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With around 162 higher education institutions across UK, and a generous range of degree types to study in UK, 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.

Why Study in UK?

Depending on your home country, you may need to obtain a visa in order to study in the UK. If you are from an EU country, you do not currently need a visa to come and study in the UK. This is subject to change once the UK leaves the EU. If you are from any other country, you are required to be granted a visa before you can enter the UK. Before you can apply for a visa, you will need to be accepted onto a course, be able to prove that your English language skills meet the required standard, and prove that you have sufficient funds for living and studying. To apply for a visa outside of the UK, there will be a fee of £348 for each person applying. The UK government website will provide you with more information about eligibility and restrictions.

The education system in UK

It was during the 19th century when a major expansion in the higher education sector in the UK happened, with the awarding of the royal charters to some of the prominent UK institutions. Since then, many initiatives were launched to bestow the university status to some of the institutions, which went on to become the popular ones in the world.

The UK universities are categorized into colleges of different subjects, which means you need to be sure, beforehand, about which subject you want to study before applying to a UK college. Unlike in the US where you have an option to choose electives and switch over to some other subject at the end of first year, UK colleges, irrespective of being autonomous bodies, expect you to adhere to your choice of subject. Hence, you either apply at each college of the subject that you are interested in or you apply through a centralized (common) system that allows you to apply at various colleges at the same point in time.

• Foundation & Pre master : it purely depend on duration because one quarter normally cost £ 3000 or more.
• For Undergraduate : fees starts from £ 9000 to £ 16000
• For post Graduate : fees starts from £ 9000 to £ 16000

UK university intake seasons

(1). Foundation :British universities allow students from 41% achieved in 12th standard in all Indian education board with 4.0 bands in UKVI IELTS.

(2). Bachelor :Most he British universities prefer 60% achieved in 12th standard in all Indian board but some may accept 55% as well. IELTS requirement is 6.0 band no less than 5.5 in each module but still some of the universities accept 5.5 IELTS in module. Huge number of Universities waive off English requirements with 60/65/70 marks in English subject in 12th standard in all boards.

(3). Master : Most the British universities prefer higher second class i.e above 55% in Indian universities but some of the universities do accept 2nd class mentioned on Degree certificate. IELTS requirement is 6.5 band no less than 6.0 in most of the university & some do accept overall 6.0 no less than 5.5. Huge number of Universities waive off English requirements with 60/65/70 marks in English subject in 12th standard in all boards. Many universities offer Pre master & it’s duration will dependent on combination of % in graduation & IELTS.

** IELTS is not mandatory as university students are consider as gifted students.

Work rights:

• International students are allowed to 20 hrs during study time & full time during holidays

• UK has 8 months study & 4 months holidays system including charismas, easter & summer break.

• Most of the UK universities are offering 6 to 12 months of internship. So as a student you have opportunity to work full time during that period

• Dependent is allowed to work full time

UK university intake seasons

The main intake seasons in UK are September/October and January/February. Few of the Universities have midyear Intake which is March | April | June | July

Types of higher education institutions in the UK

In addition to universities and colleges, which are recognized institutional bodies conferring degrees in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to its students, there are some institutions that fall in the category of ‘listed bodies’.

Listed bodies do not have any authority to award degrees, but they do offer some vocational and pathway programs that may lead to direct employment or transition to a degree program.