Education is one of life’s most important investments, and students who choose a UK degree will be well on their way to a confident, rewarding and exciting future.
That’s why thousands of international students choose to study in the UK every year, and why our graduates are among the most employable in the world; progressing faster – and earning more – than peers educated elsewhere.
Here are the 10 reasons Indian students should consider for studying in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland):
The UK is a popular destination for higher studies for students from around the world and is home to three of the top 10 universities in the world, according to the World University Rankings. A degree that you gain from a UK university will be recognized internationally by universities, employers, and government bodies.
The top 5 universities in the UK (as of 2019-2020) are:
University of Oxford: Two of India’s Prime Ministers, Indira Gandhi and Dr.Manmohan Singh have studied at Oxford
The University of Cambridge: India’s first PM, Jawaharlal Nehru and famous economist & Nobel laureate, Amartya Sen are both alumni of Trinity College part of Cambridge university
Imperial College, London: Known for its Science education, this university has produced many Nobel laureates including the inventor of Penicillin, Sir Alexander Fleming
University College London (UCL): The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, studied law here
The University of Edinburgh: The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, studied law here
Results of the QS Graduate Employability Rankings also point towards a high employability quotient for graduates from top UK Universities like Cambridge and Oxford.
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is an independent body in the UK that regularly assesses the education standards of all universities and colleges in the country. Besides checking their performances through audits and subject reviews, it helps identify the best education practices and sends feedback for improvisation. These research standards are also examined by the UK higher education funding bodies, who publish their findings at regular intervals. This ensures all students have access to the best quality of learning, research, and teaching irrespective of the course they choose to pursue.
Among the benefits of studying in the UK is a wide choice in picking your field of study and institution. You can choose from 150,000 courses at universities and colleges across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and directly contact the institute to order prospectuses.
If you are looking to pursue a Master’s course in the UK, you may find the one-year duration for all Master’s programmes to be a big advantage. Alternatively, you may opt for a Master’s programme in combination with PhD, which will save you an additional year. Shorter duration of courses in the UK helps reduce tuition and accommodation costs.
The UK education system promotes close interaction between students and lecturers and provides the freedom to combine different subjects into a single course of study. English language support is offered by many institutions to help international students develop the essential study and language skills required to complete their course successfully. Most universities have counselors and advisors to provide information and support to international students who can help you get used to the education system or any aspect of your course.
As a research student evaluating the benefits of studying in UK, it will be interesting for you to note that the country puts across 6.4% of global journal articles, 11.6% of citations and 15.9% of the world’s most highly-cited articles, even though it constitutes just 0.9% of world’s total population.
The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) which checks the quality of research conducted by more than 154 leading universities and colleges in the UK, classified 30% of the research as ‘world-leading’ and 46% as ‘internationally excellent’.
An impressive number of 95,184 research doctoral degrees were awarded in the country. The fields of clinical sciences, health & medical sciences, social sciences, business and humanities command strong emphasis in UK research (International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, a report prepared for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills).
To manage your everyday living expenses along with your studies, you can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during term time. You can even work full-time during your semester break. This will help you pay for your bills as well as gain industry experience in your own field of study as well.
There have been some changes on the post-study work visa. You can now stay in the UK after completing graduation if you hold a job offer with an annual salary of at least 20,800 pounds (Rs. 18.3 lakh). There is no limit on the number of international students who can stay in the UK upon completion of their course. In order to work in the UK after completing your studies, you need to switch from a Tier 4 Visa to a Tier 2 General Visa.
You will be required to apply for a work visa from the UK Border Agency, and you can opt from the following, depending on your employment status post study:
Tier 2 (General) Visa:
Open to recent graduates holding a UK recognized Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree with a job offer from a licensed employer paying a salary of at least £20,800.
Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa: Open to students who are in process of developing a world-class innovative idea and are sponsored by their university.
Indian students who’re worried about expensive tuition fees need not lose sleep either, for there are many scholarships that you can apply to, especially at postgraduate and research level, to support your study and cost of living costs.
For scholarships offered by UK universities, you will need to gain acceptance to the course of study before you become eligible to apply.
Indian students in the UK are eligible to receive free medical treatment by the National Health Service (NHS) if enrolled in a full-time course. Your spouse/partner and/or dependent children will also be exempt from payment if they reside with you during the course of your study programme. Your college or university may have a special health policy for students too.
There were 4,36,585 international students from 180+ countries studying in the UK, out of which Indian students were the 2nd largest group (18,320)! Studying in the UK is an opportunity to experience a multicultural environment, meet new people and fellow international students from across the world and discover new places. You benefit by developing a range of skills that are necessary to be part of today’s global workforce.
The UK is substantially cheaper than other English-speaking study abroad destinations such as the US and Australia when it comes to paying for higher education. You also don’t need as much in your bank in order to apply for your visa to study in the UK, just £16,000 compared to the US (£18,000+) and Australia (£25,000+).