Why study in the UK?
The UK Institutions like the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge have stood the test of time and have continued to inspire students to become outstanding individuals and responsible citizens. The UK has a strong Asian community with people from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Each year, the UK draws a high number of students from all over the world. Going by recent trends, many Indian students study at institutions like the Bangor University, University of Edinburgh, University of Dundee and the University of Glasgow. This trend is also linked to the fact that these cities are less expensive when compared with living in London, Birmingham or Leeds.
Life in the UK
Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England all have their specific traits. Depending on which city you live in, the way of life could differ. For example, you might find that life in London is hectic and busy while life in Dundee and Bangor is more relaxed and simple. Punctuality and the queue system are hallmarks of British life – one is expected to be on time for an appointment, and it is considered impolite to be late without informing your host or the person whom you are scheduled to meet. Queues are commonplace in Great Britain. Whether it is a bank, a railway station or an airport, one has to wait for one’s turn in queues. There is no shouting and jostling or shoving of people in queues, and this is a good part of the British culture.
Places to Visit
The UK offers a treasure-trove of places to visit for an intrepid traveller. Some of the popular places to visit in London are Windsor Castle, London Zoo, London Bridge, The Tower of London, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Saint Paul’s Cathedral and many more.
In the UK, degrees usually take one year lesser to complete than what it takes in the USA, i.e., undergraduate programmes (full-time study) usually last for 3 years and postgraduate programmes for 1 year. The academic calendar varies from institution to institution. Some universities that follow quarter or trimester terms may have extended academic period – starting from September or October till May or June.
Most universities follow a semester academic pattern, and a few other universities follow quarter or trimester patterns. The universities and colleges give importance to the content of the curriculum and intrigue the students to perform in-depth research. Typical degrees that are offered by UK universities and colleges include Higher National Diploma, Diploma of Higher Education, Undergraduate, Postgraduate (both taught and research), PhD and a number of vocational courses.
Cost of studying in the UK
The cost of studying in the UK for international students varies from institution to institution. Undergraduate programmes could cost somewhere around £10,000–35,000 and postgraduate programmes could cost somewhere around £9,000–42,000, depending on a classroom-based or laboratory-based programme.
Scholarships for international students
Some of the popular scholarships to apply for include Chevening scholarships, Marshall scholarships and Commonwealth scholarships and fellowships. University scholarships that are on offer include Rhodes scholarship at the University of Oxford, Edinburgh global research scholarship, University of Sussex chancellor’s international scholarship, Bristol University international office scholarships, University of Westminster international scholarships and many more.