Do you know that the best part about UK education system is that it provides international students with the flexibility to combine courses and specialisations across varied disciplines? Revered for offering the best education system in the world, pursuing higher studies from the UK opens the door to an array of opportunities. Planning to study in UK? This blog brings you a detailed guide on studying in the UK, cost, requirements, scholarships, top universities and more!
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One of the top reasons to study in the UK is that it houses some of the world’s oldest institutions which are internationally ranked such as The University of Oxford, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia and Imperial College London, to name a few.
Cost of Studying in UK
Apart from the primary tuition fees, the cost of studying in the UK includes accommodation, Visa, daily expenses, transport, etc. Enlisted are the details pertaining to the expenses which one may incur to study in UK:
- Undergraduate Programs in UK: £8000 to £9000 per year (7,10,000 INR-8,00,000 INR) – up to £30000 (27,00,000 INR)
- Postgraduate Programs in UK: £12000 to £15000 (10,70,000 INR-13,00,000 INR) – up to £35000 (31,00,000 INR).
The cost of studying programs like MBBS, clinical degrees and various engineering branches will be a little more expensive than other countries.
The duration of an undergraduate programme is 3 years and a postgraduate programme is 1 year in UK, which in turn helps students save time and money.
Study in UK for Free with these Top Scholarships
There are numerous scholarships to study in UK for Indian students. If you want to study in UK for free, here are the top scholarships you must explore:
- Chevening Scholarships: August 2020 to November 2020
- Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships: January 2020
- Hornby Scholarships: Between October to September every year
- Rhodes Scholarship: Between June to July
- Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan: Between October to November
- Felix Scholarships: September [every year]
- Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree Scholarship: October to January
- Inlaks Scholarships: February to April next year
- Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships (CWIT)
- Scotland Saltire Scholarships
Requirements to Study in UK
Here are the major requirements to study in UK which you need to ensure while applying to a UK university:
- Copy of a valid passport
- Scorecard of English proficiency tests like TOEFL/IELTS/C1 Advanced. (Some universities exempt students from this if they meet the set criteria)
- GMAT/GRE for Masters programs
- Academic Transcripts
- Letter of Recommendations (LOR)
- Portfolio (for specific courses)
- A CV (if applicable)
- Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Do You Know: It is possible to study in the UK without IELTS if you have a major in English or a certification in English or apply to universities like the University of East Anglia, University of Bristol, London Southbank University, Brunel University among others.
Check out our blog on Study in UK without IELTS to know more!
Student Visa in UK
Here are the two main types of UK Student Visas you can choose from to study in UK:
|Tier 4 Student Visa||Short-term Student Visa|
|This is for those who are 16 years of age or above and have enrolled in a course exceeding more than 11 months.||This type of visa is for those students who want to enrol in a short-term course.|
|You will have to collect your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) or letter of acceptance from the institution where you have applied to study.||The duration of such courses doesn’t exceed 11 months.|
Do You Know: The National Health Service (NHS) provides free* medical treatment to international students who are enrolled in programs running for not less than 6 months. But to avail the benefits, one needs to pay an immigration health surcharge during the Visa application. [*Terms and Conditions Apply]
Documents Required for UK Student Visa
- A valid passport (Should have validity for more than 6 months from the date of application of visa)
- Proof of financial stability
- Details of your travel plans and where you are about to reside.
- Health checkup report.
- Keep a blank page on your passport for the visa.
- If you have collected all the documents, recheck and make sure that everything is in English. If not, then you need a certified translator who can translate all of them in English.
You can apply for a student visa online at the official immigration website of the UK.
You will have to sign, submit your application form, book an appointment, pay the application fee and collect the receipt. You will be required to visit the application centre to complete other relevant formalities. It is advised to apply for a visa 3 months prior to the initiation of your course in order to study in the UK.
UK Visa Application Fee
- UK visa application fee for Tier-4 Student Visa: £348 [roughly 28,650 INR]
- Application fee for short-term Student Visa: £97 [roughly 7,990 INR] for a 6-month visa & £186 for an 11-month visa [15,300 INR]
Under the following conditions will you be required to submit a healthcare surcharge fee while completing the application process:
- A citizen of a country outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
- Applying for a visa to study, work or join your family
- Applying to stay for a period of more than 6 months
- Not applying to become a permanent resident of the UK
How to Apply for a Student Visa in the UK?
Now that you know what documents you need as well as the visa that suits your study purposes, let’s discuss the visa application process to study in UK. Below we have detailed the step-by-step guide to apply for a student visa in the UK.
- Choose a Student Visa
- Prepare Your Visa Application
- Get an Appointment at your nearest visa application
- Wait for the Final Decision
Note: Once you have got a visa appointment, you will have to submit a certificate proving that you do not have Tuberculosis (TB) alongside your application.
If your application is successful and is given a green light, then a sticker which is referred to as a vignette will be given to you which you need to keep in your passport. The vignette will comprise of the following elements:
- The type of visa you have granted (like Tier-4 Student Visa)
- The dates by which your visa is valid for (Start and End Date)
- The conditions you must meet while staying in the UK like whether you have “access to public funds”, permit for part-time work or “restricted work”.
Further, you will be required to register your personal detailed with the police department in the UK.
International students who want to study in the UK can work for up to 20 hours/week. However, one can even work full-time during vacations. Further, If you want to work after graduation, you can apply for a UK post-study work visa!
Now that you are familiar with the basic details pertaining to pursuing higher education in UK, let us take a quick look over some of the most popular universities in the UK.
|University||QS World University |
|University of Oxford||5|
|University of Cambridge||7|
|University College London||10|
|Imperial College London||8|
|University of Edinburgh||20|
|The University of Manchester||=27|
|King’s College London||=31|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||49|
|University of Bristol||58|
|University of Warwick||62|
|University of East Anglia (UEA)||=333|