Study in the UK has long been the desire of many international students in general and Vietnamese students in particular. The UK has long-standing prestigious universities, qualifications are recognized worldwide.
Why should you study in the UK?
One of the advantages of studying in the UK is the short study program. Accordingly, it only takes 3 years to get a bachelor's degree and 1 year to get a master's degree. This helps international students save time and money to own a prestigious degree at UK universities.
In addition, international students in the UK can work part-time during their studies from 20 to 40 hours/week with an income of up to £1,000/month to help students cover significant study costs. In addition, universities in the UK also offer a variety of scholarship programs with values ranging from 20% - 100% of tuition fees. Therefore, Vietnamese students in the UK can fully realize their dream of studying in the UK at an affordable cost.
In particular, from 2020, international students studying at undergraduate and master's levels in the UK have the opportunity to stay and work for up to 2 years after graduation, regardless of the number and field of study. Only doctoral students can stay up to 3 years and can bring their wives and children. This is really good news for those who want to develop their career and look for opportunities to settle down in the Land of Mist.
According to the latest information from the British government, all international students entering and graduating from the summer of 2021 will be eligible to apply for a visa to stay in the UK for 02 years. International students who enter the 2020-2021 academic year but start by distance learning are still eligible to apply for a visa to stay in the UK for two years after graduation, with the requirement that students transfer to direct learning as soon as circumstances permit.
Conditions for studying in the UK
Many students and students always wonder if the British education system is famous for its advanced quality, class and top universities, is it difficult to study in the UK, what are the requirements?
According to a survey by Theguardian, 9 in 1 people choose to study abroad, 100 person chooses to study in the UK. The country of fog is the second ranked country in the world with the most universities participating in the ranking of the XNUMX most prestigious universities (after the US) of Times Higher Education Magazine. At the same time, the UK also ranks second in the world in terms of the number of prestigious Nobel prizes (according to The Richest).
Therefore, it is not difficult to explain when every year, the UK welcomes more than 500.000 international students from all over the world to study here. Here are some conditions to study in the UK that international students need to keep in mind.
About the level of education
Unlike the Vietnamese education system, the British education system has many differences. Therefore, depending on each age, level of study and their own ability, students can choose the most suitable course for them. Conditions for studying in the UK in terms of specific educational qualifications are as follows:
- A Level or IB Program (UK High School): Students from 16 years old, completing the 10th or 11th grade program with IELTS 5.5 – 6.0.
- Pre-university program: Students complete the high school program, IELTS 5.5.
- College program (equivalent to 1st year of university): Completed grade 12 or year 1 of university/college, IELTS from 5.5.
- Bachelor program: High school graduates or completed 1st year university/college program with IELTS 6.0.
- Pre-master program: university graduates, IELTS 5.5 – 6.0 –
- Master's program: university graduates, IELTS from 6.5.
About the cost of studying abroad
Many people are often shy when it comes to the cost of studying in the UK because the standard of living and the cost of living here is quite high. However, it should also be noted that courses in this country are often shorter than in other countries. The bachelor's program lasts only 3 years and the master's program is only 1 year. This helps international students save money and time to build a career for themselves earlier than their peers.
Normally, the cost of studying in the UK is divided into two basic categories: tuition fees and living expenses. Tuition fees will vary depending on course conditions, majors and training duration. The following are the general tuition fees for courses in the UK for your reference.
- Pre-university program (1 – 4 semesters): 6.150 – 22.595 GBP/course
- A Level/IB Program (2 years): 5.250 – 23000 GBP/year
- College program (2 – 4 terms): 10.550 – 21.960 GBP/course
- Bachelor program (3 years): 7.800 – 35.000 GBP/year/
- Pre-Master's Program (1 - 3 terms): 6.000 - 16.995 GBP/course
- Master's Program (1 year): 6.950 – 30.000 GBP/year
Conditions for student visa
The UK applies a point-based visa processing system (Points-Based System). To be granted a UK student visa, students need to prove to the consulate that you have been accepted into a course at a school or training institution that has been licensed by the UK Border Agency.
In addition, students also need to provide additional evidence to prove that the family has enough financial resources to support you during your study in the UK. Students' personally identifiable information should also be provided to the British Consulate in Vietnam.
