STUDY IN UK
The British education system is highly regarded and respected around the world. A qualification received by a British Institution can therefore be seen as an asset. There are an abundance of schools that specialize in teaching English with a variety of qualifications available such as the IELTS or Cambridge certificate, both are important for admission to University.
Why Study In The United Kingdom?
Modern Learning Environment
- Employers want employees who can think effectively, creatively and independently.
- UK institutions use a variety of teaching and assessment methods to encourage independence, as well as mastery of the subject.
- Students are expected to use the information they are given to stimulate their original thinking.
Quality of Education
- The education system provides facilities such as international students societies, planned social activities, academic support, and academic counsellors. UK has one of the lowest 'drop out rates.
- Its quality is unrivaled throughout the world.
- Encourages relevant skills that are marketable and sought by today's top companies
- Realisation of earning potentials sooner.
- Numerous scholarships and bursaries offered by UK institutions.
- Almost free health care by National Health Service.
- Student discount facilities provided free through National Union of Students membership for all students.
- Vast choice of institutions, academics and subjects.
- Flexible programs.
- Diverse, stable social environment
- Cosmopolitan place to live.
- Home to numerous ethnic groups and nationalities from around the world.
- Tolerant, stable society where students learn about diverse range of people.
Shorter Duration Programs
- Compared to other educational destinations shorter duration programs
- Undergraduate - 3 years, Postgraduate - 1 year.
Education System In United Kingdom
UK’s education system is the most followed and popular structure for education around the world. Almost, every country in the world follows the system. Indian education system is also based on the same parameters.
Education system in UK is managed by the Department of Education and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. Full time education for the students from age 5-16 is compulsory in the country. Higher education in UK begins at undergraduate level till PhD level. Universities in UK are required to have a Royal Charter issued by the government in order to issue a degree. The levels of education in UK are explained below:Undergraduate Level
An undergraduate programme in UK will complete in 3 years. However, many institutes in UK are offering ‘Sandwich course’ of 4 years which also involves working during your term of course. In Scotland undergraduate courses are of 4 years.Graduate level
The duration for graduate course is usually of 2 years providing Masters Degree. However, in case of courses like medicine, veterinary, law etc the duration can be longer. UK also provides education up to doctoral level which may take 3 years to accomplish.Eligibility to apply to universities in UK
If you want to study in the UK, you will need to fill out a University and College Admission Service (UCAS) form, which is the British admission service for students applying to different universities and colleges. However, if you are interested in a part-time course you will need to contact the university individually to find out how to apply.
So begin with first checking if you are eligible at all or not. If you are, then you need to follow this procedure:
- Fill out your UCAS form, entering the educational institutions you have chosen in the order they appear in the UCAS directory and not in your order of preference. You will not have to declare your preference until you have received offers from the institutions you apply to.
- On receipt of your form, UCAS will send copies of your completed application to the educational institutions to which you have applied. The institutions will review your application and inform UCAS whether they wish to offer you a place.
- If you have already achieved the qualifications required by the institution, your place will be 'unconditional'. If you have yet to achieve the entrance qualifications for your chosen course, any offer will be made on condition of you achieving specific grades in your qualifying examinations.
- UCAS will contact you to ask which offer you wish to accept. You will be asked to make a first choice (firm acceptance) and second choice (insurance acceptance). You will be expected to keep to the decision you make, so think carefully about which educational institutions to put as your first and second choices.
- Your reply should be sent to UCAS who will send it on to the educational institutions concerned. You should not send replies directly to colleges or universities.
- When you receive your examination results, you must send copies to the educational institutions you have chosen.
- If you achieve the conditions of your offer, your place will become unconditional. If the university or college of your first choice confirms your acceptance, your insurance offer is automatically cancelled. Once you receive a confirmed offer, you must confirm whether you accept or reject this place immediately, by returning the slip enclosed to the university or college.
- If you do not achieve the conditions of your offer, you should still send a copy of your examination results to your first and second choices, as they may still wish to offer you an educational place through UCAS. UCAS will inform you of the final decision of the college of university.
- Do not despair if you miss the grades for the course of your first choice; you may still find a place on a similar course at another college or university through the 'clearing process'.
Job prospects in UK
UK is popular among students as one of the prominent choices to complete their higher education. The country has always pulled in crowd. Indians are settled in UK in huge numbers and the number is growing every year. Studying in UK at various levelsoffer fantastic value for money and the sort of experience you can't put a price on: fully-stocked libraries, state-of-the art laboratories, state of the art computer facilities and extensive research resources that will make a huge difference in your learning process.
