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Why Study in UK?

The UK stands at the top of the list of study destinations for postsecondary education around the world. It is a major hub for tertiary education thanks to its educational infrastructure, teaching methodology, research, cultural diversity, and ethnic and cultural heritage. People in the UK are known for the warm hospitality they extend to international students. Unsurprisingly, thousands of people from all over the world visit the United Kingdom every year for higher education. Now, let us look at some notable facts about the UK as a study destination.

Key Facts to Study in the UK
Primary Language English
Cost of study £15,000 to £25,000
Sources of funding Part-time work, Financial grants
Exams required IELTS, TOEFL, PTE
Qualifications Diploma, certificate, vocational training, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral
Intakes Autumn, winter, summer
Visa Student visa

The NHS also offers international students top-class, modern, and safe treatment services and support. The NHS in the UK is among the world’s most sophisticated healthcare systems. Besides, the government prioritises the physical and mental well-being and health of foreign nationals with student visas. Universities in the UK also strive to provide you with the support and safety you need to excel in your studies here. UK schools take the welfare of students seriously. The United Kingdom is also among the world’s safest nations thanks to its low crime rates and reliable law enforcement system.

Benefits of Studying in UK

There was a 12% increase in the enrolment of international students in higher education in the UK during the academic period of 2021–22, thanks to growing demand from markets outside the EU. If the latest visa statistics from the Home Office are anything to go by, this pattern is rolling over into 2023 as well, with high student visa grants thanks to demand from students outside the EU. In 2022, the UK government issued around 500,000 sponsored student visas to international candidates. This is around 80% more than the pre-epidemic levels and is an approximately 30% year-over-year increase.

Do you wish to be a part of the growing international student population in the UK? Well, why not?

Read further for more details about why studying in the UK is a great choice!

 

The UK offers students extensive facilities that facilitate a seamless study experience. A standout aspect of studying at a university in the UK is the availability of off-campus and on-campus accommodation that caters to the diverse needs of students.

Further, there is a broad range of opportunities to work and study in the UK at the same time, which can aid international students in sustaining their cost of living here. With the option of working for up to 40 hours per fortnight during the term and any number of hours during the holidays, you can earn a lot and gain valuable experience in the UK.

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As of May 2023, there are over 550,000 international students, up by around 25% from the statistics for the same time last year.

As of May 2023, there are over 550,000 international students, up by around 25% from the statistics for the same time last year.

The UK has over 150 prestigious universities that offer programs in diverse disciplines, such as IT, business administration, engineering, and medical sciences, to name some.

The UK has over 150 prestigious universities that offer programs in diverse disciplines, such as IT, business administration, engineering, and medical sciences, to name some.

The UK government allows eligible student visa holders to work for 20 hours a week during their academic terms and unlimited hours during their holidays.

The UK government allows eligible student visa holders to work for 20 hours a week during their academic terms and unlimited hours during their holidays.

On average, the cost of higher studies in the UK ranges between £15,000 and £25,000 per year, comparable to some of the other popular study destinations.

On average, the cost of higher studies in the UK ranges between £15,000 and £25,000 per year, comparable to some of the other popular study destinations.

The UK has around 100 universities that feature in the QS list and around 150 that appear in the THE rankings.

The UK has around 100 universities that feature in the QS list and around 150 that appear in the THE rankings.

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The Education System in UK

There are four levels of education in the UK, which include higher education. Almost every international student comes to the UK for higher education. Only universities and colleges in the UK offer higher education qualifications. As an international student, you can pursue an undergraduate, postgraduate, or doctoral qualification at a UK college or university.

It takes three years of study to earn a bachelor's degree in the UK. Some colleges in the UK offer bachelor's programs that require three years of study and a further year of work placement. Further, universities in Britain locations such as England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland offer 4-year-long bachelor's degree courses.

