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January 2014

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UK education is an investment in knowledge and UK has predominantly been one of the best destinations to study. The UK education system provides facilities such as international students’ societies, planned social activities, academic support, personal tutors to each student, academic and professional counsellors resulting in the lowest dropout rates. The simple admission process along with quick decision time-frame of the universities means, that for the forthcoming September 2014 intake, students have enough time to consider their choices and prepare for the admissions process. The Undergraduate applications go through a streamlined and centralized process run by UK Colleges and Universities Admissions (UCAS) allowing degree aspirants to choose 5 universities and courses in the online-application while the PG applications go directly. The Tier 4 - Points Based System for obtaining of a student visa is hassle-free as well as simple, more transparent and user-friendly.

Universities in UK is competitive in the international student market and there are many international scholarships and grants available to students who wish to study there. To fulfil ambitions of young talented Indians of studying in the UK Universities, there are a large number of bursaries and scholarships, worth almost 1 million pounds. Scholarships are being offered for 260 UG and PG Courses in UK ranging from Engineering, Law, Business, Art & Design, Biosciences and IT in UK institutions across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland under the aegis of other agencies. Universities collaborate with the likes of Chevening Scholarships, Common wealth and Erasmus Scholarships, Royal Society grants and the GREAT Scholarship Programme - India to organize financial support and funding options. All these scholarships are based on merit; so the best way to have a decent shot at these is to apply really early to the universities of your choice. Only when a student has received an offer to study, can he/she apply for these scholarships. This means that your merits (academic profile, relevant experience etc) as well as the timing of your application are crucial in this exercise to meet any deadlines for applying for the relevant scholarships.

The range of scholarship amounts can start from a few hundred pounds to full-fees and expenses covering scholarships to the tune of GBP 15,000; department specific full scholarships are available in Universities of UK like Kings College London (Law), University of Exeter (Business) and Leeds University (Engineering).

University courses UK are significantly less expensive than programs in other top destinations, including the United States. Programmes are generally of one year duration although a good number of the programs are now integrating work or practical components in the structure of the degrees themselves, in the form of internships thus increasing the PG degrees duration from 15 months to 2 years. Universities of UK like Greenwich, Portsmouth and Coventry give this option for their management programs while others like Leicester and Nottingham Trent Universities offer them for IT/Engineering degrees. This gives students a chance to experience the work culture and environment, whilst developing crucial job-skills.

The edge over competition and the freedom to flexibly shape your study to suit your own needs makes studying in the United Kingdom superlative and matchless. Opting for education in UK University is a wise decision that will stand you in good stead, not just in the beginning of your career, but throughout your life!

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