Will Brexit have a Financial Impact on Indian Students?

Last June, the UK decided as a nation to leave the European Union. Since then, this has directly impacted the pound in the international financial market. Studying abroad for most Indian students is a significant financial investment and is a plan that they make often years in advance. Parents are looking at ways of saving money in the long term to ensure that enough is available to send their children away to study. Experts believe that for now, and the next couple of years, Indian students coming to the UK will be spending less, as the value of the pound continues to depreciate against other currencies.

So, will this mean cheaper education in the UK?

In a word, yes.

But how much cheaper do you mean when you say ‘cheaper’?

The pound has gone down significantly compared to rates last year. There has been a drop of an average of Rs15 on the pound.

Average Exchange rate on 26/04/2016 –  1 GBP = 97.0631 INR

Average Exchange rate on 26/04/2017 –  1 GBP = 82.2606 INR

Since 2013, there has been a steady rise in the value of the pound compared to INR but it has now come down significantly in 2017.

But what does this mean in the big picture?

Even if universities do raise their fees, studying costs in the UK are now significantly lower, saving parents almost 5-7 Lakhs. And, with scholarship opportunities like the GREAT Scholarship from British Council, studying abroad this year will be financially viable for a lot more students.

 

Let us consider the below examples of doing a one year Master’s degree in the UK in 2017.

University of Warwick – MSc Accounting and Finance

Type: MSc (Full-Time)

Duration: 12 Months

Start Month: September 2017

Tuition: £33,500

Living Expenses: £11,400

Total Expenses: £44,900

Cost in GBP Cost in INR (2017) Cost in INR (2016) Savings
44,900 36,93,500 43,58,133 6,64,632

 

University of LiverpoolMSc Accounting and Finance

Type: MS (Full-Time)

Duration: 12 Months

Start Month: September 2017

Tuition: £18,000

Living Expenses: £9,200

Total Expenses: £27,200

Cost in GBP Cost in INR (2017) Cost in INR (2016) Savings
27,200 22,37,488 26,40,116 4,02,628

 

University of LeicesterMSc Accounting and Finance

Type: MS (Full-Time)

Duration: 12 Months

Start Month: October 2017

Tuition: £19,545

Living Expenses: £12,200

Total Expenses: £31,745

Cost in GBP Cost in INR (2017) Cost in INR (2016) Savings
31,745 26,11,362 30,81,268 4,69,906

 

Birmingham City UniversityMSc Accounting and Finance

Type: MSc (Full-Time)

Duration: 12 Months

Start Month: September 2017

Tuition: £12,000

Living Expenses: £12,200

Total Expenses: £24,200

Cost in GBP Cost in INR (2017) Cost in INR (2016) Savings
24,200 19,90,706 23,48,927 3,58,221

 

To get help in selecting and applying the right master’s course for you, please get in touch on info@applicationuk.com.

Find out how you can save more by Reducing Your Tuition Fees with ApplicationUK.

 

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UK Scholarships Exclusively for Indian Students

Thinking studying for your master’s degree in the UK?  The British Council has now introduced a total of 169 postgraduate scholarships, exclusively for students from India, in various fields such as Engineering, Law, Business, Art & Design, Biosciences, IT and more. 40 top universities in the UK are participating in providing this scholarship, worth £5,000.

Wondering if it’s too late to get a scholarship for this upcoming academic year? It’s not! The below universities are all offering scholarships worth a minimum of £5,000, and have applications deadlines over the next 3 months.

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University of Westminster

Scholarship value: £7,500

Application details: You must hold an offer for a full-time master’s at the university. The scholarships will be awarded to the best candidate in each faculty area; Architecture and the Built Environment, Business, Media, Arts and Design, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Humanities, and Law. Minimum academic requirement equivalent to a UK 2:1 degree.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 4th May 2017

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University of Nottingham

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Applications are open to students studying for a master’s degree in the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Sciences, or a MSc Biotechnology. You must be in receipt of an offer to study a master’s at the university. Please note, this scholarship is not available to alumni students.