On the other hand, a master's degree in the UK typically takes one year of study, but some universities allow you to complete it in two years, including a year of work placement. If you want to pursue a master's degree immediately after high school, the good news is that UK universities also offer integrated master's programs. It takes four or five years for you to complete an integrated master's program in the UK, which includes a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

Then there is a doctoral degree in the UK. It takes three or four years for you to earn a PhD or a similar doctoral degree here. It requires a master's degree in a relevant field or an honours degree and a research proposal to get into a doctoral program at any of the best UK universities.

The UK also follows an academic credit system where one credit equals ten notional hours. Completing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the UK usually requires 120 or 180 credits, respectively.

University Intake Periods in UK

The UK has three intake periods where you can begin your studies at a university: autumn, winter, and summer. The availability of the intakes is likely to vary by school and course. You should pick the intake that best fits your personal situation and academic goals.

The principal intake for nearly every university in the country starts in September or October. Coinciding with the beginning of the UK academic year, the autumn intake is the best-known intake among international students. Starting your studies during that time will give you access to an array of programs, with support and orientation services to help you adjust to your social and academic environment.

The winter intake starts in January and offers a smaller number of programs as compared to the one in the autumn season. It is for international students who miss out on the primary intake in the UK and/or require more time for preparation for the next academic year. Not every university program is available in the winter.

The summer intake in the UK may be relatively less common, but some schools offer programs that start in either May or June. The summer intake is perhaps ideal for candidates who wish to start studying beyond the usual academic year in the UK and have more flexible schedules.

University Intake Usual Deadline
Autumn July
Winter September
Summer April
Be sure to start the application process as soon as possible, keeping six months as a buffer period. There are a relatively limited number of programs and scholarships in the winter and summer intakes as compared to the ones in the autumn in the UK. Besides, the deadlines to apply for courses may vary from one university to another.

Keep up with deadlines for admission to universities in Great Britain. Reach out to our counsellors at any time for the most up-to-date information about university intakes in the UK!

Popular Courses in UK


The UK is among the most popular study destinations, thanks partly to the standard of education in the country. The quality of courses available at colleges in the UK plays a part in elevating the standard of education here. There are many options for you to pick from, which makes it a little tricky. The factor that makes your choice even more challenging is your lack of clarity regarding what to study. This can happen if you plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in the UK or a career path that differs from your previous education.

In any case, it pays to know why the vast majority of international students choose to study in Britain. For example, if you decide to enrol in a data science course, it will improve your chances of landing a top job in the country. There are more top programs in the UK with the potential to improve your career prospects. Here is a list of the top options to help you pick the right course in the UK:

  • Computer science
  • Construction management
  • Business administration
  • Finance and Accounting
  • International Business
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Fashion Designing
  • Interior Designing

For further assistance in making the right choice, contact a counsellor at AECC. Our team of counsellors always makes themselves available to you so that you can make the right decisions and better navigate your study abroad journey.

Best Universities in UK

As said earlier, there are many top-tier universities in Great Britain. This explains why a large number of foreign nationals pursue higher studies in the UK. Why wouldn’t this be the case, especially considering the higher number of universities in the UK that feature in the lists of publications such as QS and Times Higher Education? Universities from Wales, Scotland, and London feature at the top of the lists. Some high-ranking universities in the UK have screening processes in place for applications, but be bold enough to apply to at least one of them.

University Name Best Known For Popular Courses QS Rankings THE Rankings
The University of Manchester
  • Nobel Prize-winning staff
  • Highly employable graduates
  • The large international student population
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Business
32 54
The University of Bristol
  • World-leading research
  • World-class bachelor’s education
  • Commitment to sustainability
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Engineering
55 76
The University of Leeds
  • High international student count
  • Hundreds of student clubs and societies
  • Research-intensive university
  • Business and management
  • Humanities and arts
  • Natural sciences
75 128
The University of Birmingham
  • International-standard research
  • Outstanding teaching
  • Exceptional campus
  • Life sciences and medicine
  • Social sciences
  • Business and management
84 108
The University of Nottingham
  • Large international student base
  • Exceptional careers support
  • Strong industry links
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Engineering and technology
  • Arts and humanities
100 130
The University of Sheffield
  • Outstanding teaching
  • World-class research
  • Highly rated students’ union
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Business administration
  • Social sciences
104 114
Newcastle University
  • Research excellence
  • Strong alumni network
  • Top-notch academic experience
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Arts and cultures
110 139
Lancaster University
  • Spacious parkland campus
  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Commitment to sustainability
  • Chemistry
  • Accounting and finance
  • Biomedical and life sciences
122 122

