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The most common visa for international students visiting UK is Tier 4 (General) Student Visa. The application form needs to be filled online on UKVI (https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/home/welcome)
List of Original Documents required
Check out the list of original documents required for UK Student Visa.
All the students have to take the Credibility interview through Skype conducted by the Visa officer from Sheffield at VFS Centre. The Credibility interview is to check that the student’s intention to visit UK is genuinely to study and his stay in UK will be till the completion of his course.
Visa process takes 15 working days and visa stamping is done on passport for a duration of one month allowing the student to enter UK. All the students are required to collect their Biometric Resident Permit within 10 working days after their arrival in the UK.
According to the world university rankings compiled by the Times Higher Education, more than half of the world’s top 200 universities are located in either the US or the UK. Both countries share a rich tradition of quality higher education, excellent research facilities, and a culture that promotes intellectualism as well as academic freedom. However, while both certainly provide an excellent environment for learning, there are many differences between the two countries regarding the structure of the university as well as student life.
Length of Time
BA: 4 years
BA: 3 years
Most schools use the semester system, but some use a trimester or quarter system. Most schools start in mid to late August and end in May.
Most also use a semester system, but some use trimester or quarter systems. The start and end of an academic year varies by university.
Universities are often divided into schools by subject, but these schools do not typically have a lot of autonomy from the university.
University acts an umbrella organization for the different colleges. Colleges are fairly independent of one another.
Style of Education
More varied, liberal arts, study outside your major.
Take only classes in your college.
Depth vs Breadth
Constant reading and writing assignments
General assignments or no assignments throughout the semester
Based on overall performance on all assignments
Based mostly on the final exam
Important social activity; athletic scholarships available.
Intramural sports; generally no athletic scholarships available.
Dormitories with roommate. Off-campus housing occasionally available.
Dormitories without roommate generally. Off-campus housing generally available.
Types of Degrees
Associates, Bachelors, Masters, PhD, variety of vocational and professional degrees.
Higher National Diploma, Certificate of Higher Education, Diploma of Higher Education, Foundation Degree, Bachelors, Masters, PhD, variety of professional and vocational degrees. Postgraduate degrees divided into taught and research degrees.
The United Kingdom consists of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,united under one government. The countries are. Each has a distinct culture and feel of its own. UK contains over 80 percent of the total population.London, Manchester, Birmingham are the popular cities in England; Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen in Scotland; Cardiff, Newport, Swansea in Wales and Belfast; Lisburn, Newry in North Ireland. Its currency is British Pound.
UK has a variable climate changing from day to day. It is difficult to predict the weather. In general, the summers are warm and winters see snowfall. Summers are cooler than those of India.
Safety in UK:
As a student, you will be as safe in the UK as you are at home. When you get to your college there will be loads of other students who will give you all the information you need about the place. You will find that the country is multicultural and you will soon have friends from all over the world.
Indians living in UK:
Indians are UK’s largest ethnic minority group. There are nearly 1.8 million Indian immigrants living in the United Kingdom. The majority of all Indian immigrants reside in three cities: London, Manchester, and Birmingham. The rest of the Indian immigrants live in major metropolitan areas like Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Belfast.
The Royal Greenwich Observatory, in South East London, is the defining point of the Prime Meridian.London has the largest library in the world. Over 300 languages are spoken in London.The Queen does not have a passport. Love Chicken tikka? So do the British – it has been voted as the country’s national dish by its citizens. Buckingham Palace has its own police station. The British consume 165 million cups of tea every day.
The United Kingdom (UK) is home to some of the world’s oldest universities and colleges having their roots in the 12th and 13th centuries. Coming from such strong legacy, education in the UK has become a benchmark for other countries.Some colleges and universities are publicly funded, while others are privately supported.The education system in the UK consists of four stages:Primary education, Secondary education, Further Education, Higher education. The responsibility of education in the UK is delegated to four jurisdictions – England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. All of these regions have different forms of education systems, qualifications and individual laws/regulations.160 universities and colleges are allowed to award degrees in the UK.There are over 37,000 undergraduate courses at over 370 providers in the UK. Most applicants choose up to five similar courses to increase their chances of getting a place.The education system in the UK is divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children in the UK have to legally attend primary and secondary education which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 16 years old. Recently UK has announced to introduce a new ‘Graduate Route’ two-year post-study work visa to be launched in the summer of 2021. It means that the international students who compete their studies till the time this new Graduate Route becomes operational, will be able to get two-year post-study work visa. (This is subject to change by UK.)
