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Study in the UK

The United Kingdom is home to numerous immaculate institutions that have stood the test of time and maintain the highest of standards. As the absolute pinnacle of education, it is world renowned for shaping some of the brightest human minds.

Study in the UK

The United Kingdom is home to numerous immaculate institutions that have stood the test of time and maintain the highest of standards. As the absolute pinnacle of education, it is world renowned for shaping some of the brightest human minds

Why UK?

Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the United Kingdom (UK) is a sovereign country in north-western Europe. As a Global powerhouse it has a thriving economy and an abundance of highly reputed universities across the relatively small landmass of its four member nations. Occupying an impressive two spots in the top three and with five further universities ranked within the top 50 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2021 famous universities like University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College of London and many others provide expectation-shattering experience to its students.

Despite its prosperous state and massive status, cost of education in the UK is very reasonable and the presence of several financial aids, grants, bursaries and scholarships along with the ability to work for up to 20 hours per week and full time during holidays eases the student’s financial strain.

Education System and Available Courses

In 2015/16, the UK spent 83.4 billion pounds on education with 38.2 billon spent on secondary education, showing their devotion towards improving the pre-existing hefty standards. Although, the UK is a sovereign state consisting of four nations, each nation has its own unique education system while still maintaining the overall quality. Within the UK there are a total of 152 universities and several other non-university institutions (colleges, schools, academies and other institutes) with majority of them located in England. With an impressive 150,000 courses, 50,000 of them being undergraduate courses and the option to study high demand courses, students have no room for complaints.

UK universities tend to give students freedom to explore their own ideas and creativity and by allowing them to be an active participant in the teaching and learning process they help students to develop leadership and critical thinking resulting in creation of individuals who can excel in multiple areas. Additionally, the UK government has been including classes on mental wellbeing since 2020 which has been a growing issue in the global society.

Some popular courses in UK include

  • Combinations of Business and Administration
  • Management
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Computer Science
  • Sports and Exercise Science

Cost and Options of Studying in the UK

There are two types of universities in the UK categorized as traditional and modern (post 1992) universities, regardless of their categorization both types of universities are providers of innovative and highly sought after education. While the international students choose UK for the multitude of high quality education providers, the low cost and the option of living in cities like London, Manchester, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow is another mouth-watering prospect. In UK normal undergraduate degrees take three years to complete and full-time postgraduate degrees are completed in one year (there are options to study undergraduate degrees with honours that take four years and part-time postgraduate degree that take full 24 months), in comparison to the usual four years for undergraduate and two or three years for post graduate degrees in most countries, saving a lot of time and money for the students.

In comparison to other countries the tuition fees are reasonably priced in UK, tuition fees for undergraduate courses costing in between 10,000 to 22,000 GBP per year with Medical studies and Science being the costlier courses.

Some of the courses and their average annual costs

  • Undergraduate degree : 10,000 to 22,000 GBP
  • Postgraduate degree : 10,000 to 20,000 GBP
  • Doctoral degree : 16,000 to 25,000 GBP

Cost of Living and Accomodation in the UK

Living in UK the cost can be different depending on the city, 1,300 GBP per month in London and per month 1,000 GBP on average in other cities. Most universities offer on-campus residence named the Halls of Residence for the international students which usually includes utility bills with the actual rent. While the on-campus residence is very affordable, students are required to apply for it well ahead in time. Students can also find other common accommodation options like rent, homestay or living with a local host and It is compulsory for anyone above the age of 18 living in UK to pay for local community services and council tax (except if you opt for on-campus accommodation or sharing a home with a family or other full-time students). Along with utility bills like electricity, gas, internet and water, in some areas you may require to pay for the tenant’s insurance, if you choose to rent an apartment.

Some estimates of monthly accommodation costs

  • On-campus (Halls of Residence, usually including utility bills) : 400 to 600 GBP
  • Apartment (excluding utility bills) : 250 to 500 GBP

While majority of your living costs will be spent on rent, there are a lot of other daily expenses that must be considered, food, transportation and healthcare being some of the important ones. It is compulsory for all international students to get a medical insurance before the commencement of their classes, many UK universities offer health insurance cover but you may have to opt for private medical insurance in case the education provider does not offer any healthcare policy. Additionally, international students with a tier 4 (general) student visa, staying in the UK for six months or more need to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application fee because they qualify for the international student health insurance system (provides the same benefits that the UK citizens receive) provided by the National Health Service (NHS).

Some daily expenses to be considered

  • Food and housekeeping : 160 to 200 GBP per month
  • Utility bills : 40 to 50 GBP per month
  • TV license : 12.56 GBP per month or 150.5O GBP per year
  • Mobile phone : 15 to 50 GBP per month
  • Clothing : 30 GBP per month
  • Sports (based on memberships for Students Sport Centre) : 10 TO 20 GBP
  • Books / Stationery : 25 GBP per month
  • Socializing and recreational activities : 120 GBP per month
  • Medical insurance : 150 GBP per month
  • Transportation (cost of a monthly student bus pass) : 32 GBP per month
  • Childcare (if necessary) : 660 GBP per month

Language Proficiency

Although English is the main language spoken in UK, being a sovereign state that includes four countries means that it is full of different accents that might be difficult for non native people to understand. It is necessary for all international students to not only take one of the globally respected English tests like IELTS, TOFELS and PTE but also score sufficient marks in said tests in order to guarantee acceptance into your desired education institution.

Requirements for UK Visa

Students wanting to study a six months or shorter course can apply for a short-term study visa, while you have to confirm your education provider holds a Tier 4 Sponsor License if you desire to study a longer course. If interested individuals meets the requirements and can prove their genuine intention of studying, the entire process is a smooth journey.

List of requirements

  • Travel document or a valid passport
  • Photographs in requested format
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the education provider
  • Evidence of financial capability for the duration of course
  • Academic certificates, transcripts and degrees
  • Visa application payment
  • Biometric residence permit
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate
  • Tuberculosis screening

Note: Students need to make an appointment with the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to have your fingers and thumbs scanned and a digital photo of your face to be taken. There is also a possibility that students may be interviewed by a UKVI officer.

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