Looking to study abroad? You can choose to study in the UK.
It is an excellent opportunity.
Since 1096, when the University of Oxford was founded, the UK has been a center of excellence for education.
With over a hundred universities in England alone – not to mention the many postgraduate programmes available at schools and colleges – you’ll be spoiled for choice when looking for master’s courses.
What makes the study in UK special?
One of the best reasons to study in UK is that it will give you international recognition. You can go anywhere in the world with a certificate from a UK institution, as the country is respected everywhere for its world-leading teaching and research.
Top 10 universities
Every year, the Complete University Guide – a comprehensive and independent league table – publishes the latest rankings of UK universities.
In 2018, the top ten to study in UK are:
- University of Cambridge
- University of Oxford
- London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
- University of St Andrews
- Imperial College London
- Durham University
- University College London (UCL)
- University of Warwick
- Lancaster University
- Loughborough University
What’s on offer?
If you’re looking for an MBA abroad, there are plenty of options in the UK – but you can also look into undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, short courses and diplomas, and various vocational programmes.
There’s a wide range of excellent business schools to choose from, with London Business School coming in first place. With 13 universities in the UK ranked in the top 100 in the Financial Times’ Global MBA Rankings, you’ve got a lot of choice when it comes to finding a masters programme.
What to expect from the UK
The UK has a long and fascinating history, so wherever you choose to study, there’ll be something to discover.
The larger cities are very cosmopolitan, and each year almost half a million international students come to study in the UK.
It is also a global business center, and the capital city of London boasts the headquarters of companies like BP, GlaxoSmithKline, and Unilever.
How to apply
When you’re looking for a masters course, you can apply directly to the university, college, or school. The requirements and deadlines will be different at each institution, so make sure you double check.
At a minimum, they will usually require:
- An English language certificate, such as IELTS, TOEFL, or CAE
- A few years of work experience
- A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
- Evidence of motivation (such as a personal statement)
Study in the UK
The United Kingdom is an immensely popular destination for prospective international students. In fact, the UK is in the top five most popular destinations for Indian students. Part of the reason for this popularity is the demand for workers who speak English.
International students also flock to the UK for the quality academics. Universities such as Cambridge and Oxford are world-renowned. Degrees from the UK are recognized worldwide for their comprehensiveness, relevance to the job market, and emphasis on critical thinking.
In addition to world class academics, international students who study in the UK will enjoy a diverse, multicultural atmosphere that is rich in culture and is home to a variety of activities, such as music and cuisine festivals. Depending on the length of the chosen academic programme, international students who choose to study in the UK can apply for a Short Term UK student visa or a Tier 4 travel visa.
Cost to Study in the UK for Indians
For most academic programmes, international students can expect to pay approximately INR 19 – INR 39 Lakhs per year, depending on the programme and location. Of course, that number goes up considerably if one plans to study in London. The Welsh capital of Cardiff is considered the most affordable city for international students in the UK.
For each 40 weeks of academic programming, the average cost of a flat with no meals included is 4,620 GBP, which translates to INR 4,56,890 for Indian students. This price climbs to 5,145 GBP, or INR 5,08,809 for international students from India. Academic supplies for an Indian student in the UK average INR 39,683 for a 40 week academic programme and INR 48,612 for a 52 week post graduate programme.
Higher Studies in the UK
Prospective international students who wish to study in the UK have a variety of higher educational options. Most undergraduate degrees in the UK take three years to complete. The exception to this is science and engineering, which take four years for the average students to complete.
Many universities in the UK allow students a fast-track two-year option. This fast-track option allows students to enter the job market more quickly and provides a more realistic option for international students who cannot be away from home for the full three or four years.
Two other short undergraduate degree options are the Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) and the Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE). The CertHE allows students to obtain a higher education diploma in one year of full time study or two years of part time study. The DipHE is a two-year, full time programme.
Please note that neither the CertHE nor DipHE will qualify a student for postgraduate study once completed.
