The United Kingdom (UK) is home to some of the world’s oldest universities and colleges having their roots in the 12th and 13th centuries. Coming from such strong legacy, education in the UK has become a benchmark for other countries.
Here are the top six reasons why studying in the UK is so popular with Indian students:
1. Academic excellence
Universities in the UK have the best academic standards in the world. In fact, four out of the top 10 universities in the world are from the UK [QS World Ranking 2019] including the likes of Oxford and Cambridge. When studying in the UK, you will find that practical and utility-based knowledge is preferred over text-book learning. This will enable you to acquire critical thinking and analytical skills along with creative ability in your chosen discipline.
2. Quality education
The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) is an independent body in the UK that regularly assesses the education standards of all universities and colleges in the country. Besides checking their performances through audits and subject reviews, it and helps identify the best education practices and sends feedback for improvisation. These research standards are also examined by the UK higher education funding bodies, who publish their findings at regular intervals. This is ensures all students have access to the best quality of learning, research and teaching irrespective of the course they choose to pursue.
3. Shorter duration of courses
Courses in the UK education system are shorter and more intensive than many other countries, which means you’ll graduate sooner, and without compromising on quality. While you can complete an undergraduate program in three years, you’ll be able to finish a graduate program in just one year. This not only saves your time, but also a chunk of money spent on tuition fees and living costs.
4. Work while you learn
To manage your everyday living expenses along with your studies, you can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during term time. You can even work full-time during your semester break. This will help you pay for your bills as well as gain industry experience in your own field of study as well.
Part Time Employment In The UK
Students can work upto 20 hours a week during term time and full time during vacations.
If you are going to study below degree level (exculding foundation degree students) you will only be able to work 10 hours a week (this has been reduced from 20 hours).
Students can earn around £ 5 - £ 7 per hour i.e. approx £375 - £525 per month during term.
Students could look out for part-time jobs by looking in the local newspapers and job shops as well as the Universities and Colleges career cells where information is available about vacancies. However please note that students are not guaranteed part time employment by the University.
If you are going to the UK as a student for six months or less, you cannot work nor extend your visas further.
5. Explore Europe while studying
The UK is well connected to major European countries like France, Netherlands, and Belgium, being the closest at distances ranging from 300 – 1,000 miles. With the airport being functional 24 hours, you can explore different places while studying in the country.
6. Health benefits for students
As an internationals student, you’ll have access to free medical treatment while studying in the UK through the National Health Service (NHS). In order to avail this benefit, you will have to pay a small International Health Surcharge (IHS).
The UK education system gives students the freedom to combine courses and subjects from different areas of studies, so you can tailor your degree to your own needs and interest.
The Education System in the UK is divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children in the UK have to legally attend primary and secondary education which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 16 years old.
Education Chart / Information
In UK "O" level is equivalent to SSC, "A" levels (2 years) is equivalent to HSC, Bachelors is for 3 years, 4 years are Sandwich program, masters for 1 year and PH.D for 3 years.
Types Of Certification
College and Institution of Higher Education
College of Technology
Teacher Training College
Usual Grading system in Secondary school
In UK Alphabetical system of grading is followed i.e. From A to E
B: above average
D: below average
Main Grading System Used By Higher Education Institutions:
In UK alphabetical system of grading is followed i.e. From A to E.
B: above average
D: below average
Other Main Grading Systems:
Apart from the alphabetical grading system, the Numerical system is also used in UK.
Types of degrees
Types of taught courses
Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas (PGCert; PGDip)
Master (MA; MSc)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Types of research degrees
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Master of Research (MRes)
Professional / Taught Doctorates (DEng, DMus, DEd, DBA, DClinPsych)
New Route Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or DPhil)
Higher National Diplomas Higher National Certificates Diplomas of Higher Education Foundation courses, Foundation years or Access/Bridging courses
The cost to study in the UK is dependent on many factors, including institution, course, location and funding opportunities. The most apparent cost advantage of studying in the UK is the lesser duration of the programs : 3yrs for UG degree and only 1 year for Masters degree.
Subject Tuition Fees (Per Year) Tuition Fees in Indian Rupees (Rs)
Arts, Humanities £ 8,000 to £ 10,000 7,44,000 to 9,30,000
Engineering / Science £ 10,000 to £ 13,000 9,30,000 to 12,09,000
Business £ 12,000 to £ 16,000 11,16,000 to 14,88,000
MBA £ 10,000 to £ 25,000 9,30,000 to 23,25,000
Places Living Costs (Per Year) Living Costs in Indian Rupees (Rs)
Places Other than London £ 9,135 to £ 10,000 8,49,555 to 9,30,000
Places Near London £ 11,385 to £ 12,000 10,58,805 to 11,16,000
(The above conversion has been done at Rs 93=£ 1. Subject to change*)
The cost of courses in the UK compares favourably with other major education destinations. The rate of international undergraduate student satisfaction with the cost of living in the UK is also higher than that of other top countries for studying abroad.
In higher education, UK courses are generally shorter than in other countries. Most full-time undergraduate courses take three years to complete, while full-time postgraduate courses take one year or more. This helps to keep tuition fees and living expenses down.