Study in United Kingdom
Why Study in UK
The United Kingdom or Britain is the most preferred of destinations many because of two of its popular institutions – the Oxford and Cambridge. These two and a host of other institutions have a great historical background and UK is also preferred because it is where the English language has originated.
During the British rule in India and till much later after India’s Independence, the United Kingdom was considered ‘the’ destination for acquiring higher education. Prominent people like Mahatma Gandhi, Babasaheb Ambedkar, a lot of young Princes and Princesses of the Princely states of India have studied there and therefore it is considered prestigious to have an education from there. The Britishers are also known for their commitment to higher education and they have established some of the best universities and Institutions of Higher Learning.
However, since the cost of living is very high in the UK, the cost of education, cost of accommodation and other related expenses are very high due to which a lot of aspiring students cannot afford UK for pursuing education.
The UK has very high level of scrutiny for the admission process as well as for issuing the Visa. Also, many students want to study in the UK so that they can find jobs there locally and become permanent residents. However, the laws are very stringent and it is not possible to immigrate there.
In the modern western world, the United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland and Ireland are home to modern science. It is also called the seat of modern education and United Kingdom has been home to many a revolutions and scientific discovery. It is also home to one of the greatest institutions of Learning, i.e. the Oxford and Cambridge. One readily associates United Kingdom with these two names.
The United Kingdom is also synonymous with the English Language, which is where it originated. The British as they are called, are very proud to have contributed the English language which is the most spoken language in the world and most of the global business is conducted in that language.
The British country side offers some of the best sights with vast spans of lush green vegetation. Some of the places have very huge historical importance. The modern cities in the United Kingdom are important sightseeing locations and is a “must see” for any tourist visiting the U.K. or a grand tour of Europe.
Living and studying in U.K. is considered elitist because the cost of living and education is very high.
India follows the British system of education with degree courses that can be completed in three years with honours as compared to the USA which has four year degree programmes.
However, not all educational programmes are expensive and there are institutions, outside of London which offer affordable and quality education of international repute.
It is known that parents of students studying abroad worry about their health and well being. Not so in the U.K. where every overseas student, studying there for more than six months gets access to free medical care, resulting a lot of savings if such an eventuality arises.
Benefits of studying in UK
Why would you not study in a place which is home to the foundations of modern education?
The courses offered in UK have a high pedigree and have a global recognition. It is no wonder that out of the top ten universities, four universities of UK are amongst the top four.
The British are considered very serious with respect to education and do not compromise on quality or content. World class research facilities are made available. In addition, the UK laws allow an international student to moonlight for a maximum of 20 hours/week even during the progress of the term as well during vacations. Some laws also permit a student to continue their stay in the country and seek employment for a maximum of two years after completion their degree programme. Having a work experience in the UK which is very discipline oriented and stringent with respect to output and performance is considered prestigious and your future employers will be more than willing to hire you. The initial sacrifices that you make during the early part of your study abroad will pay for itself in the long run.
Since there is a lot of focus on getting international students by all the countries offering specialised education, countries seem to have not only relaxed its visa rules but offer multiple types of student visas and if all your papers are in order, obtaining a visa is a breeze.
Campus Call will assist you in this process, in guiding you with respect to the documents required, the process, the guidelines as well as obtaining the actual visa, if required.
About the United Kingdom
If one were to ever classify a country as a modern or a cultural city, England would certainly qualify as a country with a rich and glorious history, culture and tradition. It is also due to the monarchy type of rule that has been prevalent in the Great Britain Territory which includes Ireland, Wales and Scotland. England has seen many wars, mostly between counties. England is famous for icons like Robinhood. The modern cultural icon would be the James Bond who is the British Secret Service Agent. However, UK is not only about the wide open, breathtaking and beautiful country side. Its major cities boast of the most modern architectural buildings which are a tourist attraction like the Madame Tussauds, the London Eye amongst a few. One of the most famous attractions of London is to watch the Change of Guard at the Buckingham Palace.
The Heathrow airport is one of the busiest airports in the world since it connects Asia, Africa, Canada, USA and the South American countries.
The transportation system, especially in London is the best with the underground trains connecting the whole of London, ably supported by the Taxis and the famous Red buses.
Cost of Education in UK
A very crucial aspect of your study abroad, especially in the UK is your command skill over the English language. Generally, IELTS is the mandatory test that a student is required to qualify. This test measures a students’ grasp over the English language – the ability to read, write and comprehend the English language, just the way it is spoken and used there. If you do have complete command over the language, you may not be able to follow and understand the course proceedings, thereby affecting your academic performance. Also, you will need to do a lot of reading to support your subjects.
The most important component of a student’s study abroad programme is the cost of tuition fees and living costs which could range anywhere between £6,000 to £10,000. For many students, this is the most decisive factor and can deter some of them from pursuing their education in the UK. Such an amount can be very taxing for an average middle class family with little savings and limited income.
Students serious of pursuing their education in the UK will need to do some very intensive research and comparisons as regards to accommodation and boarding options. The UK offers concessional fare for travel, reducing the financial burden on the student.
The tuition fees can vary depending upon the course opted by the student, the location, the institution, and there is no parity between any two educational institutions with regard to it. Each institution has its own standards and charging policy. However, some institutions offer scholarships but they are difficult to secure, unless your academic profile is good enough.
The UK specialises in the following streams, viz. Management, Sciences, Arts and Economics. An Arts course may cost anywhere between £5,500 to £10,000 whereas the fees for Science would be between £6,500 to £13,000. Depending upon the duration of the course which could either be of three or four years, you may calculate the cost of tuition fees as well as the accommodation, boarding and other incidental expenses.
The institutions are very co-operative and provide good support to the student. However, you cannot trouble them frequently and they would get upset. Therefore, you need to do your own extensive research and only seek answers to issues that you have not been able to resolve yourself.
Most of the courses start somewhere in September for which the admission process starts in the month of June while for some which start in the month of January, the admission process begins in October-November.
Obtaining UK Visa
After you have secured admission and your course opening date is decided, you need to organise all your papers and apply for Visa. The UK government has started Visa Facilitation centres across major cities and the process has been very simplified.
You will need a letter of confirmation of admission, ensure that you meet all the criteria for issual of visa, that your statement of sources of funds and accounts statements are in order which will satisfy the visa offer that you will not become dependent upon the state after going there.
You must be careful whilst filling out the visa form as one wrong information may lead to rejection of the visa application. This can affect you in many ways, one of them being non-refund of part of your fees already paid by you to secure the admission.
Universities in United Kingdom
- London School of Economic
- London School of Business
- University of Manchester
- University of Warwick
- University of Edinburgh
- Queen Mary
- Oxford Brookes
- University of Liverpool
- Brunel etc…