Study in United Kingdom

Home to some of the world’s greatest cities and one of the most popular cultural hubs of Europe, there are plenty of reasons to study in the UK. High quality education, affordable fees structure, multi-cultural environment and amazing scholarship opportunities are just some of the few! In fact, the QS World University Rankings 2020 also feature four of the UK universities within the global top 10.

One of the most popular study destinations, the UK enjoys a proud tradition of education with universities rooting back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Known for its language, history, culture and innovation, the UK has an average student retention rate of 82%. With a comprehensive support systems in place for international students, studying in UK is definitely a life-changing experience.

Wherever in the world you choose to pursue your career, a degree from a university in the United Kingdom is internationally respected and considered as a mark of quality education. This impression is backed up by numbers, with the UK producing 14% of the world’s most cited academic papers and 5% of the world’s scientific research. These figures are all the more impressive considering the countries that comprise the United Kingdom are home to just 1% of the world’s population. The UK’s universities have a reputation for fostering genius across a multiplicity of disciplines, with luminaries such as Ernest Rutherford (the father of nuclear physics) to Oscar Wilde (acclaimed Irish writer and playwright) graduating from notable UK tertiary institutions.

Choosing to study overseas at a UK university has many financial, cultural and social advantages as well. A shorter and a more intensive course structure means you’ll be able to fast-track your career and minimise your living costs while you study. The country also has a range of programs designed to provide students with discounts and access to cheap public transport and study essentials.

Here are six good reasons for students to consider the UK.

1. The economy

The United Kingdom’s economy is huge. In fact, it’s the sixth largest in the world and has enjoyed steady economic growth until the current world economic downturn. In essence though, businesses are still growing and people are finding work.

2. Education

The UK fulfills the criteria for many students’ needs and has some of the best universities in the world, including Cambridge and Oxford.

3. Quick course completion

In the UK, you can complete your course faster than other countries. An undergraduate course takes just three years and a postgraduate program takes only a year to complete. Shorter course terms enable you to fast track your professional career. This also brings down your overall expenses of pursuing international education.

4. Healthcare

Not every country in the world has a solid healthcare system. In fact, very few have a National Health Service (NHS) like the UK. Legal residents in the UK have access to free healthcare. International students can access the NHS upon payment of the International Health Surcharge (IHS).

5. Culture

There are few places with such a rich culture as the UK. With its mixed ethnic population and a long and interesting history, it is a fascinating place to explore.

6. Geographically well placed

The UK is ideally placed for taking short trips to other countries. Many European destinations can be reached in just a few hours from London, which makes it a great travel hub.

Studying abroad can be an expensive affair for students going to study in the UK. However, an efficient budget plan can help you manage your living expenses more effectively. Before you depart from Bangladesh, ensure that you consider expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel along with your tuition fee when calculating the estimated cost of studying in the UK.

1. Tuition fee is your prime expenditure

Your expenditure on tuition fee 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. Further, the fee also depends on where in the UK you choose to study (there are different rules for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales), and your study level.

Most commonly humanities, arts, and education courses are cheaper, while subjects such as medicine and engineering are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at the postgraduate level, the tuition fees are typically higher and the costs vary depending on the program. As with most other countries, MBA programs are often the most expensive.

S.no.Study ProgramAverage annual fee (in Euros*)
1Undergraduate bachelor degreeGBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000
2Postgraduate master’s degreeGBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000
3Doctoral degreeGBP 15,000 to GBP 24,000

*Please note that: all figures are indicative and PhD cost 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.

2. Where will you live? Calculate accommodation costs

Most universities in the UK offer on-campus residence facilities called the Halls of Residence to international students. These can be self-catered or full board. Certain campuses also provide self-catered shared houses or flats to their students. Living as a resident on-campus is a very affordable option. However, you need to apply for it separately, and well ahead in time to secure a slot for yourself.

If you are unable to find such accommodation, you might have to look for a room on rent, homestay or find localhost. Your university’s accommodation office may help you out in this case too as they often have a list of accommodation options available in the nearby area.

Your checklist when looking for a place:

  • Costs
  • Facilities
  • Deposits
  • Inventory
  • Rent book
  • Bill payment
  • Tenancy agreement
  • Council tax
  • House rules, if any

The cost will vary from city to city. If you opt to rent an apartment, you will have to additionally pay for utility bills like electricity, internet, water usage and also tenant’s insurance (in some areas of housing). House rent for a one-bedroom apartment generally ranges between £550 and £650 (Indicative).

