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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is more commonly referred to as the United Kingdom (UK), Great Britain (GB), or simply, Britain. It consists of four individual countries namely, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK is considered to be one of most developed countries in the world and has the fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP. The United Kingdom is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, and is a member state of the European Union as well. The UK is a great power with a global say in matters related to cultural, economic, scientific, political and military affairs. The UK is a warm and friendly international destination that welcomes and provides countless opportunities for people from various cultures and backgrounds.


Why Study in the United Kingdom (UK) ?


  • Made up of four countries- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom is a very popular study destination for Indian students.
  • The UK has more than 100 universities and around 165 higher education institutions including universities and colleges.
  • With ancient and traditional universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, University College London to modern universities, the UK offers something for every students in a variety of subject areas.
  • Taught Master courses are only for 1 year. You do not need 16 years of education to pursue a Masters degree in most subjects.
  • Most undergraduate (bachelors) degrees are for 3 years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Scotland has some excellent universities, a different education system than the rest of the UK and a 4 year undergraduate degree.


Application Process and Deadlines in the UK

Undergraduate Applications

Applications for Bachelors degree courses are made through the Universities Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) that is a centralised application system.

Students can apply to a maximum of 5 institutions/courses only.

UCAS Deadlines-

15 October for medicine, dentistry and veterinary courses and all courses at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

15 January for all other courses except certain art and design courses that have a 24 March deadline.

30 June is the final deadline for international students and after this all applications go into Clearing.

Postgraduate Applications

There is no single centralised system for postgraduate applications and students have to make applications individually to each institution.

Deadlines vary from course to course and institution to institution. Our counselling staff can help you with identifying these deadlines.

Study Overseas Global Application Processing Services-

Study Overseas Global provides complete application processing services that includes putting together your application and helping you decide on your final choices. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality and a quick turnaround time once we get all the required documents and inputs from the student.


Cost of Studying in the UK

The costs incurred by a student can be divided into

  • Tuition fee of the course and
  • Living cost.

Tuition fee for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes ranges from GBP 4000 to 18,000. Tuition for laboratory based courses is usually higher than classroom based courses. Medicine, Dentistry courses have much higher tuition fee.

The living cost in the UK is higher in big cities such as London and lower in smaller towns and cities. The UKBA has defined the living cost for the purpose of obtaining a student visa. This is as follows-

  • GBP 1000 per month in Central London
  • GBP 800 for outer London and the rest of the UK


Broadly there are three types of scholarships for studying in the UK available to Indian students-

  • Scholarships offered by UK institutions
  • UK Government sponsored
  • Private Trusts and funds


Studying and Living in the UK

Made up of four distinct countries- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom is a very popular study destination for Indian students.

The UK is a great place to study in. With excellent quality of institutions and a strong tradition of research, it offers an excellent learning experience. How can you ensure that your time in the UK as a student is well spent?

Studying and learning- This is an extremely important aspect that you will need to work on. In the UK the teaching and learning style is very different from that in India.

You will be expected to do extensive reading, researching and be able to express your arguments in a logical and convincing way.

Mostly the emphasis is on how to think rather than what to think.

Plagiarism is a serious offence in the UK and students need to ensure that they do not copy answers from their friends, books (without providing proper references).

Settling down to your new life as a student in the UK-

Once you arrive in the UK you will need to take care of many things before you get busy with your classes and study.

Most institutions will organise an orientation days/week for international students where you will be introduced to the institution, class time table, accommodation, health and money matters. We recommend that you arrive at your institution in time to attend this orientation as it will help you settle in faster.

Study Overseas Global holds Pre-departure briefings to help students prepare well for life as a student in the UK.

GETTING AROUND – The first few days


You may find the Education System in the UK very different from what you are used to in India. For one you will be expected to do a lot of self study and contribute with active participation in classroom discussions. You will get  assignments that you have to submit within the stipulated time neatly typed. Please note that plagiarism is a serious offence in the UK. Students who are caught copying material from friends, internet, books without giving due credit to the author are penalized and are asked to return to their home country. So do make sure your work is original and you give proper references wherever required. You can contact your personal tutor or attend the Orientation Program organised by you institution in order to find out more about this.


When it comes to finding somewhere to live you will find that most institutions will guarantee accommodation provided you have applied by the deadline date. If you are looking for an alternative, private accommodation available outside the university campus may work out to be much cheaper.

However, remember to factor in costs of transport to and from the university, utility bills for electricity, heating, internet etc. You must travel to the UK 1-2 weeks before your course starts so that you have enough time to look for private accommodation.


It is recommended that you carry at least £500 in cash to cover immediate expenses on arrival such as taxi/bus fare, initial deposit for your bank account, food items, stationery etc.


