UK

UK

UK education with cutting-edge research opportunities, internationally acclaimed degrees, contemporary curriculum/methods, high-quality resources and high-standard training is second to none. It offers an invitation to students.

The UK has long been enjoying a widely envied reputation for providing outstanding higher education opportunities not just for its own citizens but for the world community. British educational qualifications are probably more universally trusted and respected than those of any other country.

Although it is a small country, there are considerable variations in climate, People, surroundings, cost of living, and population. The geographical, cultural and social environment will be very different.

FAST FACTS UK

Before you understand and adopt the lifestyle of UK it is important to know the various parts that make up the continent. The United Kingdom comprises three major countries, England, Scotland, and Wales. Its province Northern Ireland also forms an integral piece.

Geography

Area : 243,000 sq. km. (93,000 sq. mi.); slightly smaller than Oregon.
Cities : Capital-- London (metropolitan pop. about 7.2 million).
Other cities -- Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Bradford, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, Belfast.
Terrain : 30% arable, 50% meadow and pasture, 12% waste or urban, 7% forested, 1% inland water.
Land use: 25% arable, 46% meadows and pastures, 10% forests and woodland, 19% other.
Climate : Generally mild and temperate; weather is subject to frequent changes but to few extremes of temperature.

People

Nationality : Noun--Briton(s). Adjective--British.
Population (2004 est.) : 60.27 million.
Annual population growth rate (2004 est.): 0.29%.
Major ethnic groups : British, Irish, West Indian, South Asian.
Major religions : Church of England (Anglican), Roman Catholic, Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), Muslim.
Major languages: English, Welsh, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic.
Education: Years compulsory--12. Attendance--nearly 100%. Literacy--99%.
Health: Infant mortality rate (2004 est.)--5.22/1,000. Life expectancy (2004 est.)--males 75.84 yrs.; females 80.83 yrs.; total 78.27 years
Work force (2003, 29.8 million): Services--80.4%; industry--18.7%; agriculture--0.9%.

Government

Type: Constitutional monarchy.
Constitution: Unwritten; partly statutes, partly common law and practice.
Branches: Executive--monarch (head of state), prime minister (head of government), cabinet. Legislative--bicameral
Parliament: House of Commons, House of Lords; Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, and Northern Ireland Assembly. Judicial--magistrates' courts, county courts, high courts, appellate courts, House of Lords.
Subdivisions: Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland (municipalities, counties, and parliamentary constituencies).
Political parties: Great Britain--Conservative, Labor, Liberal Democrats; also, in Scotland--Scottish National Party. Wales--Plaid Cymru (Party of Wales). Northern Ireland--Ulster Unionist Party, Social Democratic and Labor Party, Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Fein, Alliance Party, and other smaller parties.
Suffrage: British subjects and citizens of other Commonwealth countries and the Irish Republic resident in the U.K., at 18.

Economy

The economy - one of the largest in the world - is no longer manufacturing but services-based, with e-commerce of growing significance. The City of London is a global financial centre.

Based on market exchange rates, the United Kingdom is the fifth-largest economy in the world; the second largest in Europe after Germany, and the sixth-largest overall by purchasing power parity (PPP) exchange rates.

GDP (at current market prices, 2003 est.): $1.664 trillion.
Annual growth rate (2003 est.): 2.1%.
Per capita GDP (2003 est.): $27,700.
Natural resources: Coal, oil, natural gas, tin, limestone, iron ore, salt, clay, chalk, gypsum, lead, silica. Agriculture (1.1% of GDP): Products--cereals, oilseed, potatoes, vegetables, cattle, sheep, poultry, fish.
Industry: Types--steel, heavy engineering and metal manufacturing, textiles, motor vehicles and aircraft, construction (5.2% of GDP), electronics, chemicals.
Trade (2003 est.): Exports of goods and services--$304.5 billion: manufactured goods, fuels, chemicals; food, beverages, tobacco. Major markets-- U.S., European Union. Imports of goods and services--$363.6 billion: manufactured goods, machinery, fuels, and foodstuffs. Major suppliers-- U.S., European Union, Japan.

