Why studying in the UK may be affordable for Indians
The UK has been a favourite destination amongst students for many years. It is a rich combination of oldest and established universities, varied courses and highly proficient faculty.
The qualification acquired from the UK are globally valued and acknowledged. Moreover, courses in the UK are comparatively shorter than those of the other countries. The Under-Graduate programs here are of 3 years and Post-Graduate of 1 year.
UK is an English speaking nation, so the applicant may have the opportunity to sharpen their English language skills while they are here.
The UK follows a distinctive way of promulgating knowledge which helps graduates evolve strong analytical thinking quality, coherent communication skills, quick problem solving and decision making ability, etc. One of the most effective ways of teaching followed by the UK institutions is the problem-based-learning technique where the students are given real life problems and are asked to come up with feasible solutions. This sharpens and add to the students’ cognitive abilities.
UK offers a wide array of courses in almost every field which ranges from providing usual degree courses to sandwich and foundation programs. The Sandwich programs are a combination of periods of study and time spend in the industry. The duration of these courses extend to 4 years. The Foundation programs are of 1 year duration that focus on imparting fundamental knowledge to the students in order to prepare them for advanced studies.
When to apply
The academic year in the UK is generally from September to April with intakes in September/October and January/February. After finalising university and course, students should start applying 6 to 8 months prior to the starting date of the chosen program. Also, students must apply to more than one university.
In order to be eligible to study in the UK, it is important for all prospective students to be proficient in English language. For this the students must take IELTS, an English proficiency examination which tests the applicant’s reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
However depending upon course you opt for, there might be other tests that students are required to take. Also the students must draft a personal statement which consists about themselves, their educational qualifications so far, work/internship experiences, projects undertaken, events participated in, their dreams and aspirations and reasons behind wishing to study abroad in a particular university/college.
Underneath is the list of documents that the student’s require:
- Attested copies of class 10, 12, and 3/4/5 years of bachelor’s degrees’ mark sheets
- Minimum 2 academic LORs (Letter of Recommendation)
- At least one work LOR
- SOP (Statement of Purpose)
- An updated Resume and
- Score reports of tests taken like GRE, GMAT, IELTS, etc.
Education here is affordable as compared to other study abroad destinations owning to the fact that the courses in UK are of shorter duration.
The tuition fee for UG is between Rs 9.5 and 13.5 lakhs and for PG/Masters in Business Administration is Rs 11-15 lakhs. Students can also avail innumerable scholarships, grants bursaries and financial aids. They can apply for scholarships which are funded by the UK government — the Chevening Scholarships and Commonwealth Scholarships.
Life as a student
Besides quality education, another strong reason to take up a course here is the work opportunities it provides to its students. Most universities of UK enable students to gain work experience in order to prepare them to enter the real world. Students here are allowed to work for 20 hours during the term and full time during vacation.Those studying below degree level are allowed to work only for 10 hours in a week.
The UK is an incredible mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking, held together by a strong sense of identity and tradition. As an international student, you’ll find an array of exciting experiences in front of you and will have the opportunity to discover exotic places and meet new people. As the UK is a cosmopolitan city, you’ll find that many UK customs are already familiar to you and so you’ll settle down faster than you think.