Study in the UK in 2020

The UK is one of the leading countries in terms of international higher education and boasts a large number of prestigious and world-renown universities and educational institutes. Therefore, each year thousands of applicants look to study in the UK. As such, if you want to study in the UK, there are certain processes and steps which you would have to undertake and successfully complete in order to be able to study in the UK. Additionally, if your study budget is limited and you are planning to study in England for free, you should read this article.

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The Entire Process of Becoming an International Student in the UK

Choosing Your Course & University in The UK

As with any journey, Studying in the UK starts with a small yet very important step, researching and choosing your desired course and university in the UK. Although this process (starting to study in the UK) may seem easy at first glance, it can be a daunting task for you if you don’t know what/when/where you wish to study in the UK. As such, we have provided a fully categorized index of all educational institutions that offer Academic and English language courses at different levels.

The aforementioned Index also includes details about all Academic Courses in the UK based on the following categories.

GCSE, A-level, Foundation, International Year 1, Bachelor’s Degree, Pre-Master, Master’s Degree, Pre-PhD, PhD

In addition, you may also discover up-to-date information on English Language Courses in the UK based on the following categories, these courses are also offered as preparation modules for academic degree courses available in the UK.

DELTA & CELTA, Work Experience courses, One-to-One Courses, Business English Courses, Summer Courses, General English Courses, Intensive Courses, Family Courses, Business English Courses, Exam Preparation Courses, Academic English Courses

As you can see, this index will drastically reduce the amount of time and effort required to find a suitable course and school/university in the UK. Additionally, once you have made your choice you can consult with the UKStudy team of veteran educational advisers to find out the requirements and time-tables associated with your course. This will ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision, for your future study in the UK.

Preparing Requirements to Study in the UK for International Students

There are thousands of courses on offer each year in the UK, each with their own respective entry conditions and requirements. This is due to the fact that Entry to the UK’s higher education institutions are based on a competitive model that allows each course to set its own unique standards. Students who are eager to study in the UK, should be aware of the needed application documents.

Therefore regardless of your chosen course, you will be needed to fulfill a unique set of conditions in order to be enrolled at the school/university of your choosing. Subsequently, these conditions are subject to constant change between each intake period. As such, you will need to adjust to the updated requirements when you are submitting the required documentation. But, have no fear as UKStudy’s expert advisers are on standby to update you on all the changes in real-time.

In addition, they can also help you in structuring and auditing your admission request prior to its submission to the destination university.

English Language Test for International Students

When you apply for admission into academic courses in UK universities, you will almost always be required to provide proof of your English language proficiency. This is of course due to the fact that all courses in UK universities are taught exclusively in English.

The UK Visa and Immigration Office (UKVI) only approves certain qualifications as proof of English proficiency. The main UKVI approved qualification is the “IELTS” Exam, but other qualifications such as TOEFL are also accepted by some universities in the UK. Additionally, the UKVI office also holds the special “UKVI IELTS” exam which is considered as the most credible qualification for international students who wish to study in the UK. UKStudy advisers can inform you about the Language proficiency requirements for each course in the UK and provide expert counsel.

Submitting UK University Application

After you have gathered the required documents you will be able to submit your admission request through the UCAS portal. UCAS is a dedicated system in England, responsible for the reception and delivery of student admission forms. You will be able to apply for up to 5 different courses in a single admission request (additional submission costs apply for multi-course requests).

Once again, UKStudy advisers can steamroll this process for you by applying directly on your behalf and undertaking all the follow-up correspondence between you and the universities to ensure the best possible results.

Paying Tuition Fee Deposits and Preparing Documents Required for UK University Application

In a few weeks after submitting your application, the university will issue your conditional offer. In the conditional offer, the admission office asks you to provide the official documents and pay the pre-deposit fees. When you meet the conditions in the university offer letter, the admission office issue you the CAS letter. However, for the students who want to study in England for free, this is an important stage. The students who want to study in England for free, are the ones who are planning to receive scholarships from their government. Therefore, these students must contact their sponsor and offer them the university offer letter so that, that organization contact the university.

Getting Your CAS Letter (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)

Once your admission request has been accepted by one or more universities, they will provide you with an unconditional offer and a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number which serves as your proof of admission when applying for a student visa.

Please note that it is vital for every student to provide a CAS number when he/she is applying to acquire an England student visa; There are no exceptions!

Applying For the Correct UK Student Visa

When you have finalized your admission process you will need to apply for a “UK Student Visa”. This visa will serve as your entry permit into the UK for the purpose of studying as an international student. As such, it is very important to know which type of student visa fits your case. There are 3 types of student visas available in the UK each suited for a special purpose, you can find out more about each type on our UK student visa page. Additionally, you can also contact our advisers for further details.

