UK is one of the most popular country in the world .The country is known for many things, but its cultural diversities are unique. The UK has already been famous for art, culture and literature but the country is renowned for internationally acclaimed educational institutions. The UK degrees are recognized and respected all over the world. It’s the oldest established educational system which has still dominated global education. UK institutions use a variety of teaching and assessment methods to encourage students to become independent.
- 132 novel prize winners
- UK has largest financial centre
- Safest and high living standard
- 5th largest economy of the world
- London is the 2nd best student city in the world
- 4/10 top universities in the world as per QS ranking
- 2nd in international student enrollment all over the world
Dialing code: +44
Area: 93,628 sq mi (78th)
Per capita: $44,117 (2017)
Total GDP: $2.914 trillion (5th, 2017)
Population: 65,648,100 (22nd, 2016)
Countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Location: UK is the country in Western Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland
Major Cities/ Counties: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Swansea and Cardiff.
- UK opens doors to opportunities and provides a life-changing experience.
- UK degrees can be shaped to your interests and often include specialized modules.
- UK is now the second most popular destination for international students, behind the US.
- It’s the oldest established educational system which is still succeeding in a global competition.
- QS World University Ranking 2018 says “Four of the top ten universities on the planet are in the UK.”
- Students in the UK enjoy a great lifestyle: beautiful countryside, historic sites, city life and music and culture.
- Vast choice of institutions, academics and subjects with flexible programs in diverse, stable social environment.
- The UK is the home of English hence an ideal place to develop language skills and enhance employment prospects.
- The UK undertakes 5% of the world’s scientific research and produces 14% of the world’s most frequently cited papers.
- Scholarships are available for deserving students. Mostly provide 50% in undergraduate courses and 100% in graduate courses.
- The degree will generally take less time to complete in the UK than in other countries, this will also save you money and time.
- The teaching-learning methodology used in the UK is more freedom in nature so helps to create and develop skills and build confident.
- The dropout rate is very low. So, almost all international undergraduates are happy with their experience in the UK. These graduates are highly employable.
- Study in the UK is more affordable as compare to USA and Canada. Numerous scholarships and bursaries offered by UK institutions. Almost free health care by National Health Service.
The education system of UK is renowned and systematic. Education System is regulated and directed by the Department for Education and Local government authorities. There are mainly 3 parts in the education system.
School level takes for 12 years. At age 16 the students typically take exams for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or other Level 1/2 qualifications. While education is compulsory until 18, schooling is compulsory to 16. This can involve continued schooling, known as sixth form or college, leading (typically after two years of further study) to A-level qualifications (similar to a high school diploma in some other countries), or a number of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), the International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, WJEC. It can also include work-based apprenticeships or traineeships, or volunteering.
These Students normally enter higher education as undergraduates from age 18 onwards, and can study for a wide variety of vocational and academic qualifications, including certificates of higher education and higher national certificates at level 4, diplomas of higher education, higher national diplomas and foundation degrees at level 5, bachelor’s degrees (normally with honors) at level 6.
Students who have completed a first degree can apply for postgraduate and graduate courses.
- Graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and professional graduate certificate in education – level 6 courses aimed at those who have already completed a bachelor’s degree, often as conversion courses.
- Postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificate in education – level 7 courses shorter than a full master’s degree.
- Master’s degrees (typically taken in one year, though research-based master’s degrees may last for two) – taught or research degrees at level 7.
- Doctorate Degree (typically taken in three years) – Research degrees at level 8, the top level of the qualifications framework, often require a master’s degree for entry. These may be purely research based (PhD/MPhil) or research and practice (professional doctorates). “New Route” PhDs, introduced in 2001, take at least 4 years and incorporate teaching at master’s level.
Tuition fees: Overseas’ fees can range from £3,500 to about £18,000 per year depending on the institution, the level of your course, and the type of course.
Undergraduates have paid tuition fees set at a maximum of up to £9,000 per annum, with most universities charging over £6,000 per annum, and other higher education providers charging less.
Postgraduate fees vary but are generally more than undergraduate fees, depending on the degree and university. There are numerous bursaries to offset undergraduate fees and, for postgraduates, full scholarships are available for most subjects, and are usually awarded competitively.
Universities are charged differing amounts, often in the region of £5,000 – £20,000 per annum for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The actual amount differs by institution and subject, with the lab based subjects charging a greater amount.
Living Expenses: average cost of living is around £12,000. This may vary from location.
Earning: £ 7+ per hour
Part Time: 20 hours per week
Tax: In order to work in UK, international students need to get National Insurance (NI) Card who wishes to work during their studies in UK. Tax will be paid through this NI card number.
Work Type: International students need to get a National Insurance (NI) Card. Student who wish to work during their studies that depends upon students acquired skills and abilities. There is high global market in agriculture and production. And most of the students work in restaurants, department store, shopping centre etc.
Type of Visas:
Graduate schemes are available at large and multinational companies in Banking, Engineering, Retail and Technology. Accounting and professional services sector and the public, engineering and industrial sectors had the most graduate vacancies. For the graduated students they have to convert the Tier 4 into Tier 2 Visa Category for the Full Time Work.
How to find a job?
There are lots of options available to international students who want to stay and work in the UK after their studies. You can get job offer notification from different job provider. There are many job centres which helps the students to search the part time and full time job. Many international multinational companies offer Graduate Scheme for full time job for graduates.
Average Salary: £24, 000 and above per annum.
Culture: The culture of the United Kingdom has been influenced by many factors including like the nation’s island status, its history as a western liberal democracy, major power and political union of four countries with each preserving elements of distinctive traditions, customs and symbolism. British influence can be observed in the language, culture and legal systems of many of its former colonies including Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and the United States. These commonly called as cultural superpower. Literature, music, cinema, art, theater, comedy, media, television, philosophy, architecture and education are important aspects of British culture.
Food: British cuisine has traditionally been limited in its international recognition to the full breakfast, fish and chips. British cuisine has many regional varieties within the broader categories of English, Scottish and Welsh cuisine. Each has developed its own regional or local dishes.
Safety: UK is a “safe and tolerant” place to study. The UK is one of the safest countries in the world, with low crime rates and a trustworthy police force. There are strict laws on gun ownership and gun crime is very rare. Many institutions have their own security services that patrol campuses. Your institution will usually provide you with information on staying safe on campus.
Welfare: Welfare is vital for everyone. UK universities and colleges take student welfare seriously. If you feel stressed or have any problems, then share your issues to your tutor, especially if you have concerns about your course or exams or to the student welfare officer or at your student union.
Health: It’s important to look after your health when moving away from home for the first time The UK’s NHS (National Health Service) is one of the world’s best healthcare systems, offering safe and modern treatment. International students do not need private medical insurance when studying in the UK.
Transport: Urban rail networks exist in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Leeds and Liverpool. There are many regional and international airports, with Heathrow Airport in London being one of the busiest in the world.
There’s a really efficient rail network across Britain. For the bus service, you can get lots of discounts with your weekly, monthly or annual passes, which will save you money throughout should be able to flag down a taxi easily if you’re in a hurry in cities.
Driving: If you want to drive in the UK, you’ll need to first pass your driving test and get taxed and insured. Cars over three years old also need to pass a Ministry of Transport (MOT) test annually, to make sure it is still safe to drive.