Frequently Asked Questions About Studying in The UK

We have tried to answer fully the frequently asked questions of most UK university applicants. This section is categorized according to various requirements (the required level of language proficiency for various courses, prerequisites and qualifications, costs and conditions of student work and accommodation and residence in the UK). We suggest you to read all the questions. Additionally, you have to consider that the terms and conditions of UK student visa are changing every day.

What sort of documents do I need to apply for a study visa?

Degrees – Admission Letter from UK Training Center – ATAS Letter (if required) – IELTS Language Certificate (if required), Bank Financial Support Letter, Civil and Occupational Finance Certificates. However, other documents, depending on the age of the applicant, will be required. You will be informed of said requirements once your application has been examined.

Can I take my parents as companion while studying?

Yes, but only for applicants under 12 years of age.

Can I take my wife or children as a companion while studying?

Yes, but the visa chances can be poor.

Can I bring one of my family members as my companion while studying?

Yes, but for master’s and doctorate degrees, the chances of getting a visa can be poor.

How long does it take to get a visa?

It depends on many factors, first, the type of appointment (VIP, Normal, etc.) from the embassy. Second, the more accurate, complete and robust the documents are, the faster the embassy will respond. And third, the applicant’s performance in the interview. Therefore in total, it takes between 3 to 30 days to complete this process. But generally, you can expect 2 to 3 weeks for it to complete.

Can I get a UK residence after graduating from a UK university?

Yes. There are various ways, one of which is getting a job offer and a work visa.

What is the proper age to apply for a visa?

It depends on the degree, but for postgraduate and PhD students with a good work experience, the chances of getting a visa can be increased.

Can I apply for a short-term English language study visa?

Yes.it is easier for people under 18, for sure. But for people over the age of 18, we should consider the rest of the conditions.

What are the Conditions of military service Exemption for Male Applicants?

Academic exemptions can be obtained for masters and PhD students.

How old can kids be in order to have parents accompany them while studying in the UK?

Children under the age of 12 can have one parent accompany them during the duration of the study.

Can I stay somewhere other than the university halls?

Yes. You can live with English families or rent a house.

What is a Home-Stay?

Living with local English families, student placement coordination is done by UKstudy and the University.

What are the conditions of residence in a university halls and are these different for each university?

After the student’s initial request, Ukstudy’s advisors will follow-up with other steps.

What are the accommodation requirements at a Home-Stay?

In accordance with the rules of age you must first apply for and pay a deposit in advance.

Am I a foreign student?

According to UKStudy.com anyone who is not a native English speaker and is not an EU resident, is a foreign student.

How can UKStudy.com help you get a visa?

When you sign up for your course you will be given a letter of acceptance and you will be able to submit your letter plus your visa documents to the British Embassy after we have fully processed them beforehand. Also in the event that you are in need for an introduction we will provide one for you, which will support your application. (But we will not have any decision in approving your visa).

How can I get more information about different visas?

Different visas are meant for different people with different conditions. If you want to know more about the visa type best suited for you, just click on the free advice button and ask your questions.

Can I get UK study online chat, email, phone, and in-person consultation?

Yes. We can advise you through any communication channel.

How long before the start of my semester should I start my application?

The best time to apply is 6 months before the start of the semester.

I want to study for September 2020. Should I take action now?

The best time is always 6 months before the start date of the course, but for some majors even earlier.

What documents do I need to start my application for a student visa?

  • CV
  • Certificate of graduation
  • Academic transcript
  • Copy of passport/visa (if available)
  • CAS letter
  • ATAS letter (if required)
  • Certificate of English proficiency – UKVI IELTS/TOEFL/PTE Test/Other (if available)
  • Bank Statement Letter
  • Personal statement
  • Reference letters
  • Civil and occupational finance certificates.

Do I need a proposal for master's or PhD?

Yes. In some cases such as research-oriented master’s and doctorate degrees it is required.

What is SOP?

SOP stands for statement of purpose. It is a motivation letter which determines the applicant’s purpose of study and future plans.

Do I need to have an SOP to study in the UK?

Yes. Most of the times, education centres ask for SOP. It is, of course, a must for higher education.

What are the admission requirements for medical and dental courses?

