England is a country that is a part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. Its total land surface area is 1,30,395 square kilometers. England is a mixed market economy and one of the largest in the world.
England is a leading manufacturer in software industry and is a leader in pharmaceutical, technical and chemical sectors. Its capital, London, is home to 100 out of Europe’s 500 big organizations. It is also the world’s second largest financial city.
The climate in England is usually mild with temperature touching not less than 0 °C during winters and not more than 32 °C during summers. Though the weather is mostly damp, the temperature is mild and not too harsh.
The total human population of England is 53 million. It is home to a large number of ethnic groups - White British, White Irish, Asians, Caribbeans, Africans, and Vikings among others. Due to ethnic diversity, the British society is religiously diverse as well. While Christianity is the major religion, Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism are also practiced.
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘England’? The Royal family? Big Ben? London Bridge? Cricket? Perhaps that’s the reason why England is not only popular among the tourists but also international students planning to pursue higher education abroad.
England is blessed with beautiful locales - Lake District, Warwick Castle, Tower of London, and Stonehenge are just some of the places that one must visit when in England. Believe it or not, but the British are extremely straightforward and flamboyant and once you get to know them better, they are the friendliest people around.
The culture of this country is as diverse as the people who populate it. Cities like London and Birmingham, and Manchester are just some of the few cities that are cosmopolitan and house an ethnically diverse population, a large portion of which belong to India, Pakistan and China.
The main reason students choose to study in England is due to high quality of education, cost-effective study programs and progressive faculty.
International students have always formed an integral part of England. And, in the last one decade, the numbers have only grown steadily. In fact, England is the second most popular destination for international students. While the standard of excellence in education has been set by premier universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, the same has rubbed on other universities and colleges in England.
Major universities of England are University of Cambridge, Imperial College, University of Oxford, and London School of Economics. Most popular courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are History, Medicine, Psychology, Computer Science, Business and management studies and Economics.
The Bachelors Degree in the country spans three years and is usually awarded with honors. However, the professional undergraduate courses in engineering are of 4 years. In case, the education acquired by an Indian student is not considered enough for admission for an undergraduate program, then one year of academics is offered by universities or colleges for the convenience of the student.
British universities or colleges offer ample study programs at a postgraduate level spanning one year. To study in England, one has to score well in either IELTS and TOEFL. If you are looking for an undergraduate program, then marks of XII standard will also be considered; in addition to IELTS / TOEFL.
To pursue an MBA degree in any university in England, one must score more than 700 in GMAT. He or she must also have a work experience of 2-4 years. British universities are generally government funded.
Main scholarships are the Chevening Scholarship Commonwealth Scholarship, DFID scholarship and are sponsored by the British university. However, getting one of these scholarships is extremely difficult due to high competition.
apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:
● have been offered a place on a course
● can speak, read, write and understand English
● have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course - this will vary depending on your circumstances
● are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA)or Switzerland
● you meet the other eligibility requirements
How long it will take
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the start of your course. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.
It costs around Rs. 30,000 to apply for this visa from outside the UK. You must pay Rs. 30,000 per person for any dependants.
How long you can stay
You can arrive in the UK before your course starts:
● up to 1 week before, if your course lasts 6 months or less
● up to 1 month before, if your course lasts more than 6 months
How long you can stay depends on the kind of course you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.
What you can and can’t do
● work as a student union sabbatical officer
● apply from inside or outside the UK
● apply to extend your stay
● work - depending on what level your course is and what kind of sponsor you have
● bring in family members (dependants)
● get public funds
● work as professional sportsperson, including a sports coach.
Adjusting in England is not so difficult for an Indian student thanks to the large population of Indians residing there. The British are open-minded and feel free to express their opinions in whichever they want to. They also have a good sense of humour which may sometimes be difficult to understand. But life in general is peaceful, though the weather can sometimes be depressive.
The tuition fee for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses are between Rs. 3,00,000 to Rs. 2,00,000 per annum, with Medicine being the most expensive stream to pursue. Most universities or colleges offer hostel facilities to students. But if a student prefers to live on his or her own, then accommodation expenses ranges between Rs. 6,00,000 to Rs. 7,80,000 each year.
Here’s a list of expenses that a student may have to incur while living and studying in England:
Lodging or rent: Rs. 4,80,000 per annum
Food: Rs. 1,92,000 per annum
Transportation: Rs. 1,50,000 per annum
Leisure: Rs. 1,30,000 per annum
The above mentioned expenses vary from person to person.