Study in UK

About UK Education

University education in the United Kingdom opens doors to global opportunities. The United Kingdom Education System is the most well-known for its teaching excellence. It is well-known around the world for its high quality and standards.

In the United Kingdom, there are over 395 universities and colleges offering graduate and undergraduate programmes. This enables students to pursue higher education with high-quality academic facilities.

Discover the advantages of a UK education for yourself.

Why Study in the UK?

  •  Renowned colleges – The United Kingdom is home to colleges such as the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and others.
  • The UK is multicultural – The UK is the second most popular international student destination, catering to students from all over the world.
  •  Post-Study Visa – The UK government allows students to stay and work in the UK for up to two years after finishing their studies.
  •  Financial gains- International students studying in the UK can also apply for scholarships, grants, and bursaries.
  •  Quality Education– The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is an independent body in the United Kingdom that routinely assesses the quality of education in various colleges.
  • Health Benefits – As an international student, you are entitled to free clinical treatment in the United Kingdom under the National Health Service (NHS).

Quick facts and figures about education in the United Kingdom

  1. Every year, approximately 450,000 international students study in the United Kingdom.
  2. Asia continues to send the most students to study at UK institutions, surpassing Europe in the rankings for the first time this year.
  3. Asian students account for 44 per cent of all international students currently enrolled in the United Kingdom.
  4. Degrees from institutions in the United Kingdom are widely acknowledged to be of high quality.
  5. Degrees from UK institutions are frequently regarded as of high quality and of world-class standing around the world.

Popular Courses in the UK:  

If you want to study in the UK, you should be aware of its most popular courses.

It typically offers Foundation courses, Undergraduate, Pre-Masters, Postgraduate and Masters’s degrees, two-year degrees, English courses, PhD & Research Degrees, A-Levels, Distance learning, and so on.

Some of the courses you can consider while studying in the UK are listed below.

  • Computer Science
  • Medicine
  • Psychology 
  • Business administration 
  • Design Studies 
  • Law
  • Management Studies
  • Sports Science
  • Media and communication,
  • Arts
  • Hospitality and tourism      

UK Student Visas

There are 2 types of UK student visas namely –

  • Short-Term Study Visa.
  • Tier 4 (General) Student Visa
Short Term Study Visa: 

This visa will allow you to complete a short course in the UK for a half year, or 11 months in case you are contemplating an English language course. 

  •  You have been accepted for a specific course in the UK
  • you have enough money to cover your expenses, and
  • you can pay for your return expenses.
  • a current identification. 
  • bank payslips. 
  • subtleties of your itinerary items and where you mean to remain. 
  • a letter of acknowledgement from the university you tend to study. expressing the name of the course, the term and the expense. 
  • Reports of medical examinations from the nation you hail from. 
 Tier 4 (General) Student Visa for the United Kingdom

Most international students from outside the EU will require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. You can apply if you are at least 16 years old and:

  1. You have been accepted into a course.
  2. You can learn English, including reading, writing, and speaking.
  3. You can show that you have enough money to cover your course fees.
  • A current visa. 
  • confirmation of your assets, for example, bank articulations.
Getting a UK student visa
  • The application process for a UK student visa differs according to the category.
  • The next step is to find a suitable degree at a UK university or higher education institution.
  • If you have a Tier 4 (General) student visa, you can apply for an undergraduate or postgraduate programme through UCAS.
  • You may also apply for a UK student visa in your home country.
Norms and documents

For your UK student visa application, you must provide:

  • Copy of passport/visa (if available)
  • Academic transcript
  • Certificate of graduation
  • Certificate of English proficiency – IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Test/Other
  • Personal statement
  • Reference letters
  • Visitors visiting the UK for more than six months from any of the countries listed above must additionally get a TB test.
  • The processing period for a UK student visa depends on where you apply.
UK Student Visa Costs

It may be noted that the UK student visa fee may vary depending upon which visa you are opting for.

