A seal of high quality
Old Blighty places a premium on the quality of
educational pomgrammes institutions provide
The country’s USP
British institutions draw students for their quality
of education. All institutes are put through quality
assurance checks. The Teaching Quality Information (TQI)
website brings together key quality of higher education in
UK universities and colleges.
Hot for what?
Business Management. Science and Technology. Art and
Design as well as Law are the subjects of choice of Indians
heading to British campus.
The British Council says that it does not know which
institute have the highest number of Indian enrollees. As
for reputed names, it would be unfair to lit just five.
There are no official, general rankings. British
institutions are assessed subject wise by higher Education
and Research Opportunities (HERO), government agency, So,
the council advise students to draw up their lists by using
HERO’s TQI and the RAE ratings.
Most undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in
September/October every year and some in January/February.
There may be a different timetable for research with the
institution about it.
The final date for all those applying for
undergraduate (UG) courses in the UK is June 30. All
applications received after this date is put into
‘clearing’. The deadline for the UCAS (Universities and
Colleges Admissions services) application to Oxford,
Cambridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses is
October 15. The last date for applications from UK and
European Union students for all courses is January 15, There
are separate deadline for Art and Design courses.
For future details. Visit
www.ucas.com. There are no
specific closing dates for most postgraduate (PG) courses in
the UK. However, a few institutions may have application
deadline. So, confirm this fro their website or prospectus.
There are several types of housing options
available, but there are also shortages, particularly in
London, so students should apply as soon as possible.
Usually at the undergraduate level, institutions guarantee
accommodation in the first year. Besides university or
college residences, there is private accommodation like
student hostels, lodgings, bed sites, flats and youth
hostels. For more information:
Each university has its own scholarship scheme for
undergraduate students. Based on a academic merit, these can
range from part bursaries of 2,000 – 3,000 pounds (Rs
1,61,377-Rs 2,42,065) to a full tuition fee waiver. Check
your institution website for specific details. There are
different sources for postgraduate scholarship. These
include UK institutions and the British Council, which
manages the Chevening Scholarship, the Commonwealth
Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP), British Overseas
Industrial Placement Scheme (BOND) and the Charles Wallace
scheme. For more information:
The costs vary for different subjects. The ‘average’ annual
tuition fee is estimated to be as given here.
Cost of living
The living cost in 7,000 to 8,000 pounds a year. (Rs
5,64,681 – Rs 6,45,350)
Apply for a student visa after receiving a confirmed offer
of admission from a UK institution. Remember, you will not
be permitted to enter British as a student if the school,
college or university that you want to study at does not
appear on the UK Department for Education and Skills
Register of Education and Training Provides (www.dfes.gov.uk/providersregister).
The visa office will not issue a visa if you institutions is
not listed on the DfES register. Visa applications are
processed through UK Visa Application centre across 11
locations in India. For more information:
The UK launched an International Graduates Scheme (IGS)
on May 1,2007. Replacing the Science and Engineering
Graduates Scheme, the new scheme will enable non-European
Economic Area (EEA) students, who have successfully
completed and taken their first or Master’s degree,
doctorate, postgraduate certificate or diploma on or after
May 1,2007, to work in the UK for up to a year. This is an
addition to the already existing Fresh Talent: Working in
Scotland scheme. Under Fresh Talent, Non-EEA nationals who
have completed an HND, degree, Masters or Ph.D. studies at a
Scottish university, can apply to live in Scotland for up to
How to apply
Fill up one applications organisation through which
applications are processed for entry to full-time first
degree, foundation degree (FD), Higher National Diploma (HND),
Higher National Certificate (HNC), Certificate of Higher
Education (Cert HE), and Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
programmes and university diploma courses. You can select up
to six course options and send your completed form to UCAS,
which will forward it to your chosen institutions.
Applicants only have the option of applying online through
the UCAS website. Master level aspirants need to touch base
with their desired institutions, as there is no centralized
system of application for PG courses in the UK. Each
institution has its own application form, available from the
institution or their website.
When to apply
Start a year in advance. Institutions start accepting
applications a year before, that is, in September/October of
the previous year. Applicants should apply at least six nine
months before their course starts.
Application processing time
UCAS will send you a Welcome Letter confirming your
details and the courses applied for. He welcome letter also
carries your application number and user name, which you
will need to access track. Lu can use Track to follow the
progress of your application, and accept or reject offers.
Institutions will usually reply to PG applications in
three-four weeks. The turnaround time is much shorter
towards the end of the application cycle
There is no need to submit any document while applying via
UCAS, since it privides an online form.
The application packet for PG applications should contain:
Attested photocopies of academic credentials such as mark
sheets and certificates from your previous education
institutions, plus any other recent certificates of your
extra curricular activities / sports. IELTS/TOEFL score if
you results have been announced.
Two references (academic/professional along with the