Relevance of Degree from UK in India
UK qualifications are respected and valued all over the world. They'll give you an edge when you're competing for a job, proving to employers that you're capable of independent thought, research and self-discipline. However, it is advisable to check the validity of any degree.
Application Process and Deadlines in the UKIntake:
- The main intake offered by all UK Universities is September / October.
- Several UK Universities also offer January / February start
Best time to apply to UK Universities:
- One should generally apply at least 8 months in advance to the semester start. Ideally, we recommend that you apply in November of the previous year.
- The UCAS deadline for undergraduate applications is 15th January except if one is applying to University of Oxford and Cambridge University for which the deadline to apply is 15th October
English Language Proficiency
UK Universities require students to take one of the UKBA approved English language test for eg. IELTS or TOEFL or Pearson (PTE) Academic. One does NOT need to have appeared for one of these tests before making the applications to UK Universities. These could be updated later. However, these tests are valid for a period of 2 years and sooner a student applies for it, it is better.Undergraduate Applications
- Applications for Bachelors degree courses are made through the Universities Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) that is a centralised application system.
- Students can apply to a maximum of 5 institutions/courses only.
- 15 October for medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses and all courses at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
- 15 January for all other courses except certain art and design courses that have a 24 March deadline.
- 30 June is the final deadline for international students and after this all applications go into Clearing.
- There is no single centralised system for postgraduate applications and students have to make applications individually to each institution.
- Deadlines vary from course to course and institution to institution. Our counselling staff can help you with identifying these deadlines.
Education Costs in UK
Total cost of study in the UK = Tuition Fees + Living Expenses (Accommodation, Food, Travel, Books, Clothing, Etc.)Tuition Fees:
Could range between £ 5,500 to £ 16,500+ per year depending upon the type of course and the Institution of choice. However, consider this as a general guideline for tuition costs
- Business Courses: £ 5000 to £ 12000 Rs 3.5 to 8.4 lacs
- Engineering and Science Courses: £ 6500 to £ 12000 Rs 4.5 to 8.4 lacs
- Masters in Business Administration: £ 6500 to £ 16500 Rs 4.5 to 11.5 lacs
Recovery of Expenses can be done during your post study work (PSW)
Unless you buy a Mercedes, your living costs must be:
- In/Around London (incl. South East England): £ 7500 to £ 9000 Rs 5.2 to 6.3 lacs
- Rest of the UK: £ 5500 to £ 6000 Rs 3.8 to 4.2 lacs
Recovery of expenses can be done even during your course, as you are allowed to work for 20 hrs. per week, during course and full-time (generally 40 hrs. per week) during holidays… Do not panic if you can't – you must only work up to these legitimate limits
HGG Wise Investment:
Really speaking, most students would spend between Rs 8 to 14 lacs for a year for studying and living in the UK. However, we can provide options for specific budgets. We ain't joking! It's simple (through study levels):
- Bachelors: £ 5000 to £ 8000 per year
- Masters (M.Arts/M.Science): £ 7500 to £ 12000 per year
- Masters in Business Administration: £ 6500 to £ 13000 per year
- Internship programmes: £ 5000 app. per year
Some MBAs exceed £ 20000, but in most cases these will require more than 3 years of work experience (post your graduation) and may require a GMAT score
Tests Required for Studying in UK
Students wishing to study in the UK may need to appear for at least one examination if not more. English language proficiency test is a must if a student wishes to study in the UK. These could be IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or more. Students must take only one of these tests and not all.IELTS:
- IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System
- Students must take the academic IELTS test and not the General IELTS test
- IELTS includes four components: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking
- IELTS test dates are available round the year, for up to twice or sometimes thrice each month. Students must register at least 10 days in advance to the test date
- IELTS is out of 9.0 band score
- IELTS score is available in 13 working days in general
- TOEFL stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language
- TOEFL iBT test measures your ability to use and understand English and evaluates how well you combine your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks
- TOEFL test dates are available round the year and registration closes 7 days before the test date
- TOEFL (iBT) in India is an internet based test
- TOEFL iBT is out of 120
- TOEFL score is available within 2 weeks from the test date in general
Pearson (PTE) Academic:
- PTE Academic is a computer-based test which assesses the Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing abilities
- PTE test dates are available round the year
- Students can book for PTE test within 3 days of the test date
- PTE score is available in 5 working days in general
GMAT or GRE:
GMAT and / or GRE is not required for studying in the UK except for specific University Institutions and / or specific programmes. For eg. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) will require students to take a GRE or a GMAT for most of their programmes. Similarly, based on specific courses, you may have to take the GMAT or GRE. Some AMBA accredited MBA programmes or specific UK Masters level courses like London Business School (LBS) MBA, Imperial College Business School MBA, Cranfield University MBA, CASS Business School's M.Sc in Management and so on. Feel free to connect with us and we can guide whether or not you are eligible to apply for such Institutions or courses which require a GMAT or a GRE
UK Visa and Immigration
Unless you are from the European Union, you will need a Visa to enter UK. If you are going to UK to study a full time course, then you need a Tier 4 Student Visa. If your course does not exceed 6 months, then you will need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa. Depending on the nature of your course, you will get either a short term single entry and short term multiple visas (if your course is less than 6 months) and long term multiple visas (if your course is more than 6 months)
Documents to be submitted:
- Visa Application form (VAF1 - Non-settlement) - fully completed and signed by applicant
- Appropriate Visa fee for multiple entry
- Passport valid for at least 6 months, with available 'visa' pages for stamping (additional pages are not acceptable).
