Study in the UK

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What is the cost of studying in UK for Indians?

About INR 30,00,000/year. This is inclusive of tuition fees, accommodation fees and living expenses. However, this is just an estimated cost. The total cost of studying would vary subject to your degree (UG, PG, PhD), course, university, city and your lifestyle. To get an idea about studying expenses in the UK, click here.

Should Indian students study in UK after Brexit?

Sounds like a good idea. After December 2020, the visa-free system for Europeans travelling to UK from Europe will no longer be applicable. This will create several vacancies for companies in the UK. That will, then, open doors for people from Asia, especially India. Moreover, you can avail use of the 2-year UK PSW which will allow you to live legally in the UK for two years after graduation. To know more about the benefits of moving to the UK after Brexit, click here.

How is life like in UK for an Indian student?

It is tough. If you take an education loan to study in the UK, then the pressure gets high. If your education loan does not provide for your accommodation fees, then you will have to work part-time in UK. And working part-time in the UK is difficult depending on the type of job that you do. If your loan does provide for your accommodation fees and living expenses, then you will have enough time to focus on your studies. If you want to know the challenges that Indian students face in the UK, then click here.

Is studying in UK difficult for Indians?

Yes, initially it is. The primary difference between the UK and Indian education system is the former’s systematic research-based approach towards academics. In short, in a UK university, you will be spending more time in libraries or laboratories researching. Your professor will guide you through different stages of your academics, but is never going to hand-feed you with information. Since we lack that approach in India, studying in the UK for Indians is initially a challenging task.

How should I select a UK university from India?

Think about career prospects and university’s academic resources. Since you are going to be spending about INR 30,00,000/year to study in the UK, it is crucial that your university provides you with the right skills that will help you land a job. Getting a job is difficult in the UK because of visa sponsorship. However, if your has a good reputation for the course, and has regular job fairs where tier-2 sponsors participate, you should think in favour of that university. For more help around selecting a university, click here.

What happens after my graduation from the UK?

Once you have graduated from the UK, you can apply for the 2-year UK PSW scheme (what are the benefits of this scheme?) for international students. With this scheme, you will be legally allowed to stay in the UK for 2 years after completing your graduation. During that period, you can look for work in your field, go for interviews, and (most likely) work part-time to pay off your expenses. Further information is awaited from the Government of UK.

Are there job opportunities in UK after my graduation?

Depends on your field. With the 2-year UK PSW, you will be able to stay in the UK legally for 2 years after completing your graduation. This will give you ample amount of time to look for jobs, build a network and prove your eligibility to potential employers. If you do everything right, you will get a job.

Can I get a job easily in UK as an Indian?

Depends on your field. However, it is safe to say no to this question. Getting a job in the UK means getting sponsored by a company. And getting a visa sponsorship is not easy. Your profile needs to be impressive, you must show yourself as an eligible candidate and having a reference within the company always helps.

Do I need to take an education loan for the UK?

You might have to. For an estimated expense of about INR 30,00,000/year, it makes sense to take an education loan. But, the question is, how much loan should you take? How about the interest rates? How long will it take for you to pay it back? Find all that information in this article.

Is working part-time in UK feasible for Indian students?

It is possible. But, I would not advise it. Why? If you are going to the UK to study, then you should just study. A student’s life in UK can be a beautiful and enriching experience, something you will cherish throughout your life. If you work, it will just create additional pressure on your head. However, several Indian students work in the UK. If you want to know my experience of working at a gambling shop in London, click here.

Is working part-time in UK advisable for Indian students?

I will not advise it. Working part-time would actually mean you are taking time away from your academics. Moreover, you will also miss out on exploring the city, your university, hanging out with friends, researching at the library and a ton of other things.

Is part-time work enough for monthly expenses?

Depends. If you are working at the university, you can expect to earn between £10 – £12/hour. If you are working at other cafes or shops, expect around £8.50 – £10. Since you are only allowed to work 20 hours/week, your monthly earnings can be estimated between £720 and £960. Estimated living expenses in bigger cities are around £1000. If you manage your finances well, then you will be able to pull through. For more information about working part-time in the UK, click here.

What is visa sponsorship?

Your permit to enter the UK. In order to be eligible to do anything in the UK, you need the government’s permission to enter the country. That permission is visa sponsorship. The permission can be granted for work (Work Visa), study (Study Visa), or a simple visit (Tourist/Visitor Visa). To know more how visa sponsorship works for Indians, click here.

What are the differences between the two types of education systems: UK and India?

