British universities are recognised internationally
Generally, an international student can work up to 20 hours a week during term-time, and 10 hours out of term-time.
Take on a part-time job or an internship
You can learn new skills and earn money while you study. Your university may even help you secure an internship as part of your course, which will give you a competitive edge when you graduate.
Work in the UK after you graduate
The UK Government has also announced a new post-study visa that allows international students who graduate to stay and work in the UK for a further two years.
International students can enjoy some financial benefits when choosing the UK.
A degree in the UK takes less time to complete than in other countries
In many countries it takes four years, plus two or three extra years to complete a postgraduate degree. In the UK it takes three years for an undergraduate degree and then one extra to complete a postgraduate qualification (unless you are a medical or research student).
International students can get financial help
This includes scholarships, grants and bursaries – and living costs in the UK, especially when outside of cities like London, are reasonable. Research the area before applying to the university to better understand the prices, but generally, entertainment, food, and rent is cheaper than the US.
If you decide to study in the UK, there's always something to do, no matter what your interests are.
The UK has families with roots from around the world
This leaves the UK with a unique mix of different cultures, food, and interests. You will not just learn about British culture, but from people from other countries and cultures too.
Plus a mix of restaurants, nightlife, shops, and sporting activities
No matter what part of the UK you move to, you will find things to keep you interested – from art galleries and bars to concerts and open-air markets. You'll always find something to entertain yourself with outside of class hours.
- There are more than 395 universities and colleges, offering over 50,000 undergraduate-level higher education courses across the UK.
- UK higher education applications are made through UCAS.
- There are different deadlines for applying for different courses, and to different universities – take a look at the key dates and deadlines relevant to courses you’re interested in.
- You will need to pay tuition fees – these vary depending on the university or college, and the course you choose. You may be able to get financial help with your tuition fees, or a scholarship. However, EU students are not subject to tuition fees in Scotland.
- The amount of money you will need to cover living costs will vary based on where you study. London and other large cities tend to be more expensive.
- Many international students need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, and there are work permit restrictions and some English language qualifications you may need.
- Universities advise all applicants what standard of English is required for their courses. Most course providers will ask you to demonstrate proficiency in English, or to take an approved English language test if English is not your first language.
- First-year students tend to live in university halls of residence (university accommodation) – but there are lots of other accommodation options.
If you would like to speak to current UK undergraduate students about their experiences, try Unibuddy – there are students to talk to across subjects, universities, and even nationalities.
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