UK is a fabulous place to live with vibrant culture and rich history. Britain education institution holds a long history of welcoming huge international students every year. UK stands second next to USA in attracting the international students. UK universities are known globally for its academic excellence. It offers you a high quality of education. The UK is home to more than 30 universities in the international top 200 (Times Higher Education Guide 2013), of which UEA is one. In 2008, there were around 1.8 million full-time undergraduate students in higher education, of which over 100,00 were international students. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) assesses the teaching quality of a university/colleges and its general facilities. Research standards are examined by the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), which publishes its findings every five years. Britain education offers you a broad range of courses. You can search over 50,000 courses on website to choose a right one for you. English is recognized as a world’s business language. By studying in UK you will have the opportunity to experience English with UK context. As UK always welcome migrants, visitors and international students, it is also a great opportunity to speak different languages and hear other languages spoken, and learn about other cultures and nationalities. Courses in UK are generally shorter than many other countries, helping to reduce tuition fees. So apart from quality education, there are plenty of reasons to choose UK for your higher studies.
Students select UK as their choice of further education for many reasons including:
The UK offers some of the best looking scenes in the world. Its take just two hours to reach Europe by flight and the flight is so cheap within the Europe. So visiting the entire continent is simple and enjoyable. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland offer a unique and rich history. The UK’s vibrant capital cities are London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. All these capital cities are very modern.
Weather in the UK is usually very mild, with warm summers and cool winters, it is also extremely unpredictable. It can be sunny and warm one day, and cold and rainy the next. It experiences four seasons which are summer, winter, autumn, spring. Depending in the season temperature varies, but usually it doesn’t go beyond 32º C and rarely goes below -5ºC. during summer it gets dark by 10pm whereas during winter it gets by 4pm itself. The coldest months in the UK are December to February, and the warmest are usually July and August.
The United Kingdom does not have a constitutionally defined official language. English is the main language (being spoken monolingually by more than 70% of the UK population) and is thus the de facto official language. Other native languages include Welsh, Irish, Ulster Scots, Cornish, Gaelic and British Sign Language. Immigrants from various parts of the world brought so many foreign languages.
The UK is full of many different cultures and people, another reason why international students are interested in coming to study here. With big cities, rural towns and villages, modern and historical architecture, the UK is a diverse and exciting place to explore. People say, with time and exposure/ influence of the rest of the world, even the British are becoming less English!
If you walk down a street in Britain, especially in the bigger cities you will usually see people with different hair, skin and eye colours. They may have white, brown or black skin and blonde, brown, black, or red hair, with blue, black, brown or green eyes. Many of the people you will see will be British people but they all look different because the people of Britain are a mixed race.
British food has traditionally been based on beef, lamb, pork, chicken and fish and generally served with potatoes and one other vegetable. The most common and typical foods eaten in Britain include the sandwich, fish and chips, pies like the Cornish pasty, Panini, trifle and roasts dinners. Some of their main dishes have strange names like Bubble & Squeak and Toad-in-the-Hole. Here ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’ has been called ‘a true British national dish’!
The staple foods of Britain are meat, fish, potatoes, flour, butter and eggs. London has over 12,000 restaurants and cafes serving cuisine from more than 70 countries. Vietnamese restaurants, Mexican Burrito bars, Indian curry houses and, of course, the classic British ‘fish and chip’ shops are just some of the places you will discover in this eclectic city.
England is a welcoming, accepting country known for its self-deprecating sense of humour. Many faiths exist in the UK and there are no stringent demands on behaviour or dress. It is advisable to bring both waterproof and warm clothing, as well as cooler clothing for the summer months.
The British currency is the pound sterling. The sign for the pound is £ .The pound (£) is made up of 100 pence (p) exactly like the dollar is split into 100 cents.
STUDY IN UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
Intakes to study in UK:
All universities offer main intakes during September/ October while few universities provide during January/February also.
- Attested copies of mark sheets of Std X, XII, and all the 3 /4 / 5 years of the Bachelors degree.
- Two Academic reference letters from professors who have taught you most recently. Once reference in case of UG application on the UCAS application form itself.
