- Country’s Currency: British Pound (1 pound = Rs 103.29 approx.)
- Country’s Capital city: London
- Country’s Population: 65.2 million (2016)
- Country’s Indian Population: Around 1.4 million
Country’s Higher Education System
- Undergraduate programs include bachelor’s degrees, foundation degrees, higher national diplomas and more
- Postgraduate programs include master’s degrees, MBAs, PhDs, doctorates and more. Usually you need an undergraduate qualification to enter a postgraduate program.
- Most courses are taught in universities, but plenty are taught at colleges, specialist art institutions, business schools and agricultural colleges. In the UK, the standard academic year starts in September or October and runs until June or July.
- There are 160 universities and colleges in the UK that are permitted to award a wide variety of degrees to suit most educational aspirations. All have degree-awarding powers recognized by the UK authorities (UK and Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assemblies). These are known as ‘recognized bodies’.
- There are also over 700 colleges and other institutions which do not have degree-awarding powers but provide complete courses leading to recognized UK degrees. These are known as ‘listed bodies’. Courses at these institutions are validated by institutions which have degree-awarding powers.
International student population in country
Rankings and position at global platform
Four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK (World Rankings, QS).
- The UK ranks second in the world for university-industry collaboration (Annual Innovation Report, BIS, 2012).
- The UK is a world-leading research nation. Researchers in the UK gain more citations and usage per article, and write more articles individually, than anywhere else in the world (International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, BIS).
- 54% of the research conducted by UK universities and colleges is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Assessment Exercise).
- Over 88% of international higher education graduates were satisfied with their UK learning experience (BIS Tracking International Graduate Outcomes).
- 93% of UK postgraduate students rated the quality of teaching positively (HE Academy Postgraduate Taught Experience).
- The UK has the lowest student drop-out rate in Europe (Analysis for University of Southampton and IZA).
- UK universities and research institutions have produced 88 Nobel Prize winners since 1903 (Nobel Media AB).
Highlights of ranking universities
|Ranking (Overall score)||University|
|399.0||University of Cambridge|
|498.9||UCL (University College London)|
|5 98.8||Imperial College London|
|6 98.7||University of Oxford|
|17 91.3||University of Edinburgh|
|19 90.9||King’s College London (KCL)|
|30 86.6||University of Bristol|
|33 85.2||The University of Manchester|
|51 78.9||University of Glasgow|
|62 74.9||University of Birmingham|
|64 75.5||The University of Warwick|
|68 73.9||London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)|
|71 73.3||The University of Sheffield|
|75 73.1||The University of Nottingham|
|83 71.6||University of St Andrews|
|90 70.4||Durham University|
Programs and courses offered by country
- Creative arts and design
- Business, management and administration
- Social sciences and humanities
- Computing, IT and maths
- Healthcare and medicine
- Law and legal studies
- Sport, fitness and exercise science
- For undergraduate courses you usually need to have achieved further education qualifications (such as A-levels, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Highers, or equivalent qualifications from your country) in related subjects.
- For postgraduate courses you usually need to have achieved a relevant undergraduate qualification.
- In some cases, work experience may count towards entry to a course.
- If English isn’t your first language, the university or college may ask you to take an English language test or show your English language qualifications before you can enrol. This may also be necessary for your visa application. Necessary bands and the mandatory exams needed for admission in UK based educational institute. Like IELTS, TOEFL or anyother specific exams ??
Overseas’ fees can range from £3,500 to about £18,000 per year depending on the institution, the level of course and the type of course. The fee will probably increase each year by the level of inflation. You should contact the institutions you have applied to in order to find out what the fees are for your course and whether they can tell you what the fees will be for future years
Funding of VISA
There are two categories in Tier 4:
- General Student (also known as Adult Student)
- For post16 years education and Child Student
- For children between 4 and 17 years (between 4 and15 years, for study at an independent fee paying school).
- Applicants must pass a points based assessment, score 40 points and meet the Immigration Rules in order to qualify for entry to study in the UK.
- All education providers in the UK must register with the Home Office and be a licensed sponsor before they can recruit international students.
- You need to score 40 points for the following: 30 points for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies
- CAS issued by a licensed sponsor to study a course at an acceptable level +10 points for showing you have enough money to cover your course fees and living costs (known as maintenance).
In the UK, the standard academic year starts in September or October and runs until June or July. Some courses are more flexible, however, and offer a range of start dates.
Visa policies and procedures
- Have been offered a place on a course
- Can speak, read, write and understand English
- Have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – this will vary depending on your circumstances
- Are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area or Switzerland
- You meet the other eligibility requirements
- Have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a qualified education provider
- Have an academic qualification that was taught in a majority English speaking country and is recognized by UK NARIC as being equivalent to a UK bachelors degree
Documents required to process visa application
- A current passport or other valid travel documentation
- Two passport sized colour photographs with your name written on the reverse side
- Proof that you can support yourself and pay for your course – this will vary depending on your circumstances
- Proof of parental or other legal guardian consent if you’re under 18
Benefits and opportunities
The 2013/14 Qs world university rankings found that employers worldwide consider UK graduates among the most ’employable’. From a global survey of 27,000 graduate employers, five UK universities were ranked in the top 10.