Number of scholarships available: 7

Deadline: 19th May 2017

 83Sheffield-Hallam-University-谢菲尔德哈勒姆大学

Sheffield Hallam University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: The university is offering six GREAT Scholarships of £5,000, exclusively for Indian domiciled students starting a full-time taught course in September 2017. You must have received an offer to study a master’s at the university, and achieve a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent in your undergraduate degree.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 31st May 2017

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Birkbeck, University of London

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: You must have received your unconditional offer letter for your desired Postgraduate course. Once students have received their offer letter, they need to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on the topic:

“Why are you the ideal candidate to receive the £5,000 Birkbeck-GREAT scholarship?”

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 1st June 2017

11University-of-Surrey-萨里大学

University of Surrey

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Scholarships are available for all Indian students studying for a master’s degree within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. To apply, students need to complete an online form, answering the below question in no more than 400 words:

“Sometimes misunderstood, engineering is a profession offering endless creative possibilities. What inspires and excites you most about engineering (is it the opportunity to innovate…to be part of the future…to collaborate with other great minds?) and how do you hope to change the world for the better through engineering?”

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 19th June 2017

 101Bangor-University-班戈大学

Bangor University

Scholarship value: £6,000

Application details: in order to be eligible for this scholarship from Bangor University, you must have already received an offer to study for a master’s degree. You also must have also been offered the International Merit Scholarship, available to all students who achieve a first class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree.

Number of scholarships available: 13

Deadline: 15th June 2017

 22Cardiff-University-卡迪夫大学

Cardiff University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details:  Applications for this scholarship are open to students studying for a master’s degree within the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Eligible students must be holding either a conditional or unconditional offer by midday (GMT) on 30 June 2017.

Number of scholarships available: 8

Deadline: 30th June 2017

 27University-of-Kent-肯特大学

University of Kent

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: The university are offering 5 dedicated scholarships of £5,000 to students from India applying to study master’s degrees in Art and Architecture, Computing and Electronic Engineering, English, History, Journalism, Law and International Relations, and Mathematics and Actuarial Science. Students must have received a conditional or unconditional offer on one of the taught master’s degrees by the application deadline.

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 1st July 2017

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Queen’s University, Belfast

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: This scholarship is open to academically talented students, applying to study for a master’s degree in the following subjects; Cyber Security, Management, and Architecture, Planning and Civil Engineering. Students must hold an unconditional offer of a study place to start in the September 2017 intake.

Number of scholarships available: 6

Deadline: 14th July 2017

 91De-Montfort-University-德蒙福特大学

De Montfort University

Scholarship value: £5,000

Application details: Awards will be made to students who have excelled academically, and who hold an offer to study master’s level in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, the Faculty of Business and Law, or the Faculty of Technology, starting in September/October 2017.

Number of scholarships available: 5

Deadline: 21st July 2017

 

To get a scholarship, you need a conditional/unconditional offer from the university. You also need to submit an additional essay or application in most cases. To check if you can apply for a scholarship, or to get your application started, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

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Enchantment in the United Kingdom

Written by AppUK Student Ambassador in USA, Leanne Springer.

 

“I wandered lonely as a cloud/That floats on high o’er vales and hills, /When all at once I saw a crowd, /A host, of golden daffodils…”

These famous lines quoted in the poem, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud,” were written by the renowned British poet, William Wordsworth, known for being a strong force of the Romantic Movement that hit the shores of Great Britain in the late 18th century.  This particular poem was influenced by a bed of daffodils that Wordsworth and his sister stumbled upon while walking through the English countryside.  Many other great authors and poets come to mind when I think of Great Britain, such as Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, William Blake, Lord Alfred Tennyson, John Keats; to name a few.  My personal love for culture and nature has been burgeoned by the works of such writers.  What better a place for students, specifically from America and Canada, than the United Kingdom to explore and embrace such an abundance of culture and nature?

