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Studying abroad gives a boost to your career as it not only gives an international degree but also a global perspective of the well-established working models. Among the top choices for studying abroad are The United States of America, The United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. The most popular choices among them are-
- Cambridge University
- Oxford University
- St Andrews University
- London School of Economics
- Imperial College London
Today, we shall discuss about the benefits of studying in the UK, the process and its application and admission pre-requisites.
How to Start?
With a number of sculpture gardens and art museums along with faculty buildings and a public meditation center, Stanford's campus is thought to be one of the most beautiful in the world. It is situated right next to the Silicon Valley and is yet another popular choice for higher education among international students. Their alumnus consists of the founders of Google, Snapchat, and Hewlett-Packard etc., hence the name, “billionaire factory”. Their admission rate currently stands at just over 5 percent.
For studying in country which is different from your origin the foremost pre-requisite is to have a sound comprehension of that country’s native language, in this case the United Kingdom- English, is crucial. For acceptance in any degree course international students have to appear for the following tests to check their understanding ability-
TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language
IELTS- International English Language Testing System
UCLES - University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
Being a favorite destination for higher education among undergraduate and post graduates, students are expected to apply for admission at the earliest as the positions get filled very quickly.
What is the Eligibility for UK Visa?
International students (non EU) will need a UK student visa to study a course. Nationals from countries that are able to enter the UK for a 6 month period without a UK visa are able to study a short course lasting less than 6 months without needing a visa. You can apply for a UK student visa in your home country or online through the UK Home Office Visas and Immigration Service website.
Once your application is accepted for your enrollment in any course, you will need to apply for a Biometric residence permit if you are staying for longer than 6 months. If you move to the UK on a UK family visa to join relatives, you are entitled to study. The UK student visa length depends on duration of your course. For your UK student visa application, you will need to provide the following along with the application form-
- Passport or travel ID
- Proof that you can cover your course and living costs
- Proof of parental or guardian consent if you are under 18
- Proof of acceptance onto your course
- Proof of payment of healthcare surcharge
What are the different types of UK Student Visas?
Tier 4 (General) student visa-
A standard visa required for courses lasting longer than 6 months. You can apply for this provided you have been offered a place on a course, can understand English in accordance of the course instruction and are able to support yourself financially for the duration of the course.
Tier 4 (Child) student visa-
This is a UK student visa for children aged 4-17. The application needs to be made from outside the UK and depends only on the proof of acceptance on a placement in a school, consent of parent or guardian and proof that living and course costs can be covered. The visa is valid for the length of the course, up to a maximum of 6 years, and can be extended.
Short-term study visa-
This is for any short study course lasting 6 months or less (or up to 11 months for English language courses if you are over 18) and for research fellows. It cannot exceed the length of your course and cannot be extended and is conditional on being offered a place on a course at a licensed place of study and proof that you can support yourself for the duration of the course without working.
When to apply for a student visa to study in the UK?
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course. You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks once you submit your duly filled application form along with fees and other formalities. Students can contact VFS, who manage visa application centers for the UK Border Agency in India.
You can arrive in the UK before your course starts:
- Up to 1 week before, if your course lasts 6 months or less
- Up to 1 month before, if your course lasts more than 6 months
In order to give your career a good chance on the global level you need to identify the best course you wish to pursue and then look for the best university that offer the same and works for you, both intellectually and financially. Student admission and visa application process vary on the basis of from which country you are applying and paying. All you need to ensure is that you have done a thorough verification about your eligibility and completed all the formalities required for admission in any UK university for your higher education and then the visa process.
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