STUDY IN UK

Outlook

Universities in the UK have very few scholarships at the undergraduate level, but offer several at master’s level and above.

Despite Brexit And Harsh Visa Restrictions, UK Remains Key Study Destination The UK is a key higher education destination for Indian students. Although that number has begun to drop recently due to Brexit and harsher rules for post study work, a significant number of students studying under international boards continue to go there. The main thing to note is that in the UK, once you have started studying for your degree be it undergraduate or postgraduate—you cannot change your subject midway. You will have to apply again and start from the beginning. 

The UK has harsh visa rules, with the Tier 4 the student visa only allowing students four months at the end of their course to search for employment, and the conditions of the Tier 4 visa being stringent. Recent changes in the way the Tier 4 visa is administered mean that students must show:


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Proof of finances: Course fees as well as 10,100 pounds need to be shown in your account for over 30 days.

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Students will be issued a visa for two weeks, and must pick up a biometric pass from within the UK (post office/university).

The UK (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is made up of four constituent countries:

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England

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Wales

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Scotland

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Northern Ireland

England and Wales are similar in terms of climate, being more temperate and rainy. The universities in both countries are old and well regarded, with Oxford and Cambridge being in England although, generally speaking, the quality of education is relatively even all across the UK.

Scotland is to the north of England and has colder weather, especially in the famous highlands. The country is rich in art, culture and history. The capital city, Edinburgh, has a festival for every month of the year, while Glasgow is famous for its art and music.

Finally, Northern Ireland. It is more religiously conservative than any other part of the UK. It has few universities of note, but is the least expensive country in the UK in terms of the cost of education and cost of living.

On the whole, the main consideration for studying in the UK is the question of jobs. The current regulations are restrictive and make it difficult for Indian students to get jobs. But there is talk of changing these regulations, so there is some hope.

Further, students can stay on in the UK after they finish their

  • A Tier 2 visa, which means they are sponsored by a company as an employee
  • A Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa which mandates that a student have a certain amount of funds and be sponsored to start a business.
  • A Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa—which requires a higher level of funds but no direct sponsorship.

The UK has harsh visa rules, with the Tier 4 the student visa only allowing students four months at the end of their course to search for employment, and the conditions of the Tier 4 visa being stringent. Recent changes in the way the Tier 4 visa is administered mean that students must show:

  • Most top MBA Courses, bar that of the London School of Business, are one year long.
  • All top MBA Courses in the UK require a minimum of three years’ work experience.
  • MSc in business courses are offered at several universities.
  • These courses are specialised in one area of business
  • These courses do not require work experience
  • MBA courses are normally geared towards older students, whereas MSc courses have a much younger class profile.