Study in UK
The UK is one of the world’s most popular destinations for getting higher education for these reasons:
Top UniversitiesTop universities in the UK are recognised the world over for their merit. In 2018, the world’s top ten universities including the top two- the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford were from the UK. Currently, the UK also boasts of seven of the top 50 and 32 of the top 200 universities.
Cultural DiversityThe UK has a warm and welcoming atmosphere with a diverse combination of religions, cultures, languages, food and festivals. 20% of the academic staff in the UK is from abroad, which gives the students a chance to study in the UK all the while connecting with people from all over the world.
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) monitors the standards of higher education institutions in the UK.
The UK government keeps a strict check on its 162 higher education institutions and regularly publishes a list of ‘recognized bodies’ each year so that students can choose among accredited colleges and universities in the UK
The UK-the Gateway to Mainland EuropeUK’s extensive network of public transportation not only connects it to Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland but also to Europe. Travellers can choose from the Channel Tunnel and various airlines to travel from the UK to Europe mainland. Students can also secure special concessions on the UK transportation system, making travelling more affordable.
Work While You StudyInternational students pursuing a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays. Many universities have work placement offices making it easier to find jobs in the UK for Pakistani students.
Student LifeStudents can choose from a variety of accommodations such as private accommodation, luxury accommodation, homestay or university-owned accommodation. Students should make a budget, keeping in mind the following costs:
Top Universities in UK
Expenses include accommodation, transport, food and health and travel insurance. Students in the UK spend an average of £12,200 annually, toward living expenses.
Undergraduate degree: £11,000 to £40,000 per year.
Medical degrees are the most expensive while social and humanities courses are the least costly.
Postgraduate degree: £11,000 to £30,000 per year
Most undergraduate courses in the UK have a duration of three or four years. Many undergraduate courses take just a year or two for completion. Shorter courses lead to reduced cost of living in the UK.
Being fluent in the global language of English makes you more employable. Living, studying and working in the UK can make you learn English quickly, thus increasing your job prospects.
Universities in the UK offer a wide variety of courses in the disciplines of engineering, science, law and media, amongst others. According to UCAS- the UK-based Universities and Colleges Admissions Service- students can choose from over 50,000 courses in more than 25 subject areas.
UK universities are committed to innovative research. The UK currently ranks second in the world in the fields of science and research with 54% of its work considered world-leading. This puts it ahead of Canada, Brazil, Germany, Japan and the US.
The UK has also been the top choice for foreign education for 38% of Nobel Laureate winners.
All UK colleges and universities employ professional career advisors to guide students with respect to career planning. The UK has a high graduate employment rate and offers several job opportunities for students.
Students in the UK can also benefit from the graduate scheme which is a work-based training program allowing graduates to gain practical experience.
Students who wish to stay in the UK after completion of studies can apply for a separate visa.
Additionally, the UK government has announced a new graduate immigration route. Effective academic year 2020/2021, graduates can stay and look for work for a period of up to two years.
Living in the UK is an unforgettable experience for international students. Local celebrations, events, food markets and restaurants shape the UK’s contemporary culture. The UK also has a rich history and is currently home to 32 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.