The United Kingdom, which encompasses England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, is home to more than 300 higher education institutions, including 166 comprehensive universities offering postsecondary degree programs.
In 2014, the UK enrolled more than 493,000 international students. Of the more than 16,000 US students pursuing degrees in the UK, about 4,600 were undergraduates. The most popular courses of study for International students include engineering, business, social studies, creative arts and design, historical and philosophical studies, languages, and veterinary science.
Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2015–16 listed four British institutions among the top 15 universities in the world: The University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and University College London. The British Council, the UK’s official education and cultural relations organization, notes that 89 percent of full-time undergraduates who received their degree in 2013–2014 were either employed or pursuing further study in the UK and beyond within six months after graduation.
The UK has been a preferred abroad education destination for ages among students from all over the world, especially Indians. UK has got a very rich academic heritage - six British universities are more than 500 years old, with Universities of Oxford and Cambridge being more than 800 years old. The quality of education and research work in Britain is enviable. Four British Universities rank among world's top 10 (QS Rankings), and Twenty nine British Universities feature within top 29 (Times Rankings). UK has been reported to produce 14% of world's most frequently cited papers, and conducts 5% of world's scientific research. More importantly, UK has been the centre of landmark discoveries like Penicillin, Steam Engine, Telephone, Television, Basics of Modern Computer, Internet, Theory of Evolution & Natural Selection, Electro-Magnetic Chemistry, Laws of Gravity & Motion, DNA structure, Cosmology & Quantum Physics and many more. Jet Engine A British qualification is a perfect gateway for a lucrative international career.
Students can choose from a wide range of subjects at more than 90 universities, for their undergraduate and graduate studies. The courses could be very customised - you can choose a lot of electives apart from your major subjects. The quality of teaching is excellent and a lot of emphasis is being given on the practical aspects of education through coursework, research projects and internships. You will not only gain a degree, but develop valuable skill-set, intellectual thinking and creativity. Courses are shorter in the UK, so you can save a significant amount of money on tuition fees and living costs.
A bachelor’s degree in England, Northern Ireland, and Wales can be completed in three years; in Scotland, four years is standard.The term courses refers to what US institutions typically call majors or programs of study and are declared during the application process. Degree programs are very focused. Students will be enrolled in courses aligned with their major right from the outset of their studies, instead of a more broadbased liberal arts curriculum. Most programs are honours courses, which typically require students to produce a dissertation or capstone project based on independent research in their final year.
Recently some UK universities have created courses that allow students more flexibility in their studies. Some of these courses are called liberal arts or arts and sciences on the institutions’ websites. Students who are unsure of what they want to study might want to focus on Scottish universities, as these allow students to explore additional subjects during their first year. Students should weigh this additional flexibility against the cost of a fouryear degree. Professional degrees—such as law, medicine, veterinary science, and dentistry—are available at the undergraduate level and typically last between three to five years. It is important to note that entry requirements for these programs are more demanding than those for other majors. employment search support, and assistance to students with disabilities.
Growing up, I had always wanted to study in U.K. My experience of coming to this country, experiencing wonderful culture & diversity, while getting an excellent education has been worth all the investment and my hard work.
UK academic years run from September to May, with breaks in mid-December to early January and in March to mid- to late-April. Major exam periods are usually in January and May
The British Council’s website https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org allows students to search for options by course or by institution. Students also can search for courses and institutions through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Called UCAS (https://www.ucas.com/), the nonprofit organization offers a UK-specific online application system comparable to The Common Application. UCAS also provides tips and other guidance to potential students and families. Another useful website is Unistats, which allows students to compare three courses alongside onemanother.
Most students, domestic and international, apply to British universities through UCAS. Twenty-two British universities also participate in The Common Application. Some universities also accept applications made directly to their institution; the individual institution’s preference should be indicated on its website. If a student is applying to more than one course in the UK, the expectation is that they will use UCAS.
Students can apply to a maximum of five courses in the UK, regardless of application method. The British Council recommends students apply to three target and two safety courses. Target courses are those for which a student is likely to meet the entry requirements, and safety courses are those that may require grades slightly below the student’s expected results. A student can apply to more than one course at the same institution. Admission officials at the universities where a student has applied cannot see where else the student has submitted an application.
Students intending to pursue a professional course of study, such as medicine, veterinary science, or dental sciences, can apply to only four courses of that nature; their fifth choice must be a course outside that professional science category.
Students considering Oxford or Cambridge can apply to only one of the two institutions. For more on the Oxbridge application process, see page 50. Students will be expected to enter their complete academic course history in the UCAS section on modules, that is, what US students typically call classes. In addition to completing the UCAS application form, students will submit one personal statement and a letter of recommendation from an advisor, teacher, or similar academic professional. Final grades and an academically-oriented personal statement are important parts of the application.
Personal statements should show “a student’s passion and motivation for applying and why they are suitable for the course,” according to UCAS. Applicants have 4,000 characters to write one statement, which is sent to all the universities where they have applied. The statement should be straightforwardly reflect why the student wants to study their chosen course. Topics such as extracurricular interests or hardships overcome are inappropriate unless students can draw a clear link to a particular course. If a university requires additional application documents, the student will be asked to upload the documents in a Supplementary Application Questionnaire that is sent to them electronically after they have submitted their UCAS application. Counselors are sometimes required to submit supplementary documents upon request by the university.
UCAS charges applicants 12 pounds for one course, or a total of 23 pounds for multiple courses, up to five.
Entry requirements for UK institutions are generally transparent and straightforward, and can be found on university websites or by contacting individual admission offices. A counselor can easily confirm the minimum GPA, test scores, and other requirements for admission.Requirements typically include a combination of advanced coursework such as AP courses and test results, IB or college credits; SAT, ACT and SAT Subject test scores (if available); as well as a high school diploma. Typically, students apply through UCAS without submitting a high school transcript. The high school transcript, one of the most important elements of the application process in the US, is not usually considered for applicants to the UK, though some universities may ask for it. Rather, on the UCAS application students will indicate qualifications they have already received. Examples include results on exams and standardized tests taken from ninth through 11th grade, and qualifications that are pending, such as AP and IB exams that will be taken in May of senior year
Each university sets its own fees. Annual tuition fees for international students range from about 7,000 to 25,000 pounds per year. US students are eligible to use direct loans from the US Federal Student Aid program at most UK universities. Some scholarships are available for international students. See www.educationUK.org/usa for more information.
Many universities guarantee on-campus housing—typically single occupancy—for first-year international students. International students are usually integrated into first-year housing with domestic students.Many student residences are self-catered, meaning students prepare and cook their own meals. In cities, for-profit, privately run residence halls are common. Many students elect to live in these private dorms or other private rental accommodations after their first year.
Minimum monthly costs for housing and other living expenses in 2015 were estimated at 1,015 pounds outside London and 1,265 pounds in London.
Universities typically advise admitted students on how to apply for a student visa. Visas are issued by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). See www.gov.uk/visas-immigration.Students are advised to apply for a visa as soon as their offer of admission becomes unconditional. Students must receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the institution they plan to attend in order to complete the visa application. Most US students meet the requirements for what is called the Tier 4 student visa, which is good for the duration of an undergraduate degree program, for up to five years. To obtain a visa,students must demonstrate they have sufficient funds for living costs.The visa application cost was US$446 in 2016. See https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa/overview for more information.