Study in the UK

Study in England- a guide for international students

Écrit par Dr. Damaris Foping

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We can help you with that!

Unlike the overwhelming number of abroad study consulting agencies that flood the internet or our cities, using all sorts of analyses, our experts go out of their way to make sure you make the best of this opportunity so that upon completion of your studies in England, a bright future awaits you.

 

You see, we go abroad to acquire the necessary knowledge to become the best in our field, nothing else; and speaking of which, England is one of the best destinations – it has a great reputation. Did you know, for instance, that Cambridge University alone has about 83 Nobel laureates, a record unmatched by any other university anywhere in the world?

 

Three main reasons can explain the findings that British universities remain today one of the favorite destinations for foreign students:  englishflag 

  • According to major universities ranking agencies— League Table, Times Higher Education, Academic Rankings of World Universities, and THES-QS World University Ranking,—a number of British universities are among the top 30 best universities in the world.
  • Research conducted in UK’s universities is internationally known. Champions in this regard are the Russell Group of universities – the latter receive more than two-thirds of the funding dedicated to research in the United Kingdom.

The UK has played a major role in the industrial and scientific revolutions.

All sorts of info regarding studies in the UK are provided below; before that, here’s an important parenthesis:

When it comes to going to England for your studies, there's two ways to go about it:

 

(1) Paying everything out of pocket.

(2) Applying for a scholarship.

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Whichever option you choose, avoid the mistake committed by thousands of African students each year: "traveling for the sake of traveling" – you need to put a lot of thought into what brings you to England. (read this article, it is very important!)

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT STUDIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

English is the official language of the United Kingdom. Indeed, it is spoken by more than 90% of the inhabitants. It is important to note that some other languages ​​are used locally; these include, for instance, Cornish in England, Scottish Gaelic in Scotland, Irish Gaelic in Ireland, and finally Welsh in Wales. Note also that from the age of 14, French or German is part of students’ curriculum in the UK (second language).

 

Above all, it is important to note the following feature of British higher education: in the UK, there are no academic institutions where tuition is free, regardless of the international student’s nationality. Another important feature: as in many other countries, scholarships and loans are made available to these students to help them towards financing their education; this applies to vocational and non-vocational studies.   Contrary to what you might be seeing in countries like France, the nationality of a student in the UK has a strong bearing on how much is ultimately spent for education. For instance, fees required from students from a country in the European Union and students from a country outside the European Union to study at a university in the UK vary enormously.

 

 

 

Starting with the academic year 2006/2007, all students enrolled for postgraduate studies were required to pay tuition fees; this was regardless of their origin. These costs can be up to £3,000 for students from the European Union - the latter have the advantage of being eligible for all sorts of loans (from the state) to be put solely towards the payment of their tuition fees. Students from countries that are not members of the European Union unfortunately aren’t eligible for such loans, even though they are required to pay a tuition fee which is generally higher than those for students from the European Union. Foreign students can pay fees ranging anywhere from £4,800 to £13,100. However, it is important to note that this range is only an estimate and may vary from one university to another, hence the importance of checking with the university you plan to attend in order to estimate the exact cost of required tuition.  The following table gives an idea of ​​the value of the tuition fees paid by students from non-member countries of the European Union. (Source: Universities UK: International Student Fee Survey 2007)  http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/)

 

Type of program

Tuition year 2007/2008

Cheapest

Lower than average

Average

Above average

Most expensive

‘Undergraduate classroom-based’

£6,700

£7,900

£8,600

£9,200

£11,000

‘Undergraduate lab/workshop-based’

£7,900

£8,700

£9,900

£11,800

£12,800

‘Postgraduate diploma’

£4,800

£6,300

£8,000

£8,600

£10,400

‘Postgraduate taught classroom-based’

£7,500

£8,200

£8,700

£9,400

£11,200

‘Postgraduate taught lab/workshop-based’

£8,200

£9,000

£10,900

£11,900

£13,100

‘Postgraduate research classroom-based’

£7,300

£8,200

£8,700

£9,300

£10,700

‘Postgraduate research lab/workshop-based’

£8,000

£9,100

£10,700

£11,700

£12,900

 

