STUDY IN UK

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

– Dalai Lama

 

WELCOME TO UNITED KINGDOM

The UK has become one of the top destinations to study around the world. The UK education system is flexible, so you can study in a way that suits your lifestyle and career aspirations. When you study in the UK you meet people from different nationalities, sharing their backgrounds and discovering new perspectives. 

Why Study in UK ?

With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions in every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.

GROWING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students have always been an important presence in the UK, and their numbers have been growing steadily over the years. In fact, the UK is now the second most popular destination for international students, behind the USA.

BENEFITS

  • The UK institutions consistently rank among the best in the world and qualifications are internationally valued and recognized.
  • The UK undertakes 5 per cent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited papers.
  • UK institutions offer flexibility of choice and enable you to blend academic and vocational courses of your choice.
  • The teaching and study methodology used in the UK give you the freedom to be creative and develop skills sets and confidence.
  • As a student you get the opportunity to be taught by the world’s leading academics and experts; you also benefit from their constant academic support.
  • UK degrees can be tailored to your interests and often include specialised modules.
  • The UK is the home of English hence an ideal place to develop language skills and enhance employment prospects.

OVERVIEW

The UK education system gives students the freedom to combine courses and subjects from different areas of studies, so you can tailor your degree to your own needs and interest.

The UK education system offers an excellent standard, a wide range of English language, pathway programs, undergraduate (bachelor) and postgraduate courses and fantastic teaching facilities.

TYPES OF EDUCATIONAL DEGREE: 

  • English Language and Pathway
  • Undergraduate (bachelor) degrees 
  • Postgraduate education (master’s & Research) 

English language schools and pathway providers – offer pre-university preparation either through English language courses or foundation-level courses. These can help you to achieve entry to university or to prepare for university-level studies in the UK. Additionally, English language schools offer stand-alone courses for students wishing to improve their English for personal, academic or business reasons.

Undergraduate (bachelor) degrees – in the UK are essential for many top-level careers and are normally studied over three years in England and Wales and four years in Scotland. They are mainly taught degrees, with teaching varying in format but usually taking place in large group lectures and small group tutorials.

Postgraduate degrees – in the UK can be academic or focused on a particular industry you are looking to enter. You will generally need to have achieved an undergraduate (bachelor) degree or equivalent to be accepted into a postgraduate course.

  • Postgraduate coursework are usually one year in length.
  • Postgraduate Research (such as PhDs) can be three or more years in length.

UK is very famous for its one year MBA programs.

We give accurate and up-to-date information about UK universities to the student and help them interpret that information. Our experienced staff streamline the application process for students. 

  • Course Information & Application
  • Pre-processing
  • Admission process
  • Visa counseling
  • Pre-Departure counseling
  • Financial Preparation
  • Travel arrangement
  • Foreign Exchange

UK universities intake students in two seasons.

 

Popular intake is the one in September when most students decide to join a course. Quite a number of institutions also offer a limited January intake primarily for engineering courses. The vast majority of students prefer the September intake.

  • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER – Popular intake is the one in September when most students decide to join a course. 
  • JANUARY/FEBRUARY – Quite a number of institutions also offer a limited January intake primarily for engineering courses.

The vast majority of students prefer the September intake.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

IELTS –  7.0 for Postgraduate and 6.5 for Undergraduate Studies.

TOEFL – 90 (Internet Based Test) for Postgraduate and 80 (Internet Based Test) for Undergraduate Studies.

Few colleges have exemption if student has scored above 70% in English language in the X and XII std.(English Medium) & if medium of instruction throughout school & college was English

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Undergraduate: 10 years plus 2 years
  • Graduate: 15/16 years of education required
  • Accepted scores in SAT, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS which ever is required
  • Recommendation letters play very crucial role in admission along with a great Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement. 
  • Work recommendation is must if you have any work experience
  • Certificates of achievement & extra -curricular activity participation
  • Strong financial background
  • High grades to eligible for a scholarship

BASIC DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  • Covering Letter
  • Application Form with fees
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Recommendation Letters (study & work)
  • Transcripts & Certificates
  • Test Score Report
  • Bank Statement
  • Affidavit of Financial Statements

Studying in the UK is good value for money – costs here are lower than in both the USA and Australia. The average annual costs for international students were $30,325 in the UK.

BUDGETING

Budgeting is part of student life! Before you come to the UK, make sure you know how you will pay for:

  • Travel cost to the UK
  • Accommodation (Hostel or Off-campus – Shared/Individual)
  • Food
  • Day-to-day living costs
  • Outing and entertainment
  • Health and travel insurance.

Studying in the UK offers excellent value for money and although the UK is sometimes thought of as expensive, the reality is quite different.
Most courses in the UK are often shorter and more intensive which will help you to save on tuition fees and living costs. Course fees may cover a range of things you might not expect, including library access, sports, student union membership, and other practical facilities.

As a full-time student in higher education you will have access to a National Union of Students (NUSA), card which gives a range of discounts on study essentials, travel, entertainment, clothes, food and drink, shopping and more. Student rail (train) and coach (long distance bus) cards can provide excellent discounts.

PART-TIME WORK

If you enter the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, you may be able to work a certain number of hours per week during term time and in the holiday/vacation period. Students can work upto 20 hours a week (around £ 5 – £ 7 per hour) during term time and full time during vacations.

If you go to the UK on a student visitor visa, child visitor visa, or prospective student visa, you will not be eligible to work in the UK. 

