Study in UK

Study in UK

The United Kingdom, being one of the most popular study locations, has a long history of education, with universities dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The United Kingdom has an average student retention rate of 82 percent and is known for its language, history, culture, and innovation. Studying in the United Kingdom is unquestionably a life-changing experience, thanks to the extensive support networks in place for foreign students.

Student visa requirements for the UK

Type of student visaWho it’s forWhen to applyArrival in the UK
Tier 4 (General) student visaStudents who have been granted a seat in a degree in an educational institution in UK and are 16 or olderThree months before the commencement of your courseOne week before in case your course lasts six months or fewer. Up to one month before if your course lasts more than six months
Tier 4 (Child) student visaStudents between 4 and 17 who have been selected for a course in an educational institution in the UK with a valid Tier 4 sponsor, such as an independent fee-paying schoolThree months before the commencement of your courseUp to one week before if your course lasts six months or fewer. Up to one month before if your course lasts more than six months
Short-term study visaStudents selected for short-term courses in the UK, such as an English language course or training courseThree months prior to your travel to the UKDepends on your nominated travel dates
Tier 4 (General) student visaStudents who have been selected for a course at a UK educational institution with a valid Tier 4 sponsorThree months before the commencement of your courseUp to one month before if your course lasts more than six months

*For detailed information, please visit the Gov.UK website

 

Visa fee
 

Visa typeVisa fee
General student visa (Tier 4)£348; an additional £348 per person for any dependants.
Tier 4 (Child) student visaIt costs £348 as an application fee for a Tier 4 (Child) student visa from outside the UK. 
Short-term study visa

It costs:

  • £97 for a 6-month visa
  • £186 for an 11-month visa

 *Please always check the official website for the latest fee, or check with your Unibays counsellor

English language requirements

Visa typeIELTS requirement
Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level and pre-sessional coursesIELTS for UKVI - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and aboveIELTS/IELTS for UKVI – 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills

Biometric residence permit

You must additionally get a biometric residency permit (BRP) from the UKVI as part of your application. To have your fingers and thumbs scanned and a digital photo of your face taken, book an appointment with the UKVI.

Cost of study in the UK

S.no.Study ProgramAverage fee (in Euros*)
1Undergraduate bachelor’s degreeGBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000 per year
2Postgraduate master's degreeGBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000 per year
3Doctoral degreeGBP 15,000 to GBP 24,000 per year

*Please note that:  all figures are indicative and PhD cost might differ as fully funded options are also available in the UK

 

 

 

  1. Accommodation costs

When looking for a place to stay, keep in mind:

• Costs 

• Facilities 

• Deposits 

• Inventory 

• Rent book 

• Bill payment 

• Tenancy agreement 

• Council tax 

• House rules

  1. Student visa fee
  2. Living expenses
ExpensesApproximate cost (monthly)
Bills £40 - £50
Food and housekeeping£160 - £200
TV licence £12.56 (or £150.50 per year)
Mobile phone£15 - £50 
Clothes and shoes£25
Leisure & sports £10 - £20 
Books & stationery£21
Socialising£120 
Travel & transport £32
Childcare (if needed)£656 

Source: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/international-students-hub/new-students/coming-to-the-uk/living-costs-in-the-uk/
Please note that all figures are indicative

  1. Health support and Insurance
Duration of StayThe amount payable for the year
If your stay in UK includes a part of a year that is 6 months or less£150
If your stay in UK includes a part of a year that is more than 6 months£300
  1. Transportation. 
  2. Taxes

 

Scholarships to study in the UK

  • Chevening Scholarship
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
  • GREAT Scholarships
  • Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships (CWIT)
  • Scotland Saltire Scholarships

Upcoming intakes in UK

  • Autumn Intake: September to October
  • Spring Intake: January to February

A third intake is also available in a few selected universities, called the Summer intake (June to August).

Education system in the UK

The UK is unquestionably the finest destination to pursue great education, with four out of the top ten institutions continuously making the QS World Rankings.

Study levels

The education system in the UK consists of four stages:

  • Primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Further education
  • Higher education

Qualifications frameworks:

  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications of Degree Awarding Bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ)
  • The Framework for Qualifications of Higher Education Institutions in Scotland (FQHEIS)

 

 

 

Undergraduate courses:

ProgramDuration
Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Diploma (HND)1 to 2 years
Certificates or Diplomas of Higher Education (Cert HE/Dip HE)1 to 2 years
Foundation degrees (FdA/FdSc)6 months to 2 years
Degrees (such as BA, BSc, BEng)

3 years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

4 years in Scotland

Sandwich degrees4 years with a year in industry
Integrated courses (where masters are awarded as the first degree such as MEng)4 years

Postgraduate courses:

ProgramDuration
Postgraduate certificates and diploma (PG Cert/PG Dip)9 to 12 months
Taught Masters (such as MA, M.Sc., LLM, MBA, MRes)1 year
Research Masters (such as MPhil, PhD, DPhil)2-3 years

 

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