|# of Students:||2,600,000*|
|# of Int. Students:||420,000*|
|# of Institutes:||860|
|Education Expenditure:||62‰ of GDP|
|Academic Year:||Runs from September to May|
The United Kingdom is probably one of the most cosmopolitan countries in Europe, joining people from all over the world in one truly multicultural society. More than 400,000 international students visit the UK every year.
British universities provide a broad range of internationally recognized study programmes, preparing students for future careers in major international companies. The United Kingdom is also home to some of the best research facilities in the world.
The UK is home to some of the best known internationally renowned universities in the world. Since 1903, UK universities have produced 88 Noble Prize winners.
British education offers students the freedom to explore new ideas and creativity. Students are encouraged to pursue individual research work but are also expected to take part in group activities demanding peer interaction. Teachers often engage students in classroom discussions, debates and quizzes, creating an open study environment that builds student confidence and nurtures critical and creative thinking.
Courses are skill oriented and career focused, keeping up to date with current industry demands.
Courses range from short courses, certificates, diplomas to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, British study programmes offer great flexibility. Students may also select career centred study programmes. Intensive academic programmes resulting in fewer years of study are also available. Some graduate degree programs are less than 1 year long. Students who plan to study and work may choose between remote study options, on campus classes or a mix of distance learning and on campus studies.
UK teachers are known for developing effective language learning methods. There are plenty of options available for students who want to brush up on their language skills.
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General application requirements
Here are a few steps you might have to take in order to apply to a British university:
* Complete online application;
* Send transcripts of high school graduation papers and other graduated university programmes;
* Apply for financial aid;
* Provide proof of English proficiency, if English is not you native language;
* Some universities may also require an online interview.
If you are not from the EU, the EEA, or Switzerland, you should also: * Provide a copy of your passport, passport size photos, birth certificate, certificate stating the birthplace of both your parents;
* Present approved visa;
* Provide proof that you will be able to afford your education and living expenses.
Each university generally has its specific admission requirements, so you should always check for additional information. The international student affairs office or the university admissions office can help with your enrolment process.
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Student Unions help international students settle in. Trained professionals offer support and advice on issues such as health, finance, faith, accommodation, disability, language, career and more. Universities also provide social activities like meetings, parties or trips, and help students feel more comfortable and integrate into the new environment.
Universities offer a variety of scholarships and loans, including on campus work-study options to help students cover their tuition fees.
Many universities now operate the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) credit system. All universities in Scotland use the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) enabling easier transfer between courses and institutions.
Students coming from certain countries do not need a student visa for UK. Find out if you country is on the list.
To obtain a UK visa you may be required to:
* Have certain vaccinations or if you are coming from a tuberculosis high-risk area a chest x-ray;
* Present proof of your finances and qualifications;
* Attend an interview or a biometric test;
* Students who plan on taking a short course in the UK require a Student Visitor Visa;
* Students who plan to attend a long study programme should apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
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* While London is the most expensive city in the country, Universities in the countryside have considerably lower tuition fees. For example, undergraduate studies in Scotland are free of charge for Scottish and EU citizens. Tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in science or arts are £6000 to £10000 per year. Clinical masters and MBAs can be as high as £20,000 per year.
* Students enrolled in programmes longer than 6 months are allowed 20 hours of work per week during their studies. They will also have access to free health care on the National Health Service.
* Living expenses are around £600 to £770 per month, depending on the location.
* Student Unions offer discounts for travel, sightseeing, nightlife and student shops.
* Student cinemas, nightclubs, theatres and other forms of entertainment provided by most universities are a good way for students to save money.
* Accommodation options for college students can include halls of residence, lodgings or home stay, hostels, and private flats and houses; around 30 per cent of international students live in accommodation offered by a University.
* People in the UK usually drive on the left side, and the steering wheel of British cars is on the right.
Tips for social interactions
* In the UK, being late is considered impolite. Always try to be 5 minutes early to an appointment.
* Many restaurants add a 10% tip to the bill. This is called Service included.
* Parties start between 7 and 9 p.m. and guests are usually expected to bring drinks.
* People are extremely polite. They use please, thank you and sorry a lot.
EU member since 1-1-1973
The United Kingdom is comprised of England, Wales, Scotland (which make up Great Britain) and Northern Ireland. The capital city of the UK is London, which is also the capital of England. Cardiff is the capital of Wales, Edinburgh the capital of Scotland and Belfast the capital of Northern Ireland.
The United Kingdom has fourteen overseas territories, the remnants of the British Empire, which was the largest empire in history, covering a quarter of the worlds landmass. It was also the world's first industrialised country, and the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
The English Channel to the south separates the British Isles from Europe. The Channel Tunnel is a rail tunnel built under the English Channel that connects Britain to France.
The UK is a constitutional monarchy, governed by a parliamentary system. The English language is spoken throughout the UK, but there are other official languages too, such as Welsh, Scots and Gaelic.
The United Kingdom is the world's sixth-largest economy. It is a member of the European Union (EU), the Commonwealth of Nations, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Most famous historic monuments include Stonehenge, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeares birthplace) as well as many ancient castles and old villages. The UK is home to 28 cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A wide range of museums and art galleries present world-famous exhibitions. Madame Tussauds wax museum is one of the more popular attractions.