Here’s a comprehensive guide for all Indian students who want to study in the UK
One of the most popular study destinations, the UK enjoys a proud tradition of education with universities rooting back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Known for its language, history, culture and innovation, the UK has an average student retention rate of 82%. With a comprehensive support systems in place for international students, studying in UK is definitely a life-changing experience.
Why study in the UK?
Choosing to study in the UK has many academic, financial, cultural and social advantages. From the best educators in the world to one of the richest cultures, UK is the perfect place to pursue higher education. With around 162 higher education institutions across the UK, and a generous range of degree types, it makes sense that Britain is a popular destination in international education. The education system varies depending on where in the UK you choose to study, with some subtle differences. Regardless of where you study, you will receive high quality teaching from leading professionals. Any qualification gained in the UK will be highly regarded internationally. Many of the UK universities and colleges are seen in the leading education ranking tables. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings, the UK has 4 institutions in the top 10. There are also 18 UK institutions in the top 100. The highest ranked is the University of Oxford, which occupies 5th place. It is followed by the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, in 6th and 8th place respectively.
Cost of studying in the UK
Ready for rupees to pounds? Remember, it’s not just the tuition fee alone you should be calculating in your budget, there’re a lot more expenses involved when you plan to study abroad. Look at our guide of estimates to help ease your financial budgeting whilst your stay as a student in UK. Yes, we’ve covered expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel too! The currency used in the UK is the Pound Sterling (GBP/£). Tuition fees for international students are not fixed or governed in the UK. This means that they can vary greatly from institution to institution, and each university decides what they wish to charge. The tuition fees you are charged will be highly dependent on your home country. If you are coming from an EU country, you are likely to be charged the same as a UK student. If you are from any other country, you will pay international student fees. In England, the maximum undergraduate fee for UK/EU students is £9,250 per annum for the 2019/20 academic year. In Wales, the undergraduate fee can be up to £9,000 per annum, and in Scotland you can also be charged up to £9,000 per annum, but it tends to be less for EU students. In Northern Ireland, as an EU student you can expect to be charged up to £4,275 per annum. Tuition fees for UK/EU students are subject to change each academic year, and you should make sure that you are aware of how much your course will cost you. Postgraduate fees for EU students in each of these areas are normally the same as those for UK students, and will differ depending on the institution. EU students will be aware of the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union, also known as ‘Brexit’. Whilst there are uncertainties for all parties in terms of what tuition fees EU students will pay once the UK officially leaves the EU, many universities have pledged to keep EU fees the same for at least the next few years. Take a look at our ‘Brexit’ article for more information, and know that you’re always welcome to come and study in the UK. If you are a student coming from outside of the EU, your tuition fees could be much higher. For undergraduate and postgraduate level, you can typically expect to pay between £5,000 and £40,000 per annum. If you choose to study an executive education course such as an MBA, or a competitive course such as medicine, your fees will be on the higher end of the scale. In terms of living costs, it is recommended that you have at least £14,000 per year. This will cover your rent, groceries, travel, and any other necessary expenses. If you choose to live in London, you should budget for higher living costs, as it is significantly more expensive than the rest of the UK. Many retailers offer generous student discounts as long as you can prove that you are a student by showing your student card, take advantage of this to save some money. Depending on where you are coming from, you may be able to get a part-time job to supplement your funds. This is normally dictated by your visa, and can sometimes have restrictions. Have a look at our part-time student job article for more information about working during your studies. You may be able to apply for a scholarship to help fund your studies. This could be awarded by your institution, or a separate funding body. Check out our scholarships and funding section for more information.
Education system in the UK
With 4 out of the top 10 universities consistently making the QS World Rankings, UK is undoubtedly the best place to seek quality education. Need to know more? Read up for an overview of the UK’s education system that comes with high global reputation and noteworthy alumni. England is a wonderful place to study due to its rich heritage, quality educational institutes and the fantastic diverse culture. There are some wonderful things to see and do, and it’s very easy to get up and down the country for some great experiences in between study time. You may find that teaching methods are different from what you are used to. You will be given a lot of freedom on your course and be encouraged to interact and express your ideas to your peers. Student life in England is varied, from sports and all kinds of social clubs, to nights out and trips around the country to see the sights!
Student visa requirements for UK
The visa you need will depend on your age and the type of study you wish to pursue in the UK. Take a look at the types of study visas and their application requirements.