- If you have work experience then at least one employer can comment on your professional abilities.
- Statement of Purpose
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume.
- Photocopied score reports of GMAT / IETLS / TOEFL if available / required.
- Portfolio(for art and design courses & Architecture programs).
- Others (Certificates /achievements at the State and National Level and extra curricular activities).
English language requirements:
Universities and colleges will want you to have a qualification in English, or to take a specified test in English - for example CAE, CPE, TOEFL and IELTS.
- Undergraduate course : min 6.5 (IELTS)/80(TOEFL)
- Postgraduate course : min 7.0 (IELTS)/90(TOEFL)
Exemption is possible if student has scored above 70% in English language in the X and XII (English Medium). And if medium of instruction throughout school & college was English.
- For humanities 65% & above in XII.
- For Science, Commerce, and Engineering 70-80% & above in Std. XII / Diploma.
- 2nd class could also be considered by some Universities if there is some additional qualification / experience. (Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured below 60%)
- Before joining the program students should complete the age of 18.
- Students should secured 60% & above in bachelors degree.
- For MBA programs, some universities accept student with the score of 55% & above with the GMAT score ranging between 600-700.
- Work experience of about one to years is required by some universities after the 1st degree for MBA programs.
- All MBA accredited universities require a minimum of 3 years above work experience and an age criteria of 25 years plus as a minimum age requirement.
COST OF STUDY
Tuition costs in the UK are significantly lower than in the US and other countries. The cost of study or education in UK varies according to the course and duration of course you are pursuing.
- Foundation courses £4,000 to £12,000 per year
- Arts courses £7,000 to £9,000 per year
- Science courses £7,500 to £12,000 per year
- Clinical courses £10,000 to £21,000 per year
- Arts and humanities courses£7,000-£9,000 per year
- Science courses £7,500-£12,000 per year
- Clinical courses £10,000-£21,000 per year
- MBA £4,000 to more than £30,000
The cost of living depends on the region, town/city you choose to live. The living cost in the UK is higher in big cities such as London and lower in smaller towns and cities. It will be expensive in cities such as London, Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham and Bath.
£8,100 - £14,800 around the London area (9-months academic program)
£6,600 to £12,600 outside the London area
Some items of expenditure illustrate the cost of living (subjected to change)
Carrots (1kg) £0.71
Toothpaste (100ml) £0.91
Cinema ticket £8.50
Meal in a restaurant
If you study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course, international students are allowed to work part-time during term for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays. If your course is a lower level then you can work for up to 10 hours a week.There are no working restrictions for students from the European Union (EU).
Three months prior to course commencement date i.e.90 days, an applicant can apply for student visa but he/she should not travel before 30 days i.e. one month
International students looking to study in the UK for more than 6 months need to apply for their visa through Tier 4 of the Points Based System
The requirements for obtaining a Tier 4 Student Visa are:
- You must obtain a document called a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the institution where you intend to study. Normally, an institution will issue a CAS only when you have confirmed your place by paying a substantial deposit.
- The institution must be recognized (i.e. have a sponsor's licence) by the UK Border Agency.
- If you are over 18 and you want to study an academic course, the courses must be at NQF Level 3 or above (e.g. A Level or University Foundation). There is no restriction on study level for under 18s.
- You must prove you have the funds to pay for your studies. As a minimum, you will need sufficient funds to pay your first year tuition fees in full, plus at least £7,200 (£9,000 in London) for accommodation and living expenses. Usually, you will be asked to produce bank statements showing the funds have been in your account (or your parents' / legal guardian's account) for 28 days before you apply for your visa. Documentary evidence of a bank loan or sponsorship from a Government body is also acceptable. Visa applications are automatically rejected if you cannot prove you have these funds, or if they have not been in your account for 28 days before you apply for your visa.
- If you are over 18, you may need to pass an approved English language test before you apply for your visa. English tests are mandatory if you are studying below degree level and may be required at degree level or above.
The above information are corrective at the time of publication but is subjected to change. For more authentic and up-to-date information, please visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk