Study in UK
For Indian Students, the major consideration when looking at higher study options abroad is the host country. It will not only determine the value of the degree you earn but also play an important role in defining your career choices ahead. If you are looking to apply for an undergraduate, postgraduate or research program in the United Kingdom (UK), let us start by evaluating the advantages of pursuing that course in UK viz-a-viz another country or India.
Here are the main 9 reasons Indian students should consider (despite Brexit) for studying in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland):
Internationally recognized universities and qualifications – UK is a popular destination for higher studies for students from around the world and is home to three of the top 10 universities in the world, according to the 2015 – 2016 THE World University Rankings. A degree that you gain from an UK university will be recognized internationally by universities, employers and government bodies.
Quality education – The UK has retained its position as a popular destination among international students owing to its long standing tradition of providing quality education. The standard of teaching and research at UK universities and colleges is routinely assessed and graded by official organizations to ensure that set benchmarks are met. Although UK institutes undertake the responsibility of ensuring standard and quality of different programs themselves, independent audits are carried out by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Professional bodies may also guide the curriculum and perform reviews on individual departments in an institute. Colleges in Scotland may undergo reviews by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education. In fact, London was rated as the 5th best student-friendly city in the world, by QS rankings 2016.
Opportunities offered by UK education system – Among the benefits of studying in UK is a wide choice in picking your field of study and institution. You can choose from 150,000 courses at universities and colleges across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and directly contact the institute to order prospectus. If you are looking to pursue a Master’s course in UK, you may find the one-year duration for all Master’s programs to be a big advantage. Alternatively, you may opt for a Master’s program in combination with PhD, which will save you an additional year. Shorter duration of courses in UK helps reduce tuition and accommodation costs. The UK education system promotes close interaction between students and lecturers and provides the freedom to combine different subjects into a single course of study. English language support is offered by many institutions to help international students develop the essential study and language skills required to complete their course successfully. Most universities have counselors and advisors to provide information and support to international students who can help you get used to the education system or any aspect of your course.
Work while you study – Many Indian students in the UK gain work experience along with their study. A part-time job, internship or placement during vacation and volunteering are some ways to develop valuable skills that you can add to your CV. A work placement is a part of the study course for some colleges, and your university or college may assist in providing placement.
Work permit after study – There have been some changes on the post-study work visa since November 2015. You can now stay in the UK after completing graduation if you hold a job offer with an annual salary of at least 20,800 pounds (Rs. 18.3 lakh). There is no limit on the number of international students who can stay in the UK upon completion of their course. In order to work in the UK after completing your studies, you need to switch from a Tier 4 Visa to a Tier 2 General Visa. You will be required to apply for a work visa from the UK Border Agency, and you can opt from the following, depending on your employment status post study:
Scholarship and financial support – Indian students who’re worried about expensive tuition fee need not lose sleep either, for there are many scholarships that you can apply to, especially at postgraduate and research level, to support your study and cost of living costs. For scholarships offered by UK universities, you will need to gain acceptance to the course of study before you become eligible to apply.
Health benefits – Indian students in the UK are eligible to receive free medical treatment by the National Health Service (NHS) if enrolled in a full-time course. Your spouse/partner and/or dependent children will also be exempt from payment if they reside with you during the course of your study program. Your college or university may have a special health policy for students too.
Cross-cultural experience – There were 4,36,585 international students from 180+ countries studying in the UK last year, out of which Indian students were the 2nd largest group (18,320)! Studying in UK is an opportunity to experience a multicultural environment, meet new people and fellow international students from across the world and discover new places. You benefit by developing a range of skills that are necessary to be part of today’s global workforce.