The different types of UK Student Visa are as follows:

  • Short-term Study Visa (Course duration under 1 year)
  • Tier-4 Child Student Visa (Applicants aged 4-17)
  • Tier-4 General Student Visa (General visa for studying in UK universities)

Submitting Documents Required for UK Student Visa to Home Office

Once you have applied for the correct UK student visa, you will have to submit all the required information and documentation declared by the British Embassy. It is very important to be 100% honest and thorough in this matter as any mistakes can result in rejection of your application and/or severe consequences. Therefore, it highly advised to seek the help of professional advisers prior to submission of the required materials, so that the risk is minimized. Additionally, if asked by the British consulate, you may have to attend an interview depending on your case.

Please note that there are many rules and conditions with regard to the visa application process. As such there are no guarantees when it comes to the success of your application. However, you can still improve your chances of success by a substantial amount if you choose to seek expert counsel.

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Getting UK Student Visa

If your visa application is accepted by the UKVI office, you will be eligible to travel to the UK to attend your chosen course and start your studies. You will receive a visa sticker attached to your passport which will serve as a temporary permit for access to the UK and include the details of your visit, the duration of your stay, and the hours you allowed to work (if permitted).

Traveling and Entering the UK

The final step before starting your studies as an international student is to schedule your plans to travel to England. It is important to arrive in the country within the time period designated in your visa sticker.

Once you have arrived don’t forget to receive your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP); The BRP will serve as your permanent ID card when staying in the UK for the duration of your study. It is important to keep it safe as it is the only accepted form of identification for the England immigration authorities.

Starting Your study in the UK

Congratulations! You are now officially an international student in the UK.

Once you have settled in at your designated accommodation, you can proceed to attend your classes at the university and start your educational journey in the UK.

The available options for Student Accommodation in the UK are as follows:

  • The Halls of Residence
  • Private Sector Halls of Residence
  • House – Flat Share
  • Private Flats
  • UK Host Families – Homestay

To find out more, feel free to visit the Student Accommodation page on our website or Contact our educational advisers.

Don’t worry, we will be with your every step of the way in order to ensure a smooth and wonderful experience.

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Top UK Universities in the UK in 2020

Below, you will find a list of the top UK Universities based on the latest statistics from the world-renown QS website. If you want to study in the UK, you can choose from these universities.

University Rankings

World RankUniversity NameUK Rank
4 University of Oxford1
7 University of Cambridge2
8 University College London3
9 Imperial College London4
20 University of Edinburgh5
27 University of Manchester6
33 King’s College London7
38 London School of Economics8
49 University of Bristol9
62 University of Warwick10
67 University of Glasgow11
77 Durham University12
78 University of Sheffield13
81University of Sheffield14
93University of Leeds15
96University of Nottingham16
97University of Southampton17

English Language Test for International Students

The following table gives you an overview to better understand your IELTS and TOEFL 2020 scores, and you can generally check and balance your IELTS or TOEFL score in 2020.


We Are Here to Help has all the information you need in order to study in England, including details of the best schools, colleges, and universities. Once you’ve found the right one, we can apply for a course for you. All we need are your details.

Finding the right school to study in England is easy with our online Index. You can either fill out the inquiry form on the right-hand side of the current page and let us send you some suggestions via email, or you can use our Course Finder and find something yourself and then inform us to start the admission process for you.

We also have information about the English Proficiency exams you can take and where they are recognized, from basic English exams to certificates that are known and accepted all over the world like IELTS & TOEFL.  In addition, We even provide a handy guide to the towns and cities where you can study.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Studying in the UK

Can I study in the UK for free?

The answer is both yes and no. Actually, it takes a bit of explanation to set the record straight around studying in the UK for free. Get in touch with our advisers to learn more about this.

What are the eligibility requirements to apply for UK universities’ scholarships? Am I eligible!?

The eligibility requirements completely depend on the type of your chosen scholarship, bursary or grant. Therefore, no one can guarantee whether you are or aren’t eligible for UK universities’ scholarships.

Can I study in the UK without IELTS?

Depending on your level of education, you can find institutions in the UK that don’t require IELTS. Besides, there are many other English language proficiency tests than IELTS such as TOEFL, DuoLingo English test, etc. that are accepted by institutions in the UK. You can fill out the enquiry form to get in touch with our advisers to find out more about this.

Why Study in the UK?

The UK is one of the best countries in the world to live and study in. Home to top-ranking universities, the UK is an education hub, welcoming many international students from around the world.

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