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Student Guide to the United Kingdom (UK)


All you need to know before studying in the UK – the education system, the visa regime and the process of the Indians living in the UK, after studying the options and much more.
1. About the country
The UK consists of four countries united under one government. The countries are England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each has a unique culture and a direction. Britain has more than 80 percent of the total population.
College Fit: At the level of higher education, students have a wide range of choices when they choose a college or university. Although there are organizations trying to rank colleges and universities, the concept of “fit” is also important. * GPA of admitted students is very important, but large companies offered, location, number of students, and the campus culture are all factors that influence the decision of a potential student. Some colleges and universities are funded by the state, while others are held in private.
* Average is the average of the notes. It is the average of all scores.
Top Destinations students: Top universities in the UK, Cambridge University, Oxford University, London School of Economics, Imperial College London, Durham University, etc. (In random order). Most of the best colleges in the country are located in London, followed by Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester.
Popular courses: sociology and social sciences, law, business management, information technology, communications / media are popular over Indian students in the UK continues.
Security UK: As a student, you will be safe in the UK, you have at home. When you enter your college will be many other students, who will give you all the necessary information about the place. You will see that the country is multicultural and you will soon have friends from all over the world.
Britain has a variable climate is changing day by day. It is difficult to predict the weather. In general, summers are hot and winters see snowfall. Summers colder than India.
England – In comparison to other places in the UK, in England sunny all year. In some cases, there may be strong winds. In addition, the rains are unpredictable, and it can rain at any time during the year. London, Manchester, Birmingham is one of the most popular cities. The average summer temperature is about 25 ° C to 15 ° C; in winter it is about 7 ° C to 0 ° C,
Scotland – Scotland’s climate is moderate and can be quite unpredictable. The rainfall is not uniform across Scotland, with the western part of doing a lot more rain than in the eastern regions. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen are the big cities. The average summer temperature is about 19 ° C to 10 ° C; in winter it is about 6 ° C to -1 ° C
Wales – In Wales, most of the rain tends to fall during the period from October to January. The winter days are shorter and the area experiences snow. Summer is warmer than other parts of the UK. Cardiff, Newport, Swansea is one of the most popular cities here. The average summer temperature is around 23 ° C to 12 ° C; in winter it is about 8 ° C to 1 ° C
Northern Ireland – The region has a relatively mild winter and cool summer. Northern Ireland is a disorder in England and receives less light compared. Belfast, Lisburn, Newry is one of the most popular cities here. The average summer temperature is about 19 ° C to 10 ° C; in winter it is about 8 ° C to 0 ° C,
The image of life tips
All international students in the UK need a letter from the college to open a bank account. College will give you this letter at the time of induction, and forestry. It is essential that all international students in the UK register with a local doctor. Again, the college will help you organize during induction and logging. Guests have access to a wide range of clubs and societies at the university. The College also organizes social events during your study period. Generally, this will include city tours, ice skating, bowling and trips to other cities in the UK.
Indians living in the UK
Indians largest ethnic minority group in Britain. There were nearly 1.6 million Indian immigrants living in the United Kingdom in 2008, the majority of Indian immigrants resided in three cities: London, Manchester and Birmingham. The rest of Indian immigrants living in large urban centers such as Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast.
2. Student life
First, you must decide if you want to live in university housing or managed a private owner. Selecting the university managed accommodation can also give you an option catering or self-catering. Catered offers the benefits of your meals prepared for you and the certainty of food costs.
If you have an idea of what you prefer, the placement office of your university will be able to tell you that the accommodation they have – so it’s a place to start. If you plan to rent from a private owner or if the chosen university can not offer you anything in their own office in the residential installation housing should be able to provide a list of private property and owners of the region.
Wherever you decide to live, you must make sure you know their contractual rights and obligations. In most cases, you will be asked to sign a lease, you must read carefully before signing.

Type of accommodation options available –
Short term – accommodation hostels and hotels. temporary housing, which can be offered by the institution, as long as you are moving. Talk to the support of international staff for your organization or consult their website for more details.
Location – you can rent or “lease” by yourself or with friends the property. This can be done using a real estate agent or private.
The complex – Living can be an excellent option to minimize travel. Most universities have a cozy living room furnished in the style of the apartments on campus or nearby.
Homestay – This option allows you to live with a family in their home.
Orientation week is mandatory for foreign students, so be sure to arrive before it starts. This is the time when you enter the university and its services, as well as enroll in your classes. It is important that you read your guide, which is available at the college. The guide explains each part of the admissions process.
With sports, colleges offer extracurricular activities that provide students with a wide range of experience. Music, theater, science and literary societies in colleges offer public education opportunities, and other leisure activities. Go to the theater, concerts and places related to training courses, such as art galleries and museums, religious centers and historical sites, research the company and the projects are part of college life.

