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Everything you need to know about studying and living in the UK


With more than 120,000 Indian students studying in the UK in 2021-2022, Indian students make up among the largest international student communities in the UK. Over the past few years, the number of Indian students, choosing to study and live in the UK, has increased consistently every year. As students aspire to earn globally recognised academic degrees and high-quality education from some of the top universities of the world.

The UK, saw a 50% YoY increase in the number of Indian students studying in the country in 2021-22 as per data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). This stands testimony to Indian students’ increasing preference for the UK as their study abroad destination for a variety of reasons, including the wide range of subjects, the number of scholarship opportunities, and globally acclaimed courses.

With its long history of welcoming international students from around the globe, the UK offers Indian students an academic and living experience that is hard to beat globally, thanks to an affordable cost of living, inclusive and diverse culture, and a safe student-friendly environment.

Experts now believe that the recent initiatives launched by the UK government like the Graduate Route and Young Professionals Scheme have been major contributors to the rise in students opting for the UK. Also, the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications agreement signed by India and the UK last year – to officially recognise each other’s academic degrees and high educational qualifications – will enable more Indians to apply to study and live in the UK.


ET Spotlight

While the interest for studying in the UK remains high, many students, and their parents and mentors find the thought of applying to study and live in the UK, daunting. To address this challenge and help students get all the tools, resources, and know-how they need, the Economictimes.com will be hosting an interactive learning forum, titled Study and Live in the UK, to deep-dive into everything they need to know. The event is being presented by the EconomicTimes.com, in collaboration with the British Council, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), and British Universities International Liaison Association (BUILA).

Scheduled for 6pm on March 28, the Study and Live in the UK event will feature a series of presentations, panel discussion, and a LIVE interactive question and answer (Q&A) session to answer all your doubts on:

  1. Why and how to apply to study in the UK

  2. Student Guide for working with agents

  3. Scholarship opportunities you can avail

  4. Visa and immigration policies and tips

  5. Student life in the UK

  6. How to propel your career with a UK education

Register now Here’s what you can expect to learn at the Study and Live in the UK event:

  1. How to apply to study in the UK?

Find out all about the application process; how to choose the right university for you; what criteria and requirements you need to keep in mind; how you can ace your Statement of Purpose and get the right Letter of Recommendation, and more – all of which will ensure you are ready to apply

Find out why the UK is the preferred study abroad destination for world leaders, with more than one in four of the top global leaders educated in the UK universities. Also discover the educational courses and institutions you can consider and the alternative and additional learning courses you can opt for. Understand the studying and living options, the cost of living, the student culture, among a host of other reasons why the UK provides a student experience that is difficult to beat.

  1. Scholarship opportunities

Find out about the range of scholarships available to you – from the GREAT and Women in STEM scholarships to Commonwealth and university-specific scholarships. Find out details such as how to apply, how competitive they are, what you can do to stand out and how much is an average scholarship worth.

  1. Visa and immigration policies and tips

Most UK visas (25% of total) in 2022 were issued to Indians, including a record number of Indian students. Find out the different visa processes and policies, how to apply for them. At this session, find out all about the student visa process, how to put in a good visa application, what the Graduate Route is and its benefits, deadlines that you need to keep in mind, and the common issues, challenges and mistakes and how you can avoid them.

  1. How to propel your career with a UK education

Find out how UK universities can help you navigate your career ambitions, the support you will receive, and how a UK education will set you up for life. You can also find out more about the Graduate Route and Young Professionals Scheme and take your career to the next level. Also understand how a UK degree provides you with valuable work placements and skill development opportunities, as a part of your studies, to kick-start your career. Once you are done with your education, a UK degree can also kickstart your career and help you realise your ambitions for a long and successful career. UK graduates are regarded among the most employable in the entire world and are earning more and progressing further than their peers who have been educated elsewhere.

To find out more about studying and living in the UK, the UK job market outlook and how an education in the UK can help you navigate your career ambitions and take your career to the next level, don’t forget to sign up for the Study and Live in the UK forum hosted by the EconomicTimes.com.

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