Once you’ve decided what to study, you need to consider entry dates, application deadlines, UK student visa deadlines and English language requirements. The main intake is in September each year, though many universities have a smaller intake in January. If you wish to begin your course in September, keep in mind that the application deadline is in June, so make sure you have submitted all of your application documents well in advance of your cut off date.
When applying for your visa, you must make sure that you qualify. The UK visa requirements are subject to change, but you will generally need an unconditional offer letter from your chosen university, as well as proof of funds to cover course fees and living expenses. You can read more about the new UK points-based immigration system on our blog or visit the UK Government Border Agency
Another thing to remember is that most courses have their own language requirements, so you may have to show evidence of your language skills. The preferred English language test is IELTS, though you will be able to find out more about this from your chosen university.
Cost of Studying & Living in UK
Before you begin studying in the UK you will have to look at tuition and the living costs for your stay. There are a number of financial options available for international students, so make sure you do some research and find out what you may qualify for. The estimated living cost per year is between £7,000 – £9,000, so it’s important that you plan ahead and keep track of your spending! Many UK shops and restaurants offer a student discount and you can also get great deals on travel passes to help make life more affordable.
Tuition fees per year range from £7,000 to £9,000 for Arts courses and £7,500 to £12,000 for Science courses. The costs can vary depending on where you are studying, so it’s a good idea to get in touch with your chosen institution to find out the full cost of your course and what financial help is on offer.
The duration of a UK undergraduate course ranges from three to four years, while a full-time postgraduate degree is generally a year. There are plenty of options available to you following your degree and there will always be lots of guidance to help you choose your next step.