The United Kingdom is twice the size of New York State by its size. It consists of England, Scotland, Northern Island and Great Britain. England is separated by the granite Cheviot Hills from Scotland on the north.
London is the capital city for United Kingdom and the currency here is Pound sterling (£).
Thames, Tyne, Tees, and Humber are the Important Rivers flowing into the North Sea. The Wye and Severn are in the west which empty into the Bristol Channel.
UK’s government is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. It has a queen and a parliament with two houses. Those two are the House of Lords and the House of Commons. The House of Lords has 574 life peers, 92 hereditary peers, and 26 bishops, whereas the House of Commons include 651 popularly elected members.
England has existed as a unified entity since the 10th century;
The population of United Kingdom is 63,047,162. English is the official language.
There’s an equivalent education system in UK as that of India.
O level – 10th grade
A level – 12th grade
Bachelor program duration – 3 years
Master program duration – 1 year
Ph. D – 3 years.
The grading system follows an alphabetical order. It’s chronologically from A to E; where A stands for Outstanding, B for Good, C for Average, D for Poor and E for Fail.
UK universities are genuinely open to all talents, after taking difficult decisions needed to revive, reconstruct and rebuild a science base, and provide the funds for universities. This has resulted in a strong system.
A magnificent garden is set to bloom where varieties of students are going to blossom and spread their fragrance.
The financing system is going through a change and poor students are taken care of. Private colleges are at the front of the queue with due plans, and controls. It’ll be less expensive than the old system. The present circumstances and promises are fit for the future. There are government’s projections which speak of positivity. Britain is sending signals for a good future.
The Immigration policy draws on the world’s best talent and enhances the global reputation of UK.
Vice-chancellors are busy in assembling global research teams. There is a global boom in the higher education market, and it has increasing numbers of international students. This is beneficial for the short term, and the long term, and it’s good to give preference to international students. There is support for vocational and part-time students, and there are meaningful reforms to create a route for genuine earning while learning during the pursuit of high education. They want choices of post-secondary vocational courses to acquire high skills at university. The universities are open to all talents, vocational paths to higher skills and a system based on excellence not only for today and this is going to be extended to the future also.
The international students can now avail career development scholarships and grants. Their future dream of possessing advanced level skills is supported by a cooperative system. There’s only one way to grow and that’s by expanding knowledge intensive sectors and training people for the modern jobs. This thrust will produce the Engineers who can expand businesses, and Accountants that will serve for decades, and many other jobs, required by the local and the international community. There will be no skills gaps and the skills system will catch up to keep pace with the scientific and industrial change occurring everywhere.
Pays, skills, and values will be added to enrich the nation and the world would march ahead towards better growth and dynamism of the overseas students studying in UK.
UK remains open to the brightest and the best international students. British universities are world-renowned for their high quality academic programs. Many American students are drawn to the research-based, independent style of learning. Higher education in the UK has a measure of greatness owing to the international fame of UK research, and a long historical tradition of educational institutions. It has modern facilities, cutting-edge technology, outstanding teachers and great academic support.
All Diploma, Bachelors, Masters, PG Diploma and PhD have their own recognition. The Shorter duration of study, in combination with low cost education, makes it very popular as the cost is reduced. The multicultural society supports and respects customs and traditions of different cultures. UK universities monitor closely in order to provide quality teaching, learning and research.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is involved with maintaining these standards. There are 40,000 courses, covering hundreds of subjects and combinations, to suit the demands of students. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK being short help to keep the cost of tuition fees and living expenses down. The students get a head start on working life by graduating earlier.
There are positive signs reflecting a period of stability about visa regulations. Education in UK is exceptional and has an undoubted quality. The UK’s universities have innovative modes of study, varied methodology, and latest technology. A strong tradition of welcoming visitors, geographical location, a nexus of truly international networks, makes UK unique in the eyes of students.
UK is famous for academic research, leading design, art and fashion institutions, Oxford, Cambridge and much more. Education sector attracts talented individuals who work hard to deliver a good academic experience, deeper trans-national understanding and cultural moorings for international students. They play an important role in contacting them at a time of profound change in their lives.
Most undergraduate courses take three years to complete.
The UK learning experience has the strong features of independent thought, problem-solving skills, and development of intellectual skills and creativity. These skills meet the requirements of the global economy and ensure success in job market. A UK degree enhances the chances of finding a job suitable to the quality and talent of student. The student has the advantage to work in any part of the world, as the certificate is recognized everywhere. The 3 years Honors is one of the best in education system.
UK has a low drop-out rate because of comprehensive support system for international students through an international office, student societies and social activities. The process of Application involves including unique points of your education, in your personal statement, and making it appealing and different from other Applicants.
Education is more intensive here when compared to other countries. As a result, students gain an internationally recognized qualification and enter the career of choice relatively quickly.
Difficult decisions need to be taken by the government as the cost is major deterrent for future. It is important for the policymakers to understand the immense impact of UK universities on the economy and future prosperity of UK. The volume of knowledge-intensive activity must not be allowed to be diminished in any way. Not many people think about the richness which overseas students bring and improve the education experience for all concerned. International students bring diversity a new perspective and much more than money to the institutions where they pursue their dreams.
This can be used to provide new facilities and attempt for modernization which will increase the attraction of the universities. International students sustain the academic research in STEM, and have a significant impact on economy.
