WHY STUDY IN THE UK
The UK is bursting with energy and has a fascinating heritage ready to explore. As an international student you’ll fit straight into the UK’s multicultural society, ready to enjoy a student life full of excitement, fun and creativity.
The UK has grown to become one of the top destinations to study around the world. With traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years, high class institutions at every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, the United Kingdom has much to offer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.
International students have always been an important presence in the UK, and the numbers have been growing steadily. With over 330,000 international students during the 2005/2006 school year, the UK is the second most popular destination for international students, behind the US. The UK has worked hard to capitalize on the growing demand for English-language instruction and the post-9/11 visa hurdles in the US.
The degrees and qualifications from UK higher education institutions are known around the world as high quality and world class. The standard of excellence is set by some of the older universities with recognizable names, like Oxford and Cambridge, but the tradition carries through to many of the universities and colleges throughout the UK. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favor.
EDUCATION COSTS ARE LOWER
The cost of education for an international student in the UK can be lower compared to the USA and other countries. Some courses in the USA can be $25,000 plus a year in tuition alone. Tuition for the majority of UK higher education institutions is in the region of £6,000 to £7,000 a year – considerably less!
WHO CAN APPLY?
Adult student You can apply as an adult student if you are coming to the United Kingdom for your post-16 education.
You can apply as a student visitor if you are 18 years old or over, you want to come to the United Kingdom to do a course for up to six months, and you do not want to work while you are here. You will not be able to switch and apply for an adult student visa while you are in the United Kingdom as a student visitor. If you want to apply for an adult student visa, you must apply from the country you live in.
You can apply as a prospective student if you want to come to the United Kingdom to help you decide which course to study or if you plan to start a course of study within six months. You will be able to switch and apply for an adult or child student visa while you are in the United Kingdom. 16 and 17 year old students applying to come for more than six months
You and your approved education provider should agree whether you need to apply for an adult or child student visa. If you will be studying a course below National Qualification Framework level 3, you must apply as a child student. If your course is at National Qualification Framework level 3 (or equivalent) or above and is longer than two years, we recommend you apply as an adult student. If you want to study for an English language qualification at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level A2 or above, you must apply as an adult student.
APPLYING FOR AN ADULT STUDENT VISA
This quick guide explains how an adult student can apply for a student visa under tier 4 of the points-based system.
WHO CAN APPLY?
You can apply for an adult student visa if you are coming to the United Kingdom for your post-16 education. If you are 16 or 17 years old and want to study a course at National Qualification Framework level 3 or above, you can agree with your approved education provider either to apply as an adult or child. Those studying for an English language qualification at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Level A2 or above must apply as an adult student. See Studying as a child for more information on how to apply as a child student. There are different rules if you are extending your permission to stay in the United Kingdom as an adult student.
WHAT DO I NEED TO APPLY?
Under Tier- 4 you need 40 points to be able to apply for a student visa and must provide the proof needed with your application form. Points30 Points
Doing a course (at an acceptable level) with an approved education provider (also known as sponsorship) Visa letter or confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS LETTER) issued by your approved education provider, From February 2010 the UK Border Agency will only accept a confirmation of acceptance (CAS LETTER) for studies and will no longer accept a visa letter.10 Points
Your personal Bank statement of 9200£+ course fee for inner London or 7200£+ course fee for outside London ( for the period of 28 days) or loan letter confirming that you have enough money available to cover your course fees and monthly living costs for up to one year, at the time you submit your application
APPROVED EDUCATION PROVIDER
Education provider’s colleges and universities are approved by UKBA when they give them, a license to teach international students in the United Kingdom, and add them to the tier 4 register of sponsors. Once you have chosen an education provider to study with, you can check to see if they are on the tier 4 register of sponsors. If the education provider is not on the register, you will not be able to get a student visa.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
- Diploma courses level 3 to 5 IELTS 4.5 to 5.5 bands
- Under graduate courses level 5 to 6 IELTS 5.5 to 6.0 bands
- Postgraduate courses level 7 IELTS 5.5 to 7.0 bands
COURSES AND VISA LENGTH
|PGD,Master degree Courses||12 months or more||The full length of the course plus four months after the end of your course|
|Pre-session Course||Less than six months||The full length of the course plus one month after the end of your course|
|ESOL,HNC,HND Diplomas, ACCA, Bachelors courses||12 months or more||The full length of the course (up to a maximum of three years if you are 18 years old or above) plus four months after the end of your course|
|Students visitors courses (Language and other short courses)||Six months or more, but less than 12 months||The full length of the course plus two months after the end of your course|
|Postgraduate doctors and dentists on a recognized Foundation program||Maximum of three years||The full length of the course (up to a maximum of three years) plus one month after the end of your course Documents for study visa|
OUR PARTNER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
- University of london
- Coventry University
- BPP university
- University of the West of Scotland
- London south bank university
- University of Ulster
- University of Sunderland
- University of Roehampton London
- University of Northampton
- University of Law
- Birmingham city university
- BPP University
- University college Birmingham
- University of Law
- Manchester international college
- Kinnaird college
- Metro college of management sciences
- The Manchester college
- MANCAM college