While the aforementioned includes some of the best universities in England and elsewhere, feel free to consider other options as well. The university that best fits your portfolio and interests may rank lower than the aforementioned schools, but this does not make it any lesser.

Finding it challenging to decide which school is the best fit for you?  Reach out to an AECC counsellor today and avail yourself of our FREE counselling on how to choose the best school for higher education in the UK.

 

Requirements for Studying in UK

Do you intend to seek a higher education qualification in the United Kingdom? If so, you must understand the admission criteria for the specific level of education you want to apply for. Read on for some basic information about university admission criteria for the three main levels of study in the UK.

Bachelor’s Level:

  • A grade of at least 65% in Year 12
  • English language proficiency

Master’s Level:

  • A qualification that equals a UK bachelor’s degree, with an overall score of 60% or more
  • English proficiency
  • Work experience (only for select programs)

Doctoral Level (PhD):

  • A relevant undergraduate degree and a master’s degree, both with 60% or above
  • English proficiency
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Documents Required for University Admission in UK

There is plenty of documentation involved in the process of applying to a UK university. There are certain must-have documents, regardless of where you want to apply in the UK. Then there are documents that vary depending on the school and program you want to apply to. The common documents for UK university admission include the following:

  • Year 11 and Year 12 mark sheets in the attested form
  • Academic transcripts (For Years 10 and 12 and for a bachelor’s degree if applicable)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A valid English proficiency certificate
  • An honours degree and research proposal or a master’s degree

It is important to note that you also need documents like a passport and evidence of funds to qualify for a visa that allows you to study in the UK. Be sure to submit all the documentation correctly.

If you need any assistance in applying to a British university, contact an AECC counsellor. Our counsellors have a lot of experience in helping international students clear the immigration and admission hurdles and realise their study abroad aspirations.

Documents Required for University Admission in UK

There is plenty of documentation involved in the process of applying to a UK university. There are certain must-have documents, regardless of where you want to apply in the UK. Then there are documents that vary depending on the school and program you want to apply to. The common documents for UK university admission include the following:

  • Year 11 and Year 12 mark sheets in the attested form
  • Academic transcripts (For Years 10 and 12 and for a bachelor’s degree if applicable)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • A valid English proficiency certificate
  • An honours degree and research proposal or a master’s degree

It is important to note that you also need documents like a passport and evidence of funds to qualify for a visa that allows you to study in the UK. Be sure to submit all the documentation correctly.

If you need any assistance in applying to a British university, contact an AECC counsellor. Our counsellors have a lot of experience in helping international students clear the immigration and admission hurdles and realise their study abroad aspirations

University Intake Periods in UK

The UK has three intake periods where you can begin your studies at a university: autumn, winter, and summer. The availability of the intakes is likely to vary by school and course. You should pick the intake that best fits your personal situation and academic goals.

The principal intake for nearly every university in the country starts in September or October. Coinciding with the beginning of the UK academic year, the autumn intake is the best-known intake among international students. Starting your studies during that time will give you access to an array of programs, with support and orientation services to help you adjust to your social and academic environment.

The winter intake starts in January and offers a smaller number of programs as compared to the one in the autumn season. It is for international students who miss out on the primary intake in the UK and/or require more time for preparation for the next academic year. Not every university program is available in the winter.

The summer intake in the UK may be relatively less common, but some schools offer programs that start in either May or June. The summer intake is perhaps ideal for candidates who wish to start studying beyond the usual academic year in the UK and have more flexible schedules.

