Why study in the UK?
The island nation of the United Kingdom, though small in size, inspires a significant population of international students to journey to its shores and pursue their academic dreams each year. The UK possesses an education system that is emulated by countries all over the world and boasts some of the most venerable universities and colleges of the modern era, making it the second most popular international student destination for overseas education. Studying in the UK is a holistic learning experience as students gain the privilege of benefitting from both classroom education and the vast research opportunities provided by its world-class universities.
The breathtaking experience of studying in the midst of edifices of great cultural and historic importance, top-notch infrastructural facilities, and globally renowned faculty members is a dream come true for every student. The UK is a multi-cultural nation that is home to people from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. From historic counties like Sussex and Hampshire to bustling metropolises like London and Manchester, students can experience both the comfort of country life and the activity of city life while studying in the UK. Pursuing an education here means interacting with people from across the globe, tasting a wide variety of cuisines, and establishing long-lasting cultural connections.
The UK institutions are still consistently ranked among the best in the world and qualifications from these universities are internationally valued and recognized. Nearly 5% of the world’s scientific research and 14% of the world’s most frequently cited papers are from students studying in UK universities each year. Additionally, the UK is the birthplace of the English language and is thus an ideal destination to develop English language skills to enhance employment prospects. As the gateway to Europe, the UK provides its students with many benefits as a result of its close proximity to other European nations both geographically and economically. For many students, the most attractive reason for pursuing a degree in the UK is that undergraduate courses in the UK are shorter in duration than in other countries, thus leading to lower expenses.
Eligibility requirements for an undergraduate degree in the UK vary by university. However, typically those universities with higher rankings will have higher and stricter eligibility requirements. For admission to bachelor’s programs in the UK, most universities require the equivalent of A level or high school leaving certificate and evidence of English language proficiency.
The minimum IELTS score for entry to UK bachelor’s courses ranges between 6 and 7. Higher IELTS scores in the range of 7 or 7.5 will be required for disciplines like English Literature/Journalism/Mass Communication/Creative Writing and Law. In the event of not receiving the accepted scores, most universities run intensive English language courses to bring such students up to the desired level of English proficiency.
Top Universities in the UK
Many UK universities are acclaimed for their globally-reputed bachelor’s programs. In the QS World University Rankings for 2018, the UK boasts a massive 76 universities on the list with a remarkable number of four universities featured in the top 10. For a student studying at a UK university, the higher education systems followed by England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland are all quite similar and the choices are aplenty. Students also benefit from the opportunity to be taught by the world’s leading academics and experts who provide one-on-one guidance and academic support. Further, UK degrees can be tailored to each student’s interests as they often provide the opportunity to include specialized modules.
Some of the top universities in the UK are:
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
University College London
The London School of Economics
Students not meeting the minimum academic entry requirements have the option of taking a foundation or pathway programme designed to prepare them for undergraduate study in the UK. Some universities run their own foundation/pathway programmes, while others may work in partnership with specialist colleges.
The most popular specializations chosen by undergrads in the UK are given below:
Typically, bachelor’s degrees can be completed within three years in the UK. However, there are some exceptions; for instance, sandwich programmes are of four years duration where an additional year is “sandwiched” between the second and final year of study. Further, degrees in fields like Medicine, Veterinary Sciences and Dentistry have a duration of five years.
The average cost of undergraduate study in the UK including tuition and living expenses ranges between GBP* 32000 and 35000 per annum.
Student Visa Terms and Provisions
UK student visas are based on a transparent Point Based System (PBS) which requires that students gain at least 40 points before applying for a visa. Here are the important points to be noted regarding the student visa application process:
• The applicant must have received the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for a full-time degree course from the university sponsoring its education.
• Institutions with the power to sponsor visas in this way are said to hold Tier 4 Sponsor status.
• Adequate evidence in support of funding for the education and living expenses in the UK must be furnished.
• The intention of leaving the UK after completing the degree must be clearly stated during the visa interview.
Generally, most international students pursuing a full-time bachelor’s degree (for a period of over six months) can work in the UK during their studies provided that they do not:
• work for more than 20 hours per week, except during any vacations or in the case of an agreed work placement or internship
• engage in any business (including self-employment) or provide services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer
Additionally, a student applying for a UK study visa cannot hold a full-time permanent job. However, after graduating, one can apply for a work permit under INF 13 for employment in the UK. Alternatively, if a student graduates from an approved science or engineering subject and intends to stay in the UK for an additional year to search for employment, such an application is covered under Permit free employment (INF 14).
Checklist: Admissions Requirements
When applying for a bachelor’s in the UK, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application website must be used
Application can be made for a maximum of five courses at the same or different universities in the UK
SAT is not required but IELTS (SELT approved) is required
Candidate must have completed/will complete 18 years of age before joining the course
Deadlines and Intake
The most preferred intake is fall every year. Deadlines are usually around October for Cambridge/Oxford/Imperial College/universities. For the rest of the universities, the first deadlines are in January and the final deadlines are in July.
So why wait? If you are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree from one of the most revered study abroad destinations in the world since time immemorial, contact our representative right away and he/she will guide you to your dream academic destination.