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1. Country Overview

1. Country Overview

Often referred to as Great Britain, the United Kingdom has become a major tourism hub for millions of visitors from around the world. The strong economy, huge thriving consumer markets, supermarket chains, shopping malls, retail outlets, fast food chains, business firms, legal firms, large number of boroughs and counties with London as the capital make UK an irresistible choice for students to study and work, besides attracting international visitors.

Students find the UK a very comfortable place to live in. You can commute with so much ease. Take your pick from London’s famous Tube or Metro, the single-deck and double-decker buses, trains and ferries that transport you from one place to another in superb comfort at very affordable prices. The food and cuisine is truly international and students from every corner of the world find exactly what they want to eat. With a moderate temperature during a period of under two months in summer, the rest of the year is pleasant with cool winds prevailing from the Southwest over the North Atlantic. Skies are cloudy and everyday is almost overcast weather. The winter is really cold and witnesses some stints of heavy snowfall.


2. Why Study in UK?

2. Why Study in UK?

Every year in many countries, students continue to tick the United Kingdom as the Number One Choice for their studies. While the reasons are many and varied, it has to be seen in the special context of the traditional and historical role of UK being a pioneer in education for the whole world due to the vast influence of the erstwhile British Empire.

Thus, the United Kingdom is second leading study destination for students. Historically too, with great institutions of excellence such as Oxford and Cambridge, the UK has remained a bastion for high standards of education instilled with a sense of discipline for nurturing future leaders.

Employers the world over prefer candidates who are UK qualified. Another factor is the uniqueness of the courses that are designed to introduce many new innovative features to international students. Studying in the UK means that students are encouraged to be independent in their thinking, bring creativity to their learning and imbibe a high sense of individuality, self-expression and reliance. For international students, the UK job market is an irresistible attraction because it offers a diversity of jobs with excellent pay scales, fringe benefits and the choice of carving out a well-planned career pathway for lifelong success. Then there is the opportunity to settle down permanently as a Citizen of the United Kingdom based on certain categories.

3. UK Education System

3. UK Education System

The UK System of Education consists of educational institutions such as Schools, Colleges, Universities, Open College, Open University, Colleges of Technology, Institutes and Teacher Training Colleges. Overall, the Alphabetical System of Grading is followed in UK Education. Apart from the Alphabetical Grading System, the Numerical System is also used for Grading in the UK.

At the School Level, in the United Kingdom:

  • “O” level is equivalent to SSC
  • “A” levels (2 years) is equivalent to HSC

Among the many types of taught courses, the Types of Degrees offered include:
Postgraduate Certificates (PGCert) and Diplomas (PGDip), Master (MA; MSc), and Master of Business Administration (MBA).

What are the Types of Research Degrees offered?

The following are the Types of Research Degrees offered:

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Master of Research (MRes)
  • Professional/Taught Doctorates (DEng, DMus, DEd, DBA, DClinPsych)
  • New Route Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD or DPhil)

Sandwich and Foundation Programme
A very carefully planned program blending periods of study and time to be spent in the concerned industry is known as a Sandwich Programme. Usually the time periods of course studies in such programmes extends to 4 years instead of the regular 3 years.

4. Costs

4. Costs

Cost of Tuition

The Tuition Fee varies from Subject to Subject and from Course to Course.

However, it can safely be assumed that the Tuition Fees for:

  • Arts and Humanities is in the range of £ 8,000 to £ 12,000 per annum.
  • Engineering and Science is in the range of £ 10,000 to £ 13,000 per annum.
  • Business is in the range of £ 7,000 to £ 16,000 per annum.
  • MBA is in the range of £ 7,000 to £ 25,000 per annum.

Cost of Living

Cost of Living expenses entirely depends on where you decide to live in London. If you live in places outside the limits of London, it will be affordable and if you live within the limits of London area it will be a bit expensive.

The Costs work out to £ 7200 per annum for living in places outside London. The costs climb a bit higher at £ 9000 per annum for living inside London.

UK offers a wide choice of accommodation for students. Besides the guaranteed accommodation to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students being offered by Universities in Halls of Residence, there are many others choices such as On Campus (College Hostels that are either self-catered or fully-catered), Off-Campus (Renting a Flat or an Apartment) and the simple and easy to find Home-Stay (with Families living near the Student’s Institution of Study). Home-Stay is considered convenient because it saves students a lot of time, money and energy consumed commuting from one point to another.