The average processing time for a UK student visa application is 3 months, however, you should prepare early in case the Consulate requires additional documents, which will make the processing time longer.
Types of UK student visas
Short-term UK student visa (short-term course or 11-month English course):
- Short-term minor student visa: issued to students 17 years of age or younger who wish to study in the UK for a maximum period of 6 months (or 12 months if the student is accompanied by an adult visitor with study or learning purposes).
- Short-stay student visa: issued to students who are 18 years of age or older and wish to study in the UK for a maximum period of 6 months. If you only study English courses, students can apply for a visa extension for up to 11 months.
Long-term student visa (a course at a college, university or other school of study that is on the UK Border Agency's list of schools that are allowed to accept international students).
- The Tier 4 Junior Student Visa is issued to students between the ages of 4 and 17. Between the ages of 4 and 15, students applying for a visa need to come to the UK and study at a paid private school.
- The Tier 4 regular student visa is for students aged 16 and over and studying a course of more than 6 months in the UK. With this type of visa, students are allowed to work part-time during their studies in accordance with the UK Border Agency.
Studying in the UK has long been branded as "successful", that prejudice has caused many worries for Vietnamese students who want to study at the high-class education of the Land of Mist. However, you do not need to worry too much, but refer to the following necessary expenses to see that studying in the UK is not a far-fetched dream:
Tuition fees for studying in the UK
This is the most significant expense that international students need to consider when budgeting to study in the UK. Tuition fees for international students, usually range from £8,000 – £28,000/year. Tuition fees can vary greatly depending on the student's choice of school as well as the course of study. Generally, majors such as the Humanities and Social Sciences are generally low-cost, while Medicine, Law, or MBA majors will have higher tuition fees.
Here are the UK tuition fees for some popular courses for your reference:
- English Program: 270 GBP/week
- GCSE Certificate (PTTH) (1 - 2 years): 24.000 - 28.000 GBP/year
- A Level Certificate (1 – 2 years): 14.000 – 28.000 GBP/year
- Pre-university (1 year): 8.000 – 23.000 GBP/year
- Transfer Bachelor (1 year): 9.000 – 14.000 GBP/year
- University (3 – 5 years): 11.000 – 25.000 GBP/year
- Postgraduate (Master) (1 – 2 years): 11.000 – 25.000 GBP/year
Scholarships are a way to help students reduce the cost of studying abroad effectively. Many universities in the UK have automatic scholarships for international students, including Vietnamese students worth from 2.000 GBP - 4.000 GBP.
Cost of living in UK
The average cost of living in the UK is around £9.135 GBP/year (~290 million VND/year) outside of London and £11.385/year in London.
- Travel costs: £45 – £120/month
- Cost of books: £60 – £80/month
- Meals: £150 – £250/month
- Other costs: £80/month
In addition to the above expenses, students can budget for other activities such as entertainment, shopping, sports, travel, etc. during their study in the UK.
Cost of accommodation in the UK
The cost of housing in the UK ranges from 250 – 500GBP/month, house prices also depend on the city and type of house that students rent, specifically:
- Dormitory: £400 – 700 GBP/month (including electricity, water, gas, internet, television ..)
- Homestay: £500 – GBP 700/month
- Rent: £250 – 650 GBP/month
Admission application fee
Most schools in the UK do not charge an application fee, only a few Russell Group schools will charge a fee of 25 GBP - 60 GBP.
The fee for translating documents for a UK student visa ranges from 500.000 VND to 1.500.000 VND.
Students enrolled in courses of less than 6 months do not need to purchase health insurance. For courses of 6 months or more, students need to buy insurance at a cost of 610 USD for 12 months.
International students will be able to use the same free health policies as natives according to the National Health Service in the UK (NHS). Particularly for some diseases related to eyes, teeth, or serious disease treatment, you still have to pay part of the hospital fee.
Health care costs
The cost of a general health check-up to study in the UK averages about $105 USD.
