UK Study Visa


Study Visa

Study Visa For United Kingdom

About United Kingdom (UK)

The United Kingdom is the world’s 6th largest economy. It is an Island in northwestern Europe and comprises of following countries – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island. Its GDP is $ 3.3 trillion. The education industry makes up 4% of the UK’s GDP.

It has a thriving financial center for Global banks and insurance companies.

The UK has some of the world’s renowned universities and the UK has so much to offer for students across all streams apart from cross-cultural experience for international students.

UK Higher Education – a Snapshot

The UK has over 280 universities /colleges offering higher education (i.e. undergraduate and above courses). The UK has over 2.8 million students enrolled with it. International Students comprise over 23% of all university enrollments in the UK.

The UK has the following categories of universities – Ancient Universities (7) / Russell Group (pre-1800) (24 nos.)/   Red Brick (6 nos.) (1800-1960) /   Plate Glass (1960-1992) / Post 1992 Group (78 nos.) / Rest / Unique Group

The UK offers full-time/part-time and some universities offer fully online courses.

Typical Cost of Studying in UK entails two types of costs

  • Tuition Fees
    • Graduate Course (GBP 20000 to 35000 p.a)
    • Post Graduate Course (GBP 15000 to 35000 p.a)
    • Doctoral Degree (GBP 15000 to 25000)
  • Living Costs include Food / Accommodation / Books / Transport / Utilities –
    • Living Halls / Dormitories / Student Hostels (GBP 15000-17000 p.a)
    • Room in Private Apartments (GBP 22000-30000 p.a)

UK offers the following types of degree courses

  • Undergraduate – (it is a Bachelors program with 3 years duration or higher If you opt for industrial placement)
  • Post Graduate Degree – (equivalent to Diploma and is offered for 2 years)
  • Taught Masters – (It is a Master’s degree and varies from 1 to 2 years in duration)
  • Master’s Degree in research
  • Doctoral  – (PhD equivalent and takes 3 to 6 years to complete)

Among the world’s top 20 ranked universities (QS rating) – 4 are in UK

  • Cambridge University
  • Oxford University
  • Imperial College, London
  • University College of London

The UK offers a large no. of course/subject options among the following streams across Business Management / Engineering & Technology / Law / Medical Sciences /  Social Sciences / Media and Communication / Accounts and Finance are the popular ones. In the UK – for higher studies – you can opt for Short Term Study Visa or a Tier 4 (General) Study Visa

Typically Admission Process entails the following steps

  1. A student must understand his current skill set / educational qualifications / Experience and other curricular achievements
  2. Know the types of programs he/she can apply
  3. Prioritize the list of 1-2 courses he wants to study in the UK
  4. Evaluate and shortlist 6-7 universities /colleges to apply for admissions based on criteria of affordability/university ranking/costs/placement opportunities etc
  5. Prepare a Statement of Purpose or Essay as asked for by different universities
  6. Obtain Letters of Recommendation from current/previous professors (Education related) and from your superiors
  7. Apply to the approved Universities / Colleges at least 20 days before the cut-off date (preferably complete the process by the end of November of the year if you want to apply for next year’s Fall intake

Steps to Apply for Student Visa in UK

  1. Once the university offers you admission – they will issue your Confirmation for Acceptance of Studies (CAS) certificate
  2. The next step is to apply for a short study or Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
  3. Fill up the online application and submit supporting documents including proof of funds / TB certificate / ATAS certificate / English language test results
  4. After paying visa fees you can seek an appointment with the UK embassy/consulate
  5. Take a printout of supporting documents including a bank-attested SB account statement – in case you are called for an interview else your application decision is communicated verbally

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