Studying in the UK gives an international student to secure skills, knowledge, experience, and exposure related to his specific intended course of study. UK offers largest collection of courses, comprehensive study programs, and globally celebrated academic institutions with centuries old history. Every year around 500,000 international students enrolled for courses in UK higher education institutions. There are 395 universities and colleges in the UK and applications are submitted through UCAS. International students can choose courses from 35,000 courses offered through UCAS, making UK among the worlds most diversified learning destination.
UK is made up of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. UK is the sixth largest economy in the world and it has decided to leave the European union after the conduct of referendum in 2016. UK is innovation hub of the world. It is ranked fifth on the Global Innovation Index 2019. UK experiences very stable financial and economic environment. It has very low inflation rate and interest rate. Global investors have high level of confidence on the UK’s rule of law as depicted by robust property laws, judicial effectiveness and government integrity. UK economy is very open, transparent and its public policies are widely debated in public institutions. The UK has a world-class intellectual property regime to protect innovative ideas.
About UK universities, colleges and institutions
UK abode worlds oldest and greatest univerisites including eight hundred years old Oxford and Cambridge Universities. according to QS World University rankings 2020, UK belongs one fifth of the Global Top 50 Universities. According to HESA, UK is the second most visited country in the world for academic purposes. China is the top most country of origin of international students in the UK. In the UK, study program can be shorter for example students can finish their undergraduate program within three years and it takes one year to complete masters degrees.
Funding UK Education and Research
UK academic and research institutions are well funded and international students must have sufficient funds for the full tution fees and all necessary living costs before coming to UK. UK generally observes different fees for its home students and international students. However, due to reputation of UK universities and research institutions, International students have access to scholarship, bursaries and student loans in their home country. As of 2020, Universities in England can charge up to £9,250 per year for tuition fees, or up to £11,100 for an accelerated degree. Universities in Wales can charge up to £9,000 and Universities in Northern Ireland can charge up to £4,395. There’s no limit on tuition fees charged by a private university but there’s a cap on the amount of tuition fee loan you may apply
Prerequisites for admission in the UK universities
International students will be required to provide a comparable academic excellance before they are accepted in UK universities. A statement of comparability can be acquired through UK NARIC. International students would also require to meet english language skills for the relevant academic programs. Students will be required to write a personal statements and this statement will be used by admission officers of relevant universities and colleges for making an admission decision.
International students will be required to make an application for entry clearance for UK. Study visa is subject to stringent requirement and candidate should apply well before the course sart date. In general, it takes three weeks to decide on the student visa application outside the UK. Previously students were admitted to study visa through Tier 4 application. However, after Brexit the Tier 4 Visa is replaced by Student Visa.