Budgeting Costs – How you can SAVE money

Save through Scholarships

You should know that in general, the UK Government funds most of the Universities. But these funds are considered very limited and not quite proportionate to the huge number of Universities in the UK. Naturally, all funding is done through the UL public’s tax contribution to the Government, and there is enormous pressure on funding Universities. This leaves UK Universities with little funds to disburse among students in the form of bursaries and scholarships. So, you really have to be in the picture if you want to know how many scholarships are available to apply in time before other students avail the opportunity as competition is tough.

Apart from these Scholarships and Awards, the Government of UK has sponsored the Chevening Commonwealth Scholarship and the DFID Scholarship. These Scholarships are designed to help students from Commonwealth Countries to pursue Higher Education in the UK. You should know that Advertisements are published in Pakistan’s leading newspapers announcing both these Scholarships which are very competitive as they are purely based on your Academic Grades, Age and Course of Study that you intend pursuing in the UK. The deadlines for filing your Application are set well before your Course of Study in the UK commences.

Another way to save on your Tuition Fee expenses is to apply for certain Awards that most UK Universities give to only those students who have an impeccable academic record and have shown excellent grades. If you can really win such Awards on your Merit alone, go for it!

5. Student life in UK

5. Student life in UK

You’ll just love life as a student in the UK.

One of the most important aspects is your on-campus accommodation which is the best option as it saves you a lot of time. But the demand for on-campus accommodation is too high and you have to apply as early as possible to secure one. However, if you wish other types of accommodations, your UK University authorities will arrange suitable and budget-friendly accommodation in residence halls, privately owned flats and houses or home-stay with a UK family.

Life on campus is an invigorating, hectic, exciting and fulfilling experience. Besides your regular classes and zero hour classes, there are many extracurricular activities. May be you get selected to perform in a theatre or go out to watch movies. Being a member of the various sports and departmental clubs in your College or University is a guarantee that you will be kept quite busy the whole year through as you pursue your terms of study.

Regarding your health and well-being, you don’t have to worry at all. You’ll get access to the best health care at affordable costs, valid for you as well as for the dependants living with you in the UK. For availing free medical treatment, students can contact the National Health Service.

Many of the city attractions in London and elsewhere are free for students, making students live a fun-filled life as they seriously pursue their studies. The best part is that you’ll be amazed at how things work in your favor as whatever you purchase right from your travel pass to groceries and more come with so much value for every penny or pound you spend.

During vacations you’ll love visiting beautiful tourist attractions in London and across the UK. Besides you can visit around the British Isles and also take short trips into Europe. You have the opportunity to visit Paris, Stockholm, Frankfurt and many other cities in Europe you had always dreamt of visiting.

6. Application Procedure

6. Application Procedure

The route to your UK Student Visa Application largely depends on which Course of Study and which College or University you intend to apply to in the UK. However, considering the Admissions Schedule the respective deadlines for submission of Applications have to be met under all circumstances.

The Application Route to Undergraduate Courses

  • Route your applications only through UCAS
  • Only 1 application can be made per academic year
  • Application process in online
  • Up to 5 different Universities can be applied to in one single application form
  • UCAS charges a fee of £ 19 to process applications (applying for up to 5 Universities) and £ 5 if applying to just one University

Application Deadlines:

    • For Art and Design Courses of Study- 24th March of every year.
    • For Oxford/Cambridge15th October of every year.

      For Other Programs
      , the Application Deadlines are as follows:

1st Deadline – 15th Jan of every year.

2nd and Final Deadline30th June of every year.


There are generally TWO Intakes in Australia – February and July of every year. Yet, very few Universities offer multiple intakes in September and November.

Strongly Recommended: Make your applications 7-8 months prior to the intake deadlines. Universities generally take around 4-6 weeks to process your applications.

