World Study in United Kingdom

Why Study in the UK 

Admission Criteria for the UK Universities for Pakistani Students

UK Study Visa Types and Requirements for Pakistani Students 

Estimated Study and Living Cost for Pakistani Students in UK 

UK PR and Citizenship Requirements for International Students Including Pakistan 

 

Why Study In The UK

Out of the top study abroad destinations in the world, the UK is considered as the one that offers international students a wide range of study programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels of education. According to 2018 statistics, there were 458,490 international students enrolled in several UK universities for various study programs. Out of them, 14% of students were enrolled for undergraduate studies in the UK and 35% of students were enrolled for postgraduate studies in the UK. All the international students are collectively cover 19.6% of the whole of the population of the UK.

Moreover, the UK offers almost all the study programs, and UK universities are worldwide renowned universities and are well-known in offering quality education. At the same time, the UK offers a unique culture and living style to international students. International students, in order to cope with their living expenses there, are also provided part-time employment opportunities in the UK. Moreover, the UK also assists students in searching for the best career opportunities in the UK after the completion of their studies. 

    

Admission Criteria For The UK Universities for Pakistani Students

The following is the complete detail of the admission requirements in UK universities for various study programs:

Undergraduate Requirements

Postgraduate Requirements

Ph.D. Requirements

A higher secondary school certificate from a recognized institute is required

An undergraduate degree in the relevant study program from a recognized institute is required

A masters’ degree in the relevant field with the required grades is mandatory. The grades requirement may differ from institute to institute

Applicants will submit a personal statement that why they are willing to apply for study in the UK

The personal statement is mandatory for masters’ programs in the UK.

A language clearance certificate is required. Applicants can show any certificate from IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, and CPE.

English Language Proficiency certificate such as IELTS and TOEFL is required. For IELTS minimum of 6.5 bands are required. For TOEFL minimum of 90 scores are required. However, the requirement may differ from institute to institute

English Language Proficiency proof is also mandatory. Applicants can show IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE certificate with required scores. 

Proof of funding for studies and living is required to show

Other documents such as recent photographs, valid passport, and all the previous academic certificates are required. 

Most of the universities are also asked for the letters of recommendations

Applicants would be called to appear for interview

Applicants are asked to show the proof of funding during their stay in the UK

Some other documents including a recent photo, a valid passport, and academic certificates are required to submit. 

Working experience in the relevant field or area of the subject is required.

 

Applicants are also asked to show relevant working experience in their fields or areas of education.

All the previous academic certificates are required.

 

It is mandatory to show proof of funding for living in the UK

 

 

The UK Study Visa Types and Requirements

Generally, there are two types of UK student visas exist and these are listed below:

1.       Short Term Study Visa 

This visa is issued to the students who are going to peruse short study courses in the UK. The visa is valid for 06 months or 11 months according to the course duration. 

The following are the general requirements that the applicants have to fulfill while submitting their short term UK student visa application:

  • Acceptance letter or admission letter for a short course from a recognized institute.

  • Proof of funding for studies and living in the UK.

  • Applicants are required to pay for a return journey.

  • A current and valid passport is required.

  • Bank statement or payslips is mandatory.

  • Detail of travel plan is required.

  • The medical test may also be required (it depends upon your country of residence).

Short Term UK Study Visa Fee: £93 is the fee for a 6-month visa and £179 is the fee for the 11-month option.    

2.       Tier 4 (General) UK Student Visa

International students who get enrolled for full-time study programs are provided Tier 4 (General) student visa to complete their studies. The visa is valid as far as the study program is completed by the students. 

The following are the general requirements that the applicants have to fulfill while submitting their Tier 4 (General) UK student visa application:

  • Acceptance letter from a recognized university.

  • Proof of English language proficiency.

  • Proof of funding to spend on the study as well as living expenses in the UK.

  • A valid passport is mandatory.

Tier 4 (General) UK Student Visa Fee: £335 is the visa fee.

 

Study and Living Cost In The UK

Through the following chart one can easily assess the study costs in the UK:

Study Program

Tuition Fee

Undergraduate Study Program

£10,000 to £38,000

Graduate Study Program

£7,000 to £10,000

Ph.D. Study Program

£18,000

 

Through the following chart one can easily assess the living costs in the UK:

Items/Categories

Costs

Public Transport

£60 to £70 monthly

On-Campus Accommodation

£85 to £220 weekly

Off-Campus Accommodation

£150 to £280 weekly

Grocery Items

Around £400 monthly

Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, and Garbage bills

£150 to £200 monthly

Mobile and Internet

£30 to £50 monthly

Entertainment

£100 to £500 monthly depends upon your mode of entertainment

Pair Of Jeans

Around £60

Pair Of Shoes

Around £60

Fitness Club

Around £30 monthly

 

UK PR & Citizenship Detail for Pakistani Students 

The UK Permanent Residence

The following is the detail of the UK Permanent Residence status:

Who Is Eligible For The UK PR?

  • Qualified persons including self-employed, workers, students, and self-sufficient are eligible.

  • Family members of EEA citizens are eligible.

What Documents Are Required?

  • A current and valid passport

  • 02 passport size colored photographs

  • Some other documents would be required based on your relationship status in the UK. 

  • Biometric is required and applicants have to pay £19.20 as a biometric fee.

How To Apply?  

Applicants would submit an online application to the government official site. 

The UK PR Fee: It costs £65 for a single applicant.

 

UK Citizenship

The following is the detail of the UK Citizenship status:

Who Is Eligible For The UK Citizenship?