As English is an official language of America and Canada, students from these countries should have no problem when facing a language barrier in the UK.  Through personal experience, I have come to realize how daunting it can be to study abroad in another country where the language is not your own.  This can lead to communication breakdown.  Though I am not discouraging study in a foreign country where the language is not familiar to one’s own, I do encourage American and Canadian students to study in the UK because of the similarities in language.  This can act as a comfortable beginning for students who have rarely or not traveled outside of America and Canada previously.

Americans and Canadians share another similar aspect with the United Kingdom, which is a mutual respect for nature.  All of these countries offer an abundance of beautiful, natural scenery.  Who does not like to go on a walk through the woods, or to be overlooking a sunset on an ocean shore?  The United Kingdom offers these natural wonders as well.  Americans and Canadians alike can enjoy nature in the United Kingdom, while experiencing a different culture.

Those potential students who decide to study in the United Kingdom through ApplicationUK also have added benefits from the company, such as a free application process, a single application that qualifies for five universities (unlike most North American universities that require a single application for each university, a headache in itself), sponsorship of the Visa, and a bonus of £300.  The money can be used however you see fit (maybe a shopping spree or local travel?)

The next time you experience another culture (perhaps in the UK?) remember the lines of Lord Alfred Tennyson;

“I am part of all that I have met;/ Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough/ Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades/ For ever and for ever when I move.”

 

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Universities Working Hard to Overcome Trump and Brexit Fears: #WeAreInternational

 

With recent economic and political changes, Donald Trump’s presidency and the UK Brexit vote in particular, we know that there is a fear amongst many international students both abroad, and in the UK, that an atmosphere of hostility towards students from outside the West is increasing. Plenty of international applicants simply feel that the UK government isn’t doing enough to make them feel at ease about their future studying abroad.

However, while the UK government might be tightening their policies on immigration in the response to the Brexit vote, UK universities are taking a completely different approach. Feeling the burden of easing student fears has been put on them, they are making great efforts to support the international community.

What are UK universities doing to help international students?

The #WeAreInternational campaign was co-founded by the President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, and the President of the University of Sheffield Students Union (2012-13), Abdi Aziz-Suleiman. The campaign is now backed by over 100 UK universities. International organisations, including the British Council, have also lent their support.

In an extract from their website, the #WeAreInternational campaign describe themselves, and their aims as:

“We are deeply proud of our international university communities and what we gain from our diverse student and staff population is immeasurable. Scholars from across the continent and the world enhance our academic life, knowledge and our economic growth. They are central to the teaching of students and research in everything from medicine and science to engineering, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

We are committed to ensuring our universities remain diverse, inclusive communities of international scholarships open to students and staff from across the world.

 We will continue to ensure our research knows no geographical boundaries and our students and staff from around the world are able to celebrate their own cultures and friendships.

 Our commitment to the UK remaining a welcoming home of global scholarship, which provides a superb education to the most talented people from around the world remains firm.”

Campaigns from supporting organisations and universities include:

British Council, in partnership with Great Britain

Study UK: Discover You

 De Montfort University

#LoveInternational

 University of Kent

#AllInternational

 University of Sheffield

#WeAreInternational

You can find the full list of universities supporting the #WeAreInternational campaign here.

What is UKEC doing to help international students?
Alongside our partner company, ApplicationUK, we are one of a few companies in the UK listed on the #WeAreInternational website’s list of supporters.

We are honoured to be participating in this campaign as UKEC is passionate about helping international students studying in the UK. We recognise the importance of international study, and the benefits it can bring to both the student and host country alike.

With that in mind, we want your help to raise awareness of the #WeAreInternational campaign, and the benefits of being an international student in the UK.

Upload a selfie on Instagram, either on your own or with your friends, and tell us what you love most about studying in the UK. Tag a friend, and nominate them to share their story too! Make sure you tag us in your picture, @ukeducationcentre and use the hashtag #WeAreInternational.

 

For more information on the #WeAreInternational campaign, and studying in the UK as an international student, please contact us here.

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Pre-sessional English Courses

All you need to know about pre-sessional English courses. What are they? How are they different to IELTS? Where can you study them?

