Being independent when you study in the UK isn’t just about living away from home. Whatever UK course you study, you will be encouraged to think for yourself and create your own ideas. A UK education will help you gain confidence in your own abilities and equip you with valuable language, creative, analytical and research skills that employers look for.
The annual expense in a good British University varies from £7000 to £18000(i.e. Rs 6 lakhs to Rs 15 lakhs) and in private colleges, it could be anywhere between 2-4 lakhs. (There are many independent colleges in London with affiliation to universities in UK and abroad). It should also be noted that there are many so called educational institutes, without proper recognition who could be dubious and fly by night operates, whose sole interest is purely commercial.
International students are allowed to open a bank account in the UK, and some universities require their students to have a UK bank account. In any event, a bank account is very helpful to have in managing your finances,So you should plan to open a UK account.
Travellers Checks are useful to make transactions in UK till you open a bank account in the country. It may take a few weeks of time to open a new UK account and transfer money into it from your home country bank account.
For the international students most of the universities at UK provide on campus accommodation and also a variety of accommodation options are available to you. The college or university usually has halls of residence. If you are not offered on campus accommodation you can look for other accommodation options that will suit your monthly budget.
Halls of residence offered by universities are large buildings, sometime divided into flats where you will have either a single room or share with another student. Generally the hall will provide basic furniture such as a bed, desk and chair and the rest you may need to buy.
Self catered is another option for international students. Self Catered Halls are similar to halls of residence but the former allow the students to cook their own food on their own schedule. Students choose to move into flats/houses in the second or third years of their campus life. If you do move into a flat or house, you will have to sign a tenancy agreement, which is a legal document outlining the terms of the tenancy. It will be better to seek the assistance of the international student advisor regarding the procedures.
The most popular courses for Indian students in UK are in the postgraduate levels such as MBA, MS in Computing, engineering, Law, Arts, Literature etc. (It is a fact that most of the Top and popular universities insist about 2-3 years of post qualification experience in the managerial level for direct admission to MBA programs)
For postgraduate programs, most of the good universities ask for a first class or high second class. In the undergraduate level most of the good universities look for a 60 % or higher. There are many students who have been admitted to colleges at UK with a second-class degree. But in independent colleges, there are no such rigid mark restrictions and any degree would be accepted. There are cases where significant work experience is considering lieu to a Bachelor’s degree.
For UK student visa, applications have to be made on IM2A forms, which are available, free of cost at the British Embassies. Along with Visa application fee and the required documents the application has to be submitted to the embassy.
Immigration Rules for Students
You must intend to study at a publicly funded university or college, or a bonafide private institution or a fee-paying independent school.
You must be able to and intend to follow a full time degree course, or a weekday, full time course at a single institution involving at least 15 hours of organized, daytime study per week.
You must be able to pay for your course and the living expenses of your husband or wife and children (if they are with you) without working in UK or claiming public funds.
You must not intend to work in UK unless you are accepted for a course lasting longer than six months, when you may work part-time or during vacations.
You must intend to leave UK at the end of your studies.
Requirements for Student Visa
A letter of acceptance on the course. This is the letter from your institution confirming that a place has been offered to you and that the course is full-time as defined by the immigration law.
Evidence that you can pay the course fees and support yourself and your family, if applicable.
The student has to attend the Interview with the ECO, clarifying certain parts of your application. You must be able to convince him/her that your study plans are genuine and workable.
The normal English language proficiency requirement for most of the universities is 5.5 to 6.5 on IELTS .
British Degree courses tend to be shorter than those in other countries, which save student’s time & money. Although annual course fees in UK may be higher compared to course of equivalent course in Australia or U.S, but most courses here are shorter in duration and hence more economical. Most UK undergraduate degrees take only 3 years and most Master degrees can be completed in just one year.
The syllabus or curriculum is that of usual course degrees; the coaching and guidance are just more intensive and result oriented. This is a highly cost effective approach where students are permitted to work 20 hours per week during the course in shorter period of time and save on both tuition and living costs. The shorter study period also means they are able to start on a career earlier and become financially independent.
Students are permitted to work 20 hours per week during the course. It is not difficult to find some part time jobs to supplement your living expenses.
Future Job prospects for students are limited in UK and obtaining a work permit to stay back after studies is comparatively difficult. However, British degrees are valued and recognised all over the world, especially in India and the Middle East. These degrees provide a cutting edge for employment prospects.
About the UK
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which is usually shortened to just the UK or United Kingdom) is a political union made up of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The country offers excellent higher-education system and hundreds of world-class universities promising a rich experience for international students.
The colonial history of UK has made a multi-cultural society in the country since it has been subject to a multitude of international influences and influxes of people. The country has a significant place in the map of global literature, arts and sculpture. There are four distinct seasons to the UK; summer, winter, spring and autumn. Generally UK has a cold, wet and dreary weather. During the summer months, days are long (the sun generally rises at 4 am and will set at 9 or 10 pm at night) and one can expect warmer temperatures.
The UK is highly advanced nation with excellent infrastructure sector and has a very good public transport system, with an extensive network of buses, planes and trains which simplify travelling. Low cost airlines facilitate an easiest option for travel in the UK and throughout most of Europe. Underground or tram system is a cheapest and cost effective means of transport at metropolitan area.
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