Visa Type

Cost in GBP

Cost in INR

Short Term Study Visa

97 GBP for 6 months, 186 GBP for 11 months

Rs 9,973.5

Tier 4 Student Visa (General)

348 GBP

Rs 35,774.5

Intakes to study in the UK

The UK has two major intakes, September/October and January/February. Some UK institutions provide April/May intake for some programs.

January Entry : 

The secondary intake takes place in January. There are fewer courses available in January than in September, but it allows students who missed the main intake to enrol.

 September Entry: 

The majority of UK universities offer all degrees in September. Applications will be accepted between February and May of that academic year. However, it varies depending on the course and university. The university should be contacted for clarification.

 May Intake: 

The number of students admitted to UK universities is limited. In May, some universities, such as Coventry, Northumbria, Southampton Solent, and the University of Bedfordshire, accept international students.


Deadlines for UCAS

All undergraduate applications are managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The UCAS deadlines for the UK intakes of 2021 and 2022 are shown below, but these are the critical dates for contacting your preferred institution.

  • 15th October 2021 -for all Cambridge and Oxford programmes, as well as the majority of medical, dentistry, and veterinary medicine courses elsewhere
  • January 15, 2022 – All other EU undergraduate courses
  • All other international undergraduate courses end on June 30, 2022.

Several UK institutions accept foreign applications after specific deadlines. If you are running late, please contact your university.

Is it possible to study in the UK without taking the IELTS exam?

A student visa to the United Kingdom without IELTS requires the following:

  • Confirmation from your institution that you are eligible to apply for a UK student visa without IELTS scores.
  • Letter of Acceptance from a UK University
  • The Secure English Language Test (SELT) is accepted as proof of English proficiency by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
Alternatives to IELTS include: 
  • Some institutions may conduct an online interview to assess your English proficiency.
  • If you scored above 60% in English in high school, some colleges may consider your high school English grades rather than IELTS.
  • You do not need to take IELTS if you majored in English in college.
  • Several institutions provide pre-sessional English courses for students who want to study in the UK but do not want to take the IELTS.
  • A high school/class XII English grade point average of 70% or higher is required.
  • Acceptance of your school’s use of English as a medium of instruction
  • Think about a university-led online interview.
  • Before beginning your UK degree, enrol in a university-sponsored Pre-sessional English course.


How to Apply for a UK study visa?

Step-1: Verify your eligibility
  • To study in the UK, you must have a Tier 4 Student Visa. Applications for UK student visas are processed within three weeks of receipt.
    You must be able to show:
  • A confirmed spot at the school, university, or college. It is known as a “study acceptance confirmation” (COE).
  • Enough money to cover your education and living expenses in the UK. 
  • Paper preparations
  • Each document must be submitted with both the original and a photocopy.
Step 2: Visa application form
  • A valid passport.
  • Photographs that meet the passport size requirements.
  • A copy of your university acceptance letter.
  • A copy of any previous passports.
  • Any document that is not in English must be certified, and another method is translation.
Step 3: Online Application
  • You must apply online at the official visa website or seek assistance from a reputable immigration consultancy.
  • You must print and sign the online application form after completing it.
  • Use the online calendar to schedule an appointment at the visa application centre.
  • You will receive your application number after submitting your online application.
Step-4 : Go to the visa application facility on time

You must make an appointment to submit your application, face picture, and fingerprints.

Scholarships to study in the UK for Indian students

Scholarships for international students are administered by the British Council and other affiliated organisations. The following are the most popular scholarships for Indian students studying in the United Kingdom.

