About the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is a union of four countries - Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, and Wales and so many small islands. The culture and enriching urbanization of the UK has influenced the whole world. It is one of the prime reasons why the UK has become an intriguing spot for international traders and tourists. The exceptional education standards of the United Kingdom are the leading factor enticing students from all over the world. 


Weather in the UK 

Well, the weather in the UK is quite dynamic, and unpredictable but very pleasant. In the summer season, there is warm weather but cooler than in Indian summers. The winter season witnesses picturesque heavy snowfall. But rains are very surprising in this country as one can witness heavy rains at any point during the year. All in all, people from all over the world have always praised the weather and climate of this country. 


How to apply to universities in the UK?

The applications for undergraduate courses in the universities of the UK are directed through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) portal while the applications for postgraduate courses are done directly through the official websites of the universities. 


Being an international student, you are required to go through the website of the university, read all the requirements, and then only proceed with the application. Whatever course you select, note down its UCAS code as you will require it while filling out the application. International students are allowed to fill out only 1 UCAS form where they can fill only five colleges/universities for a course for which they have to submit only one personal statement. 


List of documents for admission process 

The following is the list of documents that international students may require during admission process: 

  • Transcripts of class 10th, 12th, graduation, diploma, etc. 

  • Updated Curriculum vitae.

  • Certificates of extra-curricular activities or other achievements.

  • Examination scorecards of GRE, IELTS, GMAT, etc.

  • Statement of purpose

  • Portfolio for art or designing related courses


Top universities in the UK 

The list of top-notch universities in the United Kingdom is as follows: 

  1. University of Oxford

  2. University of Cambridge

  3. University College London

  4. Imperial College London

  5. King’s College London

  6. London School of Economics

  7. University of Manchester

  8. University of Warwick


Most popular courses in the UK 

The following are the most popular domains to study in the UK among the international students:

  • Computers and IT

  • Design Studies

  • Law

  • Management Studies

  • Business and Economics

  • Engineering

  • Preclinical Medicine

  • Subjects Allied to Medicine


Exams required 

The following are required examinations to undergo for international students to take admission in the universities of the United Kingdom: 


  1. Language Tests - The standardized accepted tests for proving linguistic abilities are IELTS, PTE and TOEFL in the UK. Prospective students should prepare for at least 4-5 months before appearing for these tests. For students preparing for September intake, it is advised to give tests by the month of November of the preceding year. 

  2. GMAT -  The students seeking admission to MBA in the universities of the UK are obligated to appear for GMAT exam as it plays a major role in the allotment of seats. 

  3. GRE -  The international students seeking admission to MA or MS courses in the universities of the UK are required to give the GRE exam. Not all universities require a GRE score and thus you should check the prerequisites carefully. 


Cost of studying and living in the UK

The tuition fees for undergraduate degrees in the UK starts from  £7,450 and can go up to £36,600. And for postgraduate degrees in the UK, the fees range between  £10,000 and £12,000. 


The cost of living in London is very high as compared to other areas in the UK. For students planning to live in London,  the minimum budget should be £1,265 per month and for living outside London, the minimum budget should be £1,015 per month. 


Scholarships to study in the UK

The popular scholarships for international students to fund their education in the UK are: 

  • GREAT Scholarships

  • British Chevening Scholarships for International Scholarships

  • Rhodes Scholarship

  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree Scholarship

  • Felix Scholarships

  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan

  • A.S Hornby Educational Trust Scholarship


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