EMPLOYMENT POSSIBILITIES:

By studying in the UK, you will have opportunities to develop important workplace skills and your ability to think independently, which will significantly increase your chances of employment. 

English is the international language of business, science and technology. By studying and living in the UK, the home of English, you will be immersed in the language and have the opportunity to improve your communication skills.

Many professional bodies and employers may require evidence of your English language skills.

Virtual Edu consultants will guide you in applying for visa which is often seen as complicated.

If you make a visa application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

In addition to the IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic tests, which you may already know of, a new test called IELTS Life Skills will be introduced.

STUDENT VISAS

The most common visa for international students entering the UK is the Tier 4 Student Visa. This is a points-based system.
As a Tier 4 (General) student, you must have 40 points to qualify.

HOW TO GET 40 POINTS?

  • 30 points for having a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies, which you get for studying a course at an acceptable level with an approved education provider (also known as a ‘Tier 4 sponsor’), and for having acceptable English language skills; and
  • 10 points for having enough money (also known as maintenance or funds) to cover your course fees and living costs. 

Important note for Tier 4 Student Visa (without a pre-sessional)

UKVI has confirmed these changes do not affect you if you are entering directly at degree level or higher at an institution in the UK listed as Tier 4 Sponsors (previously known as Highly Trusted Sponsors). UK universities currently choose their own method of testing students’ English language ability and this will not change.

All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. This means that you do not need to take the IELTS test under UKVI specified condition, unless required by your institution. 

 

Virtual Edu will help you from start to finish, providing assistance in organizing all necessary documents, filling the forms, and interview guidance. 

One of the best healthcare systems in in the world and low crime rates, studying in the UK is safe and secure.

HEALTH

NHS (National Health Service) is one of the world’s best healthcare systems, offering safe and modern treatment. International students do not need private medical insurance when studying in the UK.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, it costs just £150 per year to gain access to the NHS. You pay this fee during your visa application and it covers free medical treatment (including emergency or hospital care, should you need it) and reduced price dental care at an NHS dentist.

WELFARE

UK universities take student welfare seriously. If you feel stressed or have any problems, the best thing to do is to share it. You can talk to:

your tutor, especially if you have concerns about your course or exams
the university student welfare officer or, if there is one, international student officer, someone at your students’ union, which can provide general welfare support and often has officers who can help with women’s, disability or LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) issues, if any.

SAFETY

The UK is one of the safest countries in the world, with low crime rates and a trustworthy police force. The are strict laws on gun ownership and gun crime is rare.

Many universities have their own security services who patrol campuses. Your university will usually provide you with information on staying safe on campus.

Virtual Edu officially represents below universities in UK.

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TAKE THE FIRST STEP

When you plan to pursue a short-term or full degree program in the United Kingdom, ACADEMICALAYA recommends you to go through the resources you need in ‘Complete Insight on UK education’. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements that a university has for admission to various courses are different with each university and course. However, all students must clear an English Language proficiency test.

Some of the standardized tests for medical and bio medical programs  are:

BMAT – Biomedical admissions test
GAMSAT – Graduate medical school admissions test
UKCAT – United kingdom clinical aptitude test
Modern and Medieval Languages Test

The basic eligibility criteria for seeking admission to a university/college/institution in the UK are:-

Bachelors

  • Successful completion of international education equivalent to secondary education (12 years)
  • School mark sheets demonstrating completion of senior secondary education in the native nation
  • Proven academic achievements demonstrating the ability to succeed in university level studies
  • English Proficiency Test Scores.

Master’s degree

  • Three year Bachelor’s degree equivalent from an accredited university
  • IELTS – English Proficiency Test Scores (may vary from university to university).
  • Official documents for all colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation

Doctorate Courses

  • Relevant Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from a recognized university
  • English Proficiency Test Scores.
  • Work experience (as mentioned on the site of the university)

It is a country with rich history and culture, stunning countryside, paired with world-leading modern art, design, culture, fashion and sport. A UK education offers something for everyone. 

From bustling cities to snow-capped mountains, rolling green hills to highlands and islands, the UK is beautiful and exploring is a must. Its relatively small size and good transport links mean that you can see a lot while you are here.

RESTAURANTS

The restaurant scene in the UK is thriving, and increasingly diverse – people are becoming more adventurous and interested in foods from around the world. As a result you’ll find restaurants to suit every taste, mood and budget.

WEATHER

The UK is often associated with rain, but this is because the weather can be unpredictable. The rain doesn’t come all in one season – it can come at any time of year, and on any day. You might experience beautiful sunshine, blustering winds and drizzling rain – all in one afternoon!

FOOD

Food is near the top of the list of things you might miss when away from home. But food can be one of the best parts of living in the UK.

As an international student, there will be access to a variety of scholarships. Students may apply for a range of scholarships and funding provided by UK institutions. Most scholarships are based on academic merit and are very competitive. These scholarships can be applied once the student has got the offer letter from the university.

Yes. You need to deposit full tuition fees to the university before obtaining your visa. 

If your visa is refused and you have paid a deposit to your institution for tuition fees then you will receive a refund of the deposit when you send the institution a copy of your visa refusal letter from the High Commission. A few institutions deduct a small amount usually no more than £ 100 for processing the refund payment.

The courses taught in various universities and institutes are governed strictly to ensure that they are in compliance with global qualification standards in order to maintain the integrity and high quality of the courses being taught. This ensures that the universities provide students with degrees that are not just recognized and accepted, but also respected all over the world.

YES. You can and for most of the courses that is the pre-requisite.

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