Note that anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK is required to pay for local community services such as rubbish collection, police, fire brigade, leisure services, etc. You’ll have to pay for council tax if you’ll be living anywhere apart from an on-campus accommodation or sharing a home with a family or other full-time student.

Ask for a tenancy agreement before moving and do not sign just any document without understanding it. In most cases, universities help the students in finding accommodation, both on-campus as well as off-campus.

The student accommodation cost depends on the type and location of the accommodation. As per the NUS/Unipol Accommodation Costs Survey, London has the highest average weekly rent of approx. £157.48 per week and the cheapest rooms are in Northern Ireland costs around £83.01 per week.

3. Cost of your student visa

To study in the UK, the first step is to secure a valid study visa and that comes with its own costs (approx. £348). Feel free to consult your IDP counsellor for latest updates and information on the visa application process and related costs.

Read more: All about British student visa

4. Living expenses

You need to keep a little money aside for your grocery shopping, social activities, and emergencies. When living in a foreign country as a student, it is better to keep track of your expenditures so that you do not overspend.

ExpensesApproximate cost (monthly)
Bills (electric/ gas/ water)£40 – £50
Food and housekeeping£160 – £200
TV licence (mandatory with TV or watching BBC online)£12.56 (or £150.50 per year)
Mobile phone£15 – £50
Clothes and shoes£25
Leisure & sports (calculated on membership for the students’ sports centre)£10 – £20
Books & stationery£21
Socialising£120
Travel & transport (based on the monthly cost of a student bus pass)£32
Childcare (if needed)£656

Source: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/international-students-hub/new-students/coming-to-the-uk/living-costs-in-the-uk/

Please note that all figures are indicative

5. Keep safe. Consider health support and insurance

Several UK universities have initiated comprehensive health insurance plans for international students, but that is applicable as long your program is ongoing and ceases upon completion.

Read more about it here.

According to the National Health Service (NHS), you are required to pay £300 yearly for the duration the visa will be granted. However, the minimum amount varies based on leaves:

Leaves periodThe amount payable for the year
If your leaves include a part of a year that is 6 months or less£150
If your leaves include a part of a year that is more than 6 months£300

Also, Tier 4 dependants are required to pay the surcharge. The immigration health charge will also be added to your visa application fee. If you already have a medical insurance in India, you can check whether if it can be extended to cover your stay in the UK.

6. Transportation. Know how much it will cost to move around

Unless your institution provides a shuttle service to-and-fro from your lodging, you’ll have to rely on the available public transport.

For short distancesYou can make use of regional trains, buses, taxis, and tubes. It is a good idea to get monthly passes for travelling to college and back as these can be fairly cheap. When taking a taxi, make sure that it runs on the meter; if it doesn’t have one, agree on the fare beforehand to avoid any misunderstanding later on. In case you plan to use a personal vehicle, you will have to include car and fuel bills, car insurance, repairs, and taxes in your expense sheet.
For long distancesFor travelling between different cities, you can avail any of the following options:

  • Long-distance bus
  • Rail
  • Air

7. Don’t ignore your taxes

Bangladeshi students in the UK are allowed to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during vacations.

If you have a job while you are studying in the UK, then you’ll also have to pay the tax and national insurance:

  • Income tax: If you earn more than £1,042 a month on average – this will be your personal allowance
  • National insurance: If you earn more than £166 a week

Your employer usually deducts Income Tax and National Insurance from your wages through Pay As You Earn (PAYE).

Remember, the exchange rate variations may also affect your budgeting. We suggest you also look for a part-time job while you are studying in the UK or seek scholarships in the universities you apply to. This can help lower your cost of studying abroad to a great extent.

High tuition fee and student loans shouldn’t deter you from living your dream of studying overseas. The UK has some of the highest ranked institutions in the world, but this can come at a price. However, if you plan well in advance, you can apply to a range of scholarships offered by UK Universities and Colleges. Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution. Many scholarships and bursaries are also offered by the government, and various private and public establishments as well. Before you apply to any of these scholarships, do check the eligibility and criteria, along with the closing date.

What is the criteria for applying to scholarships?

The most important criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however, it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage. Keep in mind that every scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. While in some, a mere application may suffice, while for others you may have to fulfill several other conditions. For instance, in research centric programs, you may have to submit written assignments. Do not hesitate to contact the university admission center if you have any doubts.

