About the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom consists of a group of islands off the northwest coast of Europe namely England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The name Great Britain is sometimes used to refer to the United Kingdom as a whole. The capital is London, which is among the world’s leading commercial, financial, and cultural centres. The major cities are Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester in England, Belfast and Londonderry in Northern Ireland, Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland, and Swansea and Cardiff in Wales.
The UK is considered as one of the world’s most attractive destinations for International Student community. Over 400,000 International Students visited the UK for Higher Education. The UK Higher Education space provides the most demanding and sought-after programs laced with latest skill sets across streams. The universities in the UK are based- on research and quality by offering a variety of subjects including Engineering, Law, Economics, and Business. The UK education system and its higher education degrees are valued by academics and employers all over the world.
UK universities feature prominently in the Global University Rankings amongst the QS World University Rankings or the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The United Kingdom is a destination of more than 400 universities. Offering the distinct range of courses and a wide range of institutions where international students can study higher education. Students from across the globe are opting to study in the UK for both undergrad and postgrad academics.
UK courses are generally shorter than other countries and help to reduce tuition fees and living costs. Multiple undergrad courses in the UK, except for Scotland, provide three years instead of four, where students can save a year’s worth of tuition fees. Students who are pursuing full-time higher degree undergrad/ postgrad level studies at a UK university usually spend 0 hours per week during term-time on a Tier-4 visa.
Why Study In The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) has the world’s oldest universities and colleges dated back to 12th and 13th centuries.
The top 5 reasons why studying in the UK is so popular:
1. Academic Excellence
Universities in the UK have the best academic standards in the world. The top 10 universities in the world are from the UK including Oxford and Cambridge. You will acknowledge practical and utility-based knowledge over text-book learning.
2. Quality Education
The Quality Assurance Agency is an independent body in the UK that assesses the education standards of all universities and colleges in the country. The research standards examined by the UK higher education at regular intervals.
3. Shorter Duration of Courses
Courses provided by the UK is shorter and more intensive compared to the other countries, which means you’ll graduate sooner, and without compromising on quality.
4.Work While You Learn
You need to work as a part-timer for up to 20 hours a week during term time to manage living expenses. You can even work full-time during your semester break, practically it will help you.
5.Health Benefits for Students
International students will have access to free medical treatment while studying in the UK through the National Health Service. In order to avail this benefit, you will have to pay a small International Health Surcharge(IHS). Your UNIXPERTS counsellor can advise you about this detail.
United Kingdom Education system
The education system in the UK consists of four stages:
- Primary Education
- Secondary Education
- Further Education
- Higher Education
A qualification framework is a principal national reference point that maintains academic standards in the higher education sector in any country. Around 160 universities and colleges are allowed to award degrees in the UK.
Quality Assurance System
The unique factor of the education system in the UK is its Quality Assurance Agency.
The UK Higher Education is having higher value all over the world for its outstanding standards and quality. Professionals working globally in various industry segments and whose work reached global recognition came out of British universities. Many of these universities were ranked at the top among other universities in the world. London is considered to be the world’s capital city of higher education.
These are preparatory courses for seeking admission into universities through English Language learning programs or foundation-level courses
Your expenditure on tuition fee in the UK depends on two factors:
- where you choose to study – different rules and laws apply in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland
- you study level – Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate
Students who enrol for a course in the UK can get support in the form of scholarships, bursaries, grants, fellowships, and financial awards.
English Language Requirements
To gain your UK student visa, you’ll have to provide with an evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test.
Expenditure Guide For United Kingdom
Studying abroad can be an expensive decision for students who are going to study in the UK. However, an efficient budget plan can help you manage your living expenses more effectively.
1. Tuition fee is Your Prime Expenditure
Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the university and type of program you opt for.
2. Calculate Accommodation Costs
Most universities in the UK offer on-campus residence facilities that are basically called the Halls of Residence to international students. There are other accommodation options available in the nearby area.
3. Cost of your Student Visa
To study in the UK, the first step is to secure a valid study visa and that comes with its own costs (approx. £348). Feel free to consult your UNIXPERTS counsellor for latest updates and information.
4. Living Expenses
You are required to keep a certain amount of money aside for your grocery shopping, social activities, and emergencies.
5. Consider Health Support and Insurance
There are several UK universities that have initiated comprehensive health insurance plans for international students and are applicable as long your program is ongoing and ceases upon completion.
Unless your institution provides a shuttle service to and from your lodging, you’ll have to rely on the available public transport.
7. Don’t ignore your taxes
Indian students in the UK are allowed to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during vacations. If you have a job while you are studying in the UK, then you’ll also have to pay the tax and national insurance.
Student’s visa requirements for United Kingdom
The UK Government provides an opportunity to all Indian students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first.
Documents required for Tier 4 Student Visa
- A current passport or other valid travel documentation
- Evidence of funds to provide your living expenses for the duration of your course
- Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies reference number and documents
- Passport-sized colour photographs
- Tuberculosis screening
- Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate (if required)
Additional documents may also be needed if you are:
- Not a citizen of the country you are applying from
- Under 18 years of age
- Have family (dependents)
Please note that above- mentioned are the basic requirements, or you can speak up with your UNIXPERTS counsellor for a detailed list of documents required for visa processing
Applying for your visa online
Here you need to apply for your student visa application online using the British Government’s official Gov. UK website.
How can we help with visa applications?
We UNIXPERTS stands to bridge the gap between the student community and the international higher education providers. If you’re an UNIXPERTS student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in the UK, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process.
What are Popular Courses in United Kingdom?
3. Actuarial Science
4. Sports Management
5. Medicine & Surgery
6. Computer Science
Health and Other Support Services
It’s quite a tedious task to cope with the changes in your environment when you move to the UK for the first time
In case you get hassled at any point, you can reach out to:
Pre-arrival support guide
Many institutions offer a pre-arrival support guide that includes details of medical insurance available, accommodation options and many more
Campus Support Services
Dedicated to support international students via various orientations and programs.
Student associations on campus
Most universities and colleges have their own student associations, which help international students manage their various activities along with academics
Student associations off campus
Various student associations outside of campus work for the welfare of national and international students.
Make sure you have a Health Insurance
As an international student enrolled in a program for over six months in the UK, you qualify for free medical treatment under the UK’s National Health Service.
Familiarise yourself with the National Health Service
To use the National Health Service, you’ll need to first register with a general practitioner (commonly known as GPs), in your area to avail the NHS card.
In an emergency
If you happen to face any emergency, call the toll-free number 999 or 112. This is a common number that can be used for fire, police or ambulance.