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British Council India Working to Facilitate Education in the UK for Indian Students

query_builder July 31, 2017, 09:45 AM |  Overseas Education

About United Kingdom  

United Kingdom is the island country located off the north-western coast of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom comprises the whole of the island of Great Britain—which contains England, Wales, and Scotland—as well as the northern portion of the island of Ireland. The name Britain is sometimes used to refer to the United Kingdom as a whole. The capital is London, which is among the world’s leading commercial, financial, and cultural centres.  

The United Kingdom has made significant contributions to the world economy, especially in technology and industry. Since World War II, however, the United Kingdom’s most prominent exports have been cultural, including literature, theatre, film, television, and popular music that draw on all parts of the country. Perhaps Britain’s greatest export has been the English language, now spoken in every corner of the world, as one of the leading international mediums of cultural and economic exchange. 

Britain being an island country sports a temperate maritime climate. The surrounding sea gives England a varied as well as unpredictable climate. In general, the summers are warm (not much higher than 32ºC) and winters are cool (not much lower than 0ºC), however both milder than those on the continent. Rain is fairly well distributed throughout the year, with late winter/spring (February to March) the driest period and autumn/winter (October to January) the wettest. 

The UK is a diverse, multicultural society, home to a large Indian Diaspora. Through close historical and family ties, the UK offers Indian students a range of home comforts such as temples for all faiths in major cities, access to familiar foods; as well as cricket and Premier League football.  

The UK and India share a common palate as well with dishes like Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Rogan Josh, Malai Kofta, Chole. Palak Paneer and Chaat available throughout the country. Indian cuisine is amongst the most popular in England, with more Indian restaurants than fast food establishments in England and Wales.


Education in the UK 

Studying in the UK is a truly international experience, attracting the largest numbers of overseas students after the US. A recent research done by the British Council revealed that one in ten current world leaders have studied in the UK. Notable alumni from UK universities include the former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president. 38% of Nobel Laureates who have studied at universities abroad, studied in the UK – more than any other country. The UK is a destination for not only studies, but all-rounded development and professional growth. 

British education is a quality-mark and a passport to global success. The UK is home to some of the oldest and most respected universities in the world. The UK hosts four of the world’s top ten universities - Cambridge, UCL, Imperial College London and Oxford- and is home to 30 of the world’s top 200 universities according to QS World Rankings 2016-17. Oxford has been ranked the best university in the world by Times Higher Education World University rankings. 

The UK has a global reputation for excellence in education and skills and offers excellent value for money. British degree courses are more intense than in many other countries, with students receiving high quality education in a comparatively shorter period. HSBC study finds that among the most common study destinations like US, Australia, Singapore and UK, UK is the least expensive, with an average fee of $35,045 a year for an undergraduate course. It is also the second most desired destination for higher education. According to the Universities UK report- 13% of international HE students prefer UK and 92% of postgraduate students in the UK rate the quality of teaching positively. 

Education in UK is one of the best investments for a student’s future, be it for employment prospects in their home country or an international destination. UK-educated international graduates achieve markedly higher average salaries in their home country. The students returning to India achieve an average starting salary of £13,214 as opposed to £4,394, as per The 'Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey' 2011. A recent QS global survey of 27,000 graduate employers showed that UK degrees are highly valued by employers worldwide. Graduates from Oxford and Cambridge were rated as the most employable in the world, while LSE, Imperial College London and the University of Manchester all made it in the list of top ten institutions. 


Job & Career Opportunities in the UK 

Besides, the UK continues to offer excellent opportunities for international graduates wishing to work in the UK after their studies. 