3. Admission process
They vary between programs and research levels. For each course, Indian students will be required to meet the minimum requirements of the English language. In addition to these minimum academic record 65% and above for the Humanities stream in class XII, and from 70 to 80% and above would also require science stream / Commerce in class XII. The funds and degree programs are available for students who provided less than 60%. The student must have completed 18 years before joining the curriculum.
It is important to note that these figures are indicative, actual results may differ from university to university
The following documents must be submitted:
• Certified copies of brand X class leaves, XII, and a BA (if applicable)
• At least two academic letters of recommendation from teachers who taught you lately
• If you have experience, two letters of reference from your employer / manager who knows you well and can comment on your professional skills
• Statement of Intent (SOP)
• proceed
• reports photocopied score GMAT / IELTS / TOEFL
• Portfolio (in the case of students applying to art and design courses and programs in architecture)
• Other (certificates / achievements at the state and national levels, and extra-curricular activities)
• Proof of funds

Here is a table of applying for reception steps are completed on time:
18-12 months before admission
• Begin to explore and choose 8-12 universities you apply to. Visit the university sites and pay attention to the application requirements, deadlines, etc.
• Ask about the possibilities of financing their studies.
• Make strategy customized applications for different universities.

12-10 months before enrollment
• This is the time when you go from training mode to create the application. Think about what makes you unique as an applicant and identify their strengths and self-esteem.
• You must be registered and start preparing for standardized tests required as GMAT, GRE, UKCAT, TOEFL or IELTS – depending on the course and the university.
In the 10 months preceding admission
• Start by downloading the brochure committee of academic selection sites.
• Getting Started as a UCAS application and admission.
• Search and begin to seek external grants (if applicable).
• Take standardized tests like GMAT and TOEFL.
• Refer to the teachers and the direct managers of at least two letters of recommendation.
• begin to develop your SOPs and testing.
• With your acceptance of applications, plan your expenses as a student loan.

• Apply before the end!
• You may need to show a video interview before the selection committee.
• You will receive your rejection email from April to June (month may vary). The adoption of a letter will help you obtain a student visa.
• Document collection for a student visa.
• Depending on the length, you will need to notify the university of your decision to pay a non-refundable deposit and apply for a student visa.
Registration fee: All colleges require that you pay a registration fee when applying. The amount of compensation varies depending on the college and of course apply, so check with individual colleges on their entry fee.

SOP: Statement of purpose (SOP) is your introduction to the college admission and officials. It is always written in first person and describes the reason for the application to a particular college. It is necessary to focus on why you are perfect for the college and the college why you should take. The writing style is different from the casual, but it is important to remember that it should reflect your personality.
Test: The test shall be presented to the participant. The test is an important part of the admission process at the university. Students may be required to write one or two trials, with some additional tests too. Common topics include career aspirations, strengths and weaknesses, skills, experience and the reasons for a particular school.
LOR: Letter of recommendation (LOR) is a reference to a letter written by a third party, describing the qualities, characteristics and abilities of future students to recommend it to the university in terms of the ability of that person to perform a task or a specific function. A third party may be a teacher, supervisor, etc.

Applications for all undergraduate courses are filled by universities and colleges receiving system or UCAS – the central organization in the UK, which is responsible for receiving undergraduate applications and forward them to the competent authorities.
UCAS lets you apply up to five universities across the common form. £ 13 is the fee for a course or £ 23 for a number of courses and applications. The services offered by UCAS for the reception at a reception in September / October in the UK, and you usually apply directly to the University for courses starting in January or February.
Note – Students applying for admission to postgraduate taught programs will apply to individual universities, using the application form for this particular university. Most universities offer an online application means for a low price. Once the application form is filled in the relevant supporting documents must be sent to the university. While universities do not have the period of its recommended to apply early to increase your chances of making a bid.

