The UK Government provides an opportunity to all Indian students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first.
The visa you need will depend on your age and the type of study you wish to pursue in the UK.
Here’s an overview of the types of study visas and their application requirements:
To gain your UK student visa, you’ll have to provide with an evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.
IELTS for UKVI is an IELTS test approved for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes. This applies to everyone coming from a non-English speaking country. While there is no change in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring, IELTS for UKVI simply follows certain extra security protocols to ensure the authenticity of the test taker.
You may also have to appear for a personal interview at the UK embassy or consulate.
Internationally recognized universities & qualifications
UK is a popular destination for higher studies for students from around the world and is home to three of the top 10 universities in the world, according to the World University Rankings. A degree that you gain from an UK university will be recognized internationally by universities, employers and government bodies.
Strong research infrastructure
As a research student evaluating the benefits of studying in UK, it will be interesting for you to note that the country puts across 6.4% of global journal articles, 11.6% of citations and 15.9% of the world’s most highly-cited articles, even though it constitutes just 0.9% of world’s total population.
The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) which checks the quality of research conducted by more than 154 leading universities and colleges in the UK, classified 30% of the research as ‘world-leading’ and 46% as ‘internationally excellent’.
Many Indian students in the UK gain work experience along with their study. A part-time job, internship or placement during vacation and volunteering are some ways to develop valuable skills that you can add to your CV.
There have been some changes on the post-study work visa since November 2015. You can now stay in the UK after completing graduation if you hold a job offer with an annual salary of at least 20,800 pounds (Rs. 18.3 lakh). There is no limit on the number of international students who can stay in the UK upon completion of their course. In order to work in the UK after completing your studies, you need to switch from a Tier 4 Visa to a Tier 2 General Visa. You will be required to apply for a work visa from the UK Border Agency, and you can opt from the following, depending on your employment status post study:
1. Choose a university and a study program
The first thing you need to do is define your target: what do you want to study and where do you want to study. Fortunately, there are countless options available to you as the UK currently counts around 200 recognized higher education providers whereas the variety of available study courses is larger than that.
2. Meet the Application Requirements
After you have decided on what UK College and program you want to study, you must now see what are the requirements to apply for a place at that college. To do this, you must visit their website and check their application requirements section.
Now it’s time to submit your application. Before doing that, give a final look of your application paperwork to see if there might be something accidentally missing. Once you’ve done it, you’re ready to apply for a place at the chosen college in UK.
Applications are most of the time carried online through the UCAS online application platform. All you need to do is to create a personal account in UCAS and then proceed with course selection and application’s submission. Note that there are some universities which run their own online application platform and require you to apply through it or jointly with UCAS.
4. Wait for the Admission Letter
As soon as your university receives your application they will send you an email to confirm it. There’s not a regular period of time it takes the admission committee to go through your application paperwork and respond you. Due to heavily applications load UK universities face, it takes time to process your request. Overall, this process lasts for several weeks and it depends on how many applications the university has collected during that application fall. The good news is you can track the processing of your online application through UCAS at any time you want.
As a non-EU and non-EEA student in UK you have to possess proper financial means required to cover your studies and stay in UK. The amount of money required to have in your bank account varies according to your personal circumstances.
This amount of money is calculated taking into consideration several factors like the location of the university you’re willing to attend or the length of your course.
If you’re a non-EU and non-EEA citizen, you need a student visa to study in the UK. The student visa in UK is labelled as TIER 4 (General). The day you are given a place at the university you must reach the British embassy to seek guidance on student visa requirements in UK.
Attached with the admission letter your university will send you a reference number known as Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). You’re going to need this number at the British embassy to prove that you have been awarded a place at a UK college and therefore are eligible for a student visa.