Fact

 

  • Country name : United Kingdom / Great Britain / UK
  • Division : The UK as it is called, is a sovereign state that consists of four individual countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Form of Government  : Democratic
  • Capital : London
  • Largest City : London
  • Population : 66.02 Million
  • Language : British English
  • Currency : Pound Sterling
  • Religion : Mostly Christian
  • Land Area: 243610 Square Kilometer
  • Popular sports : Rugby, Soccer, Cricket, Golf, Tennis
  • Country code : +44
  • National day: St George's Day - The National Day of England. St George's Day is celebrated in England on 23 April

 

 

Study Reason

The UK has become one of the top destinations to study around the world with tradition of excellence for hundreds of years, high class universities, advance culture and Royal Tradition; the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer. But what makes the United Kingdom really stand out? Why should you come to the UK as a destination to further your international education?

  • Academic Benefits
    • UK degree will be recognised wherever you go
    • Whatever you decide to study, you can study in UK
    • You get skills to succeed
    • Work opportunity
  • Financial Benefits
    • Affordable universities (Mostly 3 years for an undergraduate degree, and one year for a postgraduate (unless you are in research, then it may take 18 months to 2 years).
    • Reasonable cost of living
  • Other benefits
    • Unique culture ( rich, multicultural atmosphere)
    • Gateway to the rest of Europe

 

Education System

The UK education system is worldwide reputed for its high quality and standards. In general, the British higher education system has five stages of education: early years, primary years, secondary education, Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE). Britons enter the education system at the age of three and up to 16 are obliged to attend school (compulsory education), while afterward is upon their choice.

Besides sharing many similarities, the UK education system at different levels at each zone of administration (England, Scotland, and Wales) differs a bit. Generally spoken these differences are not so meaningful that we can talk about the UK higher education as being one. In UK everybody, aged over 5 and under 16 is obliged to attend school. This aging time frame contains two sections of the education system in UK: Primary and Secondary School.

The National curriculum is constructed in five key stages

Stages

Years

Age

Core subjects

1

Foundation and year 1-2

5-7

 Basic English language, Mathematics, History, Physical Education, Geography, History and Music

2

Year 3 to 6

8-11

English reading, Grammar, Punctuation and spellings

3

Year 7 to 9

12-14

English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education, Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology and Computing

4

Year 10 to 11

15-16

English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Physical Education, Citizenship, Arts, Design and Technology, Humanities, Modern Foreign Language

5

Year 12 to 13

17-18

Advance level of Core subjects

Based on the actual education regulations in the UK education system, the Higher Education comprises these levels of courses:

Postgraduate courses that lead to a Doctorate, a Master’s degree (Taught or Research), Postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificates of education (PGCE) and professional degrees. An undergraduate course it usually takes 3 years to finish.

For more information about England’s educational system, there is plenty of information available for international students at all of the following links.

Courses and University

There are many courses and universities are available for each education level (Doctorate, Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Foundation, Pre-Sessional, English Language, Pre-Master or Research degree etc. You can check the university website for available courses in each semester and other information.

 

Most popular degrees in UK are as follows:

 

  • Business
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering and technology
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Social Sciences
  • Sports Sciences
  • Media and communication
  • Arts
  • Hospitality and Tourism

 

Most popular Universities in UK:

 

  • University Of Cambridge
  • University Of Oxford
  • University of St Andrews
  • Imperial College London
  • Loughborough University
  • Lancaster University
  • Durham University
  • University College London

Eligibility Test

Depending on what program you are looking at, the entry requirements will vary for international students.

For most schools and courses, your level of understanding and competency in English will be key to your acceptance in a major program such as a degree program.

Each of the following English language tests are accepted by most countries and many institutions around the world, including universities, government agencies, professional and industry bodies, and multinational companies. These are approved by the UK Border Agency for entry into the UK.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language

IELTS - International English Language Testing System

UCLES - University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English

Cost Of Living

International undergraduate tuition fees vary considerably, starting at around £10,000 to £30,000 per year for full time course depending upon the course, university and location. As far as living costs are concerned, these costs will vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, spending habits and budget. 

 

Current UK student visa requirements stipulate that you must have at least £1,015 (~US$1,435) in your bank account for each month you plan to stay in the UK anywhere outside of London. This works out as £12,180 (~US$17,200) per year in addition to your tuition fees.

 

If you wish to study in London, you’ll need to budget considerably more - at least £1,265 (~US$1,800) per month, the equivalent of £15,180 (~US$21,500) a year in addition to your tuition fees.

 

Application And Visa Process

All international students who want to study in the UK are required to get a student visa (Tier 4). This type of visa is only available to full-time university students pursuing a degree in the UK, and not short-term or language courses.

Anyone who is planning to study in UK is required to have a visa in order to stay in the country for an extended period of time. Immigration requirements for UK (and the United Kingdom as a whole) are determined by your nationality and the country that you have citizenship in. This part of the guide will focus on giving you a general idea of the guidelines for getting a visa for study in UK.

  • Choose the university and study program
  • Meet the application requirement
  • Submit your application to the University
  • Wait for admission letter
  • Arrange your finance
  • Apply and Get your student visa

https://visa-fees.homeoffice.gov.uk/ This site shows the exact cost of applying for a visa in UK. Just select your country from where you are applying, the type of visas you want to get and the purpose of your visa in UK.

Career Prospects

Current legal regulations in the UK students are allowed to find a part-time job while studying up to 20 hours per week However, make sure your university is listed on the list of recognized higher education providers in the UK.

 

If you’re thinking to remain in the UK for work experiences after getting your degree there are various options for you. As long as your student visa is valid you’re allowed to find a full-time job and work in the UK. After your visa expires, you must contact the Home Office if you want to extend its validity.

 

Here are some of the ways you can extend the duration of your staying in UK by seeking a proper visa.

      • Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme
      • Tier 2 (General)
      • Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur

 

  • UK Ancestry

 

 

If you have a passport from one of the countries from European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss Citizens, then you do not need a visa in order to study in the UK.

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