PEOPLE

The United Kingdom's population in 2004 surpassed 60 million--the third-largest in the European Union and the 21st-largest in the world. Its overall population density is one of the highest in the world. Almost one-third of the population lives in England's prosperous and fertile southeast and is predominantly urban and suburban--with about 7.2 million in the capital of London, which remains the largest city in Europe. The United Kingdom's high literacy rate (99%) is attributable to universal public education introduced for the primary level in 1870 and secondary level in 1900. Education is mandatory from ages 5 through 16. About one-fifth of British students go on to post-secondary education. The Church of England and the Church of Scotland are the official churches in their respective parts of the country, but most religions found in the world are represented in the United Kingdom. A group of islands close to continental Europe, the British Isles have been subject to many invasions and migrations, especially from Scandinavia and the continent, including Roman occupation for several centuries. Contemporary Britons are descended mainly from the varied ethnic stocks that settled there before the 11th century. The pre-Celtic, Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and Norse influences were blended in Britain under the Normans, Scandinavian Vikings who had lived in Northern France. Although Celtic languages persist in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, the predominant language is English, which is primarily a blend of Anglo-Saxon and Norman French.

Polity

The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy, with executive power exercised on behalf of the monarch by the prime minister and other cabinet ministers who head departments. The cabinet, including the prime minister, and other ministers collectively make up Her Majesty's Government. These ministers are drawn from and are responsible to Parliament, the legislative body, which is traditionally considered to be "supreme" (that is, able to legislate on any matter and not bound by decisions of its predecessors). The United Kingdom is one of the few countries in the world today that does not have a codified constitution, relying instead on traditional customs and separate pieces of constitutional law.

Food

With religions and cultures, UK adopted the culinary tastes of the world. An Indian international student in UK can now find all his favorite delicacies in the major cities of UK, especially London. While as a guest with a British family, an International student will be treated with the food the host serves keeping in mind a strict adherence to his tastes or religious beliefs, if important. UK restaurants now serve Indian, French, Italian, Chinese, and almost all cuisines of the world. These restaurants follow a set pattern: some may open from early morning to mid night while others may open at just meal times. A student not only enjoys tasting new dishes or sticking to his "home food" but would also save money by buying meals that suit his pocket.

Languages

English is the official language of the state. Welsh, Scottish form of Gaelic are the other languages used. The most widely spoken Asian language in the UK is Punjabi, followed by Urdu, Bengali and Gujarati. Cantonese and Mandarin are the main Chinese dialects spoken in the UK. Celtic languages were once widely spoken in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and some parts of England. Three of these languages are still spoken in some areas:

Indian Diaspora

You can find Indians almost everywhere in the world. In United Kingdom you find more number of Indians than anybody else. Indians make such a dominant community that they can influence every facet of life in UK. Moreover, you may be surprised to know how diverse ethnicity British society is, especially in the cities. Ethnic minority groups now represent about seven per cent of the British population, including :

  • Over 1.6 million people of Indian descent
  • Over 1 million people of Caribbean or African descent
  • Over 1 million people of Pakistani and Bangladeshi descent
  • In addition, there are significant numbers of people from China, Italy, Cyprus, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada living in the UK.

Reasons for Choosing UK

UK degrees are recognized and respected all over the world. It is the oldest established educational system & provides a solid foundation for all skills required to do well and succeed in a global competition.

STUDY IN UK

  • About 94% of Native Students in the UK receive free education paid from Public Funds.
  • UK has around 28 million skilled and adaptable workers and high standards of education with a strong emphasis on vocational education and training.
  • UK has the lowest main corporation tax rate of any major industrialized country, and there are no additional local taxes on profits.
  • UK is the largest recipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Europe and in the World it is second only to the US.
  • It is the World's fifth largest exporter of goods and services.
  • UK offers a stable and productive environment for business and is striving to create a knowledge driven economy.
  • UK is in fact a cluster of four Countries; England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each with its own flag, identity, tradition and ancient language.

Education

United Kingdom boasts of harboring the best-known business schools in the World like "The Oxford University" and "London Business School". The soothing climate of UK is very conducive to an efficient study environment and the colleges in UK are among the most sought after in the World.

Some Salient Features

  • British Education is famous for its academic excellence.
  • British Standards are among the highest in the World. It is distinctive, diverse and flexible.
  • Students are legally allowed to work part-time during the studies.
  • Indian 3-year degree is acceptable directly for Masters programs.
  • No GRE/GMAT/ SAT required.
  • Admission is possible in some institutions without TOEFL/ IELTS also.
  • In UK all Masters courses are of 1 year and all Bachelors courses are of 3 years, unlike other Countries where Masters are of 2 years and Bachelors of 4 years.
  • Excellent post qualification prospects.

Geography & Climate

There are four distinct seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn. On the whole, it is fairly temperate, and temperatures rarely fall below –5°C and rise above 32°C. The climate is mild and the rainfall is not spectacular. The least hospitable months for visitors are November through February - it's cold and the days are short. March and October are marginal - there's more daylight but it can still be very cold. April to September are undoubtedly the best months.