What amount of money is available through Scholarships?

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. You may experience higher competition when you apply for government scholarships in comparison to the university scholarships. So, we suggest you to start with the procedure about 8-12 months before your preferred intake begins. If you get stuck anywhere, GRC counsellors will be more than happy to guide you through.

Two major government scholarships programs available to international students in the UK are:

  • Chevening: This initiative 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 Commission (CSC): The CSC in the UK offers fellowships and scholarships to students from Commonwealth countries. Bangladeshi students applying for a master’s degree or a PhD in the UK can take advantage of this scholarship to fund their education. Under the scheme, there are scholarships available specifically for low and middle income countries that you can take advantage of.

Also, all universities and colleges also have their own set of scholarships which can be subject or destination specific. Do check with them for available options in time.

Here’s an overview of some of the popular scholarships you can apply to as an Bangladeshi student:

Sl NoUniversity NamesScholarship up to (GBP)
1Aberystwyth University

8000

2Anglia Ruskin University1000
3Aston University8000
4Bangor University50% Tuition Fee
5Birckbeck, University of London4000
6Birmingham City University2000
7Brunel University15% Fee Waiver
8Cardiff University5000
9Cardiff Metropolitan University1500
10Coventry University1500
11De Montfort University2500
12Durham University
13Edinburgh Napier University3000
14Glassgow School of Arts
15Goldsmiths, University of London5000
16Heriot-Watt University3000
17Keele University5000
18Kingston University2000
19Kings College London10000
20Lancaster University4000
21Leeds Beckett University4000
22Liverpool John Morres University5000
23Loughborough University10% off Tuition Fee
24Manchester Metropolitan University6000
25Middlesex University2000
26Newcastle University5000
27Northumbria University2000
28Nottingham Trent University2000
29Oxford Brookes University2000
30Queen Mary, University of London4000
31University of York10000

Keep in mind

Every scholarship has its own eligibility criteria. In case of some, just an application will help you get hold of the scholarship. For research centric programs, you may have to submit written assignments. So, research well and do not hesitate to contact the university admission centre if you have any doubts.

Applying for a UK student visa? Here’s help

The UK Government provides an opportunity to international students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first.

The visa you need will depend on your age and the type of study you wish to pursue in the UK. Here’s an overview of the types of study visas and their application requirements:

Type of student visa

Who it’s
for

When to
apply

Arrival in
the UK

Tier 4 (General) student visaStudents aged 16 or over who have been offered a place in a course at a UK educational institution with a valid Tier 4 sponsorThree months before the start of your courseUp 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 visaStudents offered a place in a short-term course in the UK, such as an English language course or training courseThree months before your date of travel to the UKDepends on your nominated travel dates

*For detailed information, please visit the Gov.UK website

To be eligible for a Tier 4 student visa, you must:

  • Have an unconditional offer of a place on a course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand English
  • Financial proofs i.e., exhibiting enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
  • For short term study visa, you must show the intention to leave the UK within 30 days of the end of your study (i.e., before the end of date of your immigration permission)

Documents required for Tier 4 student visa

When applying for your Tier 4 visa, you will generally need:

  • A current passport or other valid travel documentation
  • Evidence of funds to provide your living expenses for the duration of your course
  • Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number and documents used to obtain CAS
  • Passport-sized colour photograph
  • Tuberculosis screening (if required)
  • Assessment documentation
  • Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate (if required)

Additional documents may also be needed if you are:

  • Not a citizen of the country you are applying from
  • Under 18 years of age
  • Have family (dependents)

*Please note that these are the basic requirements, speak with your GRC counsellor for a detailed list of documents required for visa processing.

If any of your supporting documents are not in English, you will need to have it translated. Each translated document must be dated and include the translator’s name and signature and confirmation that it is an accurate translation of the original document.

Applying for your visa online

You’ll have to apply for your student visa application online using the British Government’s official Gov.UK website. You can apply up to three months before your intended date of travel to the UK. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.

How can GRC help in your visa applications?

If you’re an GRC student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in the UK, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed on the latest visa requirements and conditions; also help you prepare the right documents for your submission.

Our team of experts will direct you to the official websites and to authorised immigration representatives to ensure you have the latest application forms and guidance. To reduce the hassle, we can also help to certify, translate and courier your documents.