What are they?

Pre-sessional English courses are short courses which seek to better the English of international or overseas students with either a conditional offer, or the aim to study a UK university degree.

While pre-sessional courses commonly range from 4 to 12 weeks in length, it all depends on the individual’s current English language level, and the language level required by their chosen degree.

Who needs it?  

Pre-sessional English course students are, more often than not, international or overseas students whose first language is not English. Students can also be those who:

  • have yet to meet the minimum language requirement of their conditional offer;
  • are joining an exchange programme in the UK (e.g. Erasmus or Study Abroad);
  • and / or are planning to progress onto a degree programme at a UK university.

Though, there are rare cases where people do a Pre-sessional English course just to familiarise themselves with British university culture and life before beginning their actual studies… We’re not here to judge!

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Who provides them?

Many HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), as well as Pathway Providers, offer Pre-sessional English courses that are tailored to the degree programmes they offer.

Whilst it makes more sense for individuals to choose the same university of their intended degree course, it is important to consider the gap between their current and required language level to be accepted for their intended degree course.

Length of Pre-sessional English course Score difference to achieve conditional offer requirement
4 – 6 weeks 0.5
8 – 12 weeks 1.0
16 – 24 weeks 1.5

This is due to the reason that some UK universities offer lengthier pre-sessional courses than others (e.g. 100+ weeks pre-sessional courses), which are more useful in some cases!

Here is a short list of the HEI Pre-sessional English course providers:

·         Royal Holloway University, London ·         University of Oxford
·         University of Essex ·         University of Edinburgh

A short list of some Pathway providers and their partner universities:

To check whether a university offers Pre-sessional English courses, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

What are the entry requirements for a Pre-sessional?

Pre-sessional English course programme students are expected to have at least a basic level of knowledge in the English language. Different universities however, have different levels of minimum English language requirements. It is therefore advisable to check with us before making your decision.

What happens after the Pre-sessional course? Is there an assessment?

Unfortunately, yes. After the Pre-sessional course is fully completed, a test with four different components – Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading (similar to IELTS exams) – follows.

The big difference between a Pre-sessional’s assessment and an IELTS examination however, is that the test will cover what was taught during the Pre-sessional course. IELTS tests are a more general English exam.

Is there a high success rate for Pre-sessional students?

The short version – yes (hooray!). In comparison to the IELTS rate, Pre-sessional English courses tend to have a higher pass rate. For instance, the Brunel Language Centre (Brunel University London) reported that their Pre-sessional programmes  have an average pass rate of 96%. Plymouth University also hold a ‘high student success rate’ for their Pre-sessional courses.

What are the pros & cons of doing a Pre-sessional?

Pros 😊 Cons
A large variety – Tailors to different needs, hence better chances at succeeding Costly
UK study experience, prior to intended degree course Time consuming
Enhancing your English Language ability Examination
No need to take the IELTS repeatedly  

 Pre-sessional English course vs. Internal English Test

University Internal English Tests are distinct English tests created by universities.

Internal English Tests are much shorter in duration since they do not require the need for classes nor lessons. While they are also similar to the IELTS tests, which assesses four different components at once, they are only offered by a limited amount of UK universities such as Birmingham City University and Coventry University.

 

For more information, and to apply for a pre-sessional course, contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

 

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IELTS – Commonly Asked Questions

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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. It is a pre-requisite for obtaining a Tier 4 visa, and a good IELTS grade is usually required by universities when applying for Masters courses in the UK. Previously, we gave advice on ‘How to prepare for IELTS’, explaining the test procedure, and what to do in the lead up to it.

Here, we answer your most commonly asked questions, hopefully making what is quite a confusing process, a lot simpler for you!

Which type of IELTS should I take?

There are two types of IELTS; IELTS (Academic) UKVI, and IELTS (Academic). The main difference is that you will need IELTS (Academic) UKVI if you are applying for a visa to study in the UK. There are some exceptions, and UK universities will accept IELTS (Academic), but you don’t want to take any chances. After all, no visa = no study!