University Intake and Deadlines
University Intake Usual Deadline
Autumn July
Winter September
Summer April

Be sure to start the application process as soon as possible, keeping six months as a buffer period. There are a relatively limited number of programs and scholarships in the winter and summer intakes as compared to the ones in the autumn in the UK. Besides, the deadlines to apply for courses may vary from one university to another.

Keep up with deadlines for admission to universities in Great Britain. Reach out to our counsellors at any time for the most up-to-date information about university intakes in the UK!

 

Cost of Studying in UK

Financially, do you have what it takes to be able to study in the UK? If you are unsure about your financial capability, it pays to take a look at the following table with estimates of the expenses that add up to your cost of studying in the UK.
Annual Tuition Fees by Level of Study
Level of Study Annual Tuition Fees
Bachelor’s Degree £10,000 to £35,000
Master’s Degree £10,000 to £50,000
PhD £20,000 to £35,000
It is important to note that the aforementioned are only tuition fees and that there will be other costs that contribute to the overall amount of money you should spend on education in the UK.

Cost of Living in UK

Your living expenses in the UK will depend on your exact residential location, lifestyle, accommodation, and so forth. Some places in the UK are more expensive than others. For instance, London is among the costliest places to live for foreign nationals. This is evident from the financial requirement for a student visa in the UK. The Home Office requires you to possess more money for living expenses in London as compared to other UK locations.

There is a financial requirement for you to meet to qualify for the visa. It pays to look at how much money the immigration department of the UK requires you to carry to meet the financial criterion for the visa. As of July 2023, the department requires the visa applicant to have £1,334 a month for nine months for a program in London and £1,023 a month for a course elsewhere.

Expenses and Approximate Cost
Expenses Approximate Cost (NZD)
Housing £300 to £1000 a month
Entertainment £50- £70 per month
Student Visa £363 (if you apply from the Philippines)
Insurance Around £500 a year
Food £100 to £300 a month
Transportation £40 to £60 a month

The place where you live and the specific type of housing you choose determine your rental amount. Many schools in Canada offer on-campus housing for foreign nationals who pursue degrees. You should choose the type of housing in Canada that is right for you, comfortable, and convenient.


Need any help determining your living expenses in Canada? Reach out to a counsellor at AECC to get expert assistance and avail yourself of our FREE services!

 

Post-Study Work Opportunities in UK

Do you want to stay back in the UK after you graduate from school here? If so, there are many different visa pathways for you, including the Graduate Route. How long you can remain in the UK with a Graduate Route visa depends on the qualification you earn from a school here. If you hold a bachelor's or master's degree from a UK school, you can stay back for two years in the country. For a PhD graduate, however, the maximum permissible stay-back duration under the visa program is three years.

The period includes the amount of time you will spend finding a job in the UK as well. The visa allows you to work in the UK in any capacity. You may take on an internship, freelance work, or full-time job in the UK with a Graduate Route visa. There are requirements to qualify for the visa, but it does not have a salary criterion. Any number of international graduates can apply for a Graduate Route visa as well. After working in the UK for two or three years with it, you can look for a different type of visa to elongate your stay in the UK, such as a Skilled Worker visa, to name one.

UK Qualification and Graduate Route Visa Validity
UK Qualification Graduate Route Visa Validity
Bachelor’s Degree 2 Years
Master’s Degree 2 Years
PhD 3 Years

After staying and working for three years in UK with the permit, you can qualify for PR. A full-time work opportunity with an employer in UK will turn you into a Federal Skilled Worker and pave the way for permanent residency. Having PR status allows you to access all types of jobs in UK.

Contact an AECC expert for any specific query about post-study work opportunities in UK.

Frequently asked questions
 

Why Should I Study in the UK?

There are many benefits to studying in the UK. The country is known for its standard of education, which applies to higher education as well. There are numerous high-ranking British universities that offer various degree programs. As an international student, you can work and study in the UK for up to 20 hours per week during your academic term or as long as you wish during the holidays. The UK also offers post-study work opportunities thanks to its Graduate Route visa program.

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