  • If you are a spouse of the UK person and are living for the last 03 years then you are eligible.

  • Applicants who are living for the last 05 years are eligible.

  • Applicants have British parents are eligible.

  • Applicants with another type of British nationality are eligible.

  • Stateless applicants are also eligible.

  • Applicants who previously gave up their citizenship are eligible.  

What Documents Are Required?

Proof or evidence of the category for which you are going to apply.

How To Apply? 

Applicants are asked to make an online appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point.

The UK Citizenship Application Fee: Fee varies from category to category.

 

 

The United Kingdom has world’s top universities and colleges due to its strongest, modern, and upgraded educational system. All rules and regulations regarding education are under the Department of education and Department of business, innovation and skills. Later on the implementation at regional level is the responsibility of local authorities.

In UK education system has specific division in main four categories which includes the age limit.UK Educational System

Nursery – Age 3-4: The pre-school education in UK is for early childhood which is also known as FS1 (Foundation Stage1). This separation of education for children makes it more specialize according to their needs.

       

 

Primary – Age 4-11: After nursery school education the next step ahead is Primary level which is also called Elementary education. Students are taught here at this level with curriculum specified by local GOVT. Here it is divided in further categories according to age.

  1.             Key stage 1(age 5–6)
  2.             Key stage 2 (age 7–11)

After completing 6 years of primary education students are required to pass out the national test of reading and mathematics which is also called SAT.

Secondary – Age 11-18: It is 6 years education which is the second level of specialized study after primary education level.

Tertiary – Age 18+: As the name and age limit shows that this level consist of education of universities and colleges depending upon the student’s selected field and career.

United Kingdom is known for its high quality education, diverse number of courses available to students and an overall academic experience which allows any individual to adjust in within no time as United Kingdom is known for its multicultural society. Once an applicant has been successful in securing an admission in a chosen university the next step is to obtain a student visa which has its own set of specific requirements which a student is required to fulfill. If the applicant is enrolling for a part time course there is no need for a student visa.

How Pakistani Students can get a Student Visa?

The eligibility pertaining to the student visa is calculated by a points based system called a Tier 4 Student Visa. An individual needs 40 points to apply for a student visa which is achieved through the following steps.

  • Deciding on a course

In order to start the process of a visa an applicant needs to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies from a university which is authorized by UK Visa and Immigration .All of these universities are on Tier 4 Sponsor List which equals to 30 points in total.

  • Funding 

Further on one needs to provide the evidence that they have the ability to bear the tuition costs along with their monthly living costs. This bears ten points. 

The students need to show that the expenses of living in London can be borne by the student whether it is within London or near the country side of London. In addition to this, the Tier 4 Visa applies to those students who are studying in London which includes studying in University of London or institutions which are partially located in London or areas like Surrey, Essex which are located at the border of the London.

  • Visa Application 

In order to submit a Tier 4 Visa Application form an applicant needs to access the online application form through the UK Visa and Immigration website. It is mandatory for all of the International students to submit the form for visa application online. Subsequent to this, the applicant’s photograph and fingerprints often known as biometric verification are taken at the center.

  • Immigration Health Service Charge 

It is compulsory for all of the international students who intend to live in UK for a period longer than six months to pay a certain fee known as health surcharge so that an open access to the UK’s medical facility is provided. The health Surcharge is £150 in a year or £75 for the duration of six months or shorter than that to be payable at the time of submitting the visa application online.

Cost of the Tier 4 Visa

  • In case the applicant is applying outside UK the cost of Visa Application is £335 in addition with the health surcharge. 

  • If the applicant is already in United Kingdom they can apply for a standard service which costs £457 while for priority service it will cost £916 and for the premium service the cost will be £1047 in addition with the health surcharge. 

When should the Tier 4 Visa be applied?

  • The student should apply the Tier 4 Visa once an offer is made through Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the university in which the student has applied. Thus, it is mandatory that such offer is received prior to the application for visa is made.

  • An application for the visa can be made three months before the starting date of the course of the applicant. On average an applicant who has secured the admission in a university will receive the CAS three months before the starting of the course. 

The assistance portal 

  • In case the applicant’s foresee any sort of confusion in relation to the visa application they can seek the assistance of universities who are equipped with experts on handling the Tier 4 Student Visa process. 

 

One most important thing which needs to be considered is the fee structure. You are required to set a complete plan about how you will pay your fee. If you need of a student loan DON’T worry at all. Because special Student Loan companies give you loan which you will have to start re-paying right after completing you graduation course.

Many students are may be disturbed after hearing about the latest changes of in rules of universities. Don’t get stress because system is designed in the way that students will not have to pay during studies.

So, students can get loan easily for their studies which they will have to return only when they will start earn £21,000/ year. Students are charged with 9% interest on loan from getting first payment to till you return the loan.

There are also loans to pay your living expense along with tuition fee. These loans are Maintenance loans.

All loans are offered by Government through Student Loan Company (SLC), which is a non–departmental public body. Mostly two requirements are considered for load, first is personal eligibility and second one is course/institute eligibility.

Besides tuition fee don't forget to plan for the other funds that can be  enrollment fee, health insurance, library fee, and any tour expense etc

Another best option to meet the expense of study is to get Scholarship. Every university/college is offering a number of scholarships, so students can try to get the scholarship for which they are eligible.

Study in UK has always been most advance on the planet Earth. For centuries, they have been working for development of Education and Research. They have some of the most ancient and top educational institutes in world. UK is also ranked 2nd Best Country for Higher Education of 2016.

