STUDY IN UK, LAUNCH AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER
The UK has a rich and old tradition of being one of the leading destinations for education. It has a legacy of producing the finest minds in the world in its world-renowned educational institutions. The UK has some of the world’s top-ranked universities where high-quality education and a welcoming environment make study in UK a unique experience.
After the US, the UK is the most favored destination for higher education among international students. The UK universities offer degrees that are recognized the world over.
Most UK universities give you options to continue with post-graduate studies. Some of them even promise to sponsor Tier 4 visas.
WHY STUDY IN THE UK?
- Affordable education
- Innovative and abundant research opportunities
- Internationally recognized courses & qualifications
- Scholarships and financial support
- Healthy and safe communities
- The best possible place to study and learn English
- Multicultural country
- Shorter courses which indicate a reduction in tuition fees and accommodation costs
- A choice of over 50,000 courses in over 25 subject areas
- Possibility to work while you study
COST OF STUDYING IN THE UK
Tuition fees vary between 4 countries including the UK-England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The type of study program and university you choose decides the cost of studying in the UK.
Average Tuition fee in GBP (£)
Undergraduate Bachelor Degree
£6,000 to £16,000 yearly
Postgraduate master’s degree
£10,000 to £20,000 yearly
£13,000 to £29,000 yearly
MAJOR INTAKES OF STUDENTS IN THE UK
An academic year in the UK is from September to July of any year. There are 3 student intakes that colleges and universities in the UK conduct. They are:
- Intake 1: Term 1 – The major intake that starts in September/October
- Intake 2: Term 2 – Starts in January/February (intake is also available)
- Intake 3: Term 3 – Starts in May/June, available for selected courses
AUTHORIZATION FOR STUDENTS TO WORK IN UK
The criteria to be met by candidates to get an authorization to work in UK for students are:
- They must be over 18 years of age
- International students who study a full-time UG or PG degree course at a recognized university are allowed to do part-time work during a term for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays
- Each institution providing higher education has clearly defined semesters throughout the academic year including specific breaks for holidays during which you can work full-time at your job if you wish
The criteria for spouses of the principal candidate are as follows:
- The dependent visa holders can work freely in the UK except as a doctor in training
- If the dependent spouse is highly skilled and secures sponsorship with a Tier 2 licensed employer on his or her own account, they can’t ‘switch’ to a Tier 2 General Visa in the UK.
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR TIER 4 STUDENT VISA
- A valid passport/other travel documentation
- Proof of funds to meet your living costs while doing your course
- CAS reference number (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)
- Documents used to obtain the CAS
- Passport-size color photographs
- Screening for tuberculosis (where necessary)
Your university will make you aware of additional requirements if any prior to your application.
ABOUT BRINGING DEPENDENT FAMILY MEMBERS TO THE UK
Your family members including your spouse and dependents can join you with a Tier 4 Dependent visa. They may decide to stay with you during the course of your study.
Who are the dependents?
- Husband, wife, or civil partner
- Same-gender partner
- Children under the age of 18
- Children born in the UK during your stay
Who can bring a dependent to the UK?
- Those sponsored by a higher education institute for a Level 7 course with a duration of 9 months or more
- Those doing a course sponsored by the government that has more than 6 months of duration
- Doctorate students on an extension scheme
UK DEPENDENT VISA
When to apply for a dependent visa UK offers?
A dependent can apply simultaneously when the Tier 4 applicant applies or after the student has learned the result of their application for a visa.
The applicant may have applied for further leave to stay in the UK under Tier 4 and hasn’t yet obtained a ruling yet. In such a case, the applicant’s family members will have to wait until his/her permit is approved. Only then can they submit their permit for entry clearance.
Where to apply?
Like a Tier 4 student application, dependents should apply for nationality or country of residence in their country. The application will be filed online. For each dependent, a separate application must be completed.
In most countries, an appointment to attend the visa application center for the following purposes is booked as part of the online applications:
- biometrics enrolment
- submission of supporting documents
What are the financial requirements?
Dependents who apply for a visa must have enough funds to meet the cost of living of the UK. They will need at least £680 per month for which the visa is valid, up to 9 months. That’s a total of £6,120 per dependent if the visa is granted for 9 months or more.
