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About UK

Demography

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  • Population: 51.4 million (2008)
  • Population Density (inhabitant/km2): 388 (average), 4,761 (Greater London – highest), 61 (Northumberland – lowest)
  • Largest Cities (pop. in million): London (12m), Birmingham (2.5m), Manchester (2.5m), Liverpool (1.3m), Nottingham (0.75m)
  • Home Ownership: 69%
  • Urban Population: 93%
  • Houses with central heating: 91.1%
  • Life Expectancy: 79.5 (average), 77.5 years (men), 81.7 years (women) (2007)
  • Birth Rate: 10.8 births/1,000 population (2004 est.)
  • Death Rate: 10.2 deaths/1,000 population (2004 est.)
  • Ethnic Composition: Caucasians (90%), South Asian (5.3%), Black (2.6%), Mixed (1.7%), Chinese (0.7%), others (0.6%)
  • Official Language: English
  • Major Religions: Christian (71.7%), Atheist or no religion (22.5%), Muslim (3%), Hindu (1%), Sikh (0.6%), Jewish (0.5%)

Geography

  • Area: 130,395 sq km
  • Coastline: 3,246 km
  • Highest Peak: Scafell Pike (979m / 3,210ft)
  • Lowest Elevation: Fenland ( -4m / -15ft)

Economy

  • Monetary unit: Pound Sterling (£, GBP)
  • Fiscal Year: 1 April – 31 March
  • GDP (nominal): US$2.2 trillion (2006)
  • GDP per capita at PPP: US$44,000 (2006)
  • GDP – real growth rate: 1.1% (UK, 2009)
  • Inflation (consumer prices): 3.8 % (UK, 2009)
  • Unemployment: 7.9 % (UK, 2009)
  • Public Debt (% of GDP): 47.5 (UK, 2008 – CIA)
  • Main Industries: Banking and finance, steel, transport equipment, oil and gas, coal, tourism
  • Main Exports: Beverages, chemicals, food, fuels, manufactured goods, tobacco
  • Main Trading Partners: Germany, USA, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Ireland

Government

  • Type of Government: Parliamentary Monarchy
  • Parliamentary System: Bicameral Diet (House of Commons and House of Lords)
  • Administrative Division: 9 regions divided in 82 counties (including 35 shires, 7 metropolitan counties and 40 unitary authorities)
  • Capital: London
  • Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II (since 1952)
  • Prime Minister: David Cameron (since 2010)

Miscellaneous

  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC 0
  • Electricity: 230V AC, 50Hz
  • Weights & measures: Metric
  • Internet domain: .co.uk
  • International dialling code: +44

Web link : http://www.eupedia.com/england/fact_sheet_england.shtml
Updated : June 2012

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. The country includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border with another state—the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and north, the North Sea in the east, the English Channel in the south, and the Irish Sea in the west.

The UK’s form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system and its capital city is London. It is one of the Commonwealth Realms. The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The latter three have devolved administrations, each with varying powers, based in their capital cities, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively. Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man are Crown dependencies and are not part of the UK. The United Kingdom has fourteen British Overseas Territories. These are remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, encompassed almost a quarter of the world’s land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language, culture and legal systems of many of its former colonies.

The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world’s sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and the eighth – largest economy by purchasing power parity. It was the world’s first industrialized country and the world’s foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally.

The UK has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946. It has been a member of the European Union (EU) and its predecessor the European Economic Community (EEC) since 1973; it is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G8, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Why study in the UK

Whether you want to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, UK courses can offer a fantastic range of benefits:

  • valuable skills
  • diverse culture
  • innovative industries
  • academic excellence

Benefits of higher education

  • Excellent Academic Opportunities
  • Affordable Education
  • Great Placements
  • Fun and Engaging Studies
  • International Tolerance
  • Improve Your English
  • Easy to Finance
  • Gateway to Europe
  • History and Nature
  • Awesome Culture
  • There are many reasons to apply for a higher education course at a UK university or college.

A great international reputation

  • The quality of UK education is recognized by employers, universities and governments worldwide.
  • The UK is a popular destination for international students, and well respected for world-class standards of teaching – four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK (2012 QS World University Rankings).
  • UK research is ‘world leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ – according the most recent Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, which produces quality profiles for course providers by assessing research activity against agreed quality standards.

