The United Kingdom is one of those developed countries which do not need any introduction. The United Kingdom consists of four countries- England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The United Kingdom is the world’s fifth largest economy, with regard to the Gross Domestic Product. The United Kingdom has a temperate climate, with a lot of rain all around the year. With such old and reputed universities like University of Cambridge and University of Oxford being the top institutes of the UK, the allure of studying in the UK is understandable.
Courses and Exams
The students pursue undergraduate as well as post graduate courses in the UK in any stream of their choice, be it science, commerce or humanities. Some of the exams that the students have to appear for, depending on their choice of course, are SAT, TOEFL or IELTS, GRE and GMAT. Some other exams are BMAT (Biomedical Admission Tests), UKCAT, Cambridge law test etc. Students need to clear class 12th (with 60% marks) for UG admission and bachelors (with 50% marks) for PG admission. Some universities accept the TOEFL score and some other universities accept IELTS score. The students need to have a minimum score of 6.5 in IELTS and a score between 79 and 93 in TOEFL.
Education and Living Cost
In 2017, international students paid between £10,000 and £35,000 annually for lecture-based undergraduate degrees. An undergraduate medical degree can cost international students up to £38,000 per year. The post graduate courses in the UK have no upper limit and are much more expensive than the graduate level courses in the UK. Similarly, cost of living in UK is also very high.
Indian students who go to the UK usually work a part-time job to earn some extra money and to get familiar with their surroundings. A part time job helps the students meet people who live in the USA and interact with them, this helps them learn more about the culture of the country they are living in. Some of the easy to find on campus jobs are Library Monitor, Teaching Assistant, Tour Guide, Peer Tutor, Academic Department Assistant, Campus Tech Support, Production Assistant, University Book Store Assistant, Babysitter and Barista. The students can work for only 20 hours per week as per the visa guidelines for working part-time jobs.
Availability of Finances
A student needs to show a decent amount of money in their account and also have funds required for living in the UK, there is no minimum requirement. But, the funds in the account should be at least 3 months to 6 months old. The available amount must justify the overall cost of the student’s trip to the UK. So, estimate the cost of airfare, food, lodging, tours, shopping and a bit of extra amount. The student can present Saving Account, Time deposits & Investments to present as Source of Funding.
Jobs and Post Study work-permit & Permanent Residency
Tier 2 is the most common visa route for international graduates to get a job. To qualify, the student will need to find work with an employer who is willing to pay the student a minimum salary of £20,800 a year. The students can work part-time jobs for 20 hours a week. These part-time jobs can also help students in getting a job, as relevant jobs add value to the resume of the students.
Advantages of Studying in UK
- Some of the best institutes in the world are in the UK. The institutes of the UK consistently out rank Indian institutes and have globally earned a great reputation.
- Institutes in UK offer flexibility of choice and enables the student to blend academic and vocational courses of their choice.
- The UK is the home of the British people, so all the people converse in English. Therefore it is an ideal place to develop language skills and enhance employment prospects.
- The teaching and study methodology used in the UK gives the student freedom to be creative and develop a great set of skills and confidence.
- As a student one gets the opportunity to be taught by the world’s best academics and; the student also benefits from constant academic support of these experts.
- The UK has an excellent academic record, as it undertakes 5 per cent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited papers
- The courses in the UK institutes can be customized according to one’s needs and interests. Specialized modules can be created to be fit for one’s academic pursuits.
Best wishes for your dream career in the UK.