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UNITED KINGDOM

WHY STUDY IN UNITED KINGDOM?

UK is a world leader in many education disciplines like arts, business and management, engineering, law, science etc. It is the second most popular abroad study destination in the world after USA. 600,000 international students come to study in UK each year.

Popular International Student Destination

The United Kingdom is the second most popular abroad study destination in the world after USA. More than half million international students come to study in UK each year. Students from China, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, USA, Hong Kong, Germany, France and other parts parts of the world come to the UK  for higher studies. World leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Lee Kuan Yew, Desmond Tutu and George Soros studied in UK.

Top Universities in the World

Universities in UK are among the best Universities in the world. They have centuries of legacy, with some of them established nearly a millennium ago. In the recent QS Ranking of Top Universities in the World, 18 UK Universities featured in the top 100. Only the US has more. Four UK Universities -  Oxford UniversityCambridge University, Imperial College London and University College London - featured in the top 10.

Work Opportunities

International students can work up to 20 hours per week during academic year and unlimited hours during summer holidays and breaks. You can find work easily. Part time work available for students are supermarket salesperson, waiters/waitresses in restaurant, delivery person, bartender etc. It is advised that students coming to UK learn basic skills like cooking, bartending and driving to increase their chance of finding jobs. Visit here for more info.

Worldwide Recognition

Degree from a UK University is accepted and held in high esteem across the world. It is accepted by leading global institutions and multinational companies. You will easily find jobs and opportunity of further education in any part of the world with a degree from a University in UK. You can also find jobs in the UK after graduating from your University.

Lower Education Cost

The cost of education for an international student in the UK is lower in comparison to US and other places. Tuition fee in US can range from $25-50 thousand per year at private Universities. The average tuition fee at UK is at around $10-15 thousand per year. On top of it, there are many scholarships for international students in the UK.

Gateway to Europe

It is very easy to travel to Europe once you are in the UK. One can reach most places of Europe within few hours of journey by train or flight. Direct flight to continental cities like Rome, Milan, Paris, Berlin etc. costs from 30 to 100 pounds. The underwater tunnel in the English Channel connects UK with France and the rest of Europe via road.

Quality Assurance

Universities in UK are inspected regularly to make sure that their education is of high standard. The inspection is done by Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Moreover, the Universities themselves put on a lot of effort to maintain standard as the quality of their education is a matter of pride for them.

Study in English Language

English is the most widely spoken and understood language in the world. Since the United Kingdom is the home of the English language, it is easy for students from all parts of the world to come to the UK for study. Students not only get an opportunity to study in English but can easily find jobs without knowing any other language.

Shorter Courses

Bachelor's and Master's courses are shorter in the UK in comparison to most countries. The standard length of Bachelor's course is three years and Master's course is one year. The study will be intensive to accommodate for the shorter duration but it will help international students save valuable time and money.

STUDY IN UK FAQ

How do I find the best University in UK for me?

No University is perfect for everyone. The choice of University depends upon many factors like the availability of the course you wish to take, fee structure, prospect of jobs, location etc. These criteria vary according to students. You can contact the British Council in Nepal for more information and support in this matter. You can also visit the Unistat Website about reports, stats and student's view about each Universities. 

What is the cost of studying in UK?

The cost depends upon the University in UK you are enrolling. Costs vary greatly between Universities. However, the average study cost for international students  in UK at graduate and postgraduate level is £11,000 per year. 

Can I work while studying in UK?

Yes, you can. You are allowed to work up to 20 hours during academic years and unlimited hours during summer breaks and holidays. 

What is the minimum wage in UK?

The minimum wage in UK depends upon your age. It is £5.90 for 18-20 years old, £7.38 for 21-24 years old and £7.83 for those above 25 years. The minimum wage is revised every April. Keep track of the minimum wage by visiting this minimum wage page of the UK Government.

What is the cost of living in UK?

It varies depending upon where you are living. The UK Visas and Immigration suggests you to set aside at least £1,020 per month for living cost in London. However, London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. It does not cost as much in other parts of UK as the rent is significantly lower. Rent in London alone can range from £500-600 per month on a shared basis.

Do I need to take IELTS to study in UK?

If you are applying for courses at or below National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 6 then you will need to take the IELTS examination. Level 6 is Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.  

What is Tier 4 Visa?

It is general student visa awarded to students above 16 years of age. You will be applying for Tier 4 visa.

Do I need to pay my tuition fee before applying for visa?

It depends upon the rule of the University you are applying to. Most Universities require you to pay a year of tuition fee upfront. Others require you to pay half year tuition fee or less. You need not pay more than a year of tuition fee in advance at most Universities. 

