Why Study in UK
- Made up of four countries- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom is a very popular study destination for Indian students.
- The UK has more than 100 universities and around 165 higher education institutions including universities and colleges.
- With ancient and traditional universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, University College London to modern universities, the UK offers something for every students in a variety of subject areas.
- Taught Master courses are only for 1 year. You do not need 16 years of education to pursue a Masters degree in most subjects.
- Most undergraduate (bachelors) degrees are for 3 years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Scotland has some excellent universities, a different education system than the rest of the UK and a 4 year undergraduate degree.
Education in the UK is internationally recognized for its quality and variety. The UK's top priority is to pursue the highest possible standards and to ensure access to good education for every child, young person and citizen. There is a huge range of degree courses offered by more than 180 institutions - the University of London alone has more than 40 institutions. You can study towards internationally-recognized qualifications in medicine, law, accountancy, architecture and other professions; or in the arts, media, humanities, business, science and technology. There is a spectrum of research and postgraduate degrees where students are guided by academic supervisors with world-class reputations.
How much will it cost?
On average, tuition fees are around USD $30,000 per year and the average living expenses are about USD $10,000 per year. However fees can vary widely from college to college, and course to course. Prestigious MBA or other postgraduate courses can be substantially higher. When planning your finances for overseas study makes sure you factor in all possible costs to avoid not completing your course for financial reasons.
Popular study areas in United Kingdom
Business is the most popular area of study in UK and also the most job oriented. The percentage of business graduates who have secured jobs after their graduation in the discipline is quite impressive. It is not very surprising as UK houses some of the most well-known business schools in the world. The quality of teaching and education imparted to the students is par excellence. Both undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the field are in demand with most students willing to go for Masters to enhance their professional worth.
Engineering and Technology
Engineering and Technology is another field which is favoured by international students moving to United Kingdom for their higher studies. The field consists of various sub disciplines such as software, chemical, electrical and electronics each with its own worth in the job market. Students usually prefer an undergraduate degree in engineering; however, many continue to pursue postgraduate studies in the field too.
Healthcare and Medicine
Healthcare and medicine is a traditional favorite amongst students. United Kingdom is one of the many favoured destination for higher education in the field of healthcare and medicines. One can pursue short time diplomas or full time degrees depending upon one’s preference or career requirements. The sub fields within the discipline are healthcare management, nursing and MBBS.
Law is one of the most popular area of study in United Kingdom with gems such as London School of Economics and Oxford providing courses in the field of law. Armed with some of the star faculty members, a law degree from UK is definitely going to give your career an edge. One has the option of studying law at different levels- be it undergraduate, postgraduate or professional. The colleges and universities of UK also provide CPD (Continuing Professional Development) courses for working professionals to help them overcome saturation point in their professions and give their career a new boost.
London is known as the media capital of the world and, therefore, it’s quite natural that the journalism courses provided in the city are nothing but the best. The course is carefully designed to provide students with tested skills and principles of the field and equip them with on the job skills through timely internships and training sessions. The course moulds students to fit well into traditional and emerging journalist roles.
The Application Process
Almost every institution will require you to fill in an online application form and pay the admission fee by a credit card.
Essay and/or Statement of Purpose: This your opportunity to talk directly to the Admissions Committee and share what’s important to you including your detailed career goals. It’s just as important to know what not to include as what you should. If in doubt, seek professional advice.
Test score sheets: SAT/ ACT/ GRE/ GMAT/ TOEFL/ IELTS/ PTE. You must send your official scores with your admission form. Undergraduate students should show SAT or ACT and the SAT Subject tests along with the TOEFL. MBA students must submit GMAT scores when applying to ‘top’ institutions while postgraduate students applying for non-business programs should submit the GRE scores.
Recommendation Letters: These letters should be from relevant people who know you well, including professors or previous employers.
Studying and Living in the UK
Made up of four distinct countries- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom is a very popular study destination for Indian students.
The UK is a great place to study in. With excellent quality of institutions and a strong tradition of research, it offers an excellent learning experience.
How can you ensure that your time in the UK as a student is well spent?
Studying and learning- This is an extremely important aspect that you will need to work on. In the UK the teaching and learning style is very different from that in India.
You will be expected to do extensive reading, researching and be able to express your arguments in a logical and convincing way.
Mostly the emphasis is on how to think rather than what to think.
Plagiarism is a serious offence in the UK and students need to ensure that they do not copy answers from their friends, books (without providing proper references).
Settling down to your new life as a student in UK:
Once you arrive in the UK you will need to take care of many things before you get busy with your classes and study.
Most institutions will organise an orientation days/week for international students where you will be introduced to the institution, class time table, accommodation, health and money matters. We recommend that you arrive at your institution in time to attend this orientation as it will help you settle in faster.
Study Overseas Global holds Pre-departure briefings to help students prepare well for life as a student in the UK.
GETTING AROUND – The first few days
ORGANISING YOUR STUDY
You may find the Education System in the UK very different from what you are used to in India. For one you will be expected to do a lot of self study and contribute with active participation in classroom discussions. You will get assignments that you have to submit within the stipulated time neatly typed. Please note that plagiarism is a serious offence in the UK. Students who are caught copying material from friends, internet, books without giving due credit to the author are penalized and are asked to return to their home country. So do make sure your work is original and you give proper references wherever required. You can contact your personal tutor or attend the Orientation Program organised by you institution in order to find out more about this.
When it comes to finding somewhere to live you will find that most institutions will guarantee accommodation provided you have applied by the deadline date. If you are looking for an alternative, private accommodation available outside the university campus may work out to be much cheaper.
However, remember to factor in costs of transport to and from the university, utility bills for electricity, heating, internet etc. You must travel to the UK 1-2 weeks before your course starts so that you have enough time to look for private accommodation.
It is recommended that you carry at least £500 in cash to cover immediate expenses on arrival such as taxi/bus fare, initial deposit for your bank account, food items, stationery etc.
While packing for your life as a student you might like to include a few basic essentials like a warm coat, pressure cooker, umbrella, good walking shoes, spices, plug adapter etc. Remember, layering your clothing is the way to beat the cold.
No matter where you live either in the university or in private accommodation try and make your room cosy and homely as much as possible by bringing your own bed linen (unless you know its included in your room, you can always buy them on arrival in the UK), family photographs, bath towels etc.
In the UK a variety of pre-paid and post-paid schemes are available. It might be difficult to get a post-paid scheme soon after arrival as you will need to give proof of residence etc., hence a pay-as -you-go plan might be your best option. Some phone companies may have cheaper options to make calls to India so may be worthwhile to explore them.
INTERNET & E-MAIL ACCESS
Most colleges and universities in the UK provide free e-mail accounts for their students and you are recommended to visit your university library to find out more. If you are thinking of buying a laptop, we recommend you buy it in the UK as it might be cheaper. You would also find that it is easier to get second hand desk tops very cheap from students who are leaving the campus. There might be offers on brand new laptops arranged by the university and it is best to check with the IT Support staff or the Library staff to find out more.
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