Visa fee

Visa fee depends upon the visa that you will apply for:

Visa type
Visa fee

General student visa (Tier 4)

It costs BDT 37,480 as the application fee for the visa from outside the UK. Also, you must pay BDT 37,480 per person for any dependants.

Short-term study visa

It costs:

  • BDT 10,447 for a 6-month visa
  • BDT 20,033 for an 11-month visa

Source: https://visa-fees.homeoffice.gov.uk/y/bangladesh/bdt/study/all

*Please always check the official website for the latest fee, or check with your GRC counsellor

Mode of payment

  • Online mode i.e., MasterCard or Visa card
  • Through demand draft to be submitted at the visa application centre or the selected branches of Standard Chartered Bank
  • Through Cash payment at the visa application centre or the selected branches of Standard Chartered Bank

English language requirements

To gain your UK student visa, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.

IELTS for UKVI is an IELTS test approved for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes. This applies to everyone coming from a non-English speaking country. While there is no change in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring, IELTS for UKVI simply follows certain extra security protocols to ensure the authenticity of the test taker.

You may also have to appear for a personal interview at the UK embassy or consulate.

It depends upon the type of visa that you will apply, as it will include the minimum requirement of IELTS exam:

Visa typeIELTS requirement
Tier 4 (General) student visa – below degree level and pre-sessional coursesIELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 4 (General) student visa – degree level and aboveIELTS/IELTS for UKVI – 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skill

Biometric residence permit

As part of your application, you must also obtain a biometric residence permit (BRP) from the UKVI. You will need to make an appointment with the UKVI to have your fingers and thumbs scanned and a digital photo taken of your face.

You can always contact us for a free counselling session, and we can guide you on how to go about the entire visa application process.

Want to work while you’re in the UK? Here’s how.

Working part-time while you are studying can be a great way to help with the cost of living in the UK and also gain work experience in your field of study.
If you have a Tier 4 (general) or a Tier 4 (child) visa, you can work during your studies and holidays if you:

  • are studying at a publicly-funded higher education institution
  • are studying a short-term study abroad program with an overseas higher education institution
  • are over 16
  • are studying a course at NQF level 6 (degree level) and above

However, there may be limits on the type of work you can do and your working hours. Most students can work upto 20 hours a week and full-time during holidays. To find out more, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

You must not work if your passport sticker or identity card says ‘No Work’ or ‘Work Prohibited’, as you will breach your immigration conditions, which is against the law in the UK.

Finding part-time jobs in the UK

  • You can find part-time jobs in your campus or off-campus
  • The best way to get a job on campus is to regularly check your placement centre’s notice board or staying in touch with the concerned authority for openings
  • On-campus work opportunities include administrative jobs, at the cafeteria or as teaching assistant
  • For off-campus jobs, look for vacancies online on portals like StudentJob, Employment 4 Student, Careers Group London, etc.
  • Look out for jobs in hospitality and retail industry, they are usually available in abundance
  • You can also work as a tutor if you are a student with any existing qualification or expertise

Working after you graduate

If you want to stay and work in the UK after you finish your study, you’ll need to get a new visa first, or apply for a visa extension.

The three most common visas available to international students are the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur), Tier 2 (General) and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker). You can find out whether you’re eligible for one of these visas – and how to apply – on the UK Government website.

In Germany you can choose between a number of public and private universities: these include universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of art, film and music. Which one is right for you will depend, among other things, on what you want to study. The quality at all higher education institutions is equally good. More than 400 state-accredited universities can be found in many different locations throughout the Federal Republic of Germany. Together, these universities offer almost 20,000 degree courses.

TYPES

There are three types of higher education institution in Germany. The type of institution that is right for you will depend on your interests and career plans.

  • Universities
  • Universities of applied sciences
  • Colleges of art, film and music

FACTS AND FIGURES

In the winter semester 2018/19, 2.86 million students were enrolled at 426 officially recognized universities in Germany. Of these, 1.75 million were studying at the 106 universities and 1.001,550 at the 246 Universities of Applied Sciences. Overall, there were 394,665 international students.