- If available, the student's old passport
- Study Overseas Ltd (UK) reference letter & copy of signed Declaration Form – for Study Overseas Ltd (UK) students
- Receipt for any deposit or prepayment of tuition fees paid to the University – if applicable
- Evidence of current studies or current employment. If neither, evidence of current status
- All educational certificates after/from schooling till date
- Evidence of English Language qualifications
- Sponsors are normally parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters or relatives. From sponsors, a letter of sponsorship, photocopies of their passports showing their immigration status (if sponsor is outside student's country of origin), evidence of their financial status and available accommodation in the UK (if sponsoring for accommodation)
- Valid original acceptance letter from school/college in the UK stating
- Cost of course fees and receipt for any fees paid
- Details of accommodation and how much it costs
- The start date and duration of the proposed course
- Evidence of ability to pay for course:
- Original bank statements/passbooks covering at least 6 months or FD (copies to be submitted)
- The sponsor's Income Tax returns for 3 years and salary certificates.
- Deeds of any property or land owned in the student's country of origin.
- Chartered accountant's report
Note for students in India and Pakistan: It is strongly recommended that sponsors, other than parents, living outside of India or Pakistan prepay your University tuition fees and keep the receipt of the payment before you apply for your visa. This proves that the sponsor is genuine.
Sponsorship from individuals who are not close family members of the student will have to be supported by very strong evidence on why they wish to spend a large amount of money on your education and other related expenditures.
Students enrolled on a course for more than 6 months may be required to undergo a medical examination before leaving for UK. This may vary depending on the country you are living in.
Note for students: Medicals are not currently required as part of the Visa application process.
Employment in UKPart time employment in the UK
Students can work up to 20 hours a week during term time and full time (generally 40 hours) during vacations. Do not cross the limits of working and ensure you pay attention to your studies and attend your classes regularly
Students can earn around £5 to £7 per hour i.e. approx £400 - £560 per month (Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 42,000) during termStudents can work full time during vacations
Students could look out for part-time jobs by looking in the local newspapers and job shops as well as the Universities and Colleges career cells where information is available about vacancies. However, please note that students 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 for permission to work Employment in UK under Tier 2 (General)
Students who have a job offer from an employer who is in the Home Office register of sponsors (licensed under points based system) and an annual salary and allowance offer of £20,300 can apply for the Tier 2 visa category to remain in the UK to be employed full-time.
