Study in UNITED KINGDOM (UK): A Guide For International Students
The United Kingdom is renowned for its quality of education. Many universities established in the 12th century have become leaders in the education world. They have a long history of providing quality education and pioneered the education culture.
If you intend to study in the UK, you are up for a unique experience. Whether it is the hustle and bustle of London you are looking for or the charming countryside of West England, you will fall in love with the UK and its people.
With the long history of education culture, there is no wonder that it has one of the biggest international student population in the world.
Whatever your interests, there’s a huge range of clubs and societies, as well as a diverse social life on offer.
- Plenty of course choices:
Choose from over 50,000 courses, in more than 25 subject areas.
- UK courses are generally shorter than other countries, helping to reduce overall tuition fees and accommodation costs.
- It can be possible to work while you study too.
- Plenty of course choices:
Stick around till the end to find out everything you need to know as a Nepali student planning for higher education in the UK.
Facts about the United Kingdom
But before that, here are some quick facts about the United Kingdom:
- Capital City: London
- Currency: Pound Sterling (£)
- Population: 67,363,000
- Area: 93,630 km2
Additional facts regarding the UK
- Tea is the most popular drink among Brits by far. English people drink 165 million cups of tea every day on average.
- The first postage stamp was created in the UK. Designed in May 1840, it featured the figure of Queen Victoria.
- The monument of Stonehenge in the UK is one of the oldest monuments in the world.
- There are public holidays on the day of a royal wedding.
- The UK has the 17th largest railway network in the world.
Different types of Student Visas to study in the UK
- A Standard Visitor visa lets you do a short course of study that lasts no longer than 6 months.
- A Short-term study visa lets you come to the UK to study an English language course that is over 6 months and up to 11 months.
- A Student visa is usually for a longer course. You must be sponsored by a licensed college or university and have a confirmed place. You may be able to do some work on this visa.
- A Child Student visa is for 4 to 17-year-olds who want to study at an independent school. If you’re 16 or over, you can do some work on this visa.
Quality of Education in the United Kingdom
The UK is one of the world’s most popular destinations to study higher education, with more than 500,000 international students enrolling each year.
- One of the world’s leading destinations for international students, second only to the USA. UK universities are among the best in the world and consistently perform well in world rankings. They also have a reputation for world-class research.
- UK higher education degrees and qualifications are recognized by employers and academics worldwide.
- Students get the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, critical thinking, and connections to drive forward their careers.
- High-quality postgraduate study opportunities are also available at the majority of UK universities, with some universities offering sponsorship to extend Tier 4 visas.
Steps to follow before applying for a visa.
- Take a standardized English Proficiency Test like IELTS or TOEFL.
- Do your research and apply for admission to the university you wish to study in.
- After receiving the admission letter, you have to pay a year’s tuition (in most cases).
- Prepare financial documents that show you have enough financial support to pay for your tuition and cover living expenses.
- Take medical tests as you have to show the results while applying for a visa.
- After you have all these documents in place including your academic certificates, you can apply for a Student Visa.
- Prepare for your stay
- Study in the UK
Academic and English Language Proficiency Requirement
Undergraduate: 3-4 years
- IELTS: 6 / 5.5 | Percentage: 55-60 % above | Gap: 1-2 years (evidence is required.)
- IELTS: 6.5 /6 | Percentage: 60% above | Gap: 4-5 years (evidence is required.)
- IELTS & PTE
Intake in the UK:
- September | January | May | June
- Tuition fee : £ 12,000- 18,000 per year
- Living cost: Inner London – £11,385 | Outer London –£ 9,135
- Dependent: Inner London – £ 7605 | Outer London – £ 6120
- Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS): £ 300 Per year
Average total cost
- Single: £25,000 -30,000
- With Dependent: £30,000 – 35,000
Method of financials presentation.
Bank Balance: Bank loan (loan should be on student’s name) Bank balance + Bank loan (But tuition fees should pay by bank loan)
8 multinational banks.
28 A levels of banks.
28 days bank statement
Funds in a bank account must have been held for at least 28 consecutive days in a bank account that is older than 31 days
Next Year’s Financial planning
NRS 25– 30 lakhs above
NRS 35-40 Lakhs Above
Required Evidence of financial support Sponsors:
First blood relative (1-4) can sponsor.
Income source: Business, Salary, Foreign income, Land lease and House rent.
Apply for UK Student Visa
If you are thinking about studying in the UK then you will need a student visa. There are different types of student visas available to students. General Visa is the one if you are joining a standard undergraduate course.
If you are opting for a short-term course or a language course then you will need another visa. Here are some things that determine what kind of visa you need:
- Your native country
- Your purpose for coming to the UK
- Duration you want to stay in the UK
- Your skills and family circumstances.