Source: www.destatis.de | Statistisches Bundesamt

Under graduation

Bachelor (English Medium)

  • HSC/4 years diploma + completion of 1 year Bachelor/A levels/GED
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum)/equivalent recognized official certificate

Bachelor (German Medium)

  • HSC/4 years Diploma/A levels/GED
  • German Language Certificate B1 (Minimum)

German Language courses and cost

Post graduation

Master (English Medium)

  • Bachelor/ equivalent degree
  • Minimum IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or equivalent recognized official certificate

Master (German Medium)

  • Bachelor/ equivalent degree
  • German Language Certificate B1 (Minimum)

German Language courses and cost

  1. Check you eligibility with GRC team
  2. Choose the programme and university
  3. Make payment of University application fee and sign the contract with GRC
  4. Get the offer letter following the contract
  5. Get ready for bank solvency/block account
  6. Confirmation of Accommodation and German Government health & accident insurance
  7. Enroll at your University
  8. Preparation course for embassy interview
  9. Apply for visa

Here are some answers to help you know the UK better

Moving to a new country is not easy. The lifestyle, classroom environment, transportation – everything is going to be different from Bangladesh. And we know you have a lot of questions in your mind, so have answered common questions students like you raise about studying and living in the UK.

Do institutions from the UK accept 10+2+3 education system of Bangladesh?

Yes, 10+2+3 system is accepted by UK universities for masters programs.

What and where to study in the UK after 12th?

Choosing a program and an institution solely depends on your interests, academic background, and budget. To decide where to study and what to pursue, you can start by creating a list of your interests and skills and spend some time reflecting upon it. Do your research to understand which skill set or interest has a good scope professionally. Narrow down your choices accordingly and search for relevant courses and institutions.

ou’ll also have to take intakes of your preferred courses into consideration, because not all universities or colleges offer programs in all three intakes.

Our handy guide can help you choose a course that suits your profile and needs the best. You can book a free counselling session with our experienced counsellors who can advise you on course selection, application submission, and visa procedure.

What and where to study in the UK after graduation?

Pursuing masters in the UK can be one of the best decisions of your life since it’ll not only enhance your technical skills but also give your CV an edge over others. As a Bangladeshi student with an undergrad degree, you should be ideally looking for an institution that emphasizes on practical knowledge, hands-on experience and getting you job-ready. Universities and colleges in the UK provide a research-based learning approach wherein you’ll be implementing all the concepts and ideas you gather in the classroom.

You can choose from two kinds of postgraduate courses in the UK – taught and research. Taught masters are mostly MA or M.Sc. degrees that have a duration of 12 months (full-time) and 24-months (part-time). Research masters programs usually offer M.Phil. degrees and are quite intensive. They usually take 18-36 months to complete.

Begin by taking a look at the subjects you learnt in your undergrad program, list down the ones that interest you. Narrow down to your preferred niche and search for possible programs and universities. Applying to British universities and colleges would also require you to take language and/or aptitude tests. So, do consider your academic scores while deciding what and where to study. Look for the intake offered for your preferred courses and prepare accordingly.

Our experienced counsellors can help you identify and secure the university or college where you can thrive. Visit your nearest GRC office for free advice on how to further your post-graduate career in the UK.

Which English language tests are accepted by British institutions?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) is the most preferred English language proficiency test accepted by almost all institutions in the UK and is also advised as per the UK visa rules. However, globally, UK institutions are open to accepting other proficiency tests as well (do check the official website of your preferred institution for the same).

Can students work during studies in the UK?

All students with Tier 4 visa are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during an ongoing session and full-time during vacations. Doctorate students van work full-time throughout the year.

Are UK qualifications recognised worldwide?

Yes, degrees from UK institutions are accepted worldwide and known for their quality of education.

What are the accommodation options available in the UK?

As a Bangladeshi student, you can opt for on-campus residence facility or look for an off-campus accommodation. Most universities in the UK offer Halls of residence (self-catered or full-board) for students from other countries. Living as a resident on-campus is a very affordable option, however you need to apply for it separately, and well ahead in time to secure a slot for yourself.

If you are unable to find such accommodation or wish to stay alone, you can get a space for yourself on rent in shared apartments or stay with a local British family. Remember, the rentals will vary from city to city. Your GRC counsellor will also help you find an accommodation that works out the best for you.

Are there any special requirements for under -18 students to study in the UK?

If you’re 16 or 17 years old and applying for the Tier 4 (General) student visa, you must have written consent from your parents/guardians that you can live and travel independently along with the details of your guardian in the UK. Your GRC counsellor will help you with the same when you apply for your visa.

What are interesting facts about UK universities?

Some interesting facts about UK universities

Four of the top eight universities in the world are located in the UK
The UK ranks second in the world for the quality of it scientific and research institutions
UK Universities and research institutions have produced 107 Nobel prize winners

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