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University in the UK

University in the UK

Autumn is the time of year to prepare your applications for getting into a UK university a year from now. Anyone with children in their final school year will become increasingly familiar with the acronyms UCAS, SATs, as well as ToEFL and IELTS as well as thinking about accommodation, living costs, fees, waiting lists, clearing and so on. The fact that many like you are going through the same process may at least provide some consolation.


There is a tremendous amount to learn when it comes to preparing to study in the UK. The British Council is one very good source of information for aspiring students as well as parents. Fortunately, the British Council has a presence in Ukraine and is able to provide much needed information on topics such as going to university in the UK, studying English in the UK, boarding schools, scholarships and funding and so on. www.britishcouncil.org.ua/en


Why the interest in studying English or in the UK? As Ukraine’s economy and society develops, expectations and hopes rise. The demand for overseas higher education is rising exponentially. European and especially UK universities are more than happy to welcome overseas students. Inquiry-based learning, top quality courses in a large and disparate selection of fields, flexibility, freedom of thought and globally-recognised examination standards together make the UK a powerful magnet for students wishing to broaden their educational horizons.


On the other side of the equation, higher education overseas iscertainly not cheap. The cost of tuition for British and European students is rising year by year, so much so that there is already little difference between “home” and “international” students, at least for arts courses. Competition for places is now tighter than ever before.


For overseas students, the final bill for studying in Britain will not leave much change from £20,000 a year. For students, and indeed parents, on a budget the Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees, which compares the cost of study at 140 UK universities and colleges, is a very useful tool. Most universities in England and Wales will charge a maximum of £9,000 a year for their tuition fees for home students with very few indeed charging less than this figure.


Tuition fees for students from outside the EU, and for postgraduate courses, vary widely with undergraduate fees ranging from £9,700 to £49,600 with medicine being the most expensive study course and subjects in the arts and humanities falling at the lower end of the scale. Postgraduate courses range from £3,400 to £37,500 for UK and EU students – the same courses costing £8,925 – £42,050 for students from outside the EU, depending on the subject.
It is always worth carrying out some research into scholarships, which assist greatly and/or may completely cover the funding required to study in the UK. There are both government-funded and non-governmental scholarships available for international students. Among the former are the British Chevening Scholarships, which are for international students and funded by the UK Foreign & Comonwealth Office and partner organisations. The latter include the CastleSmart Scholarship, which is open to all nationalities and which offers £6,000 annually for an undergraduate student in the UK. Applicants must create a compelling YouTube video outlining their study and career plans. Some universities and colleges also provide scholarships for a number of international students.