The main entrance season September / October and January / February in the UK. The services are designed to receive the UCAS consumption in September or October in the UK. You must apply directly to the University for courses starting in January or February.

4. Exams
Language Examinations
International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) all standard language tests which are necessary in order to qualify for admission at University. They follow different formats, structure, and bands of the result. These tests vary in different ways, but many institutions have asked any results. So the student to decide what should appear in the examination.
Repeat examinations: IELTS can be taken an unlimited number of times. TOEFL can be repeated as many times as you like, but can not be taken more than once during the 12-day period. Even with PTE, it can be taken as many times as necessary. You must wait for your results before you book your next exam.
Fees: Rs 9300 for these exams IELTS, TOEFL to Rs 10,000 and Rs 9350 for PTE.
Application time: Ideally, if you are targeting a reception in September, you have to appear for exams in November, so that you can apply in the first period. Universities will you use to talk about what kind of results they will take the exam. But if given the choice to go to one of them, the choice is yours. The time required to prepare for the IELTS / TOEFL / PTE depend on the existing English language. You may need 2-4 months of preparation before the exam date.

General Examinations
GMAT – Management Aptitude Test graduate used to measure the ability of a potential MBA aspirant to keep higher education in business or management. It measures the math, English language skills and the student’s reasoning.
GRE – The Graduate Record Examination is another test to take students applying for graduate schools to pursue MA or MS. Increasingly, many business schools also accept GRE scores for admission in order to provide for the MBA.
The university you apply to mention some test results are applicable in your choice. But if given the choice to go to one of them, the choice is yours.
Repetition and payment: You can give an unlimited number of GMAT subject to five times a year, and a 30-day interval between the two tests. You can take these tests with an interval of 30 days from the first time. GMAT cost of Rs 16,000, Rs 12,000 and GRE.
Ideally, if you aim at the entrance of September, you should go for these exams in November, so that you can apply in the first period. the preparation period is generally 4 to 6 months.
The average results: average GMAT score is accepted by universities 540. Average GRE 155 verbal, 167 for the quantitative and 5.0 for writing.
It is important to note that these figures are indicative, actual results could differ from university to university.

5. Cost of living
School Fees
The cost of living is largely dependent on what part of the UK where you live, how much you need to communicate. Some of life’s basic elements as an international student in the United Kingdom:
• rental housing (on campus or off campus)
• Food and food processing
• Utilities such as electricity, water, gas, internet
• Phone bills
• Text and reference
• The cost of tickets for a trip to India
Other items that may vary from person to person would be:

• Supper
• Travel and Vacations
• Rent a car and car insurance
• Connecting Cable TV
• The cost of living for international students in the UK
Tuition varies by different universities, courses and the city. For international students, tuition will begin to £ 7,450 for courses based on lectures, and up to £ 36,600 for students with a degree in medicine. But the cost for many first international degree programs is approximately £ 10,000 on average. And if you plan to apply to graduate school, most of the international commission for 2013-14 ranges from £ 10,000 to £ 12,000.
Living expenses
Under the new visa requirements, if you are an international student, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) requires you to have a budget in 1265 of at least pounds a month to study in London, plus costs attainment. If the campus is located outside of London, you will need a minimum budget of £ 1,015 per month, according to the request of UKBA. On average, you may need around £ 200 to £ 300 per week to live in or around London. It is just a score, and the final cost varies depending on your lifestyle, place of residence and how you socialize.
Here is a chart that will help you understand the value of the local currency. Keep in mind that the amounts presented below have been converted at the current rate of £ 1 = Pound Rupee Rs 102. This amount is subject to change.

Particulars Delhi London
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant Rs. 200 Rs. 1,020
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar Rs. 200 Rs. 510
Coffee Rs. 70 Rs. 255
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter) Rs. 20 Rs. 102
Milk, 1 liter Rs. 40 Rs. 102
White Bread Rs. 20 Rs. 102
Water (1.5 liter) Rs. 20 Rs. 102
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) Rs. 20 Rs. 295
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) Rs. 15 Rs. 221
Petrol (1 liter) Rs. 70 Rs. 142
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local Re. 1 Rs. 13
Internet – 6 Mbps, Unlimited Data Rs. 1,200 Rs. 2,040
Cinema, 1 Seat Rs. 250 Rs. 1,020
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre Rs. 12,000 Rs. 153,042
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre Rs. 7,500 Rs. 91,825