An interesting place to live

  • The UK is really diverse and full of different cultures – for example schoolchildren in London speak over 300 languages between them.
  • A mix of cosmopolitan cities and rural villages, with strong transport links, exciting sporting events and both historical structures and modern architecture.
  • You can develop a range of skills needed in today’s global workforce, including refining your English language skills with new friends and in lectures and seminars.

A range of useful benefits

  • Courses in the UK are generally shorter than many other countries , (e.g. One Masters degree), helping to reduce tuition fees and accommodation costs.
  • You might be able to work while you study – find further information at the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) on working during and after your studies.
  • There is a lot of a support for international students in the UK. Many course providers have international offices and student societies, activities and academic guidance, plus counselors and advisers to help you feel welcome and supported throughout your time in UK higher education.

Education system in the UK

Secondary Education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland tend to emphasize depth in a few chosen subjects.

  • Year 7 to 11 (Year 8 – 12 in N. Ireland), typically for students aged 12 to 16.
  • Some secondary schools offer a non-compulsory sixth form department, Year 12 and 13
  • After the successful completion of Year 10 and 11 a General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) is awarded, usually in five to ten different subjects.

Secondary Education in Scotland

Scottish education tends to focus on more breadth across subjects than in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

  • Year 1 to 4, typically for students from the age of 12/13 to 15/16.
  • The Scottish Qualification Certificate is awarded after successful completion of Standard – Grade courses taken during Secondary 3 and 4, usually in seven to nine subjects.
  • Optional upper secondary education: Secondary 5 and 6 is available, typically from the age of 16/17 to 17/18.

Post-16 Education in the UK

A-Levels (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)

The most common form of post-16 education is the study of A-levels (General Certificate of Education in Advanced Level certificates), which are used as a form of preparation for admission into university. Students generally study three or four subjects to A-level relevant to their chosen degree subject.

  • Year 12 and 13, commonly called Sixth Form, typically for students from the age of 16/17 to 17/18.
  • A-Levels can be studied at a secondary school, sixth form college or further education college.
Highers (Scotland)

Generally, students take Highers, a Scottish Qualification certificate offered by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, after Secondary 4. Highers are a university entrance qualification and are offered in a wide range of subjects. Though students can typically enter university at the end of Secondary 5, most remain through Secondary 6 to take more Highers courses or progress to the Advanced Highers level.

  • Secondary 5 and 6, typically for students from the age of 16/17 to 17/18.
  • Highers take place at secondary school.
  • Requires the completion of Standard Grade exams

Higher Education in the UK

Bachelor’s Degree (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)

Students apply to UK universities, through the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS), a central government agency that coordinates applications for every university. Students may make 5 choices on their UCAS form. Wide ranges of degree courses are available, which provide skills for a variety of jobs or further study.

  • A Bachelor’s degree is usually a 3 years program at a university or higher education college.
  • Universities have evaluated students predicted A-level scores (or equivalent), among other criteria, during the admissions process.
  • Students must choose courses as part of the university application.
  • Types of degrees include: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc).
  • Some degree programs are for 4 years and include a ‘sandwich’ year when students gain relevant work experience for 1 year.
  • In countries where students have fewer than 13 years education, it is likely that students will need to study a year-long Foundation Certificate program before starting a Bachelor’s degree.
    Prepare for your UK Bachelor’s Degree with our International Foundation Certificate, Pre-Sessional and A-Level programs.
Bachelor’s Degree (Scotland)

Wide ranges of degree courses are available at Scottish universities, which tend to emphasize breadth across subjects and students typically do not specialize subjects until the third year.

  • A Bachelor’s degree is a 4 years program at a university.
  • During the admissions process universities evaluate the students’ Highers results among other criteria.
  • Students may take a sandwich course, a year of study abroad or work before courses are completed.
  • Traditionally, Scottish universities award a Master of Arts (MA) degree, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree
  • The Honours degree is awarded after an additional year of research at the university.

Master’s Degree

A Master’s degree in the UK may be research based, a taught course or a combination of the two and will prepare students for a particular career or for a doctorate qualification, and are offered in a variety of fields.

  • Requires the successful completion of an undergraduate degree.
  • Typically a 12 month program
  • Taught masters qualifications include: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Research master’s qualifications include: Master of Research (MRes), Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The key to successful study at this level is good preparation for your course through our Pre-MBA and Pre-Master’s programs.

Doctorate

Doctorate programs require students to undertake an original piece of research.