Skills needed for future employment are taught well which in turn add value. This clearly underlines that, for seeking overseas education, UK will always remain popular with International students.
The opportunity for institutions in UK to target for ambitious students exists, but given the discerning nature of students, institutions must know that International students think globally, and require none of the present discrimination. What is needed is a well defined recruitment strategy, a new partnership with international business, effective career pathways and avenues to work.
Universities in UK charge low tuition fee as compared to other English speaking countries. Tuition fees and the funding vary from one university to another university and depend upon the university you choose. Different tuition fee schemes and scholarships are available for students resident in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Students outside the EU will not be affected by any changes, as far as fee is concerned as they need to pay international fees. Before applying for a university, students need to understand how much they need to pay and what financial support they can obtain. In UK students usually pay their fees with loans which start to be repaid when they graduate and start earning more than £21,000 per year.
Scholarships / Bursaries are offered to international students. Motivated Students of Postgraduate studies at universities across the UK can obtain Chevening Scholarship. It is a flagship global scholarship program of the British Government covering 1000 outstanding students, from 130 countries. Its grant covers tuition fees, monthly stipend, one-off allowances, and maintenance allowance at set rates, return economy airfare and additional funds for living expenditure. Work experience, a proven record of academic excellence, for applicants aged between 21-35 years are considered by a strict judging process. It offers a global perspective.
Scholarships are often offered for excellence in an academic subject or and talents in other fields such as sport, music or drama.
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarships programme. These scholarships mostly support one year Master’s degree at UK universities which helps students to become decision-makers, future leaders, and opinion formers.
Chevening Scholarships are for those who have talent and have been recognized as potential future leaders across a diverse range of fields, including the media, business, civil society, politics, religion, and academia.
LSE offers 50 scholarships to Indian students, who choose studying a Master’s program at the School. Talented students, regardless of financial circumstances can avail from £3,000 to £32,000 based on financial need. LSE offers 50 scholarships, for graduate study, for students from India.
Established in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, when he made a fortune from the diamond firm De Beers in South Africa, the Rhodes is an old and prestigious international scholarship program. It supports talented and brilliant international students from selected countries at the University of Oxford in the pursuit of postgraduate studies. Its scope includes university fees, personal stipend, and health insurance, airfare to and from the student’s home country. 83 Scholars are selected every year. Applicants with moral integrity, academic passion, courage and devotion are awarded grants. Their age must be between 19 and 25. Rhodes is open for all disciplines, and written applications are shortlisted and then scrutinized by a panel of esteemed academicians and professionals. The requirements include a solid academic record, credible extracurricular interest, heartfelt personal essay, not highlighting achievements and not hiding limitations. Optimism can help to overcome the serious and strict parameters applied.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships, applicable to all international students, are awarded for pursuing graduate studies and research at the University of Cambridge. It covers the total cost of studying at Cambridge namely on the heads of university fees, maintenance allowances and airfares. Nearly 100 Scholars benefit from this scheme every year.
Citizens of either a Commonwealth country are eligible. You must be under 25, and hold a university degree.
Grants are given for one or three years and cover expenses of travel, tuition fees and living. Financial help with books or clothes and for maintaining you spouse is also available.
Available on a competitive basis, for all courses (except medicine and veterinary science) the scholarships cover all undergraduate tuition and college fees, and a grant for living and travel expenses. Applicants must first receive a placement offer of at a Cambridge college, and scholarships are awarded
The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India offers scholarships for Indian students who specify a college in one of the universities. The applicants need to already possess a degree from an Indian university.
The scholarships are available at both undergraduate and graduate level.
Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University, offers a merit-based fee reduction of £2,000, for students from the Indian subcontinent, at undergraduate and graduate level.
The University of Sheffield offers scholarships for Indian students at UG and PG level. They cover a specific subject area, and three merit-based scholarships are available for all subjects, worth £7,000 per year.
International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during holidays. Students have to show their passport or identity card as proof to the employer.
Students can work part time in the hospitality, catering, call center and retail sectors as it is very tough to get a part time job related to the student’s course of study.
In UK, it’s British Government who is the decision maker, but not the university to say whether a student can work or not in UK.
Students can download the UKCISA worksheet for further queries on number of working hours in UK, passport and identity cards, eligibility to undertake internships, do’s and don’ts in work, and National Insurance Numbers.
Usually the employment in UK is of two types: Part time employment and Full time employment. We shall look at both of them, one at a time, in brief.
Part time employment
This is usually taken up by students and the maximum working time for part time students is 20 hours/week.
However, students can work for full time during semester break vacations.
The usual pay scale is around 7 pounds an hour.
No assurance from universities’ end will be given regarding a part time employment opportunity.
Full time employment
Generally, a Post Study Work visa (PSW) is granted to students with good credentials to search out for a full time job after graduating. But recently in 2012, the PSW visa has been temporarily dismissed.
This visa will be valid for 3 years.
A boost to budding entrepreneurs is granted in the form of Graduate Entrepreneur visa to set up their own firms after graduating.
PR & Green Card Options
UK offers a Permanent Residence option to immigrants who have been staying in UK continuously for more than a period of 5 years. Immigrants shall produce the documents of self sustenance.
The below are the important websites related to UK regarding all the information about education & immigration.