[Here see the Best countries for Higher Education and their Ranks]

Fees in each institute vary according to the nature of study and what is the duration of the study. Here is an average fee ranges that are charged in UK:

Undergraduate course fees:

  1. Foundation courses: £4,000 to £12,000

  2. Arts courses: £7,000 to £9,000

  3. Science courses:  £7,500 to £22,000

  4. Clinical courses: £10,000 to £25,000

Postgraduate course fees:

  1. Arts and humanities courses: £7,000 to £12,000

  2. Science courses: £7,500 to £25,000 

  3. Clinical courses: £10,000 to £33,000

  4. MBA: £4,000 to more than £34,000

Whereas English Language course fees depends on the type of the course. An average cost of English language course can be £200 to 1,000, whereas some non-accredited English language courses may offer at low cost. But quality does matter a lot, so get detailed information regarding high quality accredited course from British Council.

Fees for international student can be 8,000 to over 28,000 per year. Its average cost, but more specific cost can be round about the average cost. Some universities may ask for additional fee for English Language tuition, whereas some may don’t feel it necessary for you.

 

Subject

Tuition Fees

Arts, Humanities
£ 7,000 to £ 10,000 per year
Engineering / Science
£ 8,500 to £ 13,500 per year
Business
£ 8,000 to £ 16,500 per year

 

 

Thinking of an ideal destination to pursue your further studies, well your search ends here. United Kingdom is one of the most popular destinations when it comes to pursuing higher education whether it is for undergraduate or postgraduate. Undoubtedly, this is so due to the following reasons:

  • A hub of world class institutions  

United Kingdom is home to number of world class institutions which are known for their high quality education and an astounding quality of lecturers and professor’s imparting knowledge to the students.

  • Home to the legacy of education 

One of the biggest names in education are located here which are considered pioneer in education due to the importance that is laid on the standard of education by these institutions. The two of these prime institutions are Cambridge and Oxford University.

  • Better work opportunities

Any international student in UK is allowed to work for 20 hours in a week and secure a job after they have graduated from the university. It is an unsettled fact that the job opportunities in United Kingdom are broad enough that a graduate can pave a way to secure a reasonable job enabling them to build their desired career.

  • A part of a multicultural society 

Studying in United Kingdom is an interesting experience for all of the international applicants as it allows an individual to dive into the multi-cultural society of it as every university compromise of an individual’s flying from the different parts of the world to gain higher studies. Thus, it would not be wrong to say that this multi-cultural society allows an individual to gain an immense amount of exposure.

  • Better standard of living 

One of the biggest drive apart from gaining higher education which forces an individual to step into United Kingdom is to attain a better standard of living.

  • Building a successful future

All of the degrees earned from these institutions provides a competitive edge not only in UK but all over the world enabling the individuals to not only score a good job but also build a successful future whether in UK or outside UK.

  • Grant of Scholarships and lower education costs

One of the biggest hurdle that one can face in studying abroad is bearing the cost of it. United Kingdom is one of that country which provides wide number of scholarships especially for internal students. In addition to this the cost of education in United Kingdom is lower than that of US and other countries along with taking less time to complete the degree too in comparison to US and other countries.

  • Reroute to Europe 

To all of the international students one of the biggest advantage is the fact that access to Europe through UK is the easiest and cheapest to do so. It provides an ideal gateway to students to unwind as Europe is few hours away UK by train or direct flight.

Conclusively, in light of all of the abovementioned points it is of no surprise that there is a large influx of international students into the UK’s universities for undergraduate and master’s program.

 

UNDERGRADUATE

  • 13- Years of education is obligatory for direct entry to year-1 of Undergraduate degree
  • 65% and more than for humanities in FSC, 70 - 80% and above for Science, Commerce, Engineering in FSC.
  • 2nd class could also be considered by some Universities if there is some additional qualification / experience.
  • Completed / will complete 18 years of age before joining a degree program.
 

POSTGRADUATE

  • 16- Years of education required for direct entry to a postgraduate degree.
  • 60% and above in 1st degree is required by most of the Universities for Masters and Research courses.
  • Some may even take students at 55% and above in the 1st degree.
  • GMAT scores ranging 500 - 650 by many Universities for Management Programs if required.
  • Working experience should be of at least 1 - 3 years . it required after completion of 1st degree by many Universities for Management Programs (MBA). The same way vary from University to University
  • For Management Programs (MBA), some Universities have a minimum entry age of 25 years.
 

ENGLISH REQUIREMENT

  • IELTS minimum score of 6.5 for Postgraduate and 6.0 for Undergraduate Studies.
  • TOEFL score of 237 for Postgraduate and 223 for Undergraduate Studies.
  • Exemption is possible, if University can access the candidate English skills (conditions apply).
 

For International students, admission to foreign country’s university can be very competitive. Each university/ department has its own admission requirements depending upon the field of study selected. Successful admission for International students to a top UK school requires preparation & research.

You should first visit the official website of the university you selected to see if they have any specific requirement form you.

Forms for all UK Universitiesare submitted through UCAS (Universities and College Admission Service) . UCAS is an online service where you go to fill a form and that is then sent to that particular university you selected.


Just Five Easy Steps:

  • Registration
  • Select a Course
  • Select a University
  • Fill Application Form
  • Submit and Wait for Replies

SANDWICH AND FOUNDATION PROGRAMS:

  • Sandwich programs are made up of a combination of periods of study and time spent in industry. So the course duration extends to 4 years instead of the usual 3 years.
  • Foundation programs are of 1 year duration and are generally tailored for students as an alternative route to bridge between one's own qualification and which is required for entry for a degree program in a university/college.