  • Generally requires a Bachelor’ s or Master’s degree
  • Minimum length of three years at a university
  • Typically students work on a single research project or dissertation
  • Types of degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or DPhil)

Course entry requirements

Every UK higher education course sets its own entry requirements. These entry requirements are there to ensure that you have the right skills and knowledge to successfully complete the course.

You can see the entry requirements for each undergraduate and postgraduate course on the university or college’s website.

  • 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. Find out more at UCAS or ask your chosen university or college.
  • 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 enroll. This may also be necessary for your visa application.
  • If you are unsure whether your qualifications meet the entry requirements, talk to the course provider or visit the UK NARIC website.

The course should be at one of the following:

  • A publicly funded institution of further or higher education (a university) with maintaining records of enrollment and attendance which are readily available to us;
  • A genuine private education institution; or
  • An independent fee-paying school;
  • And you need to be undertaking one of these:
  • A recognised full-time degree course;
  • A course run during the week that involves at least 15 hours of organised daytime study a week; or
  • A full-time course of study at an independent fee paying school.

Compare with Indian Degree :

British Degree Indian Equivalent Degree
British Bachelor (Ordinary) Degree A three-year Indian Graduation Degree like B.A. or B.Sc. and other such courses.
British Bachelor (Honours) Degree A four-year Indian graduation course like B.E. or B.Tech. or other such courses.OR
A post graduate degree, from Indian university, like M.A., M.Sc. or other such courses.
British Master’s Degree A post graduate degree like M.Tech. or M.E. from I.I.T. or I.I.Sc. and other such colleges

Course Type

Course Information

Course Type

DIPLOMA
ADVANCED DIPLOMA
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA
BACHELORS
MASTERS

Minimum IELTS Requirement

Advanced Diploma & Diploma

5.5 bands

Post Graduate & Bachelor Courses

6.0 bands

Scholarship in UK

1) Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships

Dr. Manmohan Singh Scholarships have enabled academically outstanding Indian students to undertake doctoral degrees.

The University of Cambridge has long and strong ties with India. Many of India’s leading politicians, businessmen and scientists are Cambridge alumni. St John’s College, one of the largest of the Colleges in Cambridge, has had particularly extensive links over many years.

Dr Manmonhan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of St John’s College. He is widely acknowledged as the architect of the economic reforms that have helped propel India onto the World Stage. In honour of Dr Singh St John’s College has launched the Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarships. These awards will enable academically outstanding Indian students to come to St. John’s College, University of Cambridge to study for doctoral degrees in subjects like Science & Technology, Economics and Social Sciences.

Applications in Aerospace Engineering and Energy Studies will be of particular interest.

Value of the Award

The scholarships are fully funded, and cover:

  • academic fees
  • international airfare
  • monthly stipend to cover living expenses
  • UK visa

Eligibility Criteria :

The applicant should be:

  • An Indian national with a valid Indian passport and currently based in India.
  • Below 35 years of age, as on 15 January 2014.
  • Not already had significant exposure to UK education or received UK government funding.
  • Should hold a Master’s (postgraduate) degree from a reputed/recognised India university/institution with a First Class award (UG and PG) in the relevant subject/field.
  • Evidence of leadership qualities (to be assessed from personal statements e.g. extracurricular activities and/or evidence of having made a difference to the country/society/participation in symposia in the relevant subject, or peer reviewed publication in the area).
  • Keen to pursue and should have identified a full time Doctoral Research degree from the University of Cambridge commencing September/October 2014
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Able to fulfil any other admission criteria laid down by the University.

2. Goa Education Trust Scholarship

The Goa Education Trust (GET) scholarship is a partnership between the Dempo and Fomento groups from Goa. GET aims to provide Goan students with a platform to undertake postgraduate study in the UK in any field of academic study. Since the introduction of the scholarship in 2010, recipients of the award have successfully completed their studies in a range of subjects including Journalism, Education, Ancient History and Law.

The scholarship covers full/ part tuition fees for the courses beginning September 2013.

Eligibility :

The applicant should:

  • Be an Indian national with a valid Indian passport, domiciled and resident in Goa, or born to Goan parents
  • The candidate must be in India at the time of applying for the Scholarship
  • Confirmed admission for master’s course of study in the UK for up to one year
  • Be not more than 30 years old at the time of application
  • Excellent track record in academic record and extracurricular achievements

3. Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan – 2014

The CSFP is aimed at students of Commonwealth countries who can make a significant contribution to their home country after the completion of a higher education programme in the UK.

This is a source of funding made available to all Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission.

