United Kingdom, "The Land where the Sun never sets", has duly earned this sobriquet. Although the British Empire no longer has the same power and colonies as it used to, it can still claim to the sobriquet through its language. English is undoubtedly the world language and has definitely played a major role in making the world into a global village. Having started the Industrial Revolution and having two of the world's best universities in the world, namely, Oxford and Cambridge, United kingdom is a haven for good education.
United Kingdom has to offer the international student, a unique and time-tested educational experience. Having a significant amount of non-Caucasian population, of which a good number of them are Indians. This former colonial power has a promising future ahead for you.
There are basically two kinds of Universities in the United Kingdom.
The first kind are good British Universities where admissions are very competitive and costly. The average cost in these Universities range from Rs. 10 lakhs and upwards. Financial aid from these Universities are very restricted and cater to hardly 1 percent of the students. Irrespective of all this, these universities offer very good education and a bright future that comes among the best in the world.
The second kind are independent private colleges affiliated to various small universities mostly from outside the United Kingdom. The fees for these colleges are comparatively much cheaper and vary from Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 4 lakhs. They however have no rigid standards and admission procedures are very flexible.
The UK education system guarantees to provide overseas students with internationally recognized qualifications covering all levels and a wide range of subject areas. The UK is made up of 4 different countries - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The education system in Scotland differs at school and undergraduate level to the other countries who follow a similar system. Education in the UK is compulsory for everyone between the ages of five and sixteen, and is provided by two kinds of schools: independent (fee-charging) schools and state-funded schools.
Choosing the right course
It is important not to rush into this decision, as it may be difficult to change courses once you are in Britain. Doing so will affect your academic progress, and may mean that you will lose money paid in fees.
HOW TO STUDY IN UK??
UK universities are generally government funded which mostly means limited funds available for the university to disburse among students as bursaries and scholarship. Still most universities do have certain awards which are given to students based on their merits as well as performance during the course.
Some of the UK universities also have special awards for Indian students besides the ones which individual departments may offer to students coming there to pursue their further studies.
Another important source of scholarship are the British Government sponsored awards like the Chevening Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship, DFID scholarship. These are extremely competitive and the deadlines are much in advance from the session.
A blood relative is always preferred but others sponsors can also help to fund your education in the UK provided a logical explanation is given as to why he is willing to sponsor you.
Types of Universities
These were created before 1992. The purpose of these universities was to carry out teaching and research. Some common features of the traditional universities are:
These were created after 1992 although many were teaching long before in the form of polytechnics or colleges. The new universities focus primarily on teaching but many have been developing their research activities over the last 10 to 15 years and often have niche areas of very strong research. Some features of the new universities are: