Student Visas > Studying in UK


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  • List of Universities & Colleges
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The Country:

United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Geography & Climate:

The climate is mild and the rainfall is not spectacular. The least hospitable months for visitors are November through February - it's cold and the days are short. March and October are marginal - there's more daylight but it can still be very cold. April to September are undoubtedly the best months.

Currency:

The official currency of UK is Pound sterling. 1USD=0.52 GBP (£).

Education:

United Kingdom boasts of harboring one of the best known business schools in the world like Oxford University, Cambridge University. The soothing climate of UK is very conducive to an efficient studying environment and the colleges in UK are one of the most sought after in the world.

Major Cities:

London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Belfast, Plymouth, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester.

Culture:

British cities are cultural powerhouses and the British are a creative, energetic and bullish people who have had an impact on the world that is entirely disproportionate to their number and insularity. Although Britishness has traditionally been characterized by a polite aloofness or just plain eccentricity, visitors will find Britons as humorous, passionate, hospitable, sentimental and obsessive as any other people.

Britain's greatest artistic contributions have come in the fields of theatre, literature and architecture. Although there is not an equivalent tradition in painting and sculpture, Britain is a treasure house of masterpieces from every age and continent thanks to its rapacious past

Sports:

The people of United Kingdom are crazy about cricket. It is one of its most popular games.

Cost of Study

The fee varies from course to course and University to University. The following are the average tuition fees and living expenses in UK {In Pound Sterling}

UNDERGRADUATE
COURSE AVERAGE TOTAL TUITION FEES PER ACADEMIC YEAR AVERAGE LIVING COSTS PER ACADEMIC YEAR {9 MONTHS} AVERAGE TOTAL COSTS PER YEAR
SCIENCE 8,130 6,600 14,730
MEDICINE 15,660 6,600 22,660
OTHERS 6,210 6,600 12,810

POSTGRADUATE COURSE
COURSE AVERAGE TOTAL TUITION FEES PER ACADEMIC YEAR AVERAGE LIVING COSTS PER ACADEMIC YEAR {9 MONTHS} AVERAGE TOTAL COSTS PER YEAR
SCIENCE 8,200 6,600 14,800
MEDICINE 15,450 6,600 22,050
OTHERS 6303 6,600 12903

Scholarships

Most scholarships for study in the UK are funded by the British Government and are paid to another government for its students, either directly or through an organisation such as the British Council The competition for scholarships and grants to study in the UK is very strong. Most grant-making organisations will insist that you meet some very strict requirements. If you do not meet all the requirements for a grant, then your application will not be considered. Most scholarships for study in the UK are for postgraduate courses

List of Universities and Colleges in UK


  • Anglia Polytechnic University
  • Ashbourne college
  • Barnet College London
  • Bellerbys College
  • Bradford College
  • Bristol University
  • Broxtowe College Nottingham
  • Camberwell College of Arts
  • Cambridge Education Group
  • Canterbury Christchurch University College
  • Cardiff University
  • Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
  • Chelsea College of Arts & Design
  • Columbia Commonwealth University
  • Coventry University
  • Dudley College
  • Edinburgh Telford College
  • Greenwich University
  • Glasgow College of Food & Technology
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Hertfordshire Institute of Business & Tech
  • Holborn College
  • Huron University (USA in London)
  • Lancaster University
  • Langside College Glasgow
  • Liverpool Hope University College
  • LIBT in association with Brunel University
  • London Southbank University
  • Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh
  • Middlesex University,London
  • Millenium City Academy
  • Napier University
  • Northumbria University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Oxford College
  • Porstmouth University
  • Reid Kerr College
  • Richmond University
  • Ruthin School
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Sherbome School of International College
  • Shiplake College
  • Southampton Institute
  • St.Martin's College ,Lancaster
  • Study Group Universities in the UK
  • Sussex University
  • The Kings School Ely
  • The London College Of Fashion
  • The London College Of Communications
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Arts London
  • The London Institute
  • The University of Manchester
  • The University of Ulster
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Abertay Dundee
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Derby
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Essex
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Glamorgan
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Newcastle upon tyne
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Paisley
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Wales Institute Cardiff
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • West London College

Q. What are the accommodation arrangements?

A. Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students are guaranteed accommodation by many universities in their Halls of Residence, for at least their first year at the university provided they inform the university within the given deadlines.

Q. How are the universities rated?

A. British Universities do not have a formal ranking system but the government does take the responsibility to monitor and control the quality of education provided by each university through the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The Government conducts a Research Assessment Exercise once in every 5 years. Which determine the level of research activity in a university department. The departments are graded as high as 5* and as low as 1. General League Tables prepared by newspapers like the Sunday Times and Financial Times can also be checked.

Q. What are Sandwich and Foundation programs?

A. Sandwich programme are made up of a combination of periods of study and time spent in industry. So the course duration extends to 4 years instead of the usual 3 years. Foundation programmes are of 1 year duration and are generally tailored for students as an alternative route to bridge between one's own qualification and that which is required for entry for a degree program in a university/college.

Q. Are there any benefits offered to international students while studying in UK?

A. Yes, There are 2 sources of benefit and they are NHS: All international students studying in UK for the purpose of education for 6 months or more quality for free health care through the National Health Service.

NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS: Loads of discounts are negotiated on behalf of their student members on things like books, stationery, food, clothes, travel and entertainment. All students are entitled to free NUS membership.

Q. Is it tough to get Visas?

A. Student visas are relatively easy to obtain. Most of the applicants from India who provide a confirmed offer from a UK University and evidence of financial support for tuition fees and living costs are issued visas. In addition to our academic counselors at Edwise we also have special accounts/CA's who are trained in visa formalities to help students with the above.

Q. Will I get refund if my Visa is refused?

A. If your visa is refused and you have paid a deposit to your institution for tuition fees 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 Pounds for processing the refund payment.

Q. How can I finance my studies?

A. As compared to the cost of studying in India only, going abroad can seem to be steeply expensive. However one must keep the possible returns in mind which are in the form of quality of education, international exposure and boost to ones career when evaluating the costs of studying abroad. A student can rely on sources like family funds, bank loans, scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships etc to provide for funds required by him.

Scholarships and Bursaries

UK universities are generally government funded which mostly means limited funds available for the university to disburse among students as bursaries and scholarship. Still most universities do have certain awards which are given to students based on their merits as well as performance during the course. Some of the UK universities also have special awards for Indian students besides the ones which individual departments may offer to students coming there to pursue their further studies.

Another important source of scholarship are the British Government sponsored awards like the Chevening Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship, DFID scholarship. These are extremely competitive and the deadlines are much in advance from the session.

Bank Loans

Most nationalized banks offer students loans at competitive rated for considerable time periods which may enable a large section of students to go and study abroad. They will ask for collateral to be pledged.

Educational Trusts/Institutes

Such organizations may also be also be able to help the student to fund his studies abroad.

Sponserships

A blood relative is always preferred but others sponsors can also help to fund your education in the UK provided a logical explanation is given as to why he is willing to sponsor you.

UK Visa

Visa applications have to be made on IM2A forms, which are available, free of cost at the British Embassies. This form has to be filled up by the student and submitted to the embassy, along with the Visa application fee and the required documents as mentioned below.

Immigration Rules for Students

  • You must intend to study at a publicly funded university or college, a bonafide private institution or a fee-paying independent school.
  • Completed Supplementary Questionnaire for students and postdoctoral researchers.
  • You must be able to and intend to follow a full time degree course, or a weekday, full time course at a single institution involving at least 15 hours of organized, daytime study per week.
  • You must be able to pay for your course and the living expenses of your husband or wife and children (if they are with you) without working in UK or claiming public funds.
  • You must not intend to work in UK unless you are accepted for a course lasting longer than six months, when you may work part-time or during vacations.
  • You must intend to leave UK at the end of your studies.

Documents Required For a Student Visa

A letter of acceptance on the course

This will be a letter from your institution confirming that a place has been offered to you and that the course is full-time as defined by the immigration law. The letter should state how long the course will last. Where your course is more advanced and specialized, the letter should also state what level of English is needed for the course (giving minimum test marks, if appropriate) and confirm that you satisfy this requirement.

Evidence that you can pay the course fees and support yourself and your family, if applicable

Depending on your circumstances, this could include evidence of government sponsorship, a letter from a sponsor in UK confirming they can support you, together with evidence that they can do this, and/or your own bank statements. You should also provide a letter from your place of study stating the full cost of the course, what arrangements are acceptable for payment and whether you have already paid fees or a deposit.

Accommodation

Although the immigration rules do not require unaccompanied students to show that accommodation has been arranged, your place of study may have given you information about its availability, and you should bring this to the attention of the ECO. If your family is coming with you to the UK, you will need to show that there will adequate accommodations for them. If your place of study cannot confirm that family accommodation will be available, you may have to consider traveling to the UK alone and making arrangements for your family to join you when you have found somewhere to live.

The Interview

Interview is a part of your visa application process.

The interview is to give you the opportunity to clarify for the ECO certain parts of your application. The ECO will be aiming to satisfy him or herself that your study plans are genuine and workable.

The interview is a normal part of the process, but you may feel quite nervous before it and find it an uncomfortable experience. ECO's are trained professionals who will try to make the process as painless as possible, but the questions are necessarily very direct and personal.

You should prepare for such an interview carefully. In particular:
  • Be familiar with all your study plans; why you chose the particular institution and course; how the course will help your future career
  • Be clear about the cost of living and the course and your finances: do you have enough money to complete the course? Can you prove it?
  • Be as clear as you can about your likely future career in your country: what are you going to do on your return.

For Further Information on Counseling and general information on studying in United Kingdom and or for information about student visa, contact: Aryans International or write to us at info@aryansconsultants.com
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