What score do I need in my IELTS results?

The results you need will depend on the university and course you wish to attend, as entry requirements vary. You can check this by searching for your chosen universities here. However, as a general rule, master’s courses need an IELTS of between 6.0 and 7.0. The majority of Engineering courses require 6.0, and Business courses 6.5. For courses such as English Literature, where a high proficiency in English is needed, 7.0 is often asked for. In addition to this, the majority of IELTS will also have a minimum individual scoring level, for example: a university may be looking for an overall average of 6.5, but with no individual score lower than 5.0.

Where can I take the IELTS?

UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) have a certain number of approved English language test centres that meet Home Office requirements. If you are intending on using your IELTS in your UK immigration application, you must ensure that you take your tests in one of these centres. Details of approved test centres can be found here.

How do I register for IELTS?

We recommend registering through British Council, who will take you step by step through the registration process, and have a number of UKVI approved test centres around the world. They will also make it clear whether you are applying for IELTS (Academic) UKVI or not.

Click here to apply through British Council.

What will the IELTS consist of?

Below is a handy chart detailing the components of the IELTS (Academic) exam, so you can know what to expect in advance.

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With the UKVI approved IELTS, you can also take a pre-sessional course. These last for between 3 and 20 weeks and focus on improving your academic English. They cover areas such as academic writing, note-taking, and presentation skills. Find out more about IELTS pre-sessional courses here.

For information and tips on taking IELTS, please visit the below links:

General IELTS help and guidance

IELTS tips

IELTS practice papers

If you have any further questions or queries on IELTS for postgraduate study, please contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

For queries on IELTS for undergraduate study, please contact UKEC on international@ukec.com.

 

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What Now? Next Steps After Your Undergraduate Degree

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If you are in your final year of undergraduate study, February is probably the time you are starting to think seriously about your future. You’ve got around four months before you graduate. What are your next steps? The reality is, you’ve got three options; employment, travel, or further study. As an international student you will also have other factors to consider, namely: do you want to stay in the UK? During your three years spent completing your undergraduate degree, you will have met plenty of people you may not want to leave, meaning that being able to remain in the UK is a priority for you. But what do you do whilst you are here?

Here, we run through the three top post-graduation options, hopefully making your decision a little easier! 

Employment

One option, post-graduation, is to go straight into employment. Should you choose to stay in the UK, you have two choices; graduate scheme or direct entry. Graduate schemes are typically offered by large companies and can last anything between 18 months and 3 years. They generally include a mixture of paid training and work, and have start dates in the autumn months. This means you get a summer off! Direct entry jobs work just like any normal job in that you would be expected to start soon after accepting the role. These roles tend to be in smaller organisations, and often employers will be looking for more specialist skills. Depending on your home country, the situation is likely to be similar, and your UK degree will certainly work in your favour in a crowded jobs market. Working in the UK, even for a short period of time, after you graduate will nonetheless provide you with great experience that will help you stand out in the global employment market.

Going from student life, to employment life, is a big adjustment though. No more lie ins, midnight feasts, or mid-week nights out! And your holiday time will be seriously reduced. In the UK, the minimum holiday entitlement is 28 days (including the 8 national bank holidays), which is just four weeks in total, making it very hard to fit in any travelling you may still want to do.

For more information on graduate employment, click here.

 

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Travelling

During your undergraduate degree, you probably took advantage of the prevalence of cheap flights and the UK’s proximity to the continent, and so have seen much of Europe already. Therefore, you may be keen on venturing further afield. Traditional travel routes for student’s post-graduation include Australia, the USA, and Asia. Now, as an international student, you may likely be from one of these countries or areas anyway, so this option might not be for you. You also need to consider what you want to do once you’ve finished travelling. If your ultimate goal is to settle in the UK, you may find it difficult to get visa approval after having been away for a number of months or years. And if you think the adjustment between student life and employed life will be hard, returning to the 9-5 after months of living it up in paradise will be even tougher!

