Study In UK
Higher education often begins with a three-year bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate degrees include master’s degrees, 1-2 years and either taught or by research, and the doctorate, a research degree that usually takes at least three years.
International students generally study from Level 4 (approximately 1st year University) through to Level 8 (PhD).
A spouse /dependants visa is available for study from Level 7.
The main intake for UK universities is September/October. However some Universities offer courses starting in January/February as well. Undergraduate students: Applications to all undergraduate courses are filled through Universitiesand Colleges Admission System or UCAS
Undergraduate: For academic subjects, you will need a senior high school certificate. For vocational (i.e. career based) subjects, professional qualifications and relevant work experience will also be considered. You will also need a minimum English level equivalent to IELTS 6.0 or a Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE).
If your qualifications from your own country are not sufficient for direct entry to university, you can bridge the gap by taking A levels or a University Foundation Course.
University Foundation Courses are also known as University Foundation Programmes or International Foundation Years. They take less than a year to complete and enable successful students to progress to a university degree course. Some programmes provide guaranteed entry on successful completion.
Students study a range of topics and skills related to the subject they want to take at university (e.g. computing, business, engineering etc.). Foundation courses are often assessed on course work rather than exams. However, you will only be able to study at one of the universities that recognises the foundation course you take.
- Attested copies of X, XII & Graduate Degree (if applicable), Mark Sheets including Backlogs (Re-sits)
- Evidence of English Language proficiency e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.
- Standardised Tests e.g. GMAT, GRE (where necessary for the programme)
- Two academic references
- Two references from employers (where applicable)
- Passport sized photographs
- Statement of Purpose (SOP)
- Draft for application fees, if applicable
- Portfolio (for Art, Design & Architecture programme)
- Other Certificates & Achievements of Extracurricular Activities
You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
When to apply
You can apply from 3 months before the start of your course.
You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
It costs £328 to apply for this visa from outside the UK.
You must pay £328 per person for any dependants.
How long you can stay
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
How long you can stay depends on the kind of course you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.
Working In UK
Working while Studying
You are allowed to work while studying if you study at a university or college that is listed on both the official UKVI Sponsor listand the list of ‘recognised bodies’.
International students who study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at a recognised university are allowed to work part-time during term term for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during the holidays.
If your course is at a lower level, you study at a further education college or your institution is not listed on the lists above, you will not be allowed to work during your studies.
Work after study
Non-EU students who wish to remain in the UK after they have graduated must apply for a work visa from UK Visa and Immigration. Tier 2 (General) Visa is the primary visa to remain and work in the UK after your studies and you must apply with a Job Offer within 60 days of course completion and the job must meet minimum salary criteria (minimum £20,800). Tier 2 Visa is for 3 years and extendable.