The UK is an unbelievable mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking, held together by a strong sense of identity and tradition. As an international student, you’ll find an array of exciting experiences ahead of you and will have the opportunity to invent outlandish places and meet new people. The UK institutions consistently rank among the best in the world and qualifications are internationally valued and acknowledged. The UK is the home of English hence an ideal place to develop language skills and enhance employment prospects.
Benefits of studying in the UK
The UK has a long history of welcoming international students to study in its Universities and Colleges. A UK university ensures that they uphold the high standards of teaching, learning and research set by the Government. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is the key body charged with maintaining these standards. Higher education is expensive, but you’ll be pleased to know that tuition fees are less expensive in the UK than in the US. There are hundreds of jobs and work experience opportunities for students and graduates in London. As an international student you can work for up to 20 hours a week while studying.
As a global city, London has fantastic links with blue-chip companies in all industries. The city’s universities have some of the highest graduate employment rates in the UK. Whether you return home or stay in the UK, a London degree will boost your CV and make you stand out in a crowd.
(General) Visa: This is the primary visa to remain and work in the UK after your studies. It is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD from a recognized UK university. Before you apply you must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer and be paid a salary of at least £20,800. After five years of employment, Tier 2 visa holders can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK providing they meet the salary requirements (£35,000) and other relevant eligibility criteria. Visit the UK Home Office website for further information.
Education system in the UK is divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Most international students will enter directly into the UK higher education system, after completing their home countries comparable to the UK’s “further education.”
There are over 10,000 courses on offer at universities in London, including undergraduate degrees, postgraduate taught degrees (masters) and postgraduate research degrees (PhD). Courses in the UK are generally shorter than many other countries, helping to reduce tuition fees and accommodation costs. In the UK most undergraduate degree programs take three years to finish; however, the “sandwich course” is increasing in popularity, which is four years and involves one year in the work place (normally in your third year). For graduate or masters programs they are generally shorter in length and undertaken after graduation of your undergraduate program. Some professional degrees like medicine, veterinary, law etc. have longer programs that can be as much as five years.
1. How to apply for UK courses?
Depending on your chosen type of UK study, there are several different ways to apply to UK institutions.
2. WHAT is the UK course fee for international students?
Course fees vary considerably between UK institutions. However, the average cost for undergraduate and postgraduate per year is £11000
3. CAN I work while I study in the UK?
If you have student immigration permission, and studying degree level in public funded universities you can work 20 hours per week and full time during vacation
4. ARE there any scholarships for international postgraduate students?
There are many different scholarships available for international students who want to study in the UK. You can search for scholarships at www.educationuk.org and www.prospects.ac.uk. Institutions, organizations and the British Government offer funding schemes called Chevening award and it covers course fees and the cost of UK living. For details please visit Chevening website.
5. HOW do I apply for a student visa?
There are different types of visa, depending on your age, and on the length and level of the course that you want to study. UK student visa categories are child student, child visitor, adult student, student visitor and prospective student.
6. WHEN can I apply for visa?
Generally 3 months before a course starting. Please visit the UKVI website www.gov.uk for any latest news and information on UK student visa