The United Kingdom (UK) is home to some of the world’s oldest universities and colleges having their roots in the 12th and 13th centuries. Coming from such strong legacy, education in the UK has become a benchmark for other countries. Some colleges and universities are publicly funded, while others are privately supported. The education system in the UK consists of four stages: Primary education, Secondary education, Further Education, Higher education. The responsibility of education in the UK is delegated to four jurisdictions – England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. All of these regions have different forms of education systems, qualifications and individual laws/regulations. 160 universities and colleges are allowed to award degrees in the UK. There are over 37,000 undergraduate courses at over 370 providers in the UK. Most applicants choose up to five similar courses to increase their chances of getting a place.
Here is a list of popular courses: Sociology and Social Studies, Law, Business Management, Computer Science, Communications/Media Architecture Building Planning, Business Management, Maths, Computer Science, Creative Arts, Engineering, Law, English literature and media, Geography, History, Languages, Law, Medicine & Dentistry, Nursing and Health, Politics, Philosophy and Theology, Psychology Sociology, Sciences & Biosciences, Veterinary Studies and Agriculture, Design Courses like Graphic, Animation, Interior, Fashion, VFX.
Higher education in UK refers to UG, PG, Doctorate. Most international students will enter directly into the UK higher education system, after completing their home country’s equivalent to the UK’s “further education.” (India’s equivalent 10+2).
In UK, the Universities and Colleges having Tier 4 Sponsors License can admit international Non-EU and non-EEA students and are authorized to provide necessary sponsorship to the international students to obtain a Tier 4 visa for study.
Yes, degrees from UK institutions are accepted worldwide and known for their quality of education.
Yes, 10+2+3 system is accepted by UK universities for master’s programs.
Pursuing masters in UK can be one of the best decisions of your life since it’ll not only enhance your technical skills but also give your CV an edge over others. As an Indian student with an undergrad degree, you should be ideally looking for an institution that emphasizes on practical knowledge, hands-on experience and getting you job-ready. UK universities provide a research-based learning approach wherein you’ll be implementing all the concepts and ideas you gather in the classroom.
Begin by taking a look at the subjects you learnt in your undergrad program, list down the ones that interest you. Narrow down to your preferred niche and search for possible programs and universities. Applying to UK universities and institutions would also require you to take language and/or aptitude tests. So, do consider your academic scores while deciding what and where to study. Look for the intake offered for your preferred courses and prepare accordingly.
Higher National Certificate or Diploma:
1 to 2 years
PG (Masters) Degree
1 – 2 years
Certificates or Diplomas of Higher Education:
1 to 2 years
Taught Masters (such as MA, M.Sc., LLM, MBA, MRes)
1 to 2 years
4 years with a year in industry
Undergraduate Degrees (BA, B.Sc, B.Eng):
3 years (in England, Wales, Northern Ireland)
4 years in Scotland
Research Masters (such as MPhil, PhD, DPhil):
Postgraduate certificates and diploma:
9 to 12 months
Integrated courses (where masters is awarded as the first degree such as MEng):
Admission to Undergraduate
First Ranking Universities
70%-85% in class 12th
Second Ranking Universities
60%-70% in class 12th
55% – 60% in class 12th
Subject Specific Requirements
§ For Engineering degrees, good score required in Maths and Physics in 12th Class
§ For Business degrees, good score required in Maths and other relevant subject in 12th Class, with few exceptions where Maths score in Class 10 is considered.
§ Similarly, subject specific good score is required in 12th Class for other Undergraduate courses.
English Language Requirements
IELTS requirement ranges from 6.0‐6.5 with no band less than 5.5
depending upon the course and the University.