Working while Studying:
Most Tier 4 Nepali students are allowed to work 20 hours a week during term time and full- time during vacation periods if they are studying course Level 6 or Higher and 10 hours a week if you are studying a course that is below degree level at an HEI. Student studying below level 6 at Further Education College are no allowed to work in the UK
SPECIFIC GUIDANCE FOR ALL TIER 4 STUDENTS
You should need to meet the government immigration rules and achieve 40 points 30 points from CAS letter issue and 10 points from Financial Document
Applying for an offer letter
- Complete Application Form with two References (Academic and professional)
- Academic transcript. This is an academic record of the subjects they have studied and the grades/marks achieved. If they are still studying they should provide a current transcript of their degree studies to date.
- Certificates to confirm their degree or highest qualification minimum 60% mark required (Undergraduate maximum 2years gap and PG/Master maximum 4-5 Years)
- Evidence of English ability, IELTS OR PTE Only
- Copy of passport
- CV/ SOP (for university only)
- Personal Statement.
When considering what to include, think about the following.
- Your reason for applying for the course
- Your reason for applying to the University of (Name)
- Your reasons for applying to a UK university
- Your career aspirations and how the course fits in with this
- Work Experience ( if any gap)
FOR CAS LETTER
- Financial Statement (28 Days bank statement) Loan and Cash Deposit allowed
- NOC letter from (M O E)
- PAYMENT FOR CAS letter
- Immigration History Evidence (Inc. any Country visa refusals, previous Tier 4 Visa held Etc.)
- ATAS Certificate (certain courses only)
- Disclosure and Barring Service Check (certain courses only
- A research proposal for a research program
List of Necessary Documents for UK Visa
- IHS Surcharge (Pay before visa application and get reference Number)
- VISA APPLICATION FORM ONLINE
- Academic Certificates
- English Language Proficiency Certificate
- CAS LETTER (only valid for 6 months and can use once only)
- SPONSORSHIP LETTER
- CONSENT LETTER _ AGE 16-17 YEARS
- BIRTH CERTIFICATE (Compulsory if Father/ Mother Bank statement is used]
- RELATIONSHIP CERTIFICATE (0ptionalJ)*
- INCOME STATEMENT (optional)
- PROPERTY VALUATION [Optional)
- POLICE REPORT (optional)
- CA REPORT (optional)
- OTHER CERTIFICATES (Example: Work Experience, Other Achievements
- BANK BALANCE CERTIFICATE (If you are using overseas currency expect you to show in writing on the application form and closing Balance in pound sterling)
- BANK STATEMENT 28 DAYS (in Name of Applicant or ONLY Father or Mother)
- (Saving or Current account)
- BANK LOAN: (Education Loan only on Student Name)
- (Shares, Bonds, overdraft, Credit Cards and the pension fund are not accepted)
- TB SCREENING
- (IOM Migration Health Assessment Centre, Thirbam Sadak Baluwatar (House Number: 786 /4, Tel 0I-4477 279, 01-4429599)
- VISA FEES: 348* Pound same fee for dependent per person* (Subject to change)
- Skype interview (Compulsory from high commission)
- Phone interview (from institutions)
If you are studying a postgraduate course of 12 months or longer at a higher education institution or If you are a government-sponsored student on a course of six months or longer
- Married case accepted (should be genuine)
- No qualification is required for dependent
Why should you study in the UK?
Here are some reasons why you should study in the United Kingdom:
1/5th of the best universities in the world are in the UK.
Some of the best universities in the world are in the UK. The University of Cambridge, The University of Oxford, and many other universities in the world have been pioneering education to students for centuries. These universities often appear in the QS World University Rankings list. One-fifth of the top 50 universities in the QS World University rankings are in the UK.
Here are some of the best universities in the UK:
- University of Oxford (Ranked 5th by QS)
- University of Cambridge (Ranked 6th by QS)
- Imperial College London (Ranked 8th by QS)
- UCL (Ranked 10th by QS)
- University of Edinburgh (Ranked 18th by QS)
Students can choose to study from a wide range of courses in different disciplines ranging from fashion to physics. Professors that teach in UK universities are considered to be the best in the world.
British Education system is considered one of the best education systems in the world by academics and Global companies as well.
Half a million International Students
The UK has seen a huge surge in the international student population in recent years. There were around 485,645 international students in the UK in 2019. With half a million international students, you will not be alone in your journey.
A huge number of international students from diverse cultures are studying in different parts of the country which is why you will be studying with like-minded people from different backgrounds and cultures. This will allow you to explore much beyond the books in the classroom.
Diverse Culture and rich history
The United Kingdom is one of the oldest nations in the world. Students from all kinds of cultures will make for a unique experience. The people are warm and welcoming so you will right at home. Many student communities provide a homely environment for new students.
