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Study in the UK

Life in the UK

The UK is famous for many things: its language, history, landscape, culture, science, innovation and its education. The UK has one of the world’s highest student retention rates due to the comprehensive support systems in place for international students. The UK is one of the safest countries in the world and is a multicultural society with a reputation for tolerance and diversity.

Your experienced JHM counsellor will be able to provide advice and guidance throughout the UK student visa application process.

The most common visa for international students entering the UK is the Tier 4 student visa. This is a points-based system.

As a Tier 4 (General) student, you must have 40 points to qualify.

You can score:

  • 30 points for having a valid confirmation of acceptance for studies, which you get for studying a course at an acceptable level with an approved education provider (also known as a 'Tier 4 sponsor'), and for having acceptable English language skills; and
  • 10 points for having enough money (also known as maintenance or funds) to cover your course fees and living costs. Source: UKBA

All visa applications to the UK should be submitted through the UK Border Agency or one of its commercial partners (VFS Global and WorldBridge).

JHM’s counsellors are experts in guiding students through the student application process. If you have any questions about student visas to enter the UK, contact us today.

Cost of studying

Studying in the UK offers excellent value for money and although the UK is sometimes thought of as expensive, the reality is quite different
Shorter courses

Courses in the UK are often shorter and more intensive than in other countries. This will help you to save on tuition fees and living costs.

Course fees may cover a range of things you might not expect, including library access, sports, student union membership, and other practical facilities.

Part-time employment opportunities

If you enter the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, you may be able to work a certain number of hours per week during term time and in the holiday/vacation period. If you go to the UK on a student visitor visa, child visitor visa, or prospective student visa, you will not be eligible to work in the UK. For the latest detailed information visit: the UKBA website.

Access to discounts

As a full-time student in higher education you will have access to a National Union of Students (NUSA), card which gives a range of discounts on study essentials, travel, entertainment, clothes, food and drink, shopping and more. Student rail (train) and coach (long distance bus) cards can provide excellent discounts.

Health and safety in the UK

All international students enrolled on a course for more than six months qualify for free medical treatment under the UK's National Health Service (NHS), which removes concerns over any potential healthcare bills and is a significant benefit of studying in the UK.

Support services

UK institutions have excellent support services, which include a dedicated international students office, international student societies, academic support, counselling support and personal tutors.

Health and wellbeing on campus

The campuses are alive and busy with lots of social and sporting activities. There are excellent sports facilities on or near to most university campuses and clubs and societies catering to a range of interests. This is an excellent way to meet students from the UK and around the world as well as learning about different cultures and lifestyles.

Employment prospects in the UK

By studying in the UK, you will have opportunities to develop important workplace skills and your ability to think independently, which will significantly increase your chances of employment.

English is the international language of business, science and technology. By studying and living in the UK, the home of English, you will be immersed in the language and have the opportunity to improve your communication skills (of course, this takes practice and hard work!)

Many professional bodies and employers may require evidence of your English language skills. As a proud co-owner of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) JHM Consultancy will be able to help you find a test centre.

During your studies

You can work part-time, volunteer or complete a work placement or sandwich course during your time in the UK, all of which are valuable work-based experiences that can provide an edge and build your résumé.

Most universities and educational institutions in the UK have a dedicated careers centre that can advise students on all aspects of gaining employment during and after their studies.

For information on employment prospects and career tips and advice visit www.educationuk.org

Study in the UK

The quality and reputation of UK education attracts thousands of international students to study in the UK because they know that British qualifications are respected throughout the world. The UK is also where the English language first developed.

Why study in the UK?

The UK has a long and proud tradition of education, with some of its universities having roots in the 12th and 13th centuries.
UK academic standards are among the best in the world

The UK offers a diverse and flexible range of courses in globally ranked institutions.

Courses in the UK education system are shorter and more intensive than many other countries, so you will graduate sooner without compromising quality. This will save you time and money in tuition fees and living costs.

Universities are monitored closely to ensure that they uphold the highest standards of teaching, learning and research. They also work hard to ensure a safe, caring and supportive environment for all international students.

Quality institutions

The quality of UK universities and colleges is assessed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). Research standards are examined by the four UK higher education funding bodies, who publish their findings every five years.

The UK has the second highest number of universities ranked in the top 100 by the 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.

Links to Europe

The UK is an ideal base from which to explore the history and culture of Europe. Low-cost airlines operate from UK airports and international students from many countries may be able to apply for an EU Schengen visa to allow short trips across 24 countries in Europe on a UK visa.