The United Kingdom is one of the prominently celebrated study-abroad destinations that attracts millions of international students representing over 100 countries across the globe. Often counted in the list of the 3 most coveted countries for international students, including Canada and USA, the UK is renowned for its undisputed reputation in the field of education. The UK has over 150 top universities in the UK ranking globally for their curriculum and research methods.
As per the survey results of India Today, UK ranked amongst the most preferred international destinations among Indian students. As per the latest report, there are 605,130 international students pursuing studies in the UK according to statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Beating Canada and USA to lead at #1 with nearly 28% of the total votes, the country has managed to gather a huge fascination among global applicants. India was amongst the second-highest nations that made up the student body of the UK in 2021 after China (32%).
While COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has hit the world hard in almost all respects, the data revealed by Vigo Stacey reflects that currently, over 90% of the South Asians still prefer to study overseas with half of them seeking to study in the UK followed by Canada. The number of international students in the country has seen a huge growth over the years.
To help you research your dream university, some of the most reputed and top-ranking universities in the UK and the world are listed below.
|Name of the Institute||QS World University Rankings Old||THE World Rankings New|
|University of Oxford||#2||#1|
|University of Cambridge||#=3||#5|
|Imperial College London||#7||#12|
|University College London (UCL)||#8||#=18|
|London School of Economics and Political Science||#49||#27|
|University of Edinburgh||#16||#30|
|King’s College London||#35||#35|
|University of Manchester||#=27||#50|
|University of Warwick||#61||#78|
|University of Bristol||#62||#92|
From globally reputed institutes to remarkable research alternatives, diverse population and amazing jobs, the UK as a country never disappoints its aspirants. Along with this there are other factors which are responsible for influencing students to study in the UK which includes:
For all the prospective applicants, the country offers a plethora of diverse study abroad programs in the UK ranging from STEM programs to Humanities and a varied variety of non-conventional courses. The fascinating part about these thousands of courses is that they are offered from a duration as small as 6 months to a program of 5 to 6 years and fit the criteria of best courses to study for jobs in the UK.
Some of the highly popular programs for masters(MS) in UK comprise Business and Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medicine, Law, Social Sciences, Media and Communication, Arts, Hospitality and Tourism, among others. The details of some of the conveyed choices in the list of programs for international students are as tabulated below.
|Popular Program||Best UK University for the Course||Duration||Employment Rate|
|MBA||London School of Business||15 to 21 months||94%|
|Civil Engineering||Imperial College||3 years||78.4%|
|Masters (MS) in Law||University of Cambridge||3 years||93.3%|
|Medicine||University of Oxford||5 to 6 years||99.3%|
|Computer Science||University of Oxford||3 years||81.8%|
|MS in Psychology||University of Oxford||3 years||83.7%|
|Education||Durham University||3 years||95.2%|
|Masters (MS) in Architecture||University of Cambridge||3 years||86.3%|
International students form a highly significant part of the student body in the UK. According to the survey results of Higher Education Statistics Agency UK, nearly 127,335 of the international candidates in the country are engaged in Business programs with 22,045 and 32,890 students respectively in the stream of Medicine and Creative Arts.
Since you have reached this section of the article reflects that you have made up your mind to apply to an institute in the UK. To help you in the process of application, let’s begin with a few simple steps:
Some basic information regarding the admission process is as tabulated below.
|Where to apply||UCAS portal|
|Application Fee||20 GBP for one course with 26 GBP per additional choice|
|Basic Requirements||Transcripts, Standardised tests for studying in the UK|
|Additional Requirements||Valid Visa, Statement of Purpose, Reference letter|
|English Language Requirements (IELTS, TOEFL etc.)||IELTS: 6.0-6.5 and 6.5 to 7.0 for undergraduates and graduates, resp.|
Note: Process for admission into Oxford and Cambridge vary vividly and thus, students seeking enrollment to these universities must get in direct contact with the admissions office of these institutes.
International aspirants must note that there are different deadlines for applying to diverse courses and institutes in the UK and thus it is highly important to keep a close track of all the relevant dates of the program and organization you are interested in. All the complete application forms must be submitted by the first week of September to UCAS.
Final Deadline for Entry applications:
The international students shall be shortlisted by colleges. Documents must be uploaded timely and applications should be submitted before November. Admission decisions are notified by the college usually around the month of April.
The cost of living in the UK for an international student comprises a range of factors like basic tuition, food, travel, accommodation etc. The estimate of this cost to help you plan your finances is compiled as follows:
The fee for the range of programs available in the country will vary as per different external and internal factors, primarily upon the level of program and the choice of university.
|Level of program||Estimated Fee in INR Per Year|
|Undergraduate level||10.04 to 26.12 lakh (59 lakhs for medical programs)|
|Postgraduate Level||14.17 lakhs (21.88 lakhs and 19.02 lakhs for clinical and MBA courses, respectively)|
|Doctoral Level||15.08 to 24.13 lakhs|
Some of the highly renowned universities in the UK along with their tuition fee trends for the past 2 years at undergraduate level, as per Reddin Survey results 2020-21.
Cost of Living in UK
The cost of accommodation and other expenses in the country will highly depend upon your personal choices and the city you live in. For instance, While the average student accommodation price in the UK is approximately 125 GBP per week, a similar rental will cost a student living in Northern Ireland around 91 GBP while to the one living in London it will be nearly 182 GBP which is exactly double.
Thus, while it is hard to calculate the exact amount, an estimated average cost of living and other expenditures for a student hoping to study in the UK is as follows:
|Types of Expenses||Cost in INR Per Month|
|Bills (electric/ gas/ water)||4000-5000|
|TV license||1260 (or 15000 per year)|
|Clothes and Leisure||4000-5000|
|Books & supplies||3000|
|Visa Application Fee (international candidates)||34800 (one-time fee)|