admissions in United Kingdom

  • Internationally recognized universities and QualificationsUnited Kingdom is not different than any other country in the world in any aspect. But what makes the country a popular destination for international students or generally a popular destination for higher studies is the quality of education delivered by the universities here. Education titles obtained here are well recognized by the people and employers equally everywhere. Highly qualified Professors and highly qualitative universities separates UK from all other countries for the internationals.Some of the top 10 ranked universities are from UK.
    • Oxford University
    • University of Cambridge
    • Imperial College, London
    • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • High Quality EducationWhen UK is home to some of the top 10 universities in the world and some of the world famous people belong to the alumni of these and several other universities in UK, it is well understood that the quality of education is significantly high compared to other countries. Students inside the campus are given the chance to develop skills required to master their career. They are fostered to develop skills like critical thinking, problem solving and knowledge in their field. There is also a reason for this excellence in the education sector in UK. The standard of teaching and research at universities and colleges is routinely assessed and graded by official organizations to ensure that quality benchmarks are met.
  • Affordable education with various scholarshipsHigh standard education comes with a cost. But truth is that it is not expensive as you expect. Because if you are studying in UK, whether it is a bachelor’s or master’s degree, you take less time to complete as the programs are shorter in duration compared to other countries. For example, under graduate degrees require only 3 years and masters only 1-1.5 years. Apart from this universities in UK offer plenty of scholarships to internationals so that you have further chances to reduce your total cost.
  • Health benefitsUK specially takes care of their international students by providing free medical treatment through National Health Service. If you are accompanied by your spouse/kids, they will also be exempted from the payment if they are staying with you for the duration of your studies.
  • Great place to live and studyUK consists of England, Scotland, Ireland and Whales. It is a mix of multi-cultures and very open to new traditions and cultures. As the language is English itself that increases the chance to mingle with the natives there. There all religions and faiths are treated equally and with respect. UK is also a gateway to Europe. You can reach most areas of Europe by few hours of train or direct flight.

When you are moving to UK, you are not only getting world-class education, but also will get to know British culture, improve/polish your English skills and opens doors to a big world.
You will find a range of programs in UK like diplomas, short courses, certificates, under graduates and post graduates. British study programs are also very flexible. You can choose career centered study programs or intensive academic programs with shorter duration.

Some of the popular courses to study in UK are:

  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • International Relations
  • Business Administration
  • Journalism

You can enroll in universities or university colleges or business schools.
A university college is an institution that usually does not have full or independent university status. Generally, it is part of a larger university. Most university colleges only offer around 1,000 places for students to enroll in.

British universities are also divided according to the year they have been founded, as follows:

  • old universities – founded during the 12th and 13th century; the oldest university is the University of Oxford
  • red-brick universities – founded in the late 19th century in the big industrial cities of the UK
  • new universities – established after 1992

Some of the top universities are:

  • University of Leeds
  • Hult International Business School
  • University of London
  • University of West of Scotland
  • University of Nottingham

You can make use of UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) which is a portal for applying to all the universities in UK. You can choose your course and university from the site itself. You can either apply for 5 courses in the same university or same course in 5 universities. Each university has its own way of handling the applications. Therefore the requirements depends on each university. Some of the universities there accept applications year long. So it is always necessary to shortlist your potential universities to get an idea about the whole procedure.

Generally, it can classified into 5 steps:

  1. Registering with UCAS.You have to create an account with your details
  2. Choose desirable coursesYou can use the search portal to find suitable courses and also note the UCAS code to fill out the application.
  3. Find your universityOnce you decided on the courses, you have to list down the universities in which you want to apply.
  4. Fill out application formince you can apply for only 5, you have to give 5 UCAS code for the courses and universities and fill in the application form.
  5. Send and wait for the replies.When you sent the application form, you are done. You have to wait for replies now.

Generally, international students have to apply between June 30 and September 1 of the preceding year of commencing classes.

Some of the documents for applying are:

  • Copy of passport
  • Degree certificates
  • Higher education certificates
  • Personal Statement/ Motivation Letter
  • CV
  • Recommendation letters
  • Certificates of any other courses you have attended
  • English proficiency certificates – IELTS/TOEFL/CAE. Scores depend on the university

British education system is a very prestigious education system. And students will cultivate skills like analytical thinking, problem solving, critical thinking etc. They are always encouraged to think independently and creatively. The vibrant and fairy tale like environment itself will put in you in a different world. UK gives you the perfect opportunity to grow yourself in all aspects and to become great innovators/leaders or whatever you want to be.

Tuition Fees

Average Master’s degree tuition fees in the United Kingdom range from 6,000 – 10,000 GBP per year. However, for some specialised degrees, such as Medicine, Law or Business, you should expect higher tuition fees.

If you are an EU/EEA student, you will be charged the same tuition as UK students, while the average tuition fees charged to non-EU students range at 17,500 GBP/year.

Accommodation Costs

Student accommodation ranges from 400 – 1,000 GBP per month, or even higher if you choose to live in a big city like London. Living outside the city Centre will generally cost you around 600 GBP/month, while for the same price, you can stay with a host family, allowing you to have half of your board covered.

Health Care

All foreign students have free access to healthcare services provided by NHS (National Health Service), including for surgeries. However, you may need to pay for dental and optical treatment as well as medicine prescribed by the doctor.
If you come from an EU/EEA country, you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to the UK to make sure you can access the NHS services for free.
Students who plan to live and study in the UK less than 6 months, will need to arrange a private medical insurance.

Food Costs

Eating out, particularly in restaurants from big UK cities is usually quite expensive. You can get cheaper meals in canteens and restaurants from residence halls or pubs, where you would pay between 10 and 16 GBP.
Buying food from the supermarket is always an option and on average, your food bills would amount 200 GBP/month.

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