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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.

Top institutes
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.

Session commences
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: www.ukcosa.org.uk

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: www.britishcouncil.org.in/scholarships.

Tuition fees
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)

Student visa
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: www.ukvisas.goc.uk & www.ukinindia.com

Job opportunities
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 two years.

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 (October-September).

Application docket
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:
Application form
Statement form
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 application form.

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