UK is one of the world’s most popular destinations to study higher education. With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions every corner, and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students than other English-speaking countries
Major intakes: There are two major intakes available in the UK institutes – January or February intake and September or October intake.
The academic year in the UK runs from September to July. The majority of university courses in London begin in September, although some courses also begin in January and February.
Universities/ Schools: They focuses on research and provide both undergraduate, postgraduate degrees and doctorate.
An undergraduate course usually takes 3 years to finish. The higher education in the UK education system is having an extended number of universities that are offering 4-year undergraduate courses, also known as “sandwich courses”. This program includes one year in a workplace, usually in your third year.
Some British universities offer fast-track programs where you can obtain a Master’s degree at the undergraduate level.
If schools offer postgraduate degrees, they offer Master’s Degrees (typically one year, sometimes two years if your degree is research-based) and/or Doctorate degrees (three-year degrees). These are only available if you have obtained a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university.
Depending on what program you are looking at, the entry requirements will vary for international students. Applications need to be made to UCAS and you will need to make sure you gather all the information together in order to apply - this will include:
The basic checklist for any undergraduate level education is as follows:
Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels and IELTS 5.5-6.0
Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, or an international foundation year along with IELTS 5.5-6.0
Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels plus IELTS 5.5-6.0
Qualifications equivalent to two or three UK A-levels Plus IELTS 6.0-6.5
To begin a postgraduate course in the UK, you'll need to hold an undergraduate degree from the UK or overseas. You'll be expected to have obtained a first or good 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a directly related subject and you'll need to speak English to at least IELTS 6.5 level for most courses.
Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 5.0-5.5
Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 6.5-7.0, or a pre-master's course
First or upper second class undergraduate degree plus IELTS 7.0, or a pre-master's course
First degree, 2-3 years’ business experience, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0
Master's degree, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0
Good command of English language is an essential factor for your overall success in your academic studies in United Kingdom.
Studying an English language course in the UK, such as English for academic purposes (EAP) or a pre-sessional course, will prepare you for further study.
Another option is to take an English test such as IELTS in your home country before you come to the UK. You could also take the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), which is administered online at Pearson testing centers. The test is recognized by more than 100 institutions in the UK and accurately measures the English language listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities of non-native speakers.
The total average cost of studying in UK is estimated to be at least £22,200 per year, with studying in cities like London likely to be significantly more expensive. While these costs may be daunting, remember that most UK universities offer shorter programs compared to other countries, so you may be able to subtract a year's worth of fees and living costs from your total budget.
As far as living costs are concerned, these costs will vary greatly depending on your lifestyle, spending habits, the place you choose to live and budget. One can seek accommodation from the university you plan to attend, or look for private accommodation outside.
As an international student, you are allowed to take up part-time employment along with your studies while in UK. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind though.
Masters and undergraduate students will now be able to work for six months, whereas doctoral students will be able to work for a year after their graduation. They will also be able to apply for a skilled work visa 3 months before the end of their course, or move to skilled work for two years after graduation if they return to their home country.
You are allowed to work while studying if you study at a university or college. International students who study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at a recognized university are allowed to work part-time during term for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays. But If your course is at a lower level, you study at a further education college or your institution is not listed on Official UKVI Sponsor List, you will not be allowed to work during your studies.
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