Everything you need to know about studying in:
United Kingdom
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The United Kingdom is one of the most popular countries to complete an Master’s, where world-class teaching and cutting-edge campuses provide students with an unmatchable educational experience. The UK is home to the second-oldest university in the world (the University of Oxford), which together with the University of Cambridge, is considered one of the best on the globe. Whether you’re attracted by the historical splendor of Oxford or Cambridge, the vibrancy of London, or the student-centric city of Manchester, the various cities throughout the UK have something for everyone.

Studying in the UK has never been more popular, with almost half a million international students currently. While it is unlikely that they were attracted to the UK because of its notoriously unpredictable climate, the country’s wealth of highly prestigious and historic universities continue to draw talented individuals from around the world – no matter how often it rains! It’s also one of only two English-speaking countries in Europe (the other being neighboring Ireland), which partially explains why students from outside the EU make up almost 80% of its international student population.

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Postgraduate degrees for international (non-EU) students range from GBP£10,000 to £30,000 per year. Students from the UK and the EU can expect to pay anything from GBP£8,000 to £20,000 for their master’s degree. The United Kingdom has a relatively high cost of living. International students should budget at least GBP£660 (US$820) per month, excluding rent. To do a Master in the United Kingdom, international students must provide proof of funds. If you are going to study in London, you are required to have GBP£1,334 per month. For other cities, GBP£1,023 per month is required.

Most international students need a visa to do a Master in the UK. Student visa applications are open up to six months before the start of your program. To apply for your visa, you need to have an offer from your university in the form of a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS), as well as the ability to pay the visa application fee of GBP£363 (US$455). You will also need to pay a fee called the Immigration Health Surcharge in the amount of GBP£470 (US$590) per year. This gives you access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

The UK is home to several prestigious, globally-recognized universities, ranked as some of the best schools in the world. This includes the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), and the University of Edinburgh.

The UK has a strong job market with consistently low unemployment rates and an average postgrad salary of GBP£40,000. The pharmaceutical, financial services, and aerospace industries are all important contributors to the UK’s sixth-highest GDP in the world. Post-graduation, international students can benefit from two years of work experience in the UK through the new Graduate Route.

The UK has the highest number of international students of any European country, with the figure standing at 485,000.

Fun facts you didn’t know about United Kingdom

Which Visas & Permints do in need in United Kingdom

Most international students need a visa to do a Master in the UK. The UK Government website has a helpful tool to check if you need a UK visa. Also, to help students, the British Council arranges events called pre-departure briefings, mostly in the format of a webinar. Student visa applications are open up to six months before the start of your program. To apply for your visa, you need to have an offer from your university in the form of a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS), as well as the ability to pay the visa application fee of GBP£363 (US$455). You will also need to pay a fee called the Immigration Health Surcharge in the amount of GBP£470 (US$590) per year. This gives you access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).

To do a Master in the United Kingdom, additional requirements apply – including proof of funds. If you are going to study in London, you are required to have GBP£1,334 per month. For other cities, GBP£1,023 per month is required.

Post-graduation, international students can benefit from two years of work experience in the UK through the new Graduate Route.

Banking in United Kingdom

Opening a bank account in the UK is straightforward; All you need is a valid passport, a valid visa, a bank statement from your home country’s bank, proof of address, and a student ID or acceptance letter from your university. Banks in the UK that offer international student bank accounts include NatWest, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, HSBC, and Santander. There are plenty of online tools where students can compare student bank account plans.

What do I need to know about healthcare in United Kingdom

Student healthcare in the United Kingdom is well-organized. The primary healthcare services are run by the National Health Service (NHS). All kinds of treatment are available within the NHS – the most important thing to do is register with a General Practitioner (GP) as soon as possible upon your arrival.

When it comes to costs, international students need to pay an Immigration Health Surcharge at the same time they apply for a student visa. The surcharge is GBP£470 (US$590) per year.

Housing options for students in United Kingdom

The average amount students pay for rent in the UK is GBP£148 (US$185) per week, which is around GBP£641 (US$800) per month. There are three different types of accommodation available to international students in the UK: residence halls, private residence halls, and private rental housing. Residence halls are run by educational institutions and typically consist of a private room with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Private residence halls are similar but are usually more modern (and more expensive).

Private rental housing (off-campus) can come in the form of student flats and shared houses or apartments. This type of accommodation is more expensive in major UK cities, like London.

What are the public transport options in United Kingdom

Public transport in the UK is extensive, consisting of buses, metros, trains, taxis, and ride-sharing services. In London, students over 18 can purchase a pay-as-you-go Oyster card, which entitles you to a 30% reduction on adult-rate travel. A weekly travel card currently costs GBP£24.57 with a Student Oyster Card. With travel cards, you have access to limitless travel at any time on buses, trains, trams, and riverboat services.

In large cities, public transport systems are well-developed. However, in smaller towns and cities, they can be less developed and reliable.

How much does a Big Mac cost in United Kingdom

The Big Mac Index was invented by The Economist in 1986 as an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies. The price of a Big Mac in the United Kingdom is approximately GBP£3.19 (equivalent to US$3.98, EUR€3.77, and JP¥509). For US$50, you can buy 12 Big Macs.

The United Kingdom is a relatively expensive place to live. International students should budget at least GBP£660 (US$820) per month, excluding rent. To do an Master in the United Kingdom, international students must provide proof of funds. If you are going to study in London, you are required to have GBP£1,334 per month. For other cities, GBP£1,023 per month is required.