Where do I apply for a visa to UK?

You will apply at the British Embassy in Lainchaur, Kathmandu for your visa. 

How long does visa processing take?

It normally takes about 15 days for you to obtain visa once you've applied. We suggest you to apply at least three months before the start of your course to accommodate for delays and travel preparation.  

What are the provison of scholarship for international students in UK?

There are  a number of scholarships on offer for international students who would like to study in UK. You can apply for them before coming to UK or after you start attending your courses. Scholarships awarded by Universities are normally distributed on the basis of performance after you have commenced your study.

Some popular scholarships available in the UK for Nepali students are Chevening Scholarship Nepal, Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships, Denny Holland Scholarship at University College London, Bristol University International Office Scholarship etc.

What is the cost of visa application to UK?

Currently, Nepali students applying for Tier 4 visa will need to pay NRs. 52,234 as visa processing fee. This is subject to change. Use this tool to calculate the current visa processing fee for UK.

Will I get a refund on my visa processing fee if my visa is rejected?

No, you will not.

Do I need to show a bank balance?

You need to show proof that you have sufficient fund to support yourself during your study in the UK. It can either be in the form of a bank balance, regular income or sponsorship. In case the bank balance is under your parent's name, you need to present a relationship certificate. Tax clearance report is necessary for income sources. Letter of consent and proof of previous acquaintance is necessary if someone is sponsoring your study in the UK. 

Is credit transfer to a University in UK possible for Nepali students?

It is possible but it depends upon the rule of the University you are applying. Even if credit transfer is allowed, you won't be able to carry all your credits. The amount of credit that will be transferred will depend upon the similarity of the course you took in Nepal with the course you will be taking in the UK, the quality of your course, your performance etc. 

DOCUMENT CHECKLIST FOR UK STUDENT VISA

Students about to study in UK from Nepal must have the following documents ready before applying for their Tier 4 visa:

  • Passport that is valid till the duration of your stay in UK.
  • Academic Certificates till date with Character Certificates.
  • Birth Certificate.
  • Letter of Consent from your University.
  • Two passport size photographs.
  • Letter of consent for abroad study from your parents if you are under the age of 18.
  • Relationship certificate with your parents if you are showing bank balance as study support fund and the bank balance is in the name of your parents.
  • Tuberculosis Test Report.
  • Health Surcharge Reference Number. This allows international students to receive benefits from the National Health Service in UK in case they need medical treatment.
  • Police Report.
  • IELTS Certification.

FACTS ABOUT UK

  • The official name of UK is United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Northern Ireland is the only part of UK that shares border with another country outside the UK - Republic of Ireland.
  • Apart from Northern Ireland, UK is an island.
  • The area of UK is 242,495 square km.
  • Its population is 66 million.
  • Its nominal per capita GDP is $39,734, one of the highest in the world. Based on nominal GDP, UK is the fifth largest economy of the world.
  • London is the capital of UK.
  • The Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) line, international time meridian, is named after a place called Greenwich in London.
  • Like Nepal, UK is one of the few countries in the world where people drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state of UK. She has been on throne since 1952 and is the longest serving current head of state in the world.
  • In the 1920s, the British Empire covered about a quarter of landmass of earth. It is the largest empire in history. This is the reason for the popular phrase, 'The sun never sets on the British Empire'.
  • The industrial revolution of the 19th century began in UK.
  • Stonehenge, the prehistoric stone monuments in UK, are older than the pyramids.
  • The British love to eat fish and chips but Chiken Tikka Masala is also equally popular in Britain.
  • Europe's tallest building, the Shard, is located in London.
  • Queen Elizabeth has visited over a 100 countries but she does not have a passport. Passport in UK is issued in the name of the Queen and it would not be right if she issued a passport for herself.
  • The first person to become a billionaire by writing books - J.K. Rowling - is from UK.
  • UK was the first country to use postage stamps.
  • There are public holidays at royal wedding in UK.
  • The British Library in London is the largest library in the world.
  • Winsdor Castle, owned by the British Monarch, is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.
  • The shortest scheduled flight in the world - one minute - takes place in UK. The flight connects Westray and Papa Westray in Orkney island. Two minutes is the officially stated time but it only takes about a minute for the flight.
  • Bennets Irongate, the oldest department store in the world, is in UK.
  • UK is one of the few countries in the world with no written constitution.
  • No place in UK is more than 120 km far from the sea.
  • If you reach a 100 years of age in UK, you will receive a personalized birthday card from the Queen. You can apply for one at your 105th and subsequent birthdays too.
  • Alcohol is prohibited in the British Parliament but the Chancellor can drink it in his chambers while delivering the annual budget.

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