Benefits of studying in the UK
The UK has a long history of welcoming international students to study in its Universities and Colleges. A UK university ensures that they uphold the high standards of teaching, learning and research set by the Government. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) is the key body charged with maintaining these standards. Higher education is expensive, but you’ll be pleased to know that tuition fees are less expensive in the UK than in the US. There are hundreds of jobs and work experience opportunities for students and graduates in London. As an international student you can work for up to 20 hours a week while studying.
This is the primary visa to remain and work in the UK after your studies. It is open to recent graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD from a recognized UK university. Before you apply you must have an offer of a skilled job from a licensed employer and be paid a salary of at least £20,800. After five years of employment, Tier 2 visa holders can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK providing they meet the salary requirements (£35,000) and other relevant eligibility criteria. Visit the UK Home Office website for further information.
There are over 10,000 courses on offer at universities in London, including undergraduate degrees, postgraduate taught degrees (masters) and postgraduate research degrees (PhD). Courses in the UK are generally shorter than many other countries, helping to reduce tuition fees and accommodation costs. In the UK most undergraduate degree programs take three years to finish; however, the “sandwich course” is increasing in popularity, which is four years and involves one year in the work place (normally in your third year). For graduate or masters programs they are generally shorter in length and undertaken after graduation of your undergraduate program. Some professional degrees like medicine, veterinary, law etc. have longer programs that can be as much as five years.