UK
Why study in the UK

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. Generations of international students have come to the UK for their education, which means that British universities have decades of experience in working with international students. UK institutions use a variety of teaching and assessment methods to encourage independence, as well as mastery of the subject. The teaching is interactive and extremely relevant to the industry with emphasis on practical knowledge and skills based approach. Moreover the wholesome experience creates a polished individual.

There are thousands of courses covering hundreds of subjects in many different combinations and so students will be able to find exactly what they require. The diverse range of courses is also matched by the wide range of institutions that give students a varied choice to find the most suitable study environment for them. The UK has a long tradition as a leader in scientific and creative innovation and has been the recipient of the second highest number of Nobel Prizes in the world. Students coming to study scientific and technical subjects in the UK will benefit from learning alongside some of the world’s top intellectual achievers.

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UK institutions for many courses offer the option of taking up a work placement as part of its programme. Having a work placement integrated into the course gives the students cutting edge knowledge and proficiency as well as the on-the-job training in the area of study. UK institutions for many courses offer the option of taking up a work placement as part of its programme. Having a work placement integrated into the course gives the students cutting edge knowledge and proficiency as well as the on-the-job training in the area of study. UK education is a cheaper alternative to other alternates. It further helps that the programmes in UK are shorter (3 years for undergraduate programmes & 1 year for postgraduate programmes) which reduces the overall cost. Moreover large number of scholarships and bursaries are offered by UK institutions, reducing the cost further.

UK is truly a cosmopolitan country in every possible way. People from most nationalities/origin can be found across the UK. Students from over 150 nationalities study in UK creating a tolerant, stable society where students learn about diverse range of people. International students are allowed to work (including off-campus) 20 hours per week and 37.5 hours during Christmas and Summer Break. This helps the students to gain valuable exposure as well as cover part of their living expenses.

There are more than 3000 institutions that welcome international students to study abroad in the United Kingdom. The range of options available to you means that you are free to choose from a variety of routes through the education and training system, combining different types of course according to your personal requirements.

All UK universities are independent bodies maintained by tuition fees, research output and government funding. The country operates the same three-tier higher education system as does much of the rest of Europe, which is divided into undergraduate and postgraduate study. Undergraduate degrees usually last three years (four in Scotland or with a placement in industry or overseas) and normally result in a Bachelor's degree. In Scotland, a four year undergraduate degree will result in a Scottish Master's, which is not equivalent in value to a Master's elsewhere in the UK. Two-year career based and pre-university courses also fall into the category of undergrad higher education, though these are less common.

For a more specialized education, postgraduate study gives you the opportunity to pursue your interest in a specific field. Master's and Doctorate (PhD) courses are generally shorter in length than a Bachelor’s, but can range between duration of one and five years for vocational degrees such as medicine, veterinary and law. At postgraduate level you will be expected to develop original research under the supervision of academics at the top of their field.

Because quality standards for UK universities at both under and postgraduate level are among the best in the world, credentials from such institutions are internationally respected and a qualification obtained here will be a solid foundation for boosting your career.

An education in the United Kingdom means the opportunity to explore this lively centre of culture, traverse its serene landscapes and imbibe its ancient heritage. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all enticing destinations in their own right – from the glittering nerve centre of London to the gritty charm of Glasgow, the craggy peaks of Snowdonia to the green slopes of Northern Ireland, this historic state is packed with opportunity. What’s more, the extensive transport network of this compact nation means that you are never far from the next city, landmark or pub. Read more below about the different types of higher education in the United Kingdom, as well as a few details you should consider during your preparations for study abroad.

 

Top Universities in the UK are as follows:

Foundation

English Entry requirement: 5.5/6.0 in IELTS

Academic: Twelve years of school education or equivalent in your own country

Diploma of Higher Education

English Entry requirement: 6.0 in IELTS

Academic: Qualifications equivalent to one or two UK A-levels, two or three Scottish Higher or a National Diploma; or an international foundation year.

Undergraduate

English Entry requirement: 6.5 in IELTS

Academic: Qualifications equivalent to two or three UK A-levels, three or four Scottish Higher, a Higher National Certificate or Diploma, or BTEC National Diploma; or an international foundation year

Postgraduate

To begin a postgraduate course in the UK, you will need to hold an undergraduate degree from the UK or overseas. You will be expected to have obtained a first or good 2:1 (or international equivalent) in a directly related subject and you will need at least IELTS 6.5 level for most courses.

Qualifications required:

Pre-Master

Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 5.0-5.5

Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma

Undergraduate degree plus IELTS 6.5-7.0, or a pre-master's course

Master's degree

First or upper second class undergraduate degree plus IELTS 7.0, or a pre-master's course

MBA

First degree, 2-3 years’ business experience, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0

PHD

Master's degree, plus IELTS 6.5-7.0

Tuition fees for a UK undergraduate and graduate degree range from £10,000 - £38,000 or more for medical degrees. You must have £12,180 for the annual living expenses according to the current student visa requirements.

You can also apply for scholarship to study in the UK. Some scholarships are funded by the UK government, some by external organizations, and many by individual universities.

Our team at Espire Education will help to find a suitable scholarship for you based on your academic and IELTS score.

International students, who have been accepted for a full-time position at a UK educational institution, will be eligible to work while studying in the UK. You may only eligible to Work as in Tier 4 Rules.

  • 20 hours a week if you are studying at degree level or above at a higher education institution (HEI)
  • 20 hours a week if you are on a study abroad programme at an "overseas higher education institution" in the UK
  • 10 hours a week if you are studying a course that is below degree level at an HEI

You can work full time during vacation periods, before your course starts and after your course has ended.

International students who wish to remain in the UK after they have graduated must apply for a work visa from UK Visa and Immigration. There are several visas you can apply for as a graduate:

Tier 2 (General) Visa:  This is the primary visa to remain and work in the UK after your studies. It is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD from a recognised UK university. Before you apply you must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa:  This visa option is open to all students who are developing a world-class business idea. You will need to be identified and sponsored by your university as having the potential to create your own business in the UK. This applies to all graduating students from any subject discipline.

Tier 4 (Student) Visa:  If you are a student completing a PhD at a UK higher education institute you can apply to stay in the UK for a further 12 months after your course completion date. You will be sponsored by your university but you will have full unrestricted work rights, except for some limited professions such as doctors or dentists.

Tier 5 Temporary Worker: This visa allows you to work in the UK for up to 12 or 24 months (depending on the scheme you’re applying for). International students in the UK can apply for the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa to undertake work experience and internships in the UK after their studies. You can apply to switch from your Tier 4 visa to this visa from within the UK.

Note: there are some new developments for students Post Study work rights in UK. Please refer to the government’s immigration policy for more information.

International students from outside the UK or EU must apply for a student visa to study in the UK. You can only apply for a student visa if you intend to study a full-time degree course in the UK. Student visas are not issued for part-time courses. Your eligibility is calculated using a points-based rules system called a Tier 4 Student Visa.

You will be guided for all the requirements needed to apply the visa at Espire Education. Our team will help the student to meet the visa requirements and guide them throughout the process.

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