The United Kingdom is a culminati on of four distinct countries, which are Northern Ireland,Wales,Scotland and finally the most popular of them all, England. It is known for its numerous universities which are considered to be the most prestigious universities to attain a degree from. The wide range of options in its curriculum and the environment that an individual comes across here are highly distinct and diverse.
Though there are a lot of reasons why students are opting to do their higher studies in UK, the most evident would be the fact that the Masters program for almost all the courses in the Universities of UK are only for a 1 year duration, which is time and cost effective for international students who wish to pursue their higher studies in UK. UK universities also recognize and accept the Indian educational system wherein an individual has to complete 3 years of studies to attain a graduate degree.
The wide range of programs offered, and the quality of education rendered in UK universities, makes it the most favorable destination for students from the international community to get a graduate degree. Thus Britain, with its highly reputed assessment system, by which students can be sure that the program that they are pursuing, such as undergraduate, post-graduate, vocational is recognized and accepted globally.
Britain has always been the leading player of the world in various fields like education, science and technology, medical research and many more. The industrial revolution that took place in the 18th century made UK the first industrialized nation in the world, thus giving employment opportunities for people all around the globe. This can be derived from the fact that a census conducted in the year 2001 showed that UK was home to 2.5 million Asians, most of them Indians and Pakistanis and 1.1 million constituted the population of blacks, mostly from Africa and the Caribbean
Art and culture have always been an essential element of many of the European nations and Britain is no exception to the same. There are various art galleries which display the work of great people. Music has always been a passion for the people of Britain and thus one can be easily allured by the variety of shows that are held in the various cities to promote good music. We can find the world’s first wax museum known as Madame Tussauds. The United kingdom is also the home for the oldest radio, television and internet broadcasting corporation , BBC and was also the the first country in the world to introduce underground railroad in the city of London, famously known as the “Tube”.
What makes the city of London even more diverse is their multicultural populations wherein, there are people who follow different religions, customs and traditions and speak over 300 languages within the city. Indians in Uk are considered to be the largest ethnic minority group with a population of around 500,000.
ACADEMIC SYSTEM IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
There are approximately 130 universities in Britain which have always been reputed for their style of education and curriculum that they follow. The universities in UK have always accepted international students with caliber and a passion for learning. The method of teaching and the quality of education rendered in UK Universities ,make them the most sought after universities by students who wish to attain a degree from a foreign university which does not only provide good education but acts as an anchor to a bright future with its globally recognized degree. Thus they are quite stringent about the students that they take in. An individual has to meet the pre requisite criteria in order to get an admission into the University.
Education in Uk can be referred to as a value for one’s money. The short but intensive courses offered in these Universities cannot be seen in any other University through the globe. This in turn reduces the burden on the students,with respect to the cost of living.Closely supervised study in an intellectually and culturally stimulating environment, together with an emphasis on student welfare and close contact between staff and students also ensures that individual students get maximum support and, as a result, pass rates are high and the drop-out rate for international students is very low.
APPLING TO A UNIVERSITY IN UK
A majority of applicants submit their application offline while applying for the universities of their choice in UK.The essential documents that the candidate has to provide are :Resume, SOP(Statement of Purpose),Letter of Recommendations, Transcripts/CMM/Degree certificate,12th Certificate,10th certificate,IELTS/TOEFL score card, Bank statement, Affidavit of Support,1 passport size Photograph, Passport 1st & last page Xerox, Experience letter (If applicable)
STAYING IN UK
The expense incurred by an individual during his or her stay in UK is quite nominal, which would be about 6000 pounds to 9000 pounds per year.
Students can also take up on and off campus jobs. There would be a variety of part time jobs available for them which would help them to cover up a large chunk of their living expenses in UK.As per government regulations, an individual who has opted for a part time job must not work for more than 20 hours a week.
VISAS ISSUED TO STUDENTS
International students who wish to enroll into a UK University are usually issued TIER 4 VISAS.
VAF 9 + APPENDIX 8 FORM (TIER 4 – STUDENT) AND GUIDANCE NOTES
The candidates would need to furnish a CAS letter from University – ORIGINAL & Photocopy (of all docs.),One Passport size photo (45 x 35 mm Color, less than 6 months old),Unconditional letter from University,ATAS Certificate (if necessary),Receipt of fee payment towards accommodation & Tuition,Bank Statements – ORIGINAL for the last 28 days from all sponsors,Transcripts (Mark sheets) (from 10th class till the last degree obtained,Affidavit of Support to be given by the sponsor on Rs.20 stamp paper (non-judicial),Work experience certificate(if applicable),Fixed Deposit Receipts (if necessary)and the Bank loan sanction letter (if necessary)
A nominal fee of £289 (equivalent in Rupees, in D.D form) would be payable for the Visa process and the cities in which the service are New Delhi, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata.