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Study in UK

Let’s try to understand, why Indian students desire to study in UK and how it has turned into one among the top study destinations. The universities & colleges have their roots linked from 12th and 13th centuries.

The United Kingdom(UK) is entitled as home of the world’s oldest universities

The United Kingdom (UK) is. Coming from such a strong legacy, education in the UK has become a benchmark for other countries.

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Student visa requirements for the UK

For detailed information, please visit the Gov.UK website

Type of student visa

Who it’s for

When to apply Arrival in the UK

Tier 4 (General)

student visa

  • Students aged 16 or over who have been offered a place in a course at a UK educational institution with a valid Tier 4 sponsor


  • Three months before the start of your course Up to one week before if your course lasts six months or fewer.


  • Up to one month before if your course lasts more than six months

Short-term study visa

  • Students who have offered a place in a short-term course in the UK, such as an English language course or training course


  • Three months before your date of travel to the UK Depends on your nominated travel dates

Cost to study in the UK

Your expenditure on tuition fees depends on the type of qualification and university or school you opt for. There are many high-ranking universities and colleges in the UK with their own fee structures. Here’s the basic cost of studying.


Study Program

Average fee (in Euros*)


Undergraduate bachelor’s degree

GBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000 per year


Postgraduate master's degree

GBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000 per year


Doctoral degree

GBP 15,000 to GBP 24,000 per year

*Please note that: all figures are indicative and PhD costs might differ as fully funded options are also available in the UK

If you want to bring down your educational expenses, it is best to apply to various scholarships available for Indian students.

Scholarships to study in the UK

The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures.

Here are some popular government scholarship programs you can apply to study in the UK as an Indian student:


Study Program

Average fee (in Euros*)


Chevening Scholarship

Supports talented professionals who have shown prior leadership skills and exceptional performance in their respective fields. With Chevening, you can apply for a scholarship or fellowship, the selection of which is done by the high commission and British embassies.


Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

The commonwealth scholarship aims to give international students from commonwealth countries a chance to pursue postgraduate degrees in the UK. Basically, the scholarship scheme caters to students from commonwealth nations to study in the UK.


GREAT Scholarship

This scholarship is jointly funded by the UK Government’s GREAT Britain Campaign and the British Council under the Study UK campaign. This program includes 99 postgraduate scholarships from 36 UK universities in a variety of subjects. However, for Indian students, 12 of the UK higher education institutions are offering 13 postgraduate scholarships.


Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships (CWIT)

Charles Wallace India trust scholarships (CWIT) is the scholarship fund of Charles Wallace India Trust that provides grants to Indian students currently living in India in the early or middle stages of their career and either working or studying in the heritage conservation, arts, or humanities.


Scotland Saltire Scholarships

Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships is a scholarship program of the Scottish Government in collaboration with Scottish universities offered in the areas of creative industries, technology, science, medical sciences, healthcare, and renewable and clean energy

Intakes in the UK

Colleges and universities in the UK offer two major intakes, but few of the universities also offer summer intakes.
Intakes Duration

Autumn/Fall intake

Autumn/Fall intake September to December

Spring intake

January to April

Summer intake

April to June

Top courses to study in the UK

With world-class universities and experienced faculties, and multiple opportunities in different fields, the UK is a top choice among international students. Know all the popular courses of UK universities so you can make the best of your career choice

Business management

Engineering and technology



Social Sciences

Media and communication

Top universities to study in the UK

When deciding which university to study at, it is crucial that you also look at the world university rankings. This helps you compare and understand where a university ranks and how your desired institution fares on the global map. Here are the top UK universities according to QS World University Rankings 2023


QS Ranking 2023 (Globally)


University of Oxford



University of Cambridge



Imperial College London



Imperial College London



The University of Edinburgh



The University of Manchester



King's College London



London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)



The University of Warwick



University of Bristol


Check where these UK universities rank on the Times Higher Education charts.

Job prospects in UK

The UK is a hub of opportunities for international students. According to the data from the World Bank, the UK is the 5th largest economy in the world, which makes it a perfect place for building a successful career.

Highest paying degrees in the UK

With a huge job market, UK universities offer some popular degree courses that are in demand in the job market, and professionals in the fields are paid well. Here are the highest-paying degrees in the UK.




Executive MBA


Masters in finance





Popular sectors with job opportunities in the UK

There are various career opportunities post-graduation for international students studying in the UK. Here are the popular fields you can opt for higher education:

Technology and telecom

Public sector and education

Consumer goods


Consulting and professional services

Retail and trade


Law Pharmaceuticals & Biotech Health care

Health care

Financial services

Energy, Mining, Chemicals, Environmental

Energy, Mining, Chemicals, Environmental

Media and communication

Transportation and logistics

Media and communication Transportation and logistics Apps, web, and e-commerce

Service, tourism, restaurants

Charity and not profit

Sports, culture, and recreation

Cost of living in the UK

Here’s a list of the minimum monthly amount you should expect for living expenses in the UK:


Monthly cost

Bills (electric/ gas/ water)

Public sector and education

Food and housekeeping

£140 - £220

TV license (mandatory with TV or watching BBC online)

£12.56 (or £150.50 per year)

Mobile phone

£15 - £40

Clothes and shoes


Leisure and sports (calculated on membership for the students’ sports centre)

£10 - £25

Books and stationery




Travel and transport (based on the monthly cost of a student bus pass)


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