Currency

The official currency of UK is Pound Sterling (£).
1 £= Rs.62/- (Approx. as on March. 2014).

Cost of Education & Living

The cost of education in U.K. is between 6500-8500 for Undergraduate Courses and between 8000-10000 for Post-Graduate Courses. The cost of living is approximately 5400-7200 per year, this covers all the living expenses; including accommodation, food, travel, books, clothes and entertainment.

Major Cities

The major cities are London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, Belfast, Plymouth, Cardiff and Glasgow.

COURSES IN UK

United Kingdom boasts of harboring the best-known business schools in the World like The Oxford University and London Business Schools. The soothing climate of UK is very conducive to an efficient study environment and the colleges in UK are among the most sought after in the World.

Types of Programs and Qualifications

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Short courses
  • Continuing professional development

COLLEGES IN UK

  • The University of Aberdeen
  • Askham Bryan College
  • Aston University
  • Aylesbury College
  • University of Wales, Bangor
  • Barking College
  • Barnsley College
  • Basford Hall College
  • Basingstoke College of Technology
  • University of Bath
  • Cambridge University
  • Cannington College
  • City University
  • City of Bristol College
  • City and Islington College
  • City College Manchester
  • Darlington College of Technology
  • Dudley College of Technology
  • University of Dundee
  • The University of Durham
  • The University of Essex
  • European Business School, London
  • European School of Osteopathy
  • Exeter College
  • University of Exeter
  • Falmouth University
  • Fareham College
  • Farnborough College of Technology
  • University of Glamorgan
  • Grimsby College
  • Halesowen College
  • Halton College
  • Hammersmith & West London College
  • Henley College Coventry
  • The University of Hull
  • The Isle of Wight College
  • Keele University
  • The University of Kent at Canterbury
  • Lackham College
  • The University of Wales, Lampeter
  • London South Bank University
  • University of Luton
  • Macclesfield College
  • Manchester College of Arts and Technology
  • Napier University
  • Neath Port Talbot College
  • The Oldham College
  • Oxford and Cherwell Valley College
  • Oxford College of Further Education
  • Pembrokeshire College
  • The Queen's University of Belfast
  • Rose Bruford College
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Southwark College
  • Thomas Danby College
  • University of Ulster
  • Wakefield College
  • Wirral Metropolitan College
  • Ystrad Mynach College

FAQ's UK

ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS OFFERED TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WHILST StudyING IN UK?

2 sources of benefit are :
NHS : All international students staying in UK for the purpose of education for 6 months or more qualify for free health care through the National Health Service.

NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS : Loads of discounts are negotiated on behalf of their student members on things like books, stationery, food, clothes, travel and entertainment. All students are entitled to free NUS membership.

WILL I GET A REFUND IF MY VISA IS REFUSED?

If your visa is refused and you have paid a deposit to your institution for tuition fees then you will receive a refund of the deposit when you send the institution a copy of your visa refusal letter from the High Commission. A few institutions deduct a small amount usually no more than 100 for processing the refund payment.

HOW CAN I FINANCE MY STUDIES?

As compared to the cost of Studying in India only, going abroad can seem to be steeply expensive. However one must keep the possible returns in mind which are in the form of quality of education, international exposure and boost to ones career when evaluating the costs of Studying abroad. A student can rely on sources like family funds, bank loans, scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships etc to provide for funds required by him.

Bank Loans

Most nationalized banks offer students loans at competitive rates for considerable time periods which may enable a large section of students to go and Study abroad. They will ask for a collateral security to be pledged. You can even consider the possibility of an international bank loan. Kindly ask your SRI Consultants counsellor for further details.

Educational Trusts/ Institutes

Such organizations may also be able to help the student to fund his studies abroad.

Sponsorships

A blood relative is always preferred but other sponsors can also help to fund your education in the UK provided a logical explanation is given as to why he is willing to sponsor you.

SHOULD I PAY A DEPOSIT?

Some universities require the students to pay part of the tuition fees in advance in order to reserve a place for them in the university. In any case we recommend that all students should make a deposit payment as it facilitates in getting a student visa.

HOW ARE THE UNIVERSITY RATED?

British Universities do not have a formal ranking system but the government does take the responsibility to monitor and control the quality of education provided by each university through the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. The Government conducts a Research Assessment Exercise once in every 5 yrs. which determines the level of research activity in a university department. The departments are graded as high as 5* and as low as 1. General League Tables Prepared by newspapers like the Sunday Times and Financial Times can also be checked.