Students who are interested in a higher degree can choose a Pre-masters or Postgraduate degree. The Pre-masters is an excellent option for international students who academically qualify for a graduate degree, but need to improve their English language skills in order to be successful at a UK university.
Prospective international students will need to enroll in a Pre-masters programme if:
- Their undergraduate degree does not meet the academic requirements of their master’s course of study.
- The student needs to improve their use of academic or general English.
- The student needs to improve their study, research, or presentation skills.
Requirements to Study in the UK
In order to be accepted into an undergraduate programme in the UK, the prospective international student will need to make sure their academic level is the equivalent to the British A-Levels. For prospective Indian students, that means providing their school leaver qualifications with their application.
Prospective international students will also have to meet the following requirements:
- English language requirements. Any international student who wishes to study in the UK will need to speak English at least at an intermediate level.
- Test scores and requirements for the chosen university.
- A personal statement.
- Proof the student can cover the cost of tuition and living while studying in the UK.
A reference letter.
- An account on the UCAS website. All students who wish to study in the UK will need to submit applications through this site.
UK Student Visa for Indians
Any international student who wishes to come to the UK will need to apply for a student visa. A Short-term Study visa is for students who are undertaking shorter academic programmes, such as the CertHE or DipHE, who meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Able to prove they have been accepted into a qualifying academic programme.
- Able to prove they have enough money to support themselves without working or making use of public assistance.
- Pay for their return trip to their country of origin once their studies are completed.
- Have made arrangements for their travel and stay.
- Have permission from their parent or guardian, if under 18 years of age.
The Tier 4 Study visa is ideal for students who have been accepted into longer academic programmes, such as an undergraduate degree or PhD. The fees for this visa are 348 GBP, an additional 348 GBP per dependant the student plans to bring, and a healthcare surcharge of 525 GBP.
In addition to the eligibility requirements listed for the Short-term Study visa, Tier 4 Study visa applicants will need to provide proof of:
- They have been offered an unconditional place with an approved Tier 4 sponsor.
- They are enrolled in a course that is at least Level 6 on the Ofqual levels (full time) or Level 7 on the Ofqual levels (part time).
Universities in the UK
The United Kingdom is home to some of the best universities in the world, with 76 universities being ranked among the best in the world.
International students have the choice of 50,000 courses in more than 25 subject areas. University matching tools can be found here. In order to apply to a UK university, prospective international students will need to set up an account at the University and College Admissions Services (UCAS) through their website.
The UCAS site provides information on country-specific requirements, a tool to track applications, and advice on writing personal statements. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is also an important resource for prospective students who wish to study in the UK.
How Much Money is Required to Study in the UK?
Tuition fees vary by university. An Indian student can expect to pay approximately INR 19 – INR 39 Lahks per year. Fortunately, there are many scholarships available to international students. Other costs associated with studying in the UK include:
- Visa application fee
- Healthcare surcharge
- University application fees (varies)
- Monthly rent for living quarters
- Food expenses
What is the cost of a UK Study visa?
A UK Tier-4 Student visa for Indians costs £348, with a healthcare surcharge of £200 per year. Add an additional £348 for each dependent the student plans to bring while in the UK.
A Short-term UK Student visa for Indians costs £97 for a 6 month visa and £186 for an 11 month visa.
What do you need to study in the UK?
In order to study in the UK, prospective international students will need to provide the following:
- Passport details
- A recent photograph
- A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from a recognised Tier-4 sponsor
- Proof of adequate English language proficiency
- Proof that the student will have at least £1015 monthly (outside of London) or £1265 monthly (studying in London)
- Documentation of academic eligibility
Once these items are obtained, the prospective student can complete their visa application here.
What exams are needed to study in the UK?
The necessary tests to study in the UK vary slightly by country, but are used to determine academic and English language proficiency. Any international student will need proof of having academic proficiency at least equal to the A-levels. This can be demonstrated by taking the GCSE exams. Prospective international students will need to demonstrate English language proficiency by providing the test results from one of the following tests:
A list of international ESL programmes that can help with preparation can be found here.