Deadline:

  • You can submit your form to UCAS between 1 September and 30 June in the year before the academic year that studies begin.
  • It is recommended to apply as soon as possible before 30 June just to be sure that places are still available.
  • Certain Universities have deadlines. Most Universities do not have deadlines but it is advised to apply at least 6/8 months in advance (especially if applying to a Popular University).
  • For further detail about deadline of UCAS click Here.

Required Documents

Following are the documents that will be required in the further procedure.

Undergraduate

  • Passport Copy
  • Bachelor Certificate.
  • Bachelor Transcripts
  • Recommendations (3) Work Experience letter ( If available)
  • CV/Resume (If available)
  • Bank Certificate

Postgraduate

  • Passport Copy
  • Bachelor Certificate.
  • Bachelor Transcripts
  • Recommendations
  • Work Experience Letter
  • CV/ Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Bank Certificate

English Requirement

If you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa , you must meet the English language level set by your chosen institution (your college or university). This means that your institution can issue you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) , which is required for your visa application.

This is a full guide to Get a UK Student Visa that includes all necessary easily understandable information step by step. Before you apply for a visa, you must be accepted and approved by the university or program you applied for. If you are not then I recommend you read How to apply for Study in UK guide first.

If you are confused about which institute to choose then read the guide UK Top Colleges and Universities for help.

When you are accepted then that institute will give the approval documentation to be submitted when you apply for a student visa. If you have decided to study abroad at UK then you will need to know about the types of visa.


What Visa do you need?

Short Term Student Visa

You can apply on the off chance that you are matured 18 or over, and you need to study in the UK for only up to six months. On the off chance that you need to join an English dialect course, you can apply for a stretched out visa to stay for up to 11 months.

Here is a link for complete details on Short Term Student Visa

Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa

You can apply on the off chance that you are somewhere around 4 and 17 years of age. In the event that you are somewhere around 4 and 15 years of age, you should go to the UK to be taught at an independent, expense paying school.

Here is a link for complete details on Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa.

Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

You can apply on the off chance that you need to examine in the UK and you are matured 16 or over, and meet certain qualification prerequisites like:

  • An offered place on a course in some institution.
  • You must be able to pay your own expenses and support yourself.

You will apply for this Visa if you are going for Undergraduate or Postgraduate Education. Here is a link for complete details on Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.

Before You Apply for UK Visa

  • Check what Visa you need from above guide.
  • Check and collect Required Documents written below.
  • Get a tuberculosis (TB) test (click the link for details).

How to Apply for UK Visa

  • Fill in the Application Form in English. You will have to first Register at UK Visas and Immigration.
  • Pay Visa Fees. Visa fees may be online or you may have to pay when you got to Visa Application Center. See the table below for complete Visa Fee detail.
  • Print out your form.
  • Call for an Appointment at a Visa Application Centre.
  • You must book and attend an appointment at the Visa Application Centre. You can book an Online Appointment here.
  • Here are UK Visa Application Centers in Pakistan with their Address, Phone Numbers and Maps.
  • Prepare for Interview! Here are some UK Student Visa Interview Questions and tips.
  • When you arrive at the Visa Application Centre you will collect a token. Wait until your token is called to make your application.
  • Bring your appointment letter and application pack (required documents given below,
  • evidence that you have paid your application fee
  • Your visa application along with all the necessary documents will be accepted and placed to Entry Clearance Officer for decision.
  • After all this, a biometric test will also be taken which includes your photographs and finger prints.
  • After a decision has been made your documents will be available for you to pick them up in person from the visa application Centre. Collect your documents in person at the Visa Application Centre.
  • If there something is wrong with your Visa or procedure, speak to staff at the Visa Application Centre or you can contact UK Visas and Immigration’s Contact Centre.

Short Term Study of UK:

Visa Type Visa Application Fee
Short-term study (up to 6 months) 13,350 PKR
Short-term study - To study English Language 25,500 PKR

Special Visitors -Child Visitors of UK

Visa Type Visa Application Fee
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry) 13,050 PKR
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years) 49,500 PKR
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years) 90,000 PKR
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years) 112,800 PKR

Tier 4 of UK

Visa Type Visa Application Fee
Student applicant and dependents 49,200 PKR

Required Documents to Get the Visa for UK:

  • Original passport with copy(s)
  • Passport should be valid for next six months at least.
  • Original Identity Card (ID) along with copy(s).
  • Acceptance letter and its copy(s) by one of Universities of UK (where you applied) which is approved by UK border agency.
  • University will issue a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) after paying a specified (varies according to university rules) percentage of fee.
  • Don’t forget to take the receipt of fee and its copy(s), that you have paid university/college/institute.
  • Bank statements and their copy(s) will be required to show that you have enough money to study abroad and you can meet you expense of living too.
  • Passport size recent photographs.
  • Your digital photograph must be taken with full face and
  • Without sunglasses or tinted spectacles.
  • Without head covering unless it is worn for religious or medical reasons.
  • Your face should be clearly visible with no hair across the eyes.
  • Here is a good Photograph requirements:
  • Evidence of English Language qualifications. Original IELTS/TOEFL score report.
  • Original educational and non–educational documents should be attested by IBCC and HEC.
  • TB Test result will be required.
  • Here is a Document Check List to fill and bring it with you at Visa Application Center.