While packing for your life as a student you might like to include a few basic essentials like a warm coat, pressure cooker, umbrella, good walking shoes, spices, plug adapter etc. Remember, layering your clothing is the way to beat the cold.


No matter where you live either in the university or in private accommodation try and make your room cosy and homely as much as  possible by bringing your own bed linen (unless you know its included in your room, you can always buy them on arrival in the UK), family photographs, bath towels etc.


In the UK a variety of pre-paid and post paid schemes are available. It might be difficult to get a post paid scheme soon after arrival as you will need to give proof of residence etc., hence a pay-as -you-go plan might be your best option. Some phone companies may have cheaper options to make calls to India so may be worthwhile to explore them.


Most colleges and universities in the UK provide free e-mail accounts for their students and you are recommended to visit your university library to find out more. If you are thinking of buying a laptop, we recommend you buy it in the UK as it might be cheaper. You would also find that it is easier to get second hand desk tops very cheap from students who are leaving the campus. There might be offers on brand new laptops arranged by the university and it is best to check with the IT Support staff or the Library staff to find out more.


List Of University in UK

University of Aberdeen                                         Abertay University (formerly University of Abertay Dundee)

Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)          Anglia Ruskin University                         Aston University

Anglo-European College of Chiropractic            Archbishop of Canterbury,                               Arden University           Ashridge Business School                                     

Bangor University (Prifysgol Bangor)                  University of Bath                                              Bath Spa University

University of Bedfordshire                                    Birkbeck, University of London                       University of Birmingham

Birmingham City University                                  University College Birmingham                      Bishop Grossteste University

University of Bolton                                               Arts University Bournemouth                         Bournemouth University

BPP University                                                        University of Bradford                                      University of Brighton

University of Bristol                                               British School of Osteopathy,                          Brunel University London

University of Buckingham                                     Buckinghamshire New University

University of Cambridge                                        Canterbury Christ Church University             University of Chester

Cardiff Metropolitan University                           Cardiff University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)          University of Chichester

City University London                                           Coventry University                                          Cranfield University

University for the Creative Arts                             University of Cumbria 

De Montfort University                                           University of Derby                                        University of Dundee

Durham University

University of East Anglia                                          University of East London                            Edge Hill University

University of Edinburgh, The                                  Edinburgh Napier University                        University of Essex

University of Exeter

Falmouth University

University of Glasgow                                             Glasgow Caledonian University                  University of Gloucestershire

Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)               Goldsmiths, University of London              University of Greenwich

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Harper Adams University                                      Heriot-Watt University                                   University of Hertfordshire

Heythrop College, University of London            University of the Highlands and Islands          University of Huddersfield

University of Hull

ifs University College                                              Institute of Education, University of London                                                  
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (also known as Imperial College London)

Keele University                                                      University of Kent                                           King’s College London

Kingston University                                                      

University of Central Lancashire                          Lancaster University                                       University of Leeds

Leeds Beckett University                                       Leeds Trinity University                                  University of Leicester             

University of Lincoln                                               University of Liverpool                                   Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool John Moores University                        University of London                                     London Business School

London Metropolitan University                          London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

London School of Economics and Political Science, The (LSE)

London South Bank University                             University College London                             Loughborough University

University of Manchester                                       Manchester Metropolitan University           Middlesex University

NCG                                                                            Newcastle University                               Newman University, Birmingham

University of Northampton, The                           Northumbria University Newcastle           Norwich University of the Arts

University of Nottingham                                       Nottingham Trent University

Open University, The                                               University of Oxford                                       Oxford Brookes University

Plymouth University                                                 University of Portsmouth

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh                Queen Mary, University of London                 Queen’s University Belfast

University of Reading                                               Regent’s University London            Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

University of Roehampton                                      Royal Academy of Music                                Royal Agricultural University

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London)                                                     Royal College of Art

Royal College of Music                                             Royal College of Nursing                          Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Holloway, University of London                   Royal Northern College of Music                Royal Veterinary College, The

University of Salford                                                 School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

University of Sheffield                                              Sheffield Hallam University                              University of South Wales 

University of Southampton                                     Southampton Solent University                       University of St Andrews

St George’s, University of London                          University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth

St Mary’s University, Twickenham                          Staffordshire University                                      University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde                                          University Campus Suffolk                                 University of Sunderland

University of Surrey                                                   University of Sussex                  Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

Teesside University                                                    Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

University of the Arts, London                                 University College of Estate Management           University of Ulster

University of Law, The

University of Wales (Prifysgol Cymru)         University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant

University of Warwick                                              University of the West of England, Bristol       University of West London

University of the West of Scotland                        University of Westminster                           University of Winchester, The

University of Wolverhampton                                University of Worcester                                      Writtle College

University of York                                                       York St John University