UK universities are regarded as among the finest in the world. The 2008 THE - QS
World University Rankings Top 200 includes 29 UK institutions, eight of which appear
in the Top 50. World famous names such as Cambridge, Imperial College and Oxford,
synonymous internationally with education and learning, underline the quality of
the UK higher education system.
There are more than 130 institutions in the UK that are able to grant undergraduate
degrees to students, in addition to a further 500 colleges that
are able to offer educational programs of differing kinds. A huge range of courses,
from accountancy to zoology can be taken, in a variety of locations and surroundings.
At the undergraduate level, scholarships are very difficult to obtain in the UK.
There are no schemes administered by UK Government organisations and only partial
funding offered by individual universities and colleges. All undergraduate applications
for UK universities must be made through UCAS - the Universities and Colleges Admissions
Why Study in UK?
The UK has numerous Universities offering a number of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Universities accept 15 yrs (12+3) of education for entering into their PG programs. The duration of most of the undergraduate degrees is for three years and, Master degrees for one yr hence saving you cost and time! Many degrees provide good links with business and professional organizations. You will gain world-class qualifications, a brighter future and unforgettable student experience.
What is the application process for UK?
For UG programs, the student has to fill out a UCAS form. However there are few exceptions as some of the universities can accept direct applications also.
What are the entry criteria for Postgraduate, Undergraduate and MBA course?
For PG programs, the student has to fill out the University/college form meant for international student.
Different courses at different universities have different entry requirements and some of the courses need prior work experience. The student must also fulfill the requirement for English language by either giving IELTS or TOEFL if asked by the university. Your nearest SIEC office will be able to provide you with details on entry criteria.
How much does UK education cost?
Average undergraduate UK course fees per year:
Foundation courses: £4,000 to £12,000
Arts courses: £7,000 to £9,000
Science courses: £7,500 to £22,000
Clinical courses: £10,000 to £25,000
Average postgraduate UK course fees per year:
Arts and humanities courses: £7,000 to £12,000
Science courses: £7,500 to £25,000
Clinical courses: £10,000 to £33,000
MBA: £4,000 to more than £34,000
What are the living expenses in UK?
Cost of living will depend on the location you choose to live.
Can I work while I am studying?
London- 7200 £ per year.
Other areas- 5400 £ per year.
Yes, you are allowed to work part time for 20 hrs per week as an International Student only if you are studying for a bachelor degree and Postgraduate course only. If you are studying for a Diploma course, you will be allowed to work for 10 hrs per week
Are Scholarships available?
Scholarships are mostly available at the post-graduate level and some of these are offered by the British Government and other UK organizations; e.g. British Chevening Scholarships. Some Universities provide scholarships for specific programs only. All the scholarships are very competitive in nature and are based on merit.
Can an International Student opt to stay for work after studying in UK?
Yes, you can stay and work after completing your studies provided you meet all the requirements of UK Border Agency.
What are the student accommodation options for International Student in UK?
There are two main choices- Halls of residence or private flats and houses. Halls of residence are University/College owned international student accommodation (full board or self catering). Or a student can stay in a renting private accommodation; which is typically a room in a house or a flat shared with students.
Life Style & Culture:
UK life is an incredible mix of international cultures and contemporary thinking, held together by a strong sense of identity and traditions. Study in the UK provides you with an array of exciting experiences to discover. UK being such a cosmopolitan society you will find that many UK customs are already familiar to you which makes it easier for you to settle in faster than you thinks.
If you follow a religion and worship regularly at home, then you can continue to do so when you study in the UK. UK religion covers all faiths and every major world religion is welcome. Most UK cities have Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist centers, as well as synagogues and churches of all denominations. Keeping routine with your faith not only provides you with a link of your life at home but also makes it easier to meet and develop new friendships with other international students and UK residents.
Music is a big part of UK culture. You can find pop, rock, electro, hip-hop, classical, folk, jazz, opera and all sorts of world music. Sculpture, painting, video and photography are widely available to see in the UK.
The UK offers an incredible and beautiful landscape for walking, climbing, cycling, mountain-biking and running. The mountains of Scotland and Wales, the rolling hills of England and Northern Ireland, the Lake District and the Yorkshire moors, as well as the coastline of all parts of the UK will be all around you.
The United Kingdom straddles the geographic mid-latitudes between 50-60 N from the equator. It is also positioned on the world's largest land mass, the western seaboard of Eurasia. These boundary conditions allow convergence between moist maritime air and dry continental air. In this area, the large temperature variation creates instability and this is a major factor that influences the often unsettled weather the country experiences, where many types of weather can be experienced in a single day.
Spring: It is generally a calm, cool and dry season during the period from March to May.
Summer: Summer lasts from June to August and is the hottest season which can have cool evenings.
Autumn: Autumn in the UK lasts from September to November. The season is notorious for being unsettled. It can have warm days and equally there can be cool ones too.
Winter: Winter in the UK is defined as lasting from December to February. The season is generally cool, wet and windy. For a majority of the landmass snow is possible but not frequent, apart from the higher altitudes.