Medical Insurance
An insurance policy is a must for foreign students, students must remain abroad for a long period of time. Before insurance, make sure it covers medical expenses, personal accident, dental care, interruption of the study, loss of passport, etc. Insurance is essentially non-cash so that the student does not pay the money at the time of hospitalization.
Merit and fees based on the needs exemptions are granted to foreign students. Candidates with strong academics, good performance in standardized tests and extracurricular achievements will be eligible for scholarships and financial aid. To take advantage of these opportunities, you must make sure to send all the necessary documents are limited in time. In addition, the presentation of the application is also important because it is judged by the image of the project.
Required documents: documents are usually required to apply following the stock market, although requirements may vary:
• academic records and photocopies
• A recent CV
• letter of intent, which acts as a cover page
• certificate of proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS)
• Letters of recommendation (LOR)
• loans
Eligibility criteria for students: first, they need to know if you qualify for a loan or not. General criteria after all banks –
• You must be a citizen of India
• You must have a strong academic performance
• You should apply for admission to professional courses, technical or other
• Most of the banks argue that the course chosen should focus on employment.
• You must be secured admission to foreign academic institutions
• You must be 18 years or older, or parents can use the loan
Safe Eligibility: You can not get a credit for each course. This kind of exchange, which can apply for student loans.
Graduation: oriented professional or technical course work offered by the well-known universities
For after graduation: MCA, MBA, MS or even diplomas
These courses can be foreign universities or institutions approved by the state and the central government.
Loan amount: If your total amount is Rs 10 lakh, the bank may offer to give credit in the amount of 80% of the amount, and you have to put in the remaining 20%. It is the sum of the margin. The maximum amount of loan offered by banks to study abroad, generally about 20 rupees If the tuition fees of Rs 30 lakh, you will manage the rest of the funds themselves. Some banks charge for treatment, while others do not. it can be a fixed amount or a percentage of the total loan amount. So if the bank charges 1% processing fee, which will be at an additional cost, you need to cover.
Documents required: You must provide an acceptance letter from the university, reflecting the fact that you were chosen for the course and schedule of payments. You will also need to show a sign of the last sheet of the qualifying examination to show their performance.
All banks have different requirements for documentation, you must confirm with the bank first.
Repayment: The repayment starts only after the period of the course. If a student got a job in the year following the end of the course, repayment must begin immediately after the expiry of one month from the date of employment.
If you do not provide a job for one year after completion of the course, repayment begins regardless of whether or not you work. The loan generally must be repaid in 5-7 years after the onset of maturity. If a student is unable to complete the course at the time agreed, the extension of the deadline for completion of the course may be authorized for a period of two years. Generally, you will receive up to a maximum of 10 years to repay the loan.
6. Visa
You must have the following documents before applying:
• student completed visa form
• The letter of acceptance of the course – accredited educational institution will give you a letter of acceptance and letter of the visa, which is the official and unconditional offer of a place on a training course. no visa letter must be issued more than six months prior to application. Applications where the visa letter over six months will be denied.
• The presence of a letter does not guarantee a visa will be successful. The applicant must meet all the requirements of the class, and all other requirements of the immigration rules.
Proof of funds – the money you need to show your course fee covers the first year of tuition and living expenses for up to nine months. The amount you need depends on whether you are applying as a child or an adult, and if you are attending or London. You must show that you have spent the money for at least 28 days. The end of this 28-day period should not be more than a month before the date of your request.
You must provide the following amount of money to cover basic life expenses (excluding fees) for the nine-month period: £ 800 per month, if you live in London; £ 600 per month, if you live outside of London.
There are several steps to apply for a visa. British application for a student visa are processed within three weeks after the completed application be filed.
Step 1 – Make sure you have the right
You must be able to show you:
• Confirmed in the school, university or college where you learn. This is called “proof of admission to studies” (PKI).
• Enough money (also known as “the maintenance or average”) to cover the cost of your course and living costs in the UK.
Step 2 – Get your documents ready
For each document, you give, you must include the original and a photocopy.
• A signed copy of your visa application is complete
• valid passport
• 1 passport size photograph in color, which is consistent with recommendations photos
• The certificate confirmed university place
• All previous passports to show their previous travel history
• If you send a document is not in English it must be accompanied by a full translation that can be verified