Medicine and dentistry are two of the most competitive courses in the UK. To enter these courses, a student is required to complete a 2-year A-Level course. Besides, an interview and entrance exam are usually required.  The cost of A-level courses is estimated at around £25,000 to £35,000 per year for tuition fees and £10,000 for maintenance costs (costs of living). After completing these courses (A-levels), the student will have a chance to compete for a place in medicine or dentistry if he/she achieves an average grade of 80% or higher in their A-level exams. During the year a limited number of students find the opportunity to compete for entry into the medical or dental schools. It is important to note that students can enter the A-Levels as a prerequisite until the age of 22.

What are the entry requirements for law school?

It is like any other major, but may require higher IELTS scores (overall 7).

What are the entry requirements for an MBA course?

It is like any other field of study. While most undergraduate majors can pursue an MBA course, you should keep in mind that applying for an MBA course in one of the UK high rank universities requires previous work experience in related fields (2-3 years).

What are the requirements for admission into the UK's top universities such as Cambridge and the Imperial College London?

Higher IELTS scores, entrance exams, interviews and more expensive tuition fees.

Can I transfer from universities outside the UK to the UK?

Yes you may, but it should be checked with the destination university.

Where can I see the rankings of UK universities?

  • QS World University Ranking
  • The Guardian League Table
  • Top Universities

Would my rank in the nationwide university entrance exam of my home country help in my application for the universities in the UK??

No, unfortunately, it won’t.

Why should you use UKStudy.com’s services?

UKStudy.com is a fully independent company that provides you with the best training options via impartial advices. Keep in mind that UKStudy.com only works with the British Council-approved institutions and HEI licensed sponsors.

We do all the steps for admission and application processes on your behalf and all the correspondences will be kept private between us, you, and the HEI (Higher Education Institute). Throughout the entire admission and registration process, we will guide you through the every step from application, accommodation, and visa. You can ask us any questions you may have along the way. Even after registration, we will be with you. If you have any problems with the education centre, we can contact that center to resolve your issue.

What exactly does UKStudy.com do?

UKStudy.com is the official representative of many prestigious educational centres in the UK, which can offer you the best educational options so that you can choose the easiest and best option and pursue your studies at the best universities in the UK. We inform you about all the qualifications necessary to apply for admission and registration at colleges and universities so that you do not encounter any difficulties when submitting your application. UKStudy.com assures you that we will be with you in all the stages from start to finish, from application to university admission and your accommodation in the UK. And in case you run into any issues during these steps we will be by your side at all times.

Can I get discounts from the UK universities?

Yes, but these discounts are mostly for GCSE, Foundation and A Level courses.

Does UKstudy offer free consultation?

Yes, our consultancy services are free of charge.

I want to study in the UK but I don’t have enough money to fund my studies. Is it possible to get funds from the university?

The funding in GCSE, A Level and Foundation cover maximum 40% of the total costs. Also, there are very limited numbers of funds that cover 70% of the costs, offered from our partner universities and colleges. In addition, there are some discounts for bachelor students. However, the major parts of the bursaries are dedicated to the master and PhD students because they are research oriented. It is worth mentioning that these financial aids may be in form of full funds or partial funds.

Does UKstudy suggest cheap universities to me as well?

Yes, we suggest universities based on the student’s budget and demands.

What are the average costs and fees for UK universities?

The tuition fees vary depending on the field of study and university rank. Generally said, tuition fees for the majority of the universities and fields ranges from 10,000 to 20,000 GBP per annum. Some fields of study such as medicine demands higher tuition fees; more than 30,000 GBP per annum. Also, around 10,000 GBP should be allocated to the costs of living in the UK.

How much should I allocate to the costs of living in the UK?

The costs of living in the UK are annually 10,000 GBP on average.

How much is UKStudy’s service fees for student visa procurement?

The fees related to the student visa procurement is free when it is done inside the UK.

Do UKstudy service fees vary from one university to another one depending to the university rank and prestige?

Yes, it differs.

What are the methods of payment?

All various authentic worldwide methods are acceptable.

If I pay the university fees and costs right away in full, does it help getting the CAS letter and the visa faster?

Paying the university fees right away and in full results in obtaining the student CAS letter faster. Also, this will lead to getting the visa from the embassy on time. Therefore, paying the tuition fees in full will make the embassy issue the visa faster and more smoothly.

Can I fund my studies in England with the loan that I have received from my home country?

Yes. But the amount of the loan should cover the university fees and costs of living.