Caution:

Do not present false documents. Fraud or misrepresentation can result in permanent visa ineligibility. If confidentiality is a concern, please know that the British Embassy or Consulate will not make your true information available to anyone and will respect the confidentiality of your information.

It is of no surprise that large number of students after or during studying choose to work or settle in UK after the Graduation due to lot of reasons which includes higher standard of living and increased opportunities of growth in career of an individual.

Working while studying 

Most of the students do choose to work along with studying as it can be one of the most lucrative ways to earn a handful amount of money along with gaining relevant experience. This facilitates the students to earn the least amount of minimum wage. Though, it does not help to clear all of the costs of studying but it does help to lay off the burden to a certain extent.

Maximum amount of hours to be worked 

A student is allowed to work twenty hours in a week in the course of their studies while in their holidays they are allowed to work round the clock enabling them to support themselves. However, the perquisite for this is that the student is enrolled in a degree level course in UK for a period which is longer than six months. The university or college should be one of the recognized bodies and one of the accredited university.

The restrictions imposed by the Law 

Tier 4 is the only visa which allows the students to work for certain number of hours which are already set beforehand. Thus, if one intends to study and work in United Kingdom simultaneously they should make sure to obtain the Tier 4 Visa which allows them to do so.

In the pursuit of a job 

The starting point when searching for part time work should be their school or program as they are inevitably equipped with numerous internships and work placement programs. The school’s career office or counselor after being contacted by the students will strive to find an availability in the relevant program for them to join.  The students can also look for career related positions at different sites such   as National Careers Service, Student Job, The Careers Group and Employment 4 Students. There are number of other ways through which a student can find a suitable job which includes:

  • The students should look at other resources from where they can land a job such as any job advertisements placed around in the campus or any job advertisements in the newspapers.

  • The students can also contact the relevant companies looking for staff or people to recruit through the openings published in Education UK website.

Advantages of working while studying 

  • Large number of students choose to work while studying due to the added benefits of it which includes securing a source of income in the course of studying which can be utilized to bear the expenses other than those that of studying.

  • It also adds one more experience in the student’s resume no matter what job the student decides to undertake.

Disadvantages of working while studying 

  • While there is undoubtedly a bright side in working while as it helps to meet the ends but like everything it has its downside too which are the following:  

  • Sometimes in a rush to earn a reasonable amount one signs up for jobs without realizing that it is not an easy task to manage studies and work and there is a possibility that it bears a negative impact on the studies.

  • Obtaining an international degree is a dainty task thus combining work with it can lead to an increased amount of stress and exhaustion which can prove to be detrimental for a student later on. 

Post-Graduation Work Opportunities 

Once a student has graduated he has a pool of options to work and choose from ranging from paid employment with minimum level of salary as required by the visa structure. The recent visa requirements that are being proposed by the UK universities offers the student’s to work in UK for the period of two years after they have graduated without any restriction in terms of the Designation and Salary.

Moreover, a graduate can avail the help of certain sites such as Prospects which provides Graduate’s Level Internships and Jobs and Graduate Talent Pool.

Documents which are pivotal to the recruitment process

There are certain steps which are inevitable for a graduate in the course of a recruitment process which includes the following:

  • Filling the Application form Online 

An applicant is required to fill out the personal details, educational background and professional experience along with listing the reason to work in a specific company.

  • CV and Covering Letter 

Almost all of the Companies while recruiting the applicant requests to submit the CV and Covering Letter.

  • Telephonic or Video Interview 

Once an applicant is shortlisted for a certain job position they are called for a telephonic or a video interview in which the employer analyzes the applicant’s skills and passion for the relevant job.

Options available for International Students to stay in UK after graduation.

It is a well settled law that once the international students have graduated they have four years after they have finished their degree to find a reasonable job in order to stay in UK. 

In order to stay in UK and work after graduating the applicant’s need to apply for Tier 2 Visa for which an applicant needs to fulfill the following requirements:

  • An individual has a job offering by an Employer who will sponsor Tier 2 Visa.

  • The individual must has a job which pays at least 20,800 pounds

  • The individual must have a saving of 945 pounds to show 

It is evident that finding a suitable job after graduation can be an exhausting task for anyone along with being a frustrating one. In light of this following following certain guidelines can aid to ease the difficult task of finding a suitable job which are the following:

  • The graduates should apply for the job as early as possible preferably during the final year as all of the companies takes a considerable period of time in the recruitment.

  • The applicant should inquire into the fact that the prospective employer is a registered UK employer who can sponsor a Tier 2 Visa for an applicant in case they are offered the job.

  • In case one is rejected in finding their dream job it shouldn’t lead to demotivation as securing any job equals to stepping a foot towards a bright future.

  • The graduate should utilize the services such as university careers service and explore international student focused careers. The network can be expanded by being a part of the alumni networks and exchange the tips from those who are already working in UK. 

  • In case the graduate is unsuccessful to land a job they should always have a backup plan at their home country for the purposes of which there are certain websites such as Grad Link UK. 

Thus, it would not be wrong to say that securing a bright future in UK for an international student and a graduate is both challenging and a rewarding task. However, despite of the fact that the road is tough but the fruits to it are worth the difficulties faced by an individual as they are able to secure a promising and a brighter future for themselves. 

 

 

United Kingdom is one of the most popular destinations to which large number of aspiring students fly in order to gain higher and complex education. However, in doing so there are certain expenses that have to be incurred by the student before the education is commenced on. It is mandatory that a student can bear all of those expenses in order to gain an astounding level of education.