The UK education system is extensively focused on research. It means that studying in the UK means spending more time conducting independent research, without a professor sitting down and spoon-feeding information. Since in India we do not focus as much on the research, this becomes a challenge for Indian students going to the UK. For more information about the challenges, click here.

What are the living expenses for Indians in UK?

It completely depends on your lifestyle. If you want to live a luxurious lifestyle by renting out expensive rooms, gorging at fancy restaurants, getting around by taxis and partying frequently, then you are going to spend about INR 2,00,000. However, if you are conscious about your finances, live at an okayish student accommodation, and spend money for social events occasionally, then you can live off of INR 1,20,000 as well. To know more about the living expenses, click here.

Can I live off of money earned from part-time work in UK?

From working 20 hours/week, you can earn anywhere between INR 45,000 (£500) and INR 1,00,000 (£1000) depending on the kind of work that you do. If you live close to your university, have minimal travel expenses, and cook for yourself, then you will be able to manage with that money. However, if you live further from the university, travel over long distances frequently, then you will be pressed hard for finances.

Is starting a life in UK difficult for Indian students?

Initially, yes. However, when you get your time-table, and set a routine for yourself, things get easier. Finding friends can be a bit difficult at the beginning. My suggestion would be to hang out with your fellow students, be interactive, and try and reach out for help in case of trouble. And, if you need anything, then this website will be your guide every step of the way!

What is the UK Visa Extension for Indian students?

It is the 2-year Post-Study Work Visa scheme. It means that you can live in the UK legally for two years after completing your graduation. During that period you can apply for jobs, go for interviews, and hopefully, earn some money by working part-time to support yourself. If you want to know the benefits of this scheme, click here.

Is the UK a good place to study for Indians after Brexit?

The UK has been a favoured study destination for Indian students. After December 2020, the visa-free system for Europeans travelling to UK from Europe will no longer be applicable.This will create several vacancies for companies in the UK. That will, then, open doors for people from Asia, especially India. To know more about the benefits of studying in the UK after Brexit, click here.

What are the new UK rules for Indian students?

The 2-year Post-Study Work Visa. With the help of this scheme, Indian students will be able to legally live in the UK for two years after completing their graduation. During this period you can find a suitable full-time job that sponsors your work visa. Hopefully, you will be able to work part-time to earn for your expenses as well. Further information is awaited. To know more about the benefits of this scheme, click here.

What kind of visa do I get for studying in UK from India?

Depends. If you are going for a degree course, then you get a General Tier-4 Student Visa. However, if you are going for shorter courses (less than six months) you get a Short-Term Study Visa.

Can I work in UK as an Indian student?

Yes. If you are going to the UK on a General Tier-4 Student visa, you can work for 20 hours/week during term-time. Students who apply for the Short-Term Study visa are not allowed to work.

What documents do I need to apply for UK student visa from India?

  • Valid Passport (that does not expire for your period of stay in the UK)
  • Unconditional offer from a recognised university
  • CAS number (what?)
  • Tubercolosis certificate (~ INR 30,000)
  • Immigration Health Surcharge (payment of medical services: ~ INR 30,000)
  • Academic documents/transcripts/degrees
  • Birth Certificate (translated to English)
  • IELTS test results (unless waived off by the university)
  • Academic Reference Letters (LoRs)
  • Proof of Finances (Bank statements showing you have the required money to live and study in the UK)

If my documents are not in English, do I need to get them translated first before applying to UK?

It goes without saying, all your documents must be in English (if not already).

How do I get my documents translated?

You need to get the documents printed on an affidavit stamped by a legal notary. Ensure that the notary is available if the UK Government has any questions to ask them.

Which UK university is the best for me?

Very important question. Deciding the best university for you can be a daunting task. Keep the basic things like career prospects and academic resources in mind. It is important that the university assists you in finding a job after your graduation. Similarly, if you don’t have enough academic resources (like reputed professors) then you will probably not get the most out of studying in the UK. If you need help deciding the best UK university for yourself, then click here.

Do I need to show flight booking proof when applying to the UK universities?

No. You can book your flight after getting your student visa approved.

How do I write my SOP?

Think about the course that you are applying for. Think about your achievements so far. Think about what you wish to do with that degree. Ensure that your SOP details how getting a degree in the course of your choice is a suitable next step basis your past achievements. And, it also helps you in fulfilling your long-term goals.

How do I find student accommodation in UK?

Look for university or student accommodation in the UK. You can try searching for the same on your university website. If you don’t get an accommodation at the university, then try and get one that is closer to your university. It will help you save your time and money. For more information about finding the right accommodation for yourself, click here.