Apart from tuition fees themselves, note that many universities and other educational institutions charge additional fees for the use of facilities such as Internet access, educational travel, resources, books, joining student clubs, participation in sports and recreational activities ... These costs generally fall in the range of £400 to £500 / year. So, aside from tuition fees, students have other fees to worry about. Proof of availability of funds to cover all of these often are required before you land in the UK. These additional fees might further include things like travel insurance and health insurance, airfare from your country to the United Kingdom (often a round trip ticket), money to cover various transactions at the airport, cost of transportation from the airport to the city where the host university is, etc. ... Note that all these requirements vary depending on your nationality. Something that I personally see as great news (I’m sure you will too) is that care in public health facilities is free for students who plan to stay beyond 6 months in the UK for their studies.

  With regard to expenses upon your arrival, you’ll need to furnish yourself with several key commodities as well, such as a TV (about £50 for a second-hand TV), a mobile phone (between £50 and £150), etc.... Upon arrival, you might also be required to pay a deposit for accommodations. Note that such deposits are refundable at the end of your stay, assuming of course that no property damage was incurred.   Here are a couple of things for which students usually expend money:

 

 

Cost/year/person

Cheapest

Average

Most expensive

Loging+utilities (a)

£2,500

£3,750

£5,000

Nutrition (b)

£1,500

£2,000

£2,500

Travels

£250

£750

£1,250

Movie, sport, restaurant

£500

£1,000

£1,500

Books/telephone/clothing/health insurance/

others

£750

£1,250

£1,750

Total

£6,000

£9,000

£12,000

 

 

Important notes:

 

  • Housing is higher if meals are included.
  • The cost for nutrition mentioned here corresponds to a student with average needs (someone with a simple lifestyle) and usually is lower when meals are included in the housing.
  • It is important to note that the cost of living can vary greatly depending on location and individual lifestyle. For example, the cost can be 25% higher for a student who lives around London or the Southeast of England. Also, spending for a couple is about one and a half times higher than that of a person living alone.
  • Costs mentioned here are for the year 2007 – they may have increased – so simply check on the website of the university you’re planning to attend, as this information is always included. The international students’ staff will be more than glad to provide you with such information, as well, so feel free to contact them – a phone number/email is always listed.

  • The university system has several distinctive characteristics in England, including, but not limited to, the following:

 

 

 

  1. The fact that historically English universities fall into six categories:

 

  • The seven “old” universities founded between the 12th and 16th century
  • The three universities established in the 19th century
  • The “Red Brick Universities” founded just before the First World War
  • The “Plate Glass Universities” set up in the 1960s

 

 

 

  1. Secondly, contrary to what is observed in most other European countries, English students are enrolled in universities often quite distant from their home. This forces universities to provide them with housing, especially those who are enrolling for the first time. Life on English campuses is also quite different from what you see across Europe, for the majority of students tend to live in welcoming families. However, note that following the introduction of tuition fees in 2006, students nowadays tend to enroll in universities nearer to home in order to reduce travel costs. Another peculiarity of the English system are colleges that are actually part of (attached to) a major university. These colleges do not grant a university degree, but instead prepare students to pass their degree. Some colleges prepare students for degrees awarded by the universities to which they are attached, while other so-called independent colleges prepare students presenting themselves as independent candidates in universities of their choice. Among the most famous universities which have a set of colleges are Oxford and Cambridge, Durham University, the University of London, the University of the Arts London, the University of Wales, and “Plate Glass Universities.”

 

 

 

  1. In the English university system, students have the opportunity to obtain a professional diploma in the first cycle, which is rare in other systems.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Also, it is possible in the UK to obtain a Master's degree in one year instead of two, as it usually happens elsewhere, especially in the US.