Accommodation and living costs for the students pursuing education in United Kingdom 

United Kingdom is known as the pioneer of the world class education though the tuition costs are drastically lower in United Kingdom but the accommodation and living costs are considerably high and one of the biggest hurdle that students face while pursuing their education.

The accommodation and living cots to be borne by an international student fall in the following range:

  • The average cost of accommodation and living in United Kingdom for a year including the tuition would fall around to be $33,000 to $42,500. However, this would be dependent on the program that the student intends to study and the location of the residence. 

Categories of Accommodation and Living which the students can avail

The students have number of options to choose from when it comes to accommodation which are the following:

  • On Campus Dormitories

  • Private Dorms 

  • Apartments 

  • Renting rooms in private houses 

On Campus Accommodation

This type of accommodation is granted to the first year students who apply for the accommodation within the deadline. The students of undergraduate and postgraduate programs have to apply for the accommodation which will vary between the range of $85- $220 in a week including the bills.    

Private Dorms 

If a student intends for more amount of privacy they can choose the private dorms which costs on average 168 pounds in a week. The cost of a room is going to be dependent on the location as in the Private Halls of Residence in London will cost around about 145 pounds while  in the Central London it will cost 280 pounds. One of the reason students choose to study outside London is due to the high costs of living that the students have to bear. A drastic difference is evident from the fact that a room in a shared house will cost 90 pounds.

Apartments 

Private Apartments are such that are chosen by large number of students the costs of which vary on the type of apartment and the locality where it is located. The complete living costs will fall in the range of $16,000 to $20,500 in a year which is inclusive of accommodation, food, syllabus books, transportation and going out depending on the manner in which the student is living. 

Renting Rooms in Private Houses 

In order to save the costs the students can choose to rent rooms in the private houses the costs of which will vary according to the location.  

Working while being a student to meet the ends 

International Students are given an option to work along with studying which enables them to earn an amount which can be instilled into number of their expenses enabling them to load off the burden to a certain extent. However, the number of hours they can work are up to twenty hours a week while studying. The standard wage is given on an hourly rate being $10 to $ 12 pounds.  

If any student is in need of an assistance in looking for a part time employment they can contact their universities careers centers as all universities are inevitably equipped with one.

It is an established fact that London is one of those cities which has the highest rate of accommodation especially when the residence is at Central London being the dilemma of all of the big cities. However, if a student’s university is not in central one of the smartest move is to find an accommodation which is    outside London. Inevitably, the choice of accommodation depends gravely on the fact that where is the student’s university located.

 

United Kingdom is known for its high quality education, diverse number of courses available to students and an overall academic experience which is like none other. It is a hallmark of all of the top ranked universities of the world including Oxford or Cambridge. 

However, in order to apply for the relevant programs whether it’s undergraduate or postgraduate there are certain requirements that potential students need to meet which can be laid down in the following manner:

REQUIREMENTS for UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

1. Personal Statements:

It is one of the most pivotal piece of document that an applicant starts with in their application as it distinguishes an applicant from wide range of other ones who are applying in the same category and same program. It is a tool which provides the competitive edge to an applicant over others securing them a spot at one of the top universities. It compromises of four thousand words in which one has to describe about themselves and their chosen subject or area of interest.

In addition to this, a personal statement should ideally include the applicant’s interests along with the reason to apply to a specific university and a course. Moreover, an applicant needs to depict the achievements in the chosen subject area.  

2. Through UCAS: 

UCAS is the most powerful tool which will guide an applicant to the whole process being the easiest one to use too.  An applicant needs to fill out the personal information, the codes of the universities along with the personal statement. The students don’t need to send separate applications to every university as all of the UK universities accept identical application 

Saving the student the hassle of applying separately for every specific university.

In case the applicant is accepted they are sent a unique reference number by the university in which the applicant has gained acceptance. All of the pertinent information which is vital is contained which includes the details of the course, starting date, tuition costs and a confirmation that an applicant has been granted a safe spot in the relevant university.    

3. The Interview for the Visa:  

The applicant will be invited for the interview once the visa application is made where they will be inquired about their course, university and the ability to fund their studies whether it’s my family or on their own. There are number of documents which one needs in the visa interview which includes the following:

4. CAS Form:

5. Passport:

6. English Language Proficiency Test:

7. Ability to Fund Their Own Studies:

8. Two Passport Size Photographs:

9. Academic Certificates:

10. Birth Certificate:

11. Proof of any Academic Test Given:  

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS 

1. An Undergraduate Degree or a Degree from a Recognized Institution:

Normally an applicant is required to possess an undergraduate degree to further commence into a master’s degree. However, if one hasn’t obtained undergraduate degree doing masters is not an impossibility if one can prove that they possess a valuable and professional experience required to step into the master’s programme.

2. Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Programs:

United Kingdom is known for its world class postgraduate programs that it has to offer to wide range of students which are availed in large quantity by millions of aspiring students. However, there are certain requirements that one needs to fulfill in order to secure admission in such programs which are the following:

3. An Astounding Academic Record: 

In UK undoubtedly the block of world’s leading universities are located due to which the competition amongst the applications is tough. Thus, if a student’s intends to study in any of the top universities a strong academic record and portfolio is mandatory in order to secure a spot in one of the esteemed universities.   

4. A Concrete Work Experience: 

A concrete and valuable work experience on the resume increases the chance of getting into one of the top leading universities as it depicts the level of the applicant’s seriousness pertaining to the course.