  • Jobs: Those with an offer of a graduate-level job, paying a graduate salary can take up sponsored employment through Tier 2, with around 28,000 UK employers in this category. If graduates apply from within the UK, the resident labour market test is waived and they are not subject to the annual limit on Tier 2 numbers.
  • Entrepreneurs: There is a Tier 1 route for graduate entrepreneurs. Those who have been identified by their higher education institution or the Department for International Trade can stay on for up to two years to develop their business in the UK before switching into Tier 2 (if they will be taking up employment with a sponsor) or the main Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) route.
  • Professional Training/Internship: There are also provisions for switching into Tier 5 for those graduates wishing to undertake a period of professional training or a corporate internship related to their qualifications, before pursuing a career overseas. However, they will not be allowed to remain in the UK to continue working afterwards under this provision.
  • Research Work: PhD students can stay in the UK for an extra year, under the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme, to look for work or start their own business. 


Government Support to Foreign Students 

The UK also facilitates study in UK though various scholarship schemes for Indian students. Chevening is British Government’s flagship global scholarship programme, initiated in 1983, offered in over 140 countries with approximately 1800 awards on offer annually. It is funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. There are over 46,000 Chevening alumni in the world and over 2,300 in India. The Chevening India programme is the world’s largest with a £2.6 million budget to fund about 110 fully funded scholarships and fellowships for future Indian leaders. 

Science Minister Jo Johnson announced a number of new UK-India Newton-Bhabha Fund programmes at the Education, Science and Innovation Futures event of the India-UK Tech summit, attended by world-leading scientists and senior research policy leaders. The new programmes take the total joint UK-India investment in research through the Newton-Bhabha Fund up to £200 million by 2021. The Newton-Bhabha fund is a major India-UK partnership which brings together the world class excellence of the UK and India to address global challenges through science and technology. 

International students are greatly valued by the UK. It is recognised that they make an important contribution during their time here, and they help make the education system one of the best in the world. We are committed to ensuring our top universities are a magnet for the best students from around the world. Since 2010, there has been a 47% rise in international students applying to come to our elite Russell Group universities. Last year we issued over 11,600Tier 4 visas, a 9% increase on the previous year. 
There has been a steady increase in the number of study visas granted every year. The proportion of Indian students coming to study in the UK at a university has increased from around 50% in 2010 to around 90% in 2015.  This trend of smaller volumes of students with greater concentrations in higher education is likely to reflect the recent policy changes to clamp down on immigration abuse by non-genuine students and bogus colleges. 


Requirements to Study in the UK 

The student visa process is straightforward for genuine students. In 2016, 91% of student entry clearance visa applications from India were approved, and 99% are approved within 15 days. Students simply need to show that they have a place to study at an education institution on our sponsorship list; have the funds to support themselves; and have the level of English language skills required to follow their course.  

For students whose first language is not English, it is vital that their standard of English across all four parameters- reading, writing, speaking and listening, is adequate for successful completion of their course. Universities state their minimum English language entrance requirement in a variety of different tests – IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as the Certificate in Advanced English/CAE, or Cambridge ESOL). 

IELTS, International English Language Testing System, is the most recognised and accepted test for English language around the world. The test takes just under three hours with four parts: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Applicants receive a score between 1 and 9, with the latter being the highest. British Council also provides free online certificate courses to help students perfect their English and understand how to get better score in IELTS.

Most universities specify their tests and scores in language and skill, as per the requirement of the course. The test is not only limited to UK, but can help students to study or migrate to other English speaking countries in the world. 
To make the information easily accessible to the students aspiring to study in the UK, British Council organises a series of Study UK exhibitions, Pre departure briefings and Study UK information sessions across various cities in India. Through these sessions and activities, the prospective students and their parents can get all the information on the education system in the UK, how to apply for colleges and the steps to be taken after receiving an offer (Conditional/unconditional) from the UK institutions. More information can be accessed at - 


About British Council 

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. 
We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. 


About UK/India 2017 

UK/India2017 is a year-long celebration of the long-standing relationship between India and the UK, which will see a vast programme of cultural exchange and activity take place in cities across both countries. Working with a huge number of partners and institutions, the British Council is developing a programme of cultural activity which will connect and inspire people in both countries; and strengthen and celebrate the UK and India’s cultural ties. For more information on UK/India 2017 please visit 


Rajeswari P
Senior Manager, Marketing and Communications, South India 

British Council | 737 Anna Salai | Chennai | 600 002 | India


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