Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cost of Higher Education in Europe

In UK there are more than 7500 students studying in universities and colleges and every year the number is consistently increasing. Indian students who study in UK prefer Business & Management courses, sometimes engineering, medicine, technology, art and design.

The cost of an education in the UK consists of two areas: course fees and living costs.

It is not easy to compare costs between countries, but since the courses in UK are shorter, the total cost works out less. And since the courses are shorter, the student can start working sooner and start generating income. University education costs can range anywhere between £6,000 and £16,000 depending on the course. Cost of living varies and while living in London is expensive, living in North England, Scotland and other similar places is more cost effective. But to compensate for these expenses, UK offers international students several benefits including

• NUS Discounts

The National Union of Students which offers up to 50% discount on anything from books, stationery and food to clothes, travel and entertainment.

• Free Healthcare

All international students staying in the UK for a period of six months or more qualify for free healthcare through theNational Health Service.

• Part-time Work

If you want to earn extra money, you can work for up to twenty hours per week during term and full-time in your vacations.

“I took the entire loan amount from Credila. I was sanctioned Rs.20 lakhs. I have chosen to take partial amount with me to fund for the first and second semester and initial living. “

HIGHER EDUCATION IN U.K.

Please share some of your experiences of the UK for aspiring students
“UK is a very good place to live in from the job perspective but it also depends on the grades that you get. I have a few friends who were my seniors and they have got good jobs. After completing the course we have two years post study work i.e. we have permission to work for two years
and according to the rules if we get a good job with a salary above 22,000 pounds p.a. then we can get the work permit easily. This is applicable for those who are below 22 yrs old by age, and for those who are above 22 the salary cap they should have is 27,000 pounds p.a. Here the salary depends on the age and the salary increases with age. Even for part time jobs those who are below 22 yrs get maximum 4 pounds and 83 pence /hr and for those above 22 yrs old they get around 5 pounds and 83 pence / hr.”

Rahul.S, Master of Science (Management), University of Glasgow, U.K.

How are the studies in the UK different than the studies in India?
“In Indian education system, students read book, mug up and write their exams. But abroad, software’s are available which does not allow copying and actually tracks answers – their uniqueness and similarity. If for example there is more than 25% similarity between two papers, then the software rejects and the person gets zero grades. One has to think and write. The preparation should be good enough. Not only reading but understanding is really important.”
Thakarshi.B. M.BA (Information Technology).

Please share some of your experiences for aspiring students.
“I will speak about my personal experiences. University Of Leicester is very good. There are lab facilities here, people are ready to help you out anytime even for small things. They help you out for job and for future plans and they guide really well. As compared to other location in UK the living expense is not much.”
Abirami.P. M.Sc. (Infection & Immunity), University of Leicester – UK

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