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The UK issued 57,200 student visas in 2010. Here’s what makes the Old Blighty one of the sought-after places for higher studieseducation Updated: Sep 15, 2010 09:39 IST
Home to the likes of Cambridge and Oxford universities, the Old Blighty has been an old favourite among students looking for an international education. It’s the choice of more than 40,000 Indians, pursuing higher studies there. For the 2010 academic year, Britain issued 57,200 student visas in 2009.
Why the UK?
UK offers internationally-accepted qualifications. Indians are attracted to one-year post-graduate degrees. British universities, colleges and schools provide a vibrant, creative and challenging environment. Quality standards are among the best in the world. Institutions continually have to prove that their courses meet strict criteria.
Business and management, science, engineering, art and design, and law courses are amongst the most sought-after courses among Indians.
Most undergraduate and postgraduate programmes start in September/October and some in January/ February. Check the timetable for research-based programmes with the institution. In Scotland, Bachelors programmes are of four years.
When to apply
Begin a year in advance. Institutions start accepting applications a year before, in September/October. Applicants should apply at least six to nine months before the session start.
How to apply
For UG applicants, the only option is to apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), UK’s central organisation. More details at www.ucas.com. For Master’s and other programmes, aspirants need to contact the selected institutions and apply directly.
The final date for all those applying for UG programmes in is June 30. The deadline for the UCAS application to Oxford and Cambridge universities as well as medicine, dentistry and veterinary programmes is October 15. There are separate deadlines for art and design courses.
Except maybe a few institutions, there are no specific deadlines for most PG programmes. So, confirm this from their website or prospectus of the institute.
There is no need to submit any document while applying via UCAS. The application packet for PG applications should contain:
. Application form
. Statement of Purpose
. Attested photocopies of academic credentials and recent certificates of your extra curricular activities
. IELTS/ TOEFL scores
. Two references (academic/ professional)
Tuition fees for UG and PG
£8000-£11000 for UG courses and £7000-12000 for PG.
Try to arrange accommodation before flying to the UK. Many institutions have student advisers who can provide you information.
There is a wide variety of food options in multi-cultural Britain. You can buy Asian food ingredients at most supermarkets.
There are many scholarships available. For more details, visit www.britishcouncil.org.
Part-time jobs policy
Below the degree level (excluding foundation degree), you are permitted to work 10 hours per week during term time. Foundation degree, degree or postgraduate programme students may work 20 hours in term time.
On completing your studies you may be eligible to apply for permission to work under Tier 1 (post-study work) or Tier 2. For more information, log on to www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/howtoapply/infs25pbspoststudywork.
Five steps to your UK visa
Apply as soon as you get your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies from your chosen education institution at your nearest Visa Application Centre
. Read the official published Tier 4 guidance (updated 23 July 10) available at:
. Apply for your visa in very good time – as soon as you have your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from your chosen UK education institution
and assembled all your papers, you may apply for an appointment at your nearest Visa Application Centre (VAC). You need to attend the VAC in person and
can find the latest visa fee on the VFS website. (For further guidance on how and when to schedule appointment and the latest visa fees,
. Prepare your application thoroughly - the application form, VAF9, plus appendix 8 for adult (general students) is free of charge and is available from the website:
. Remember, you do not need an agent to complete and submit your visa application. If you would like an agent to help you, choose one very carefully. Many
agents do not charge a fee. If they do charge, it should be reasonable.
. Submit all the original documents specified in the official guidance and all the documents seen by the UK education provider which led to your offer and are
referred to in the CAS.
. Do not submit forged documents or false information. Your application will be refused and you face a ban on travelling to the UK for the next 10 years.
. Check that your chosen education provider is on the sponsor's register before your apply for a visa (and check again before you travel to start your course at: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk). If a sponsor is suspended, it will be removed from the Tier 4 register of sponsors. You can still apply if your sponsor has been suspended but no decision will be made on your application until the status of the sponsor is resolved. If you want to re-submit the application with a new sponsor, the visa fee will not be refunded.
First Published: Sep 14, 2010 11:20 IST