STUDY IN THE UK
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, also known as the UK or Britain, is looked upon as the world’s second most popular international study destination. The United Kingdom welcomes almost 470,000 international students from around the globe every year. There are limitless explanations for why you should choose the UK to chase your education goals.
ABOUT THE UK
The UK is an island nation in north-western Europe made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Britain is one of the few countries to still be ruled by a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II currently standing as the longest-serving monarch in recorded history. Home to 66 million people, the UK is the 78th most populous country in the world. London is known globally as an influential center of finance and culture. The United Kingdom is also home for centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.
International Students can enter the UK higher education system directly after completing their home country’s study equivalent to UK’s. But before they enter, they should satisfy some varying requirements set.
WHY STUDY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM?
The United Kingdom is the second most popular study destination for international students. It is a growing destination and the number of international students in the UK has been growing steadily over the years. The United Kingdom has a reputation for world-class research. The UK is known for its high-quality education system. UK’s higher education degrees and qualifications are recognized by employers and academics around the world. Students studying here will get the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, critical thinking, and connections to drive forward their careers. Work opportunities are open worldwide due to the high standard education system. You will be able to work part-time while you study supporting your living. The UK is known for its multicultural society.
EDUCATION IN THE UK
In the UK most Undergraduate programs take three years of study. Though, the popular study course called “Sandwich course” will take four years including a one-year work placement option.
Graduate or Masters programs are shorter in length between 8 months to 2 years depending on the course and universities.
Some professional degrees like medicine, law, etc., might take 5 years of study.
According to the Reddin survey, the international undergraduate tuition fees vary from £7,800 and going up to £38,000 for a fulltime course per year and goes even more for professional degrees like medicines. However, the average undergraduate fees for international students are around £12,000 per year.
For UK postgraduate degrees, the average tuition fees for international students of the most recent academic year for full-time programs range from £14,620 – £22,732 per year. For classroom-based courses, the average annual fee stands at £14,620. For laboratory and research-based programs, average annual fees stand at £16,967. For medical degrees, the average figure is £22,732 per year. MBA programs stand at an average figure of £19,924 per year. These are overall average and the tuition fee may be cheaper or expensive according to the Universities selected.
While the full-time Ph.D. in the United Kingdom takes typically around 3 to 4 years. The part-time Ph.D. takes around 6 to 7 years. The average tuition fee for Ph.D. is £18,000
LIVING COST IN THE UK
It is difficult to stipulate a fixed amount for your expenses, as it depends on your lifestyle, needs and what part of the country you decide to stay. However, UK Visa and Immigration requires you to have a budget of £1,015 per month as a maintenance cost for at least 9 months (£9,135). This cost covers most of your accommodation, travel, books, food and gym.
If you wish to study a full-time course with any universities that are more than six months then you will need a Tier 4 (General Student) visa. Once you applied for the university, you will receive a conditional offer letter if any conditions are not met with your applications. Once you satisfied those conditions you will receive an unconditional offer letter. As a requirement to apply for this visa you will need a Confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) from the chosen university. It is a Sponsorship document of the university of yours, that they are willing to sponsor you to study in the UK. Once CAS has been issued, you will be given a supporting document that will contain a unique CAS number. This CAS number must be attached to your visa application form. As a UKVI process students might attend an interview after making an appointment. Once the process is completed, the visa will be issued in a certain amount of days.
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