Which is why we would recommend your third option:

 Postgraduate Education

Whether it is a masters degree or a conversion course, further study will ultimately enhance your employment prospects both in the UK and worldwide. You’ll be able to stay in the UK for at least another year, meaning you won’t have to say goodbye to your UK based loved ones just yet. You’ll also be able to take advantage of university term times and holidays, and fit in some more travelling. Did we mention that postgraduate students are also eligible still for student discount? Whilst still being an official student, you can take advantage of websites such as STA Travel, who offer significantly reduced rates and discounts to those still in education.

Applying for postgraduate study doesn’t even have to be a stressful process! ApplicationUK’s online platform allows you to compare and apply for UK postgraduate courses in one simple process. We also have a team of dedicated advisors on hand to give you personalised support and help, whenever you might need it. There are plenty of scholarships available for international postgraduate students, details of which can be found here, including those based on country of origin, subject type, and academic merit. Apply and enrol on a course through ApplicationUK and you could even receive a £300 bursary.

 

We hope this has made your options, and future decisions, a little clearer. Should you decide to go for postgraduate education, applications for courses beginning in the next academic year are still open. Search for your ideal course here, or contact Team AppUK on info@applicationuk.com.

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Reminder: Americans are eligible for federal student aid!

The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a student aid fund run by the U.S. Department of Education to help finance students pursuing higher education, whether it be a Bachelors or Masters degree.

What a lot of Americans don’t realise is that they are still able to make an application for student aid EVEN if they choose to pursue a degree in the UK. There is a lot of confusion on whether funding is available for Americans overseas and who it might be available to.

Let’s make it simple then…

Remember this date: June 30th
Most Americans will be familiar with the FAFSA if they have previously completed an undergraduate degree in the U.S. In fact, even earlier; as Seniors in high school are required by their schools to fill out a FAFSA as a class assignment. This is in order to teach students to take control of their student funding in the years ahead.
June 30th is the typical deadline for the online FAFSA application but it does vary in some states so please check on this website: https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm

Eligibility: You must be an American citizen with a high school diploma or GED who has been enrolled or accepted as a student at a university degree or certificate program. You can click to see this simple pathway on the following image:

 

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Type of aid: Pell Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct PLUS Loan
If you’re an undergraduate student who is spending less than a year’s time in the UK then Pell Grants are the best option. Grants don’t have to be paid back but are only awarded if you’re eligible according to your financial need. Those who cannot apply for a grant will need to look at Direct Subsidized Loans, loans with no interest charges until after graduation.

For undergraduates who don’t demonstrate financial need (depends on yours or parent’s income)—Direct Unsubsidized Loans are available but charge interest straight away.

Direct PLUS Loans are most suitable for postgraduate students and parents of students with a good credit history, interest is charged at all times.

Which UK universities are eligible to receive US student aid?
For a full list please have a look here: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/international-schools-in-federal-loan-programs.xlsx

Not the right option for you? If you’d like to learn more about other funding opportunities for American students, please message our AppUK team at info@applicationuk.com

Source: http://fafsa.ed.gov

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Working Part-Time as an International Student in the UK – A Guide

Studying for a postgraduate degree can be an expensive business, and in order to have a little bit of spare cash, many students will get a part-time job. Whether or not you need to get a part-time job could depend on the university you choose, a quick look at the most cost-effective UK cities will help highlight this for you. If you do decide to work part-time alongside studying, there are a few things you need to know:

Maximum Hours Per Week:

During term time, you can work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. The sticker in your passport of your biometric residence permit (BRP) specifies the maximum number of hours you are allowed to work in a week, so always make sure you check this. Click here for more information.

National Minimum Wage:

In the UK, there is a National Minimum Wage, with different rates based on your age. These change every April, but the current rates are as follows:

25 and over = £7.50 per hour

21 – 24 = £7.05 per hour

18 – 20 = £5.60 per hour.

No matter how many hours you work, your employer must pay you at least these minimum rates per hour. Click here for more information.

