The United Kingdom is actually the short conventional name for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; note – the island of Great Britain includes England, Scotland, and Wales. It is one of the oldest monarchies who at one time held about one fourth of the earth’s surface as its colonies under the British Empire in the 19th century. With a very historic significance, the UK has been the birthplace of luminaries in all facets of life; England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture. England is also site of Neolithic Stonehenge, Bath’s Roman spa and centuries-old universities at Oxford and Cambridge.
The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world’s fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It was the world’s first industrialised country and the world’s foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The United Kingdom has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round. The temperature varies with the seasons seldom dropping below −11 °C (12 °F) or rising above 35 °C (95 °F). Summers are warmest in the south-east of England, being closest to the European mainland, and coolest in the north. Heavy snowfall can occur in winter and early spring on high ground, and occasionally settles to great depth away from the hills.
- Capital – London
- Population: 63.23 million
- GDP: $2.435 trillion
- Number of universities: 109
- • Foreign Student Enrolment 2018/2019: 485,646
- Currency: Pound Sterling (GBP)
- Official Languages: English
WHY STUDY IN UK?
- International education hub for more than 100 years
- Easy Visa rules for international students
- Diverse range of courses with wide range of specialisations
- • Sandwich courses : 4 year courses with one year industry placement
- No permission required from the job centre for International students studying at UK institutions to undertake spare time or vacation work
- Free health insurance for students studying in UK for six months or more
UK EDUCATION SYSTEM
The higher education imparting bodies in the UK are
- Institutions of higher education.
- Degree courses
- Vocational training
- Postgraduate courses.
- • Sandwich courses: 4 year courses with one year industry placement
- First degree courses of 3-4 years duration.
- Diplomas and vocational courses of 1-2 years with the Vocational and Technical Education Councils conferring the degree certificate.
- Masters for 1 or 2 years
- Postgraduate study may be in one of two forms – either as a work of independent research under supervision or a taught course of one or two year’s duration.
- IELTS, TOEFL, PTE scores or any equivalent as a proof of English Proficiency
- • IELTS Waiver is available for eligible candidates
- Diploma programs: Overall band score of 5.0
- Bachelor’s Degree: Overall band score of 6.0
- Masters Programs: Overall band score of 6.0 – 6.5
- Main intakes during January and September
- • There are Universities offering multiple intakes (February, April, May, October and November)
COST OF EDUCATION
- An average of 10,000 GBP per year*
*Fees information given are of informative nature may vary from university to university
COST OF LIVING
- 11385 GBP (Inner London – 9 months)
- 9135 GBP (Outer London – 9 months)
WORK RIGHTS AND STAY BACK
- About to implement Point Based Immigration System
- 20 hours per week ( 40 hours during vacation )full time work rights for spouses for Masters programme
- Post study work permit for students who secure a job offer with salary of 20,600GBP
- • UK Home Office confirms 2 years Post Study Stay back (Graduate Immigration route) for students graduating with Bachelors, Masters, PhD, after the summer of 2021.