Attractive employment opportunities
Career is an important part of education and we know it. As an international student from Nepal, you tend to work to support your studies unless your parents can fully fund your education and your stay. The UK has a minimum wage policy so no matter what work you do, you will earn a minimum of £118.00 (excluding tax) per week to help fund your studies and living costs.
A little extra cash can come in handy at any time. UK government allows international students to work for up to 20 hours a week.
Graduate employability score of Universities in the UK:
Universities: Graduate employability Score
- University of Cambridge: 67.7
- University of Oxford: 66.7
- Imperial College of London: 64.6
- University College of London: 65.6
- University of Manchester: 65.3
- University of Bristol: 64.8
The UK is the cheapest among the Top 3 big student destinations
Among the Australia, the USA, and the UK which are the countries with the highest number of international students, the UK is the cheapest in terms of tuition fees. The average tuition fee is £10,000 which is £2,000 less than that of the US and £3,000 less than that of Australia on an average.
In addition to that, the financial documentation that you need to show the UK government while applying for your student visa is less as well.
Free health care for international students
If you intend to study in the UK for more than 6 months, the National Health Service will provide you with healthcare for free. In case of any health emergency, you don’t have to worry about finance.
Although healthcare is free of charge, the medicines are not free. NHS has also set a maximum amount for medicine that students have to pay. You don’t have to pay more than £8.60 for any medicine no matter how expensive it is.
Degrees are shorter in the UK
You might be familiar that in Nepal, more than 90% of undergraduates are 4 years or longer. However, that is not the case in the UK. The majority of undergraduate degrees in the UK are 3 years or longer. Masters degrees are shorter as well with 1 year being the average time to finish a Master’s degree.
Two-year degrees are also quite popular in the UK. Shorter degrees have their advantages as well. You will save on tuition fees and living expenses as well.
Scholarships in the UK
The United Kingdom has one of the best higher education systems in the world. There are financial aids available to ease the financial burden of international students. So, if you have good grades and think you deserve to study in the UK with a scholarship, take a look at these scholarships provided by the UK government.
- Chevening Scholarship: This scholarship is provided to students with extraordinary academic achievements and also leadership skills. The recipients of the scholarships are selected by British Embassies all around the world. The recipients will receive financial aid to study for a one-year Master’s degree at any leading UK university of their choice. More than 1500 students receive this scholarship around the world each year.
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarship: This is a highly reputed scholarship. The acceptance rate is less than 5% which makes it highly competitive. The recipient gets €31000 per year for two years.
- Commonwealth Split-site PhD. Scholarships: This is a full funding scholarship given to international students by the government of the United Kingdom. The tuition fee of the recipient is covered and they are given allowances + air travel expenses.
- Ministry of Defense Competition for High-Resolution Imaging: This is a partial funding scholarship for international students. The award is £500,000. It can be taken at various institutions across the globe.
- IPBA Scholarship: It is a partial funding international scholarship. It is offered by the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. Citizens of Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Bangladesh, and the Pacific Islands are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
- Rhodes Trust Scholarships: This is a prestigious scholarship provided by the University of Oxford. The value of this award is the full tuition fee and allowance of £15,900. 95 of these awards are offered to students from over 64 countries.
- University of Bradford Global Development Scholarships: The recipients of this scholarship will get their full tuition fees paid and receive an allowance for accommodation. Students with financial hardships from the developing country are offered this financial aid. This is available for students intending to enrol in a Master’s degree expect MBA at the University of Bradford.
- University of London Varadi Distance Learning Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to applicants with outstanding academic results and leadership abilities. The full tuition fee of studying at the University of London is covered. Students from anywhere in the world can apply for this scholarship.
- International Excellence Scholarship in the UK: This scholarship is offered by the University of Roehampton to international students. This award is worth up to £4000 per year. Students with great results in postgraduate and Bachelors can get this scholarship.
How long can a student study in the UK?
There is a maximum time limit (‘cap’) on studying with a Tier 4 visa. Before they can issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies, a Tier 4 sponsor will need to check that your application will not take you over the maximum time allowed. The Home Office will not grant further leave to someone whose current Tier 4 application means they will exceed these time limits unless there are “compelling and compassionate circumstances”, such as injury or disability.
- Students below Degree level can study for a maximum of 2 years
- Student at a degree level and above can study for a maximum of 5 years (excluding some engineering and medical courses)
You can arrive in the UK before your course start:
- Up to 1 week before if your course lasts 6 months or less
- Up to 1 month before if your course lasts more then6 month all document in English and original
After study in the UK
- Graduate Route: After completed study at undergraduate level 6 above can apply.
- Tier 2 work Visa: Secure a graduate-level job, within four months of completing your course, which pays £20000 or more to stay for a further 3 years with the option to extend
- Doctorate Extension Scheme: Allows completing student to stay for 12 months to gain work experience or set up as an entrepreneur
- Start-up/innovator: If you have a business idea an endorsement you could switch to the start-up route.