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Study in UK
What you need to know about Studies in UK
What do I need to do to be accepted by a UK University? How can I apply? What student fees do I have to pay?
If you are interested in Undergraduate studies (Bachelor's degree) or Postgraduate courses (Master's or Ph.D.) in England, Scotland or Wales, this student guide will be very useful for you. There will be lots of tips for you! Read on!
Why study in the UK? - There are many more reasons than you can think of!
Higher education in the UK (England, Scotland and Wales) is the first choice for many young people worldwide. British Universities have a strong tradition and provide first class education. In the UK you may study any subject you like: Medicine, Pharmacy, Architecture, Engineering, Law, Computer Science, Business Administration and so on. There are many top-level Universities and lots of remarkable courses. English is the most important international language nowadays. Studying in english is a big advantage in today's world for work and other purposes. On top of that, degrees from UK Universities are considered a big plus all over the world.
Studying in UK is not only a well-organized procedure but also a very pleasant experience. Life is filled with cultural and social activities, sports and entertainment. Living in Britain is really unique. This experience may help you to enjoy a remarkable career in the future. In addition, the short duration of degree studies (only three years) makes education in Britain an excellent option.
The cost of life in the UK is reasonable; nobody can say that Britain is the most expensive country in Europe. In any case, expenses always depend on the level of comfort one requests. London and a few cities in the south of England (e.g Brighton) are generally more expensive than cities in the north. In order to be fully informed about costs, simply keep on reading!
Tuition fees and other student expenses in the UK - All you need to know about money, money, money!
Undergraduate students of the European Union (EU) need to pay to English Universities an annual tuition fee of Â£9,000 (pounds sterling) or less. However, EU undergraduate students always have the choice of the student loan to cover their fees. That is a really cool tip, isn't it? Postgraduate students of the European Union need to pay to English Universities an annual tuition fee of Â£4,500 (pounds sterling) or more. Student fees may also vary, depending on the course, the University and the location. Most Universities in Wales have muct lower student fees than English Universities. In Scotland, the undergraduate studies are free and no student fees are charged.
The cost of student life in the UK is about 800-1,100 pounds (Â£) per month, depending always on one's lifestyle. This is simply an estimate for the amount needed for accommodation, food, transport and various personal expenses. London and a few cities in the south of England are more expensive. Northern England, Wales and Scotland are very good choices in terms of total costs, because life there is much cheaper.
So is it all worth it? The short answer is "Certainly, yes!" In order to be understand this fully, just keep on reading!
Is my english good enough to study in the UK? - Learn about different english certificates
Normally you need an English Certificate like IELTS or TOEFL in order to be accepted by a UK University. IELTS is usually the safest option for most candidate students. In the IELTS exam your score needs to be between 5.5 and 7 out of 9 to have increased chances of being accepted. If you have another English diploma (e.g. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English or Michigan Proficieny), this can be used as an extra qualification. Unfortunately, you won't avoid the IELTS or TOEFL exams. So if you plan to study abroad (especially in Great Britain), it is better (and more economical) to prepare for the IELTS exams on time.
In case you are interested in medical studies, you should prepare yourself for the UKCAT Certificate. Finally, if you want to study business, you might need the GMAT Certificate.
More tips about studies in UK - Take a gook look at those!
There are more page to check out for more details:
1) In case you want to know everything about UCAS applications, read my page, "How to apply to a UK University".
2) If you want to find ways to finance your studies, read "How to Apply for a Student Loan in UK".
3) For those that want to find a room in a UK Hall of residence, click "How to find a place in a UK Hall of Residence".
4) Finally, before you decide what is the best course or University for you, it's a good idea to check information about University rankings. Read my page "Top UK Universities" to get all the answers!
References - Check out the following links...
- Studies in UK, a detailed student guide
In England, Wales or Scotland you may choose any course that suits your needs. See full information about studying in London or other British Unniversities.
- Rankings of universities in the UK, an article by WikiPedia
WikiPedia gives you a detailed page that can make the selection of a British University easier. University rankings and tables are included.
- Guardian's University Guide
Guardian gives you an online student guide that might be helpful. University rankings and additional information are included.
- British Council - The official site
The British Council offers people from all over the world with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK.