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The education system of the UK has a high degree of sophistication, a matchless charm, and above all, educational quality that’s backed by centuries of tradition. In addition to the hallowed Oxford and Cambridge, UK has a large number of other universities which rank among the best in the world and offer a wide range of courses. Famous for its language, history, culture and innovation, it is the ideal place to develop the language skills. UK, with the most flexible education system provides a multicultural ambiance with a society that holds a reputation for tolerance and welcoming diversity.
*Those applying for a Tier 4 student visa and coming to the UK for 6 months or longer will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application fee. The immigration health surcharge will entitle Tier 4 students to access NHS care in the UK free of charge in the same way as a permanent UK resident.
British Education has long attracted and welcomed high caliber students of different nationalities and backgrounds, and today builds on hundreds of years of experience in providing quality education to international students. To ensure that the quality is maintained, Britain has implemented unrivalled quality assurance and academic audit systems. The university departments are obliged to meet stringent standards by professional bodies. Standards are high not just in teaching but in other facilities as well: Libraries, computers, research equipment and living accommodation.
One major advantage of UK education is its one-year Master’s Degree for almost all courses saving you considerable time and money. Also, unlike those in other countries, most UK universities recognize the Indian education system of 3 years graduation.
British higher education provides value for money by offering shorter, more intensive courses than are available in many other countries, thereby reducing living expenses and time spent away from home. Closely supervised study in an intellectually and culturally stimulating environment, together with an emphasis on student welfare and close contact between staff and students also ensures that individual students get maximum support and, as a result, pass rates are high and the drop-out rate for international students is very low.
Undergraduate (Bachelor’s Level)
British students undergo thirteen years of pre-university education as compared to twelve years in India. Outstanding marks from one of the two Central Boards (CBSE or ICSE) or their equivalent, or the first year of an Indian degree program are therefore usually required for direct entry into an undergraduate program in the UK. For those who do not, as yet, have these qualifications, there is a range of access or foundation courses available. Foundation courses range from four months to a year. A full-time bachelor’s degree normally takes three years to complete (four in some cases). Part-time options are also available at some universities and colleges.
For Entry into Oxford, Cambridge and London University, ‘A’ level results are required. This in Indian context would mean one year in a college after 12 years of education.
Most UK universities accept the Indian graduation system of three years for entry into most postgraduate courses. An Indian bachelor’s degree like B.A., B.Com. or B.Sc. is equivalent to a British Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree. However, some courses and universities may require a qualification equivalent to British Bachelor (Honours) Degree, which requires 16 years of formal education, which would mean another year after graduation or a four year degree course like B.E., B.Tech or other such courses.For most Universities, a good first degree from a leading university in India or its equivalent is essential.
The major intake offered in the UK by all universities in September/ October, however few universities also offer intakes in Jan / Feb.
Forms should be ideally submitted before 15th December of the preceding year. Students can start applying even if they have not received their final results. However, even after 15th December, applications can still be processed until 30th June. After that.
For international students, universities set their own fees and they vary by subject and by institution. The approximate
High Schools: £7,000 - £7,500 per year
Undergraduate (Art): £10,000 - £14,000 per year
Undergraduate (Science): £12,000 - £15,000 per year
Postgraduate (Art): £10,000 - £15,000 per year
Postgraduate (Science): £12,000 - £15,000 per year
(Programs at some top UK business schools can cost up to £40,000 per year).
For visa purposes, international students undertaking study in London must budget £1,265 (~US$1,550) for each month of stay, while those who study outside of London will have to show £1,015 (~US$1,250) per month in order to prove they can cover the cost of living in the UK.
London £7,500 per year
Other city in UK £7,000 per year
Scotland £5,500 per year
North Ireland £5,000 per year
Wales £5,000 per year
Accommodation or rent: £160 to £350 per month
Heat and light (if not included): £20 to £40 per month
Food (if not included) £110 to £135 per month
UK scholarships are more widely available at postgraduate level, with relatively few offered for undergraduate students.
The most common visa for international students entering the UK is the Tier 4 Student Visa. This is a points-based system. As a Tier 4 (General) student, you must have 40 points to qualify.
All visa applications to the UK should be submitted through the UK Visas and Immigration or one of its commercial partners.
For updated information please visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/student-visas
While studying in the UK, one will have opportunities to develop important workplace skills and ability to think independently, which significantly increases the chances of employment.
Student Working Regulation
Students studying at UK institutions may take part-time or vacation work without needing to obtain permission from the local job centre. The conditions covering the hours and type of work they may do are:
Subject to meeting the relevant criteria, students who have successfully completed a recognized degree course may be able to switch to work permit employment in the UK after completing their studies. You can find more information about the current position if you may visit the mentioned website.
Special provisions have always applied to doctors, dentists and nurses and these will continue.
A. The basic steps for applying are:
1. Choosing your required program
2. Identifying universities
3. Taking various required tests like IELTS, TOEFL etc.
4. Arranging and preparing essays and recommendation letters
5. Completing and sending application forms along with required documents
6. Applying for VISA after obtaining unconditional offer from the universities
A. Student visas can be obtained from the offices of the British High Commission in Delhi and the British Deputy High Commissions in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Students need to prove that they have an unconditional offer on a full-time course, proof of accommodation, sufficient funds to cover the entire cost of studying and living in Britain and that they intend to return home oncompletion of their course. Documents that are required for a student visa:
1. Completed visa application form.
2. Valid passport (in original)
3. Visa Fee (non- refundable)
4. Letter of unconditional acceptance from a UK institution for a full-time course
5. Proof of funding (bank statement, details of securities held, chartered accountant's certification, Income Tax clearance, letter from sponsor, etc.)
6. Attested copies of education certificates and English language test (IELTS) score sheet (if applicable)
7. Proof of accommodation in the UK
A. Many schools, colleges and universities send a representative to meet new students at the nearest railway station and provide transport to the campus. Institutions also stage orientation programs just before term starts to help new international students get familiar.
A. Most students on courses of more than 6 months will be given a passport stamp that allows them to work part-time during the term (up to 20 hours a week) and any number of hours during the vacations.