Level of courses:
  • Six months of Clinical Training
  • One Year Taught Master’s Course
  • Doctoral Degree up to three years duration

The CSFP is an annual scheme made available to all the Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. In India, this is jointly managed by:

Commonwealth Scholarships Commission
  • the British Council
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
  • the Government of India
It covers:
  • economy return international travel
  • tuition fee
  • adequate maintenance and other allowances.
Subjects covered:
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Science (Pure and Applied)
  • Agriculture
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

Applications for the 2014 session is now closed. Check out the details on the shorlisting process at the MHRD website http://mhrd.gov.in/

Eligibility :
  • be an Indian citizen residing in India
  • have completed tertiary education in English medium
  • be aged 40 or under at time of applying.
  • For Master’s degree candidate should hold or able to produce the certidicate of Bachelor’s degree by October 2014 in the subject field concerned securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in Medical, Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture group.
  • For Ph.D candidate should hold or able to produce the certidicate of Master’s degree by October 2014 in the subject field concerned securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in Medical, Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture group.

4. Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships

CWIT enables Indians in the early to mid stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions and to broaden their international contacts.

Who was Charles Wallace?

Charles Wallace was born in Calcutta in 1855. He lived, worked and flourished there, founding the Shaw Wallace company (though there are no connections now between CWIT and Shaw Wallace).

Charles Wallace died in 1916, bequeathing his modest fortune to his family for a generation and then for the benefit of those among whom he had made it.

About CWIT

In 1981, following an agreement between the Indian and British governments, CWIT was established as an English charity. It is run by four trustees, one nominated by the British Council. The trustees cover CWIT’s main areas of interest and are Ingval Maxwell, Dr Yasmin Khan, Caroline Douglas and Colin Perchard ( British Council nominee). The Secretary is Richard Alford.

In over 30 years CWIT has made around 2700 grants. British Council India advises on CWIT’s work and gives valuable administrative support including guidance on applying for a visa.

CWIT’s recent annual reports and accounts, including lists of scholarships and grants given, can be seen on the Charity Commission’s website.

CWIT Offers

Deadlines, Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines for each award vary . For details follow links for specific awards.

This year applications for Long-term Awards can be sent from 1 September to 30 November.

Visa Procedure in UK

Steps to Apply for UK Student Visa

Applying for Your General Student Visa

Your visa application will be assessed under the new points based criteria. You should make your application under Tier 4 – General Student. To gain a General Student Visa, you need to acquire 40 points:

CAS Number

30 points granted for the CAS Number and the original academic documents issued to grant you admission at the Academy.

Bank statement

10 points gained by providing your personal bank statement showing that you have sufficient money to meet the maintenance costs set by the UK Border Agency, which has been calculated as £7200 (£800×9 months).

1. Check if you qualify

If you want to come to the UK to study, you should apply to come here on a student visa. We call this category of visa Tier 4.
The Tier 4 category is for students who want to come to the UK to study.

There are 2 types of visa:

  • Child (aged 4 to 17); and
  • General (aged 16 or over).

You must be able to show that you have:

  • a confirmed place at the school, university or college where you intend to study. We call this a ‘confirmation of acceptance for studies;
  • enough money (also known as ‘maintenance or funds’) to cover your course fees and living costs; and
  • if you are a child, you will need to have suitable care arrangements in place for your stay in the UK.

2. Get your documents ready

For every document you provide, you must include the original document and a photocopy.
This includes a copy of your passport bio-data page (the page containing your photograph). If you do not provide a photocopy of each document, we might not return your original documents to you.

  • A signed copy of your completed visa application form.
  • A current and valid travel document or passport (your passport must contain at least 1 page that is blank on both sides, so that we can insert your visa).
  • 1 passport sized colour photograph which meets the requirements in UKBA home office photo guidance.
  • Evidence of your permission to be in the country where you are applying, if you are not a national of that country.
  • Any previous passports to show your previous travel history.

If you are applying for a Tier 4 General visa, you must also submit with a copy of your completed Tier 4 Appendix 8 form.

If you are applying for a Tier 4 Child visa, you must also submit with a copy of your completed Tier 4 Appendix 9 form.

Translations

If you send us a document that is not in English or Welsh, it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be independently verified by us.
Each translated document must contain:

  • Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document;
  • the date of the translation;
  • the translator’s full name and signature; and
  • the translator’s contact details.

3. Apply online

You will need to complete and submit a visa application form online at Visa4UK.

