UK universities are among the top institutions known for developing world leaders. Thanks to its unmatched education with a world-class teaching approach and great minds delivering it. And with the changes to visa policies, it has become an even more appealing destination for many international students, particularly in India, to pursue their study and career dreams. If you too are looking to study in the UK, this guide is just for you.
The United Kingdom is a sovereign state in Europe made up of four countries: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
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Studying in the UK offers a variety of benefits that makes it an ideal destination for international students.
As of 2019, there were 164 universities and colleges in the UK. It has a long reputation for offering the world’s finest education in a range of fields, including business & management, finance, law, engineering, science, art, and design. Further, UK universities are an important hub of scientific research, thinkers, and world leaders. As per the QS World University Ranking, the UK has 10 of the top 70 global universities.
The academic year in the UK starts in September and ends in July with three intakes during the year — similar to that of Canada and the US.
The three intakes include:
Starts in September
Starts in January
Starts in May
The fall intake is the primary and most preferred intake, followed by the secondary in winter. Although most of the programs are available in all three intakes, you can get more information about the program’s availability on the college/university website. This will help you plan your admission well in advance.
The admission requirements may vary depending on the field of study and program credential you choose. However, the standard requirements include your previous field of study, academic record, and English language proficiency. Here are the details:
Universities in the UK offer myriad undergraduate and postgraduate programs — which may include your favorite and even yet-to-be-discovered career interests. Some of the popular programs of studies among Indian and other international students include:
The major expenses of studying in the UK comprise course fees and living expenses. As an Indian student (country listed in Appendix ST paragraph 22.1 of the Immigration rules), you are also required to submit a financial document showing funds to support yourself while studying in the UK. Here are the details:
Most universities and college tuition and ancillary fees range from 7,000 GBP to 30,000 GBP. The fees majorly depend on your program of study.
The major living expense as a student will include house rent, food, and travel. These expenses may vary based on the city you live in and your preferences. For example, living in a popular city like London is more expensive — approximately 1300 GBP per month — as compared to smaller cities, which can cost you around 900 GBP.
While applying for the student visa, you’ll need to submit documents showing you meet the financial requirements, also known as maintenance requirements, for studying the UK. You’ll need to show the fund amount of 12006 GBP, which is your living costs for nine months (£1,334 for each month). Further, the fund has to be maintained in the respective account for consecutive 28 days while being shown.
The UK government and many institutions offer numerous scholarships and bursaries. These scholarships come as massive financial support to students to fulfill their study dreams and progress in their career. To check your eligibility and apply for the scholarships, you can visit the official website of UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs).
Here’s a list of some popular scholarships provided to study in the UK:
Since now you have some information about studying in the UK, here’s what you need to do next:
And if you need any help to make your study in the UK dream come true, feel free to reach out. We at Sarem Education are here to assist you at every step — from study counseling to short-listing the course to admission to help with fees to visa application and beyond.