5. Personal Statement:

It is one piece of document which enables the applicant to stand out from all of the other students. An applicant is required to write a short essay on the subject that they intend to study and lay down their achievements pertaining to that particular area. In addition to this, the personal statement should also explain the importance of the program to the applicant and how studying a particular degree can help the applicant in their future.

6. Proof of Proficiency of  English Language: 

Students are required to take an English Language Test to depict that their English is of reasonable standard. Some of the tests which the students need to take include IELTS, TOEFL and PTE. There are other documents which are significant to the application which include the following:   

7. Letters of Recommendation: 

The vast number of universities requires letter of reference from the employers of the applicant or the professors which can outline the achievements of the applicant along with providing their relevant work experience. 

REQUIREMENTS for PHD PROGRAMS 

Further on large number of students enroll and apply for the top most PHD programs in the top universities in order to secure a safe spot. However, like every program it has its own set of requirements which an applicant needs to fulfill which are the following: 

1. Academic Qualification: 

When applying for postgraduate programs an applicant will be required to submit the results of the previous degrees obtained.  

2. A Recognized Undergraduate Degree: 

Almost all of the universities requires the applicant’s to submit a Bachelor’s. All of the international student’s should obtain a qualification from a well-known recognizer institution.

On average all of the top ranked universities require an upper second class degree or a degree equivalent to it. However, there are some universities which also accept lower second class degrees known as 2.2. The application of the students possessing a third class degree can also be considered while an application for masters is made in case the application depicts other achievements of the students in terms of experience.

3. Work Experience: 

In order to gain a place in PHD program it is mandatory that students have obtained an undergraduate degree from a well-recognized university. However there are some universities which requires masters too in order to secure admission in a PHD programme.

4. Language Clearance Tests: 

It is a mandatory requirement for every international student to give evidence of the fact that they are proficient in English for the purpose of which they need to give IELTS, TOEFL, CAE and CPE.  

5. Funding the Studies: 

The applicant is required to show that they can finance their studies for masters along with the means to do so.

6. Interview: 

There are some universities which require the applicant to sit through an interview in order to gain admission in master’s program. This can be utilized by an applicant to be an amazing opportunity to exhibit their skills and interests and lay out their passions on the plate.

7. Letter of Recommendations: 

Almost all of the universities requires an academic references when applications for postgraduate masters are made in order to evaluate that applicants have what it takes for an entry into a postgraduate program.

If there is anything after the personal statement which the universities give grave importance to that are the references and a credible and praiseworthy recommendation which can elevate the applicant’s application status to a whole new level.      

8. Passion: 

Passion plays an integral role when it comes to stepping into the world of postgraduate studies.  The applicant should use their application and an interview to depict their interest towards the subject chosen to major in and a deep interest to commence masters.

Moreover, if there are any shortcomings in the Applicant’s Qualifications a high level of enthusiasm can be used to cover this loophole in the applicant’s application for Master’s increasing their chance to secure a safe spot in the Master’s.  

Thus, it would not be wrong to say that securing a safe spot in one of the top ranking UK University does have its own pre requisites which an international student needs to fulfill.

United Kingdom is without any doubt one of the top most destination which is chosen by millions of individuals every year to pursue the higher education at all levels whether it is for undergraduate or postgraduate programs. There is no doubt about the fact that United Kingdom is a hub of world class education flocked with some of the most prestigious universities but in addition to this to one of the grave reason for its popularity  is that the cost  of education is much less than compared to other countries especially to that of United States. In addition to this the courses provided are much shorter than those which are provided by any other country.  

However, the cost of studying in UK needs to be considered by a student while enrolling for a course as they need to be borne by them. Thus, the total tuition costs can be roughly calculated to be the following:

Tuition Fees: 

The cost of undergraduate programs is roughly $17,000 - $22,000 while for graduate programs the average cost of a student is $20,000 in a year. 

Tuition Cost of PHD’S and MPHIL: 

The international graduate’s fees for medical degrees goes up to £38,000 (US $53,700) or higher than this.

SCHOLARSHIPS 

United Kingdom is categorized as one of those few countries which offer international students wide range of scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate programs. However, the students should not rely on scholarships solely as the amount of scholarship provided barely covers tuition costs of the program. The standard amount of scholarships which are provided by the universities varies between the following:

 $ 1,500 to $6,500.   

However, no student is granted the scholarship automatically as a result of which if a student intends to avail it they need to secure an admission in the university first the scholarship of which they are trying to avail. Thus, it is advisable that the students who wish to avail the scholarships should apply no later than January/February of the year they want the admission in.

It is important to bear in mind that the student needs to apply for the scholarships offered prior to pursuing their studies and travelling to UK. Lastly, the students need to calculate the costs thoroughly along with making arrangements of paying it as the studies commence further.

 

It is not unlikely for any student to think that they would want to build a future in United Kingdom after they have graduated in order to achieve a better standard of living and a drastic increase in a career. However, in doing so is it is necessary for an international student to obtain a job offer within four months after their education has come to an end which in itself is not  an easy talk as it involves number of complexities in terms of finding a suitable work and obtaining the relevant visas pertaining to it. Thus, it is advisable to look at the wide variety of visas which are available to the international students and mandatory to obtain in order to reside in United Kingdom after the completion of the studies.

Tier 2 Visa 

If the graduate intends to get settled in UK after obtaining their education they need to convert their student visa into Tier 2 work visa at first in order to secure a job required according to UK’s rules and regulations.