Documents needed

  • An application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Mark Sheets/Transcripts
  • Passing Certificates (from Class 10/ O Level onwards)
  • Two Reference Letters (from colleges/employers)
  • Passport copy or Birth Certificate
  • IELTS Score Sheet

Entry Requirements/Eligibility

Undergraduate – Bachelors

  • A good academic record in High School Certificate or 12 years of schooling
  • Some courses such as Computing and Engineering will require Mathematics and /or Science as pre-requisites
  • 6.0 IELTS

Postgraduate – Masters

  • A good academic record in Bachelors Degree from a recognized university is necessary
  • Any work experience in the field will be helpful
  • For MBA programs at some Universities students need to have work experience along with their Bachelors Degree
  • 6.5 IELTS

7. Visa guideline

7. Visa guideline

If you wish to apply for a UK Student Visa you should file-in your application under the ‘UK Tier 4 – Students’ Category. Your application will be assessed under the NEW Points-Based System (PBS). Your Visa Application Form commonly also known as VAF is VAF 9 and the Visa Application Fee is £ 289/- currently.

Financial Requirements: Proof of Evidence of Sufficient Funds for your Studies in UK

Besides completing all aspects of your UK Student Visa using the VAF 9, you should also provide the following essentials:

  • A minimum 28 day period of deposit of funds having remained in your savings or current bank account right from the date on which you filed your application form
  • Account shall be in the name of the concerned student or in the form of a joint account (including name of the student applicant) in case a financial sponsor is involved in sponsoring the student.
  • Effective 21st August 2009, funds can also be shown in the name of the student’s parents only, no siblings or grand parents, relatives sponsorship is acceptable.
  • If funds shown are in the form of fixed deposits, the concerned bank shall issue a letter confirming availability of such funds held along with verifying that encashment can be done within the stipulated maximum period of 28 days.
  • The bank letter shall not be dated less than ONE calendar month from the date of student visa application
  • Where a student has applied for an education loan, a sanction letter dated NOT less than ONE calendar month shall be produced along with a copy of the Terms and Conditions or a copy of the Loan Agreement as issued by the loan-granting bank
  • Such bank letters shall be signed by all appropriate parties to the agreement.
  • In case bank’s sanction letter is subject to the issue of a visa, the UK Border Agency assumes that the student is likely to get the funds by the time the concerned student travels to UK.

Varying Amounts of Funds to be shown for studying different Courses

For within London Borough limits:

First year tuition fees + 9,000 Pounds (for a maximum period of nine month).

For outside London Borough:
First year tuition fees + 7,200 Pounds (for a maximum period of nine month).

How to SUCCEED in your UK Student Visa

  • To gain admission into a UK Tier A University (registered in UK Border Agency Sponsor Register), you have to score 30 Points
  • Proof of Evidence of Sufficient Funds, enables you to score 10 points
  • Clearing of Genuine Entry Criteria (visa interview assessment)

Visa document Checklist and Formalities

You have to ensure that you submit ALL the Documents mentioned below along with your competed VAF 9:

  1. VAF 9 and Appendix 8 Form (Tier 4 – Student).
  2. Your Passport.
  3. One Passport size photo (45 x 35 mm Color, less than 6 months old).
  4. Your Biometric Details.
  5. Visa Fees of £ 289 (equivalent in Rupees, in D.D form)
  6. CAS Letter from University – ORIGINAL & Photocopy (of all docs.)
  7. Unconditional Letter from University
  8. ATAS Certificate (if necessary)
  9. Receipt of Fee Payment (towards your Accommodation and Tuition in UK).
  10. Bank Statements – ORIGINAL for the last 28 days from ALL Sponsors.
  11. Transcripts (Mark sheets) (from 10th class till the last degree obtained).
  12. Affidavit of Support to be given by the Sponsor on appropriate ((PKR 20) stamp paper (non-judicial).
  13. Work experience certificate (if applicable).
  14. Fixed Deposit Receipts (if required).
  15. Bank Loan Sanction Letter (if required).

 Step by Step Route to your UK Student Visa Application

Step 1: Register with SIEC Education

Step 2: Submit all the required documents.

Step 3: Our Consultant offers assistance with regard to other requirements such as selecting the most appropriate college/university and prepares and finalizes your Application.

Step 4: Payment of application fee (waived for us being official representative)

Step 5: Submission of documents for admission to chosen institutes.