A bank statement or bank letter can be asked for to satisfy this requirement. The funds must be kept in the name of the student or the spouse/partner. If the student has an official sponsor that covers the living expenses of any dependent, a letter from the sponsor stating this may be submitted to meet the financial criteria.
- Graduated international students in the UK on a valid Tier 4 visa are allowed to stay in the UK if they hold a job offer with an annual salary of at least £20,800.
- The students must switch from a Tier 4 visa to a Tier 2 General visa which is valid for up to 5 years. This will be needed to stay in the UK upon completing their studies.
- The work experience that students gain while working in the UK may help them qualify for permanent residence. Their annual income must be at least £35,000.
TOP UNIVERSITIES IN THE UK
University of Oxford
University of Cambridge
Imperial College London
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Manchester
King’s College London
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
University of Bristol
The University of Warwick
University of Glasgow
The University of Sheffield
University of Birmingham
University of Nottingham
University of Leeds
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
Queen Mary University of London
What exams should I attend to study in UK?
Overseas students must pass one or more tests before being considered for admission by most of the universities in the UK. These include standardized college and graduate admission tests like GMAT, SAT, and GRE. English language tests like TOEFL and IELTS are also included.
What are the requirements to study in UK?
The entry requirements for studying in the UK are diverse. They are based on the type/level of study you pursue.
- Qualifications on par with
- 2 or 3 UK A-levels,
- 3 or 4 Scottish Highers,
- Diploma or Higher National Certificate, or
- National Diploma BTEC or an overseas foundation year
- IELTS bands score 6.0 to 6.5
- Undergraduate degree
- IELTS bands score 5.0 to 5.5
PG Diploma /PG Certificate
- Undergraduate degree
- IELTS bands score 5.0 to 5.5
- First/Upper Second Class UG degree
- IELTS bands score 7.0
- First degree
- IELTS bands score 6.0 to 7.0
- 2 to 3 years of business experience
- Master’s degree
- IELTS bands score 6.5 – 7.0
How much does a UK student visa cost?
For the General Student Visa [Tier 4], the applicant must pay £348 when applying from outside the UK. An additional £348 per person will have to be paid for any dependents who will be accompanying the principal applicant to the UK.
How long does it take to get a UK Student visa?
For a General Student Visa [Tier 4], you can expect a decision on your student visa application within 3 weeks of the submission of your application for a UK student visa.
How can I go to London to study?
In order to go to London for studies you must:
- Identify a course from over 30,000 courses on offer by the London City
- Prepare and submit an application for admission (The application process for UG and PG degrees isn’t the same)
- Check if you qualify for the UK Study visa
- Submit an application for the UK Student visa along with all the required documents
How can I get a UK Study visa?
UK Student visas are offered on a point-based system. You can apply for the visa at the most 3 months prior to the commencement of your course. You must provide the following to fulfill all the requirements for the UK Study Visa:
- Your passport details
- Your latest photograph
- An unconditional offer of a place on a course provided by an accredited Tier 4 sponsor that’s attested by a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the course provider
- Evidence of adequate skills in the English language by clearing one of the authorized tests such as IELTS with the required band scores
- Evidence of having adequate monetary support through the entire stay in the UK
- An ATAS certificate if you are studying a sensitive subject and are a Swiss/EEA/non-EU student (where required)
- Evidence of monetary support in the form of statements from the bank or a letter from the sponsor demonstrating that you can meet the costs of living, accommodation, and tuition fees
- Documents for your academic qualifications (if needed to attend an interview/biometric test including a digital scan of your fingerprints)
- Results of specific medical vaccinations or a test for Tuberculosis based on your nation of origin (where needed)
Can I work in UK with a Student visa?
You can work in the UK with a Student visa if you study at a college or university that’s listed both on the list of accredited bodies and the official list of UKVI sponsors.
International students can work part-time for 20 hours weekly during the term. They can work full-time during vacations. They must be studying a full-time PG or UG course at a recognized university.
What are the post-study work options in the UK?
International students who complete their UG or PG degree can stay back in the UK for up to 2 years to look for work. They can take up any type of job without any restriction.
Are colleges and universities in the UK accepting applications from overseas students?
Colleges and universities in the UK are open and are accepting online applications from international students.
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