreciate Britain and Europe in a special and distinctive way.

The new graduate immigration route:

This is particularly useful for international students who wish to pursue work experience in the UK after graduation. This post-study work visa allows students to remain in the UK for up to two years and look for employment after graduation. It enables students enough time to explore various opportunities and apply for jobs after graduation, adding to their study credit in the UK.

Choose from 150,000 courses offered by institutes across England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. The courses range from STEM programs to Business Management and Humanities to several non-conventional courses. The exciting feature of these wide varieties of courses is their duration. The course duration can go from 6 months to 5 to 6 years. 

Some of the sought-after programs by the international students in the UK are Business and Administrative Studies, Engineering and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Creative Arts and Design, Biological and Life Science, Law, Computer Science.

Business and Administrative Studies:

Degree programs related to Business and Administrative Studies in the UK is the most common and job-oriented field of study. The proportion of business graduates who have found employment after graduation in the same discipline is impressive way beyond. But we must say that it is not that surprising to see such results as the UK is the home to some of the world’s most popular business schools. Students receive par excellence education and training. Though both the degree programs – bachelor’s and master’s – stay in demand for business, but most international students’ willingness to give their career an edge end with providing more applications to master’s programs.  

Engineering and Technology:

Another sector where international students move into the UK for their higher studies is engineering and technology. The area involves different fields like software, chemistry, computer science, electricity, and electronics with their value on the jobs market. Overall, we have seen students choose a Bachelor of Engineering degree more. However, many students continue to pursue postgraduate studies in this area as well.

Other than these, the below graph aptly represents the international students’ distribution across the UK among different major fields of study.

Note that the graph is prepared with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data, UK.

In the UK, the primary intake seasons are September/October and January/February. The application process varies between study programs and levels. Nevertheless, regardless of the course, Indian students need to meet a minimum English language requirement. For master’s degree programs, the typical minimum score for IELTS is 6.5. And for bachelor’s degree programs, it is 6.0.

Apart from this, we verify multiple eligibility checks and suggest a candidate the best possible route. However, we follow the following steps while crafting a roadmap to help you reach the UK for studies.

  1. After some necessary eligibility checks, our team provides the list of courses and universities best suited to your profile.
  2. We then ensure that you meet further requirements like an excellent score in IELTS. Here, we will guide you on the documents required to showcase how you will fund your studies.
  3. Write your personal statement/Statement of Purpose (SOP). This document gives you an edge and can be a key to your success when facing competitors with similar grades and backgrounds.
  4. Register and apply. When it comes to applying for an undergraduate course, it’s pretty simple in the UK. You can apply to all the UK universities and colleges from one place only – UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). At the same time, postgraduate courses have unique criteria for entry and application processes. So, we guide you at every step to register and apply.
  5. We encourage students to pay a £150 (US$210) Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) fee to receive free healthcare for a year. If you wish, you can pay this fee online.
  6. Apply for a visa. The UK government has introduced a new student visa route from October 5, 2020. Under this route, a student can apply for a visa six months before the course start date instead of three months before, to reach the UK. Now, the visa officer needs to define the reasons for rejecting the visa. However, you will still need the following:
    • Unconditional offer letter
    • Receipt of the payment of an application fee and IHS fee
    • Points to issue your CAS certificate
    • ATAS clearance certificate
  1. Visa interview. You will be invited to a visa application center for a visa interview. In the visa interview, you will be mainly asked about your university, course, and how you will support your studies. Our training will make you confident to face a visa interview. 
  2. After an interview, we start focusing on planning your journey. We help you with organizing accommodation. Book flights or other connecting transportation means like trains if needed. The good news is you can now reach the UK one month before your course begins. 
  3. Arrive in the UK. We will also guide you about what documents you should have ready for immigration. It would be best if you also collected a biometric residence permit. And then, you can move freely to the UK.

Congratulations, you have just now arrived in the UK!

Regarded as a home to some world-class institutions, modern pedagogy, different lifestyles (from urban metropolis to quiet old villages), impressive architectural structures, and culturally diverse cities – the UK is one of the most popular destinations for international students. In a line, the UK is where the old meets the modern in all life spheres. 

With tuition fees reaching £10,000 and more easily a year, and living expenses, travel, and books costs are yet to be considered, we recommend that students budget carefully and make sure the benefits of studying in the UK are worth the costs.  

Below is the approximate estimation of the tuition fees and living expenses to help you plan your finances.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for international students vary hugely primarily based on the level of the study program, courses, and university choice.

Following are the three things to take into account when pricing up your tuition fees:

  • The higher the rank of a university is, the more costly education is going to be.
  • Medical or science degrees would be considerably more expensive than lectures in the arts and humanities, as it requires costly equipment or access to laboratories. 
  • Since tuition fees are charged annually, how long does the course contribute significantly to deciding overall tuition fees. Undergraduate degree in the UK is three years, while it is of four years in the US. Likewise, most postgraduate degrees in the USA are of two years, while they typically go for a year in the UK.

The table below gives you a rough idea of what to expect in tuition fees while planning to study in the UK.

Study Program

Approximate tuition fees in GBP

Approximate tuition fees in INR

Undergraduate programs

10,000 to 18,000 / Year

9,90,000 to 17,82,000 / Year

Postgraduate programs (medical and science research)

12,000 to 30,000 / Year

11,88,000 to 29,70,000 / Year

Postgraduate programs (MBA)

Starting from 20,000 / Year

Starting from 29,70,000 / Year

Conversion Rate 1 GBP = 99 INR/- as of December 2020

Other than undergraduate and postgraduate courses, there are language courses also. No doubt, prices vary as per the choice of the institute but expect it to be around £70-100 a week for a standard 15 hours full-time course.

Living Expenses

You need to demonstrate that you have sufficient money to cover your while studying in the UK to get the Tier 4 student visa required to live and study in the UK.

So, for example, if your course is nine months or more in London, you will need at least £11,385 (considering £1,265 per month for a decent lifestyle) in your bank account to get a visa. £1,265 per month in London covers house rent, bills, food, transportation, books. 

Consider the visa application fee of £348 and an annual NHS fee of £150 for less than six months, or £300 a year if you stay for more than six months in the UK, while calculating whether the benefits of studying in the UK are worth the costs. 

Funding could help you pursue your dreams – whether it’s about keeping moving forward in your career, starting a company, or giving your community a change and opportunity. Thanks to the UK government for working well in the direction towards helping international students through funding. 

The country gives postgraduate students a great majority of scholarship prizes. Nevertheless, international undergraduate aspirants can also find numerous scholarships to turn their dreams into reality by studying in the UK. In the UK, the scholarships are categorized into three types – global scholarships, country-specific scholarships, and university scholarships. 

For detailed information regarding each type of scholarship or to know the best-fit funding opportunity for you based on your profile, contact iOverseas.