About UK

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (which is usually shortened to just the UK or United Kingdom) is a political union made of up of four countries, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. England, Scotland and Wales share the island of Great Britain, which lies just off the northwest coast of continental Europe. The fourth country, Northern Ireland, is a portion of another island, which is split between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an independent country, in the south. The UK also has overseas territories such as Bermuda and Gibraltar.

The union of Great Britain and Northern Island is the latest that has occurred over the last 300 years. Originally Scotland and England were two entirely separate countries with their own monarchs and political systems, and Wales fell under the control of England and was known as a principality.

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    Education System

    The education system in the UK is divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children in the UK have to legally attend primary and secondary education which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 16 years old.

    The UK has a vast variety of higher education opportunities to offer students with over 100 universities offering various degree programs for students from the UK and around the world. In the UK about one-third of all students go on to some form of higher education and this number is well over 50% for students from Scotland. This makes competition for places very fierce and so it is advised to apply early for courses.

    Worldwide Recognition
    Degrees and qualifications from UK higher education institutions are known around the world as high quality and world class. This standard of excellence is set by some of the older universities with recognizable names, such as Oxford and Cambridge, but the tradition carries through to many of the universities and colleges throughout the UK. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favor!


    For Undergraduate/ Graduate/ PhD studies, the intakes are January/ February, June/July and September/ October. A few institutions have additional intakes.

    Work Permit

    An international student in the UK is typically allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during school term, and up to full-time when school is out of term. Of course, you should always check with your international advisor at your school before starting any work – you do not want to be in violation of your visa, and rules change frequently. Also, it is not always easy to find a job, so relying on work income to fund your education is not a good idea. Unless you have employment set up through your school before you arrive, you should plan to fund the entire first year of your studies without any employment income. Please visit our Visa and Immigration pages for more details on working in the UK as an international student.

    Living Costs

    You should allow around £10,000–£12,000 a year for your living expenses. Here are some of the things that you should budget for and their average prices:

    Student accommodation: £150-400 per monthly.
    Bills (except in halls of residence, where they are included in the rent): average is £21 per week.
    Food/household shopping: £30–£33.
    Clothing: average is £12 per week.
    Household goods (including laundry): average is £8–£12 per week.
    Course costs (books, stationery, any specialist equipment, photocopying of course materials): average is £32 per week.
    Travel (this will vary a lot depending on where you are living and how much you travel around the UK): average outside London is £15 per week; inside London £18.
    Social activities: average is £38.


    Academic IELTS / TOFEL
    Undergraduate course:-  Minimum +2 passed securing 50% above At least Min 5.5
    Postgraduate course:- Bachelor degree completed with 50% above At least Min 6.0
    Graduate course:- Bachelor degree completed with 50% above and 1 year work experience At least Min 6.0
    You can apply for Pre-Seasonal English course also.