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Frequently Asked Questions about studying in UK

July 2020

Ranked as one of the most popular study destinations, a degree from UK is highly recognized and sought after. A multiculturally rich society, studying with students from various backgrounds will allow an international student like yourself to be more culturally aware. Another major pull factor to study in UK, is the shorter course duration which helps curb a major component of the cost factor. Being taught by leading academicians and stalwarts in the field of study, are major reasons why a student decides to study in UK.

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As UK education consultants, here is a list of few frequently asked questions that we receive:

How much will it cost for me to study in UK?

The tuition fees in the United Kingdom approximately range from Rs. 8,00,000 to Rs. 14,00,000 for an undergraduate program for a year however for a Master's program the tuition fees range approximately Rs. 9,00,000 to Rs. 24,00,000 per year depending upon the university and course. The living cost per year is approximately between Rs 8,00,000 to Rs 12,00,000. Universities in UK have in them, Halls of Residence that usually cost between £135-£340. Similarly, private student accommodation indicatively ranges between £160-£500. Lastly, rented apartments may approximately cost £120-£10000. The cost of accommodation ranges widely due to the difference in location and facilities offered.

How are universities in the UK rated?

Universities in the UK 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 every 5 years, which determines the level of research activity in a particular university department. The departments are graded as high as 5* and as low as 1.

What are the intakes offered by UK universities?

The main intake offered by universities is September and October whereas a few universities also offer January and February intake. Some may have April and May intake too.

Are there any scholarships offered?

There are various sources of scholarships to international students offered by the university itself. Other sources through which scholarships are given are the British Government or by local organizations from the student’s home country. Scholarships are competitive in nature and students need to have a strong profile.

Do I need to appear for any entrance exams?

Below given is the brief framework of entrance exams for certain programs:

  • IELTS/TOEFL if the student is looking to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate course
  • GMAT/GRE if pursuing an MBA and MSC program in Finance in select universities
  • LNAT for select law programs
  • UCAT for medicine or dentistry programs

How can I pay for my studies in the UK?

Study in UK for Indian students can be sourced through family funds, bank loans, scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships, etc. Students can also utilize bank loans, savings accounts, and fixed deposits maintained for a period of 28 days. Most nationalized banks offer student loans at competitive rates for considerable time periods, which may enable a larger section of students. However, they will ask for collateral security to be pledged. You can even consider the possibility of an international bank loan.

Do I get to work during my course in the UK?

You can work up to 20 hours a week during the course duration and full-time during course breaks. You can expect to approximately earn £375-£525 per month during the term. This will not only help you recover your cost but also undertake new experiences.

What are the job opportunities in the UK, after I complete my program?

Students can stay back in the UK two years upon the completion of the course. Until recently, students received a stay back of mere four to six months respectively. A major benefit of the visa is that it gives international students an opportunity to look for jobs. Once the graduate finds an appropriate job, they can switch to the skilled work segment which is a route towards settlement.

A noteworthy factor of the education system in the UK is the impetus it provides to creativity and ingenious thinking. This not only develops the skill-sets of students but also builds up their confidence.

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