Moreover, in accordance with the guidelines and regulations laid down in 2016 applicants need to earn an income of minimum 35,000 pounds in a year after being on Tier 2 Visa for five years. 

Permanent Residence 

After five years of Tier 2 Visa often known as Work Permit the individual is eligible to apply for PR often know as a permanent residence. This is often known as indefinite leave to remain commonly known as ILR Visa. However, the pre requisite for applying this visa is that an individual needs to complete five years of the job after graduating. However, there are other pre requisites that one needs to be fulfill in prior to the applying for ILR visa:

  • A reasonable amount of income with a  permanent job 

  • A good character without any criminal record  

  • There are certain tests that one needs to pass like Knowledge of Life in the UK test and an English Language Test.             

How Long Does it Take to Process the ILR Visa?

On average the complete process of obtaining ILR Visa takes up to six months.  Moreover, there are some details which are required from the applicant:

  • A photograph 

  • Digital prints of all of the ten fingers 

  • Signature

  • Name 

  • The date and place of birth 

  • The current immigration status 

Citizenship

An individual can apply for citizenship in order to gain the status of a permanent resident after a year of securing the ILR and residing for more than five years in United Kingdom an individual can apply for a British Citizenship.      

The Next Step is to Gain The Permanent Residence "CITIZENSHIP" 

How to Gain the Permanent Citizenship? 

Large number of students intends to gain permanent citizenship of United Kingdom due to the grave number of benefits that can be enjoyed after obtaining it which includes the healthcare and a pool of immense opportunities to choose from by the applicant in order to gain heights in their career.

How Can One Obtain the Permanent Citizenship?

One of the most common ways to obtain the permanent citizenship is through the process of naturalization. 

What is the Process of Naturalization?

An applicant who has obtained ILR and is working for five years in United Kingdom can apply for British Citizenship provided that following conditions are met:

  • Familiarity with an English Language 

  • Have cleared a Life in the UK test 

  • Does not bear any major criminal convictions

  • The applicant should not have spent more than 450 days outside United Kingdom in five years and not more than 90 days outside in last year. 

  • An applicant has an indefinite leave to remain in United Kingdom for last twelve months  

Ways to Apply for a UK Citizenship 

  • An applicant can choose to make an individual by submitting the UK citizenship application form.

  • An application can also be made through a licensed immigration adviser.

Documents Required to Make UK Citizenship Application  

The applicant is required to give their biometric information in addition to the other documents which includes:

  • The documents such as passport, birth certificates in order to show the identity. 

  • The proof  that the applicant is equipped with the ability to speak affluent English 

  • The applicant should have cleared the Life in the UK test

  • The applicant should provide with the proof of having a permanent residence in UK for the desirable period of time

  • The applicant must possess an indefinite leave to remain in UK

Where the Application Should be Sent?

  • To UKVI

  • Department 1

  • The Capital 

  • New Hall Place 

  • Liverpool L3 9PP 

 How Long Does it Take to Process UK Citizenship?

  • Once an application is made for the citizenship it is processed within six months.

  • In case the application is accepted and is successful the applicant is invited to take place at a citizenship ceremony for which the fee is £80.

  • The applicant is allowed to bring two guests 

  • At last when the certificate of UK citizenship is received by the applicant they are instructed to return back the biometric residence permit to the home office within five working days.

 What is Life in the UK Test?

In order to gain the citizenship or even an ILR applicant needs to take in the Life in the UK test. However, there are certain exemptions such as those who are under 18 or over 65 or have a physical or mental condition does not require to give the test.   

 Cost of the Test? 

  • The cost of the test is £50 and is held at a UK test Centre to the closest location of the applicant.  

  • However, the applicant needs to book on an early basis, provide ID and proof of address.  

What is Life in the UK Test?

  • The life in the UK test is for 45 minutes and is composed of twenty four questions which plays around the traditions and customs that are embedded in United Kingdom.  

  • For the assistance of applicant’s preparation for the test the applicants are given the handbook as the questions in test are retrieved out of the information in this handbook. 

  • However, the handbook needs to be purchased for £12.99. 

The Cost to Make an Application for UK Citizenship?

In order to make the application for UK citizenship an applicant needs to go through a certain procedure along with which pay the fees associated with it which are the following:

  • By naturalization – £1236

  • Children under 18 – £936

The Cost of Making an Application for Indefinite Leave to Remain in UK?

The current cost of applying for indefinite leave to remain in UK is £1875.

Conclusively, it is a settled fact that if an individual intends to gain an indefinite leave to remain and permanent citizenship it can only be done so by following a certain process for it which is laid down by the authorities. Though the process is lengthy and time consuming but if followed through an applicant is able to gain the residence and the permanent citizenship successfully enabling them to enjoy a better standard of living and an increase in the growth of their career.       

 

Frequently Ask Questions

Quick Facts About United Kingdom

  • Population

    66.02 Million

  • National language

    English

  • Top 3 religion

    Christianity, No religion (25.7%),Islam

  • International Students

    450,660

  • Capital

    London

  • largest 3 cities

    London, Manchester, Birmingham

  • Currency

    Pound

  • Time difference with Pakistan

    Pakistan is 5 Hours Ahead of United Kingdom

  • Work rule for International students

    20 Hours a Week

  • Wages for students

    £6.70 Per Hour.

  • Economy

    5th

  • Per capita income

    43,160 PPP Dollars

  • Immigrant population

    14.4% in 2017

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