What are the accommodation costs in UK for Indians?

It depends completely on the city that you are living in. However, student accommodation can cost anywhere between INR 15,000 (£150) AND INR 30,000 (£300) per week. So, that is about INR 1,00,000/month.

How should I pack for the UK?

Pack only the things you need. You will get stuff like rice and most Indian spices easily in the UK (it also depends on the city you are living in). If you are used to eating dal and rice then keep a pressure cooker with yourself. For clothes, keep some basic items, some formal, casual and semi-formal clothing. If you need detailed information around packing for the UK as an Indian student, then click here.

What are the best places to work part-time in UK as a student?

Your university. It is the best place to work. You get to work with your fellow students. Moreover, you will be working with people who will understand that you have academic requirements to be met. If you work at a cafe/store/shop that may not be the case. Most likely, you are even going to get higher hourly rates for working at the university. For more information about part-time work in the UK, click here.

Is it easy to find part-time work in UK?

Depends. If you are looking for something specific then you might have trouble looking for it. However, if you are looking for jobs as a cashier/barista/assistant then you would find plenty of those jobs. Just make sure that you apply well in time to secure one. Start from the part-time jobs available at your university, to the job fairs, to looking for part-time work on CV-Library, Indeed and Monster.

Is living in UK safe for Indian students?

Depends on you. I found London to be a city where if you go out asking for trouble, you would find it. However, if you mind your business, don’t mess around with the people who are not to be messed with, you will do fine. Do your thing, be aware of your surroundings at night, keep 999 on speed dial and you will have no problem.

Is finding Indian food in UK difficult?

No. With about 1.5 millions living in the UK, finding Indian food is extremely easy. However, in smaller cities it might be a bit difficult. But in most of the bigger cities you will find Indian food easily.

Is making Indian food in UK difficult?

If you want to make something specific. If you are looking to make a special recipe to flaunt in front of your valentine, then you might find it difficult. However, if you are just looking to cook rice, curries, sometimes chapattis, then you will be just fine.

How to cook Indian food in UK?

Cooking Indian food can be a bit difficult if you are looking to make something specific. However, for all the generic foods, it can be done easily. Just ensure that you bring basic utensils like pressure cooker from home.

Where to shop for Indian groceries in UK?

To find details of shops for Indian groceries in the UK, click here.

How many Indian students study in UK?

This statistic by the UK Government states that the number of Indian students have doubled over the past three years.

When should I think about applying to universities in the UK?

For September intake, you should aim to send your university applications by January. Most of the UK universities take about a month to respond to your application. The entire process from receiving the offer, to making the deposit, to receive the CAS will take about three additional months. You will only be able to apply for the student visa three months before your start date. Therefore, starting in January makes the most sense.

Is getting into UK universities from India difficult?

No. If you meet the eligibility requirements of the university, prepare your documents well, and write a well-informed SOP, you will be able to secure a seat easily.

Can I study in the UK without IELTS?

Yes, you can but it depends. If the medium of instruction throughout your academic life was English, you might be able to ask for a waiver. In that case, you will have to request a “Medium of Instruction” certificate from your academic institutions. I did not have to give IELTS, as I had done my BA in English Honours from Delhi University. If you happen to have a degree whose medium of instruction was English, ask a “Medium of Instruction” certificate from your college.

Can Indians study in the UK for free?

If an Indian student is awarded a scholarship, then yes. Otherwise no. The scholarship will usually cover the tuition as well as living expenses. Thus enabling Indians to study for free in the UK.

Can Indian students work in the UK?

Yes, however there are certain conditions. All Indian students who are pursuing a full-time degree course are allowed to work part-time in the UK for 20 hours per week. However, if an Indian student is pursuing a short-term language course, then they will not be allowed to work.

What do I do with my university offer during the coronavirus crisis?

Government of UK has not issued any advisory yet on the incoming students during the month of September this year. However, considering that the UK has completely shut down as of 21/03, there are chances that the virus would be contained by the end of May. If that is the case, it should be okay for you to travel to the UK during September. However, if you are still confused, the best thing would be to get in touch with your university.

Should I consider distance learning/online learning from the UK now because of corona virus?

Yes, you could. You can check out the various online courses that the universities in the UK offer. However, if you had been planning to go to the UK and study, then you are advised to wait a while and see how the situations change. This is because the UK has announced a country-wide shut down on the 21st of March. This might help contain the virus and, if they are lucky, by the end of May things might get better. Therefore, I would suggest to not make a rushed decision at all. On the other hand, you can get in touch with the universities to see what they are saying about the application process for this year.