 

 

 

  1. Aga Khan University
  2. American InterContinental University - London
  3. Anglia Ruskin University
  4. Aston University
  5. Birkbeck College, University of London
  6. Birmingham City University
  7. Bournemouth University
  8. British College of Osteopathic Medicine
  9. Brunel University Uxbridge
  10. Buckinghamshire New University
  11. Camberwell College of Arts
  12. Canterbury Christ Church University
  13. Cardiff University
  14. Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design
  15. Chelsea College of Art and Design
  16. City University
  17. Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
  18. Coventry University
  19. Cranfield University
  20. De Montfort University Leicester
  21. European School of Economics
  22. Glasgow Caledonian University
  23. Glasgow School of Art
  24. Goldsmiths College, University of London
  25. Heriot-Watt University
  26. Heythrop College, University of London
  27. Huron University USA in London
  28. Imperial College London
  29. Imperial College School of Medicine
  30. Institue of Historical Research, University of London
  31. Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
  32. Institute of Classical Studies, University of London
  33. Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London
  34. Institute of Education, University of London
  35. Institute of Germanic Studies, University of London
  36. Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London
  37. International Centre for Isclamic Science
  38. International Colleges of Islamic Science
  39. Keele University
  40. King's College London, University of London
  41. Kingston University
  42. Leeds Metropolitan University
  43. Liverpool Hope University College
  44. Liverpool John Moores University
  45. London Business School
  46. London College of Science & Technology
  47. London Guildhall University
  48. London Institute of Management and Technology
  49. London Metropolitan University
  50. London School of Business & Finance
  51. London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
  52. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London
  53. London School of Jewish Studies
  54. Loughborough University
  55. Middlesex University
  56. Napier University
  57. Newport International University
  58. Nottingham Trent University
  59. Open University
  60. Oxford Brookes University
  61. Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
  62. Richmond University - The American International University in London
  63. Roehampton University of Surrey
  64. Royal Academy of Music, University of London
  65. Royal College of Art
  66. Royal College of Music, University of London
  67. Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, University of London
  68. Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
  69. Saint George's Hospital Medical School, University of London
  70. Schiller International University, London
  71. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  72. School of Pharmacy, University of London
  73. School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London
  74. Sheffield Hallam University
  75. Sotheby´s Institute of Art - London
  76. Southampton Solent University
  77. South Bank University
  78. Staffordshire University
  79. St.Patrick's International College, London
  80. Stratford College London
  81. Swansea Metropolitan University
  82. Thames Valley University
  83. The American University in London
  84. The Manchester Metropolitan University
  85. The Queen's University Belfast
  86. The Robert Gordon University
  87. Trinity College Carmarthen
  88. Trinity College of Music
  89. United Medical and Dental Schools, University of London
  90. University Campus Suffolk
  91. University College London, University of London
  92. University of Aberdeen
  93. University of Abertay Dundee
  94. University of Bath
  95. University of Bedfordshire
  96. University of Birmingham
  97. University of Bradford
  98. University of Brighton
  99. University of Bristol
  100. University of Buckingham
  101. University of Cambridge
  102. University of Central Lancashire
  103. University of Chester
  104. University of Derby
  105. University of Dundee
  106. University of Durham
  107. University of East Anglia
  108. University of East London
  109. University of Edinburgh
  110. University of Essex
  111. University of Exeter
  112. University of Glamorgan
  113. University of Glasgow
  114. University of Gloucestershire
  115. University of Greenwich
  116. University of Halifax, Birmingham Campus
  117. University of Hertfordshire
  118. University of Huddersfield
  119. University of Hull
  120. University of Kent at Canterbury
  121. University of Lancaster
  122. University of Leeds
  123. University of Leicester
  124. University of Lincoln
  125. University of Liverpool
  126. University of London
  127. University of Manchester
  128. University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  129. University of Northampton
  130. University of North London
  131. University of Northumbria at Newcastle
  132. University of Nottingham
  133. University of Oxford
  134. University of Paisley
  135. University of Plymouth
  136. University of Portsmouth
  137. University of Reading
  138. University of Salford
  139. University of Sheffield
  140. University of Southampton
  141. University of St. Andrews
  142. University of Stirling
  143. University of Strathclyde
  144. University of Sunderland
  145. University of Surrey
  146. University of Sussex
  147. University of Teesside
  148. University of the West of England, Bristol
  149. University of Ulster
  150. University of Wales
  151. University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  152. University of Wales, Bangor
  153. University of Wales College of Medicine
  154. University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
  155. University of Wales, Lampeter
  156. University of Wales, Newport
  157. University of Wales, Swansea
  158. University of Warwick
  159. University of Westminster
  160. University of Wolverhampton
  161. University of Worcester
  162. University of York
  163. Warburg Institute, University of London
  164. Warnborough University
  165. William Gilbert College
  166. Wimbledon School of Art

 

 

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