UK student visa application fee
The cost of applying for a UK student visa is about $560 USD, or $860 USD if students need an urgent visa (the fee can go up and down according to the exchange rate and change of the Consulate)
Universities in the UK always have scholarships to support international students. Here are some outstanding scholarships in the UK:
Rhodes Global Scholarship – University of Oxford
It is one of the oldest and most prestigious scholarships in the world. There are 2 scholarships for the 2 best candidates globally. The scholarship is for two years of study at the university, covering Oxford University (and College) tuition fees and an annual stipend of around £2 (equivalent to £15,900/month) to cover living expenses. activity, place to live.
In addition, the Rhodes Trust will also cover the costs necessary to enroll students at Oxford University, including fees for Tier 4 student visas and the International Health Supplement (IHS), for allows international students to access the UK's National Health Service. The scholarship also covers the cost of two economy class flights – to and from the UK when students start and finish their studies at the University of Oxford.
International Postgraduate Part Fee Scholarship – University of Westminster
The University of Westminster offers 70 scholarships to international students who wish to pursue a Master's program in any of its disciplines. The scholarship is worth £2,000 each and is awarded to candidates with a minimum qualification equivalent to Upper second class honors (2:1). In addition, academic qualifications and personal essays are also considered by the Council to award scholarships to candidates.
Transform Together Scholarships – Sheffield Hallam University
The Transform Together Scholarships are available to international students who wish to study and research full-time across disciplines at Sheffield Hallam University. The scholarship covers 50% of tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the first year of study.
To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, students need to be accepted for admission to a university course. Scholarships are awarded to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and demonstrated how they will serve as ambassadors for Sheffield Hallam University during and after their studies.
The deadline to apply for Transform Together Scholarships – Sheffield Hallam University is 31 May each year for the September term and November 5 for the following January.
Scholarship for International Students – University of West England
The University of West England has an annual scholarship fund for international students worth more than £100.000. Different scholarships are granted to students depending on the level of study, major as well as student's achievements. Here are some typical scholarships at the University of West England for international students.
- Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship: 170 scholarships, worth 50% of the tuition fee, are awarded to students who were previously UWE Bristol students and wish to pursue a graduate program at the university.
- Millennium Scholarship: 01 scholarship worth 50% of the tuition fee per academic year, for students who wish to study a graduate program at the university. The scholarship also allows students the opportunity to participate in internships working in the International Office or other departments of the university and participate in ambassadorial activities for the University of West England for the duration of the course.
- Chancellor's Scholarship: Similar to the Millennium Scholarship, 01 Chancellor's scholarship worth 50% of the tuition fee is available to foreign students studying at postgraduate level and wishing to participate in an internship at the university.
Chancellors International and EU Scholarships – University of Sussex
The University of Sussex offers 60 Chancellor's international scholarships to international and EU students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The scholarship is worth £5.000 each and is awarded based on the student's academic performance and potential. To apply for a scholarship, students need to receive an offer from Sussex and complete a separate online scholarship application form.
International scholarships – Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University offers a variety of scholarships to international students looking to study undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the university. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to become student ambassadors, or appear in online or print marketing materials for the University. In 2020, Nottingham Trent University awarded 590 scholarships to students from 85 countries.
To be considered for a scholarship, students need to receive an offer from the school before applying for the scholarship.
Undergraduate scholarships for September 9 intake:
- International Scholarships: 2.000 GBP
- International Merit Scholarships: 3.000 GBP
- Undergraduate Bachelors Scholarships: 50% of the first year tuition fee, GBP 2.000 for subsequent years of study.
- Undergraduate Scholarships: 2.000 GBP per academic year
Graduate scholarships for September 9 intake:
- International Scholarships: 2.000 GBP
- International Merit Scholarships: 3.000 GBP
- Postgraduate Masters Scholarships: 25% or 50% of tuition fees
- Vietnam Scholarships: 4.000 GBP (scholarships for Vietnamese students only)
The deadline to apply for the Nottingham Trent University scholarships is June 30 for the fall semester in September and November 6 for the spring semester in January.
Glasgow International Leadership Scholarships – University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow's 70 International Leadership Scholarships are available to international and EU (non-UK) students who wish to pursue a Master's program at the university. The scholarship amount is 10.000 GBP which is deducted from the student's tuition fees.
Scholarships are automatically considered based on academic performance when students receive an offer of admission from the school.