When you get to Visa4UK you will need to register and create an account.

When you have completed your online application form, you will need to print and sign your completed form. If you do not have access to a printer when you apply, you can log in and print the form later.

You must use the online appointment calendar to book an appointment at the visa application centre. You can book, change or cancel your booking online.

When you have completed your online application, you will receive an email message containing your application number (also known as a ‘GWF reference’). Please make a note of this number. Your appointment must be no more than 90 days after the date you completed and submitted your online visa application form.
Before you sign your application form, you must ensure that the information on the form is correct and your supporting documents are genuine and unaltered. If you do not have a document you should explain why you do not have it. You must not provide a false document.

4. Pay your application fee

There are 4 ways to pay your visa application fee. To find out how much your visa will cost go to UKBA Home office Website .

There are 4 ways to pay your visa application fee:

You can pay your fee at some branches of the Standard Chartered Bank. There is no charge for this payment service.

The bank will issue a demand draft in favour of the ‘The British High Commission’, payable in:

  • New Delhi if you are submitting your application in Northern or Eastern India
  • Mumbai if you are submitting your application in Western India
  • Chennai if you are submitting your application in Southern India

The demand draft is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. You should submit your visa application during this 3-month period. You must attend the bank in person with your original passport. In the case of a family application, 1 applicant can visit a branch of the bank with the original passports of all the family members applying for the visa.

Please bring the demand draft with you to the visa application centre when you submit your visa application. Separate demand drafts are required for each visa application.

Demand draft from a nationalised or foreign bank

You can pay your fee by getting a demand draft issued by a nationalised or a foreign bank. Bank charges for this service will vary.

The demand draft must be in favour of the ‘The British High Commission’, payable in:

  • New Delhi if you are submitting your application in Northern or Eastern India
  • Mumbai if you are submitting your application in Western India
  • Chennai if you are submitting your application in Southern India

Please bring the demand draft with you to the visa application centre when you submit your visa application. Separate demand drafts are required for each visa application.

Payment at the visa application centre

You can pay the visa application fee at the visa application centre when you submit your visa application. Standard Chartered Bank facilities are located in all visa application centres for this purpose. The Standard Chartered Bank will apply a service charge of Rs.260 (inclusive of taxes) for this facility.

Payment online

You can pay your visa application fee online using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. We do not accept any other types of cards.

When your online payment has been taken, you will receive a confirmation email from our payment provider WorldPay. If you would like to withdraw your application and have your visa fee refunded, please use refund request form.

If biometric information has been submitted and/or your application has been processed, you are not entitled to a refund either from UK Visas and Immigration or your card issuer.

5. Go to your appointment at the visa application centre

You must book and attend an appointment at our visa application centre to submit your application and facial photograph and fingerprints.

Biometric information

They will not process your visa application without your biometric information, unless you are exempt.

Every time you apply for a visa you must come to one of our visa application centres so we can scan your fingerprints and photograph your face.

Applicants under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult when enrolling their biometric information. This adult cannot be a member of staff.

There is no extra fee for enrolling your biometric information. We will keep your biometric information for 10 years from the date when we last scanned your fingerprints and photographed your face.

Booking biometric appointments

If you are applying for a visitor, Tier 1, Tier 2 or settlement entry visa you must not choose the option of ‘Tier 4 applicants’ in the visa category when booking an appointment. Booking an appointment under the incorrect category or block booking appointments can lead to delays for yourself and other customers.

Fingerprints

To scan your fingerprints, we use a machine and it does not use ink, liquids or chemicals.

You cannot enroll your fingerprints if your fingertips are cut or damaged, or if you have put any form of temporary decoration (such as henna) on them. You will not be able to enroll your biometric information until the injury has healed or the decoration has faded.

If any of your fingertips are missing, you must enroll your remaining fingerprints.

Facial photograph

We will photograph your full face. You must not be wearing sunglasses, tinted spectacles, hair across the eyes or anything that obscures your face, but you can wear a head covering for religious or medical reasons.

Pre-Departure

After receiving study permit, ESPI arrange pre-departure orientations to prepare prior to your arrival on university campus.