Step 6: Our Consultants will provide updates about admission or notify for any required information or document from university

Step 7: Receiving admission notification or rejection letter

Step 8: Payment of tuition fee directly to institute as notified in offer letter or reapply to other university in case of being refused for admission.

Step 9: Obtaining medical test report from IOM

Step 10:Applying for visa upon receiving final admission letter (CAS) along with all academic and financial supporting documents

Step 11:Visa interview at Fedex and at possibly at British High Commission also

Step 12: Visa departure being successful in obtaining visa and our Consultant will give you expert advice and useful tips on travelling, studying, accommodation, assistance in getting overseas travel insurance, and settling down in the UK.

8. Work Permits for Students

8. Work Permits for Students

Part time employment in the UK

  • Students can work up to 20 hours a week during their term time.
  • They may work full time during vacations.
  • Students can earn around £ 5 – £ 7 per hour i.e. approx £400 – £560 per month during term period.
  • The local newspapers, job shops as well as the Universities and Colleges career cells are places to look out for Jobs.
  • Students are however advised that they are not guaranteed part time employment by the University.
  • If you are going to the UK as a student for six months or less, you must ask the Entry Clearance Officer’s for permission to work.

Employment in UK
Pont-based System (PBS)

PBS is a new system for managing migration of those wishing to enter the UK for work or for study.

UKBA (UK Border Agency) introduced Tier 2 of point based system whereby a student who graduates from a UK university will be able to take graduate level job in the UK with the registered companies after paying a minimum of £ 20000 a year and work for 2 years. There is possibility of later extending it for 3 year more.

The introduction of new visa for graduate entrepreneurs will allow students who have world class innovative ideas to migrate and settle down in the UK. There are approximately only 1000 places this year.

9. Frequently Asked Questions

9. Frequently Asked Questions

10. Universities and Colleges

10. Universities and Colleges

UK Uni

American InterContinental University London (AIU London)
Azad University (IR) Oxford – AUO
BCUIC – Progression to Birmingham City University
Bellerbys College
Blackhall College
Buckinghamshire New University
Cambridge Ruskin International College ( CRIC )
Canterbury Christchurch University
Cavendish College
City and Islington College
City of Bristol College
College of Technology, London
CRIC – Progression to Anglia Ruskin University
De Montfort University
EIC – Progression to Edinburgh Napier University
Forth Valley College Scotland
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glyndwr University
Heriot-Watt University
HIC – progression to University of Hertfordshire
ICP – Progression to University of Portsmouth
ICRGU – Progression to Robert Gondon University
ICWS – Progression to Swansea University
Imperial College London
Insearch Essex
International College Wales Swansea (ICWS)
INTO – Progression to City University London
INTO – Progression to Glasgow Caledonian University
INTO – Progression to Manchester University
INTO – Progression to MMU
INTO – Progression to Newcastle University
INTO – Progression to Queen’s University, Belfast
INTO – Progression to St. George University London
INTO – Progression to UEA London
INTO – Progression to UEA, Newton
INTO – Progression to University of East Anglia
INTO – Progression to University of Gloucestershire
INTO London
INTO University
INTO—Progression to University of Exeter
Istituto Marangoni
Keele University
Kingston University London Distance Learning MBA Lancaster University
Kingston University, London
LIBT – Progression to Brunel University
London Empire Academy
London Metropolitan University
London School of Business & Finance
M.L.S. International College
Manchester International College
Manchester Metropolitan University
Maritime Greenwich College
Middelesex University
Middlesex South Asia
Napier University
national Education and Careers
Navitas Group
Oxford Brooks University
PUIC – progression to Plymouth University
Richmond, The International American University in London
Royal Holloway, University of London University of Strathclyde
Select International College
Staffordshire University
Study Group
Swansea University
The University of Huddersfield
The University of Plymouth
University College Birmingham
University of Bedfordshire
University of Aberdeen
University of Bradford
University of Bristol
University of Chester
University of Dundee
University of Gloucestershire
University of Kent at Canterbury
University of Lincoln
University of Lincoln, Work-Based Distance Learning Liverpool John Moores University
University of New Hampshire
University of Sunderland Londan
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University of the West of England
University of Wales Lampeter
University of Wales, Newport
University of West London
University of Wolverhampton
West London College