The UK has considered being one of the best destinations for studying abroad, competing to the United States, and a dream destination for those who wish to receive education from the world's top universities. Read our guide to learn what you need to be a UK student!
The United Kingdom consists of four nation-states - England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It has a rich history and is the birthplace of some of the greatest thinkers in modern history, such as Stephen Hawking, William Shakespeare, and John Lennon. The UK and its beautiful landscapes and towns, literary and artistic backgrounds continue to attract people from all over the world.
Why Study in the UK?
◆ To receive a world-class education
◆ Perfect facilities and resources
◆ May have the opportunity to become a fellow of famous scholars, experts or professors
◆ To practice oral English skill
As one of the oldest and most developed countries in Europe, the UK itself has become a melting pot of global social and cultural gathering and prosperity with such a long and intertwined historical relationship connected to the rest of the world. Famous cities such as Manchester and London, the capital city of England, are among the most diverse cities in the world and continue to receive many accolades and host major international events. English may be the official language of the country, but there are many other dialects and mother tongues. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn more new languages!
Top UK Universities
As a hub of some of the world's most prestigious educational institutions, UK universities have an unparalleled world-class reputation, and many prestigious universities continue to receive high enrollment applications worldwide. Students graduate with UK degrees and qualifications have much broader global employment opportunities and highly recognized by their employers.
Top UK Courses
◆ Computer Science and IT
Since most of the UK universities are based in academic research, many students aim to study law, medicine, business studies, and political administration; other courses, such as finance and accounting, creative arts and design are also very popular. The UK and Australia have similar learning modules which allow more freedom for students to choose minor subjects studies to combine with the major subject.
Entry requirements for UK universities
All UK university admission applications are handled by the UK University and College Admissions Office (UCAS), similar to JUPAS in Hong Kong. To apply through UCAS, students must meet the following requirements:
UCAS provides a unified mechanism for converting student test scores into UCAS Tariff Points, and each university sets minimum entry requirements for UCAS scores for different disciplines.
Overseas students must have an English proficiency level of IELTS 6.0 to 6.5 or above or other internationally recognized English qualifications. However, some professional subject requires higher scores on English proficiency, such as law and medicine, may require IELTS 7.0 or above.
Some university courses have special requirements for specific subjects such as engineering requires mathematics and physics, the medical study requires biology and chemistry, and so on. However, some university courses do not have such restrictions, such as accounting, management, and social sciences.
Some universities request specific scores for some designated subjects in GCSE.
A few university courses require applicants to take an entry test.
Some university courses require an interview. To meet the criteria, students should prepare early or bring a copy of the resume.
British schools may request other documentation, such as health certificates, proof of financial status, certificate of no criminal conviction, and so on.
Compared to other Commonwealth countries, tuition fees in the UK are relatively expensive, as each area requires different professional facilities (such as medical students need to use medical facilities, engineering students need a workspace, etc.), the price of each course may vary. Courses from a more urban area (such as London and Scotland) are usually more expensive than rural areas such as Wales and Northern Ireland.
When to Apply Study in the UK?
The most important dates to remember is UCAS application deadlines because UCAS is the only department processes your UK university application.
Mid-September: UCAS open application.
Mid-October: Apply for medical-related courses, Oxford and Cambridge University application deadlines.
Mid to late March: Application deadline for applying for art or design related courses.
End of June: Application deadline for other subjects.
Mid-July: UCAS publishes the results. If you receive an offer, you must reply before a designated date. If not receiving a UCAS offer, the application will be canceled automatically.
Mid-August: Clearing application process - If you have not received an unconditional offer or (reject) or "conditional offer" notice, but do not meet conditions set by the university, applicant can apply for a university Clearing through UCAS after receive reject notice, applicant thereafter, can apply for another university for second chance.
After Graduation Opportunity in the UK
As a foreign student studying in the UK, you can apply for a Tier 1, 2 or 5 working visas to stay in the UK.
Tier One Visa (Special)
This type of visa requires very high admission standards. A tier one visa requires the applicant to pass a talent or investment ability audit and the applicants are subject to contribute to the UK economy.
Tier Two Visa (General)
This type of visa is the easiest to apply for, and international students who receive this visa often have more advantages than new immigrants outside the UK.
Tier Five Visa (Temporary working visa)
Tier 5 visa requires applicants to return to their originating country first, with a UK company warrant in order to apply for this visa. However, tier 5 visa is only temporary, and the applicant cannot enjoy any British labor benefits.