Pre-deparature arrangements :

  • Collect complete information about UK
  • Book Air Tickets
  • Check that your current passport will be valid for at least six months beyond your travel date.
  • Buy Travel & Health Insurance
  • Accommodation arrangement in UK
  • Forex– consider buying travelers checks for large denominations, as well as carrying a small amount of cash
  • Airport Pick-up in UK.
  • Check baggage and customs limitations
  • Get your documents in order and make photocopies to store in your baggage and keep at home, including:
    • Passport;
    • Airline tickets
    • Travel insurance certificate
    • Letter of Acceptance for your Canadian educational institution
    • Key addresses and phone numbers
    • Prescriptions for any medication you are carrying
    • Traveller’s cheques—if applicable
    • Medical and immunization records
    • Academic history and university transcripts
    • Find out about UK and the town or city where you will be living and studying.
    • Contact your Canadian educational institution with any questions you may have.

Admission Procedure

The decision to study in the UK requires application in every sense of the word – time, money, and career aspiration. We welcome your decision and we are here to help you in every stage.

Remember it’s not think twice it’s all right. It’s your future. At ESPI Visa Consultants, we are committed to help you find the programme that is perfectly right for you. We advise you to join us for a personal one-to-one counseling session. This page is intended to offer a general advice on finding a course. It is always best to have a counseling session with us before making the final list of choices to apply.

Choosing a course:

Unless you are a postgraduate applicant or already in employment or have done some part time study, choosing a course can be definitely difficult. It is important to make sure what you will study and what skills you will develop after completion of your course.

Choosing an undergraduate course:

Basically all degree courses are classified into:

  • Arts stream
  • Science stream
  • Social science stream &
  • Education

You should select a stream that supports the kind of career you wish to pursue. Making a career choice is definitely difficult, but this is purely a personal decision. You are going to put three or more years of full-time study to earn your degree and therefore it is important to select the right stream that could motivate you during your studies and afterwards. The subjects should interest you, should motivate you to work hard, and should fulfill your long-term career aspirations. In the UK, it is increasingly common now-a-days, studying for dual degrees. You can earn two degrees with no / just one extra year of study. In undergraduate degree courses, you usually study subjects broadly (there are some exceptions, of course) and you can specialize an area at postgraduate level.

Choosing a postgraduate course:

Since postgraduate courses are mostly specializations of your undergraduate program, you would have already selected the area to specialize. But remember, not all postgraduate courses are specializations, some are conversion courses that help people to switch careers.

Choosing an Institution:

Choosing a place to study is one of the most important decisions you have to ever make. Once you have selected the course of study, you should search for the institutions offering it and shortlist them. There are several factors you need to consider while selecting an institution: Reputation: Unfortunately there is no official ranking of UK institutions and hence it is very difficult to find which institution has a good reputation in which area. Also being an overseas student, because of the time and money factors, you do not have an opportunity to personally visit the institutions of your choice to find whether they suit you. Location and size: This is one of the most important criteria affecting student choices, according to a recent study. Make sure whether the institution is in a city or a small town. If you are thinking of going for part-time jobs during studies, it is better to opt for an institution that is located in a city. If you want to study in peaceful surroundings, lookout for small town institutions. And of course, size does matters. Some institutions have more than 20,000 students while some have less than 3000. Large number of students means greater mix of people and a lot to do, while small institutions have relaxed, quieter surroundings and are a bit friendlier.

Cost of studying and living:

Studying and living at a city institution may be costly compared to rural or small town institution, but offers a great range of socializing, shopping facilities; sport clubs and opportunities for part-time work and a wonderful mix of people. Rural or small town institutions offer access to countryside, peaceful surroundings, and a chance to mingle with the local community and learn British culture, & way of life.

Useful links

British Accreditation Council (BAC)

Find out more about the BAC’s quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education colleges.

www.the-bac.org

British Council

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

www.britishcouncil.org

Education UK

Search for information and advice on all aspects of studying in the UK.

www.educationuk.org

English UK

Find out about studying an English language course in the UK.

www.englishuk.com

Immigration, visas and work permits

Find out if you need a visa and how to get one.

www.ukvisas.gov.uk

For general information on immigration and entry clearance.

www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Living in the UK

Read about places around England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

www.visitbritain.com
www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.html

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and current affairs in the UK.

www.bbc.co.uk
UK Council for International Student Affairs
www.ukcisa.org.uk

UK VFS in India

www.vfs-uk-in.com/

FAQ

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Can I work whilst I am studying in the UK?

Is there any scholarships available?

How much time should I spend in extra and co-curricular activities?

How can I find out how a UK university is ranked?

English has been my first language throughout school and college. Do I still have to take the English Language Test?

How can I open a bank account?