on the journey
Consider Uni-UK as your personal guide on the road to your university career. We will help you right from your first inquiry, through your application process, all the way to your departure day as you begin your next chapter. With virtual or face-to-face advisories, information sessions and events, portfolio and application reviews, and accessible communication with students and counsellors alike, you’ll find our assistance valuable and timely. We’ll also assist you with departure details including the visa process.
What is UCAS?
UCAS is the acronym for The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service
It is a UK-based organisation that operates the application process for applicants applying to British universities. This service allows you to manage your whole application journey, including viewing your application, providing references, submitting your application and seeing your offer status. At Uni-UK we are advisors that will help and support you and your students through the entire application process.
Please visit here for more information on what UCAS provides and help definitions of other terms explained so you can be fully versed and up to date on what you need to know.
Cost of study
We understand that choosing to study overseas is a major financial investment. Therefore, to help guide you, we have complied the following information to provide you an overview of the costs related to studying in the UK. We also have pulled together a list of ways that you might be able to apply and gain support for some of these costs.
It's likely the most important consideration for many students: What will it cost? Tuition fees are the starting point in the cost of an education overseas. Uni-UK not only understands this; we make sure our student applicants do, as well. The UK is still one of the most cost-effective centres of education in the world. It maintains a global reputation for academic excellence and quality of life. Tuition is the per-year fee you pay for the course you enrol in. It is paid in advance at the beginning of the academic year. Tuition covers the cost of the teaching you will receive and the facilities and services you might use while studying.
Your tuition and living expenses will depend on which university you attend, where you are living, and what program you are studying. Tuition costs are clearly posted for all universities and colleges we work with. Check their websites for specifics. Keep in mind the “international fees” posted. If you are not sure what your status is, visit UKCISA – UK Council for International Student Affairs. They help clarify the fee levels and other considerations for international students.
It's important to consider all costs associated with a UK university education. Where are you going to live and what other expenses can you expect to incur? Besides housing there are additional costs such as: field trips, study tours, materials, and equipment for your course (check the course page for specifics).
Accommodations will be your largest expense, whether you are staying in halls of residence associated with your university or private rentals. You can expect anywhere from £150 to £500 per week and above. Of course, there are other costs of living like: food and personal items, transit, cell phones, and entertainment. We advise all students to create a budget and follow a financial plan so that you can concentrate on your studies and ultimately succeed.
The UK Visa and Immigration Services – UKVI, requires all international students to prove they have the funds to study and live in the UK for their first year. Whether you are privately funding or acquiring loans, you will need proof you can cover all your academic and living expenses for that first year. More information on this is available from The UK Government.
Funding for students
Most of the academic institutions we work with, offer a wide range of scholarships to students hoping to study in the UK. Please visit the institutions website to find out more about the scholarships and bursaries they have available. Please note that the application process will likely need an offer for your course to be in place. If, however there is no scholarships at your chosen institution, you may still be eligible for an external support, get in touch with us if you have any questions.
Student Loans to Study Abroad
Generally, you can apply for government funded loans for international study. Many banks also offer private loans for international students. You must apply through your local student assistance office, and we can provide that specific contact information for you. Loans require a means test to prove you need the loan to study abroad.
Here is a resource for students interested in applying for Tuition Fee Loans.
For even more information related to financing your education, please contact us directly.
Working While Studying in the UK
Having a part-time job can not only help you finance your living costs but can also support future job prospects and provide relevant work experience. While this sounds like a great opportunity, it does come with a condition: there is a cap to the number of hours you are allowed to work while in the UK on a Study Visa. More important details can be found here on The UK Government website.