Step 3 – Apply Online
You must register and create an account on the official website of the UK Visa.
Once you have completed the questionnaire online, you must print and sign the completed form. You must use an online meeting schedule, make an appointment at the visa application center. Once you have completed your application online, you will receive an email with your request number.
Step 4 – Pay the application fee
There are 4 ways to pay visa fees.
Payment by Standard Chartered Bank – You can pay the fee in certain branches of Standard Chartered Bank. The bank will issue a draft request for “the British High Commission.”
The project application of the nationalized bank or foreign – you can pay a fee, received the demand draft issued by the nationalized or foreign bank. Bank charges for this service will change. Demand Draft should be in favor of “the British High Commission.”
Payment by Visa Center – You can pay the visa fee at the visa application center when applying for a visa.
Pay online – you can pay the application fee online using a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card.
Step 5 – Visit the visa application center on the date fixed
You must book and attend the reception in our visa application center to submit an application and a facial photograph and fingerprints.
On April 6, 2012 Tier 1 (Post-study work) has been closed to new applicants. So, technically, you do not receive a Visa Visa Student workstations. But if you want to work there after graduation, then you must apply for a visa to level 2, which is designed for highly skilled workers. So with your student visa, you will not get a work permit. You must apply for a work visa separately.
Your spouse can work in the UK if a leave for more than 12 months. If the visa was issued for less than 12 months, or to participate in the study process under the diploma level, your spouse will not be allowed to work in the UK.
Visa For Wife
Visa holder of the UK gets a dependent visa for the same period as the principal applicant. This is applicable only to the request of a master. Under-graduates are not eligible dependents with them in the UK.
If you have a student visa, your family members are used as a “point of load migrant system. Each dependent completing a separate application form and pay a fee.
With their own maintenance facilities, you must show an additional £ 600 for each dependent for each month that you apply to the means of maintenance maximum of 9 months. You can use the grant funds to cover maintenance of your dependents if you have already received a scholarship. The grant letter should indicate that the funds are also your responsibility.
7. Checklist before departure
Pre-departure list
• flight Reservations
• Travel and purchase of medical insurance
• Organize accommodation in the UK
• To arrange a shuttle service to / from the airport at home in the UK
• Consider buying travelers checks
• Baggage restrictions and customs
• Delete all records from your school house
Get your documents in order and make photocopies for storing your luggage and keep at home, including:
• foreign passport
• flights
• Travel insurance certificate
• acceptance letter to the school
• Key addresses and telephone numbers
• bank statement showing proof of funds
• The requirements for any medication you are
• checks, if any traveler
• Medical and vaccination records
• history and academic transcripts
8. Once you land
You must have some understanding of British culture before you go. Here are some tips to help you make your stay comfortable.
Punctuality: British, generally a supporter of punctuality, and it will be considered bad if you’re late for an appointment, a manual or a social gathering. If you’re going to be late, it is desirable that the person in advance and explain the situation.
Tails: turn play an important role in the UK, you have to queue in shops, supermarkets, banks and government agencies. queue jumping is considered rude and can irritate those already standing in line.
Personal space: The space you leave between you and the person you are talking to a very specific culture. In the UK, it is usually left alone arms length between you and the person you are talking to the intersection of this invisible border will be considered a violation of privacy.
Social Niceties: As an international student, you will be amazed by the number of times the English say, please, thank you and excuse me. Taking this as a clue, add “please” at the end of each application, a “thank you” whenever someone does something for you.
Driving UK: Driving in the UK is on the left side of the road. It is necessary to obtain a license in the UK by agreeing to pass the driving test. If this is not done, you risk being prosecuted for driving without a valid license. You must be assured before driving a car in the UK. To rent a car in the UK, you must have a license for the full driver or international driving license and have been driving for twelve months or more.
Bank accounts: Having a bank account in the UK is important for international students. It can take up to 2 weeks to open a bank account. You can open a bank account only after you are in the UK and registered on full-time study. British law requires banks to perform detailed checks on customers to establish identity, proof of address in his native country, and confirm the new address in the UK.
Travel: London Underground – You can pay cash fare, use a “Oyster card” pre-paid or buy a paper travel card. With the Oyster card, a way ticket is £ 2.10
Coach – Most routes in Central London require you to buy tickets before you sit down. ATM selling single fares and daily bus passes are located next to the main bus stops on these roads.


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