National Insurance:

You need a valid National Insurance number to work in the UK. This may be printed on the back of your biometric residence permit (BRP). If it is, you do not need to apply for a new one. If there isn’t one there, you need to apply for one, and you can only do this once you have arrived in the UK. In order to get a National Insurance number, you must have the right to work or study in the UK. To apply for a National Insurance number, ring the application line on 0345 600 0643. This line is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Click here for more information.

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What jobs can I do?

In general, you can do any kind of job, as long as you do not work over the maximum number of hours a week. There are a few restrictions on what jobs you cannot do. These include; professional sportsperson, including a sports coach, entertainer, doctor or dentist (unless you are on the foundation programme), or a full-time permanent role. You may also not be self-employed. Find out more here.

That means, there is plenty that you can do! Below are a few examples we would recommend:

Bar/restaurant work – Okay, so the pay isn’t amazing, but the hours are flexible and can easily be fitted around your studies. Tips also help to boost your bank balance somewhat! This kind or work does usually involve late nights, and slightly unsociable hours though, so if you are not a night owl, it may not be for you.

Shop work – Whether it is in your local supermarket, or favourite clothes store, there are plenty of opportunities to work in shops in the UK. This type of role will involve a lot of weekend work, so can easily be fitted around your studies, and you may even receive a store discount. This type of role often involves a lot of time on your feet though, and unhappy customers can sometimes be trying on your patience (to say the least!)

Office work – You could consider getting a part time role in an office, either in an administrative role or a junior position version of what you want to do when you graduate. This will give you a great opportunity to really develop your English language skills, and gain some experience in a professional workplace setting. However, offices tend to work 9-5 hours, Monday to Friday so you may find it more difficult to fit around your university commitments.

Or, you could become a Student Ambassador for ApplicationUK!

We are currently looking for enthusiastic, passionate, and confident students to help spread ApplicationUK’s message and what we do. The role involves flexible working hours, the chance to receive up to £100 per student you refer, and the opportunity to develop key employability skills and experiences. You will receive full career development support from your dedicated advisor, and even secure a full-time job offer for when you graduate. Find out more here.

Before you do anything more, take a look at Job Hunting 101, our handy guide to searching for, and applying to, part-time roles in the UK.

 

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The UK’s Most Cost-Effective Cities to Study In

The NatWest Student Living Index looks at which university cities and towns are the most cost-effective in the UK. These types of studies are extremely useful in helping you determine where you want to study. You can’t always base your decision on course content alone, and so need to know more about the particular city and life in the UK in general. NatWest’s head of student accounts, Dave Jones, agrees, stating “Making the most of university can be expensive and there is a massive difference in the costs students face depending on where they choose to study” (source). The Student Living Index looks at a range of factors, such as average income for students, average time spent by students socialising, studying, or working part-time, average rent costs and living expenses, and stress factors for students.

The index found that the most cost-effective university city was Portsmouth, with Liverpool and Newcastle following on closely behind. Edinburgh was found to be the least cost-effective city, in part due to its above average rent prices. But students are also amongst the most sociable, spending the most amount each week on going out, so don’t discount Scotland’s capital just yet! Unsurprisingly, it was Oxford and Cambridge who topped the list when it came to the average amount of time students spent on academic study, whilst those from Belfast and Manchester work the most part-time hours.

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The top three cities in terms of rent costs were Oxford, Cambridge, and Brighton, with all three coming in at least £10 more expensive than the national average per week. Unexpectedly, London fell below the average weekly rate for rent prices, while Cardiff, Manchester, and Belfast were the three cheapest cities.

Despite these figures, subject choice was the number one consideration for students when deciding on their university of choice, with 46% of students naming it as their main motivation for choosing their university. Just 3% listed cost of living as a motivational factor their university choice. Perhaps this is why over half the students surveyed said that they found managing their finances stressful? Avoid the stress and make sure you are fully informed when choosing the right university for you. You can view the NatWest Student Living Index report in full here.

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Find out more about all the universities listed here, and others in the UK, on our University guide page.

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