Admission to Masters
Entry Requirements – Academic Marks in UG
English Language Requirements
High Ranking Universities
IELTS Band 6.5 or above.
For doing Pre-Masters, student needs to have IELTS ( of UKVI).
Middle Ranking Universities
An acceptable level of fluency in English is required in UK, hence the need for examinations like IELTS (International English Language Testing System). IELTS tests are designed to measure the candidate’s level of English language skills. The IELTS results are recognised by large number of organizations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.
Most of the UK Universities require students with IELTS 6.0 or 6.5 overall with minimum 5.5 in each section, though minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each section is the requirement as per UKVI.
YES. IELTS waiver is availablein most of the universities. Some universities conduct interviews through video on Skype to assess the English language proficiency of the student. Most universities judge English proficiency of the students on the basis of their English score in their secondary school or senior secondary in the years before they enroll at university. A few Universities do not waive off IELTS if the student has done 12th from certain Boards, e.g. University of West London does not waive off IELTS for Punjab and Gujarat boards students, Birmingham City University and University of East London do not waive off IELTS for Punjab Board students.For PG courses, some Universities grant waiver based on English medium of instructions of the students in the past.
For the students who do not meet the IELTS requirements of the University, Pre-sessional English Language Program is available in UK. For Pre-sessional English course, Foundation course or any other course below degree level, students will require SELT (Secure English Language Test) from UKVI approved test centers only. The fees for SELT is Rs. 18,500. There are only 30 UKVI approved Test centers in India. The UKVISELT is the same as standard IETLS test, but the center has improved security features, including CCTV, Voice sampling and independent audits. The test results are administered electronically and verifiable online.
University Pathways are ideal for international non-EU students who want to study a degree in the UK but do not have the academic or English qualifications. Pre-Sessional course gives you automatic progression onto your chosen course of study at the UK University. The course length depends on your starting level of English and the required level for your course. This is ideal for those students, who are looking for the high ranked Universities but do not meet the Entry criteria.
If you are slightly missing the entry requirement of highly ranked universities, then you can do Year One entry course offered by Pathways providers called International Diploma at Undergraduate level for some courses leading to progression into second year of Bachelor’s degree in some of the Universities without increasing the overall period of study for degree course.
As per UKVI (UK Visa and Immigration), the English Language requirement is CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 for international students and is judged through SELT (Secure English Level Test). However, SELT is not necessarily required for students who will be taking admission in UK at degree level (or higher) in Universities having Tier 4 Sponsors License. In UK, only the Universities having Tier 4 License can admit international (Non-EU) students. These universities have stipulated their own methods and modalities to ensure that their students have the necessary English Language proficiency and their sponsorship for the Visa is accepted under Tier 4 Sponsors License.
In UK, the Universities and Colleges having Tier 4 Sponsors License can admit international Non-EU and non-EEA students and are authorized to provide necessary sponsorship to such students to obtain a Tier 4 visa for study. Such students do not need to go through the process of SELT.
The student should be able to justify the gap during VISA Interview
The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) requires all students who will be studying for a postgraduate qualification in certain sensitive subject areas on a time-limited visa, which includes a Tier 4 visa, to apply for a clearance certificate. The relevant subject areas are based on whether knowledge gained could be used in programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery.
UK Universities have two major intakes – September and January. However, some universities have intakes in March, April and November also. Time Schedule for UK for September Intake:
May or earlier
July or earlier
Applications for Intake:
March – June (or as early as possible)
June – November (or as early as possible)
May – July
August – November
Prepare & Apply for Visa:
June – August
October – December
Fly to UK:
Cost Structure of 1 Year of Education in UK:
Approx. Amount in Indian Rupees
Pre-admission English Exam Fee:
13,250 (for IELTS) or 18,500 (for UKVI IELTS)
NHS Health Surcharge
(£300 per year + £150):
Less Part Time Earnings:
Nature of Part Time Jobs:
Off Campus 20 hours per week; during Vacation 40 hours per week
Available as per norms
You must have proof of funds equivalent to the first year’s fee, even though the course may be of longer duration. Advance payments already made for fee are deductible. Besides you need to show evidence of funds equivalent to 9 months’ funds towards living expenses though the course may be of longer duration. Currently, as per UKVI, living expenses are estimated at £ 1265 pm for study in London and £ 1015 pm for study at other places in UK.