  • Chevening Scholarship– Five Indian students are awarded Rhodes Scholarships each year to study at Oxford University.
  • Erasmus Mundus – The Erasmus Mundus scholarship aims to improve the quality of higher education by encouraging international collaboration.
  • GREAT Scholarships – India is a collaborative initiative funded by GREAT and UK Higher Education Institutions.
  • Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships- To honour Dr. Singh, St. John’s College has established the Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships for outstanding Indian students pursuing doctorates.
  • Goa Education Trust Scholarships – This organisation provides postgraduate scholarships and research grants to qualified students in a variety of sectors, disciplines, and departments.
  • Inlaks Scholarships: This scholarship pays for foreign students’ tuition at top universities in the United States, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

Indian nationals with an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution outside India must have lived, worked, or studied in India for at least two years prior to applying as international students. No one from outside India with a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.) is eligible.

Student life in the United Kingdom

Students in general enjoy a relaxed, unhurried lifestyle, which is ideal for the intensive studying that you will be required to do.

Furthermore, depending on who you are and where you come from, student life in the United Kingdom can be quite diverse.

University Checklist: Essentials
  • id (or other ID)
  • License (if you have one)
  • Correspondence from the institution, including acceptance
  • ALL LOAN LETTER (to keep track of when your loan is due, and so you can follow up if necessary)
  • Arrangements and contract
  • A/R information and recent bank communication
  • Visa
  • NI card/details
  • Student cards (e.g. 16-25 Railcard, NUS card)
  • Insurance papers (for international students, who may be required to take out health insurance)
Examiner’s guide: stationery
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks A4 ring binders (s)
  • Highlighters
  • Post-its
  • Calendar/diary
  • Clips
  • Stapler
  • Tape
  • Course readers and study guides

Note: Don’t overspend on university stationery.

Checklist for Clothing
  • T-shirts (t-shirts, jumpers, trousers)
  • Briefs (pants, socks, bras)
  • Gown and slippers
  • Coats and jackets
  • glove hat scarves
  • sock (trainers, smart shoes, casual shoes)
  • Office attire (for possible part-time job interviews)
  • Sportswear/swimwear
Grading system in UK universities
  • First-class honors — usually a 70 percent or better grade point average.
  • The percentage of students who get second-class honors in the upper level is usually 60 to 69 percent.
  • Honors in second class, lowest division — usually between 50 and 59 percent
  • Third-class honors are usually awarded to 40–49% of students.
  • Without distinction – given a standard degree, which is often referred to as a “pass”

Opportunities for post-study work in the UK

  • Foreign students with a valid student visa at the time of admission and an undergraduate degree are eligible for the Graduate Route.
  • Applicants who successfully complete an undergraduate or master’s degree will be permitted to work or seek employment in the United Kingdom for a period of up to two years. Ph.D. students may stay for up to three years.
  • Qualified students who graduate after July 1, 2021, will be eligible for the new path. Students who have already enrolled are included.
  • The Graduate Route necessitates a new visa application from within the UK.
  • It includes a £700 visa fee and an annual Immigration Health Surcharge of £624.
  • Students must also have their most recent Student (or Tier 4) Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies in order to apply for the Graduate Route (CAS).
  • You may still apply for the Graduate Route if you have been studying online in your home country due to Covid-19.
  • Students who began a 12-month or shorter distance learning course in 2020 or 2021 will be eligible to apply if they apply for a student visa and arrive in the UK before their visa expires or by September 27, 2020, whichever comes first.
  • Students who began a 12-month or shorter course in 2020 or 2021 and have already visited the UK within that term of permission will be eligible to apply, as long as they are present in the UK before their permit expires.
  • Students who are funded for a programme that lasts more than a year will not be disqualified from the Graduate Route if they complete remote learning in the UK or abroad between January 24, 2020 and September 27, 2021.
Popular job sectors in the UK include:

In 2019, the wholesale and retail trade sector in the United Kingdom employed the most people (4.9 million). Human health and social work, on the other hand, employed nearly 4.5 million people, making it the second most popular industry.

Accommodation and Living Expenses

  • The rent is around £400 – £600 per month, which is a reasonable estimate.
  • The monthly rent ranges from £320 to £530.
  • Electricity, gas, and water bills: a reasonable estimate is £40 – £50 per month.
  • Monthly food and housekeeping cost between £160 and £200.