Can I work while I am studying in the UK?

Yes. You are entitled to work part time, which can cover around 50% of your living costs.

How many hours am I allowed to work weekly?

Those who are applying for tier 4 general visa are entitled to work 20 hours per week. And those applying for tier 4 child visa can work only 10 hours a week. However, you are allowed to work full time on holidays. Please note that students with short-term study visa are not allowed to work.

What subjects of study have lower costs in the UK?

The fields that have less (or no) practical and laboratory subjects; the ones which are theoretical.

Which universities are cheaper in the UK?

The universities which have lower ranks.

In which cities in the UK the costs of living are lower?

Smaller cities and the cities located in the northern regions of the UK.

Is it enough for me to have a house, car, etc. as the proof of financial ability to get a visa?

No. These documents are necessary. But it should be noted that a bank account with a sufficient amount of funds is needed as well (bank statement letter).

Are the costs of living in a family hostel paid by the university or the student?

The coordination in this regard is done by us and the university but the fees must be paid by the student.

How can I pay my college/university tuition fees?

You will deposit your course tuition fees directly to the college or university bank account. Exact details may vary depending on university policy.

Will my university pre-deposit payment be refunded if I am unable to receive my visa?

Most of the universities that collaborate with us will refund your pre-deposit payment if you present them with your visa rejection letter. But there are cases where this option is not available. Please contact our advisers for further details on this matter.

When should I pay my university tuition fees?

Generally, you will have to pay a pre-deposit fee after you have presented your documents and received your conditional offer from the university. However, universities have different policies regarding the full payment of the tuition fees. Please contact our advisers for detailed information on this matter.

How can I study in the UK for free?

You will be able to study in the UK for free, if you are able to receive a full scholarship from your destination university.

I have a TOEFL certificate. Is the TOEFL certificate enough for studying in the UK?

Yes. In addition to IELTS, some other English exams (e.g. SELT) are also accepted, including TOEFL. You can find the details on universities’ websites.

I have studied in the field of X and I have an intermediate English level. I have passed some English courses as well. Do I need an IELTS certificate?

The applicants who are under the age of 17 do not need to show English language proficiency certificates for GCSE and A Level. UK universities accept IELTS scores and the majority of universities accept the equivalent scores in TOEFL and PTE exams. Many universities have their own English tests as well. Moreover, if you have IELST UKVI and none of the scores is below 4, you can attend Pre-master, Pre-sessional and extended courses.

Can I change my IELTS to TOEFL in order to study in UK universities?

You can not exchange your IELTS for TOEFL. Instead, we can help you find the equivalent scores for the certificate you have (IELTS, PTE, etc.)

Can I study in UK colleges without an IELTS?

Yes. It is possible in some cases. Those who want to study GCSE and A Level and are under the age of 17, can take the college’s internal English exam in the UKstudy office. Similarly, some universities have their own internal language exam in addition to IELTS which they also approve. In addition, if the last degree you have obtained is from the countries listed below, you are exempt from providing the IELTS certificate. Antigua and Barbuda Australia The Bahamas Barbados Belize Canada Dominica Grenada Guyana Jamaica New Zealand St Kitts and Nevis St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines Trinidad and Tobago USA.

Do I have to attend the English proficiency exam of the university if I already have an IELTS or TOEFL?

If you already meet the entry requirements in English language proficiency test scores, you don’t need to attend in such exams.

Do I need to provide IELTS (UKVI) in order to study in the UK?

If you have the minimum IELTS scores as per demanded by the university, a  normal Academic IELTS certificate is accepted by the majority of the universities in the UK. However, if your IELTS scores are lower than the ones demanded by the university, you might be asked to attend a pre-sessional course. In this case, you must have IELTS UKVI.

What are the minimum IELTS and TOEFL scores needed to study in UK universities?

It depends on the applicant’s age and level of education. But, generally for GCSE, A Level and foundation courses, IELTS band scores 4.5 to 5.5 are demanded. Moreover, overall band score of 6 for Bachelor degrees, 6.5 for Master’s  and 7 for PhD  courses are needed.

Do required IELTS or TOEFL scores differ in different universities, courses and majors in the United Kingdom?

Yes. This depends on the field of study and the university’s rank. For instance, majors such as medicine, philosophy, law and literature demand higher IELTS scores.

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