(1) Bank balances held in the name of self or parents.
(2) Loans: from nationalized banks or private sector banks.
For Bank balances, you need to show that the required funds are held for a consecutive 28-day period. If you are using a parent/guardian’s account, you must provide additional documentation as proof of your relationship and to show that you have permission to use their account to fund your studies.For Educational Loans, a guarantor or collateral security is required; interest rates are low and repayment of loan begins after completion of program
Passport, All Academics, SOP (Statement of Purpose), 2 LORS (Letter of Recommendations), CV
There are majorly three Organizations which do the rankings of Universities including UK Universities:
A Tier 4 visa is issued to study in the UK. The sponsor for Tier 4 purposes is the educational institution where the student will study. The visa is issued for a particular course at the institution.
You are allowed to work while studying if you study at a university or college that is listed on both the official UKVI Sponsor list and the list of ‘recognised bodies’. International students who study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at a recognised University having Tier 4 License are allowed to work part-time during term for up to 20 hours a week and full-time (40 hours) during the holidays. All universities admitting international students are recognised universities. International students doing below UG degree level i.e. Diploma, are allowed to work 10 hours per week.
You will need to have applied for a National Insurance number to be eligible to work in the UK, but you do not need to have received your National Insurance number before you can start work. You should do this after you have received your offer of employment.
If you’re a Tier 4 student, you can do a work placement, as long as (a) it is an assessed and integral part of your full-time Masters programme; (b) It doesn’t comprise more than half of your degree; (3) You stay enrolled as a student at your university. If you want to take part in an extracurricular work placement or internship that isn’t part of your course, you must undertake it on a part-time basis (20 hours a week or fewer) during term time, or full-time during the holidays.
After finishing your Masters, you usually have four months (6 months under PG Visa Pilot Scheme) to start looking for employment. Once you have a suitable job offer, you can apply for a Tier 2 (general) visa that entitles you to live and work in the UK for up to five years. Your job will usually need to be a graduate-level position and provide an annual salary of at least £20,800 (or the industry equivalent).
Placement may be offered as part of the courses by some Universities in the following programs:
MBA, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, International Business, Finance, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Data Science, Business Analytics.
Tier 4 (Student) Visa: You’re allowed to work up to 50% of the total length of your studies. If you are a student completing a PhD at a UK higher education institute, you can apply to stay in the UK for a further 12 months after your course completion date. You will be sponsored by your university but you will have full unrestricted work rights, except for some limited professions such as doctors or dentists.
Tier 2 (General) Visa: This is the primary visa to remain and work in the UK after your studies. It is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD from a recognised UK university. Before you apply you must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer and be paid a salary of at least £20,800. After five years of employment, Tier 2 visa holders can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK providing they meet the salary requirements (£35,000) and other relevant eligibility criteria.
UK has announced to introduce a new ‘Graduate Route’ to be launched in the summer of 2021 for two-year post-study work visa. It means that the international students who compete their studies till the time this new Graduate Route becomes operational, will be able to get two-year post-study work visa. (This is subject to change by UK.)
If you are Tier 4 student pursuing post Graduate, your dependents will be able to work full-time without restrictions (including self-employment), but will not be able to take employment as a doctor or dentist in training. Dependents of students are also allowed to undertake full or part time study but in most cases will be required to pay overseas fees.
Students going for Masters level course get 16 months’ visa. They have to attend regular college for 9 months. During this period, they can work only 20 hours a week and during 3 months of vacation and 4 months of extended period, they can work for 40 hours a week. To give you an idea of the total earnings from work, a rough computation of Earnings for 16 months is given below:
9 months X 4 weeks X 20 hours X £ 7.70
= £ 5544
7 months X 4 weeks X 40 hours X £ 7.70
= £ 8624
Total earning through part time work
= £ 14168 (Rs. 12.8 Lakhs approx. at current exchange rate)
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