There are points available for several attributes like for English language ability, maintenance funds, job offer. Complete information is available on the Home Office website:http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier2/general/eligibility/
Courses to study in UK
- Engineering & Technology
- MBA & Management
- Medicine & Health Care
- Aviation, Travel & Hospitality
- Computer Science & IT
- Media, Films & Journalism
- Science & Maths
- Law, Politics & Humanities
- Fashion Designing
- Professional & Vocational
- Literature & Languages
Colleges in UK for all Programs
This is a list of Universities in the United Kingdom (alphabetical by substantive name). Below that are lists of university colleges and colleges of higher education
Colleges in the UK
- Aberystwyth University
- American InterContinental University
- Anglia Polytechnic University
- Arts Institute at Bournemouth
- Aston University
- Bangor University
- Bath Spa University College
- Birkbeck, University of London
- Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies
- Birmingham School of Acting
- Bishop Grosseteste College
- Bournemouth University
- BPP Professional University
- Bretton Hall
- British College of Osteopathic Medicine
- British School of Osteopathy
- Brunel University
- Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College
- Canterbury Christ Church University
- Cardiff Metropolitan University (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) (UWIC)
- Cardiff University
- Cavendish College
- Central School of Speech and Drama
- Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations
- City University (incl. CASS Business School)
- College of St Mark and St John
- Cornwall College
- Courtauld Institute of Art
- Coventry University
- Cranfield University
- Cranfield University at Silsoe
- Cumbria Institute of the Arts
- Dartington College of Arts
- De Montfort University
- Edge Hill College of Higher Education
- Edinburgh College of Art
- European School of Osteopathy
- Falmouth College of Arts
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Goldsmiths College University of London
- Harper Adams University College
- Henley Management College
- Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh and Scottish Borders
- Heythrop College
- Holborn College
- Hove College, Brighton (British Study Centres)
- Imperial College London
- Institute for System Level Integration (ISLI)
- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
- Institute of Classical Studies
- Institute of Commonwealth Studies
- Institute of Education - Institute of English Studies
- Institute of Germanic Studies
- Institute of Historical Research
- Institute of Latin American Studies
- Institute of Romance Studies
- Institute of United States Studies
- Keele University
- King's College London
- Kingston University
- Lancaster University
- Leeds Metropolitan University
- Liverpool Hope University College
- Liverpool John Moores University
- London Business School
- London Metropolitan University
- London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- London South Bank University
- Loughborough University
- Manchester Business School
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Middlesex University
- Napier University
- Newcastle College
- Newman College of Higher Education
- North East Wales Institute
- Northern School of Contemporary Dance
- Northumbria University
- Norwich School of Art and Design
- Nottingham Trent University
- Open University
- Oxford Brookes University
- Oxford Media and Business School (British Study Centres)
- Perth College, Scotland
- Queen Margaret University College
- Queen Mary, University of London
- Queen's University Belfast
- Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
- Richmond - The American International University in London
- Robert Gordon University
- Roehampton University
- Rose Bruford College
- Royal Academy of Music
- Royal Agricultural College
- Royal College of Art
- Royal College of Music
- Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Institute
- Royal Holloway, University of London
- Royal Northern College of Music
- Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
- Royal Veterinary College
- Royal Veterinary College (subcampus)
- Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
- School of Advanced Study
- School of Oriental and African Studies
- School of Pharmacy
- Scottish Agricultural College
- Sheffield Hallam University
- South Lanarkshire College
- South Thames College, London
- Southampton Institute
- St George's Hospital Medical School
- St Martin's College
- St Mary's College
- St Mary's University College
- Staffordshire University
- Stranmillis University College
- Swansea Institute of Higher Education
- Swansea University
- Thames Valley University
- The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
- The Glasgow School of Art
- The Institute of Cancer Research
- The Royal Military College of Science
- The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
- The University of Birmingham
- Trinity and All Saints
- Trinity College
- Trinity College of Music
- UCL (University College London)
- UHI Millennium Institute
- University College Chichester
- University College for the Creative Arts
- University College Northampton
- University College Winchester
- University College Worcester
- University Marine Biological Station, Millport
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Abertay Dundee
- University of Bath
- University of Bolton
- University of Bradford
- University of Brighton
- University of Bristol
- University of Buckingham
- University of Cambridge
- University of Central England in Birmingham
- University of Central Lancashire
- University of Chester
- University of Derby
- University of Dundee
- University of Durham
- University of East Anglia
- University of East London
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Essex
- University of Exeter
- University of Exeter in Cornwall
- University of Glamorgan
- University of Glasgow
- University of Gloucestershire
- University of Greenwich
- University of Hertfordshire
- University of Huddersfield
- University of Hull
- University of Hull Scarborough Campus
- University of Kent
- University of Kent at Medway
- University of Leeds
- University of Leicester
- University of Lincoln
- University of Lincoln (Hull)
- University of Liverpool
- University of London
- University of Luton
- University of Manchester
- University of Newcastle upon Tyne
- University of Nottingham
- University of Oxford
- University of Paisley
- University of Plymouth
- University of Portsmouth
- University of Reading
- University of Salford
- University of Sheffield
- University of Southampton
- University of St Andrews
- University of Stirling
- University of Strathclyde
- University of Sunderland
- University of Surrey
- University of Sussex
- University of Teesside
- University of the Arts London
- University of the West of England, Bristol
- University of Ulster
- University of Wales
- University of Wales, Lampeter
- University of Wales, Newport
- University of Warwick
- University of Westminster
- University of Wolverhampton
- University of York
- Wakefield College
- Warburg Institute
- West London College (British Study Centres)
- Wimbledon School of Art
- Writtle College
- Yale College, Scotland
- York St John University