General information about the UK
“United Kingdom is located off the north-western coast of continental Europe and consisting of four countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.”
Climate: “The United Kingdom has a temperate climate, with plentiful rainfall all year round .The temperature varies with the seasons but seldom drops below −10 °C (14.0 °F) or rises above 35 °C (95 °F). The prevailing wind is from the southwest, bearing frequent spells of mild and wet weather from the Atlantic Ocean. Eastern parts are most sheltered from this wind and are therefore the driest. Atlantic currents, warmed by the Gulf Stream, bring mild winters, especially in the west, where winters are wet, especially over high ground. Summers are warmest in the south east of England, being closest to the European mainland, and coolest in the north. Snowfall can occur in winter and early spring, though it rarely settles to great depth away from high ground”.
Culture: “The culture of the United Kingdom has been influenced by many factors including the nation’s island status and its history as a western liberal democracy, major power, and a political union of four countries, with each preserving elements of distinctive traditions, customs and symbolism. As a result of the British Empire, British influence can be observed in the language, culture and legal systems of many of its former colonies, including: Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and the United States.”
Our partner institutions in the UK
Swansea University: www.swan.ac.uk
Plymouth University: www.plymouth.ac.uk
ICWS (International College Wales, Swansea): www.swan.ac.uk/icws
PDIC (Plymouth Devon International College): www.plymouth.ac.uk/pdic
LIBT (Brunel university): www.brunel.ac.uk/libt
EF (Education First): www.ef.com
CEG (Cambridge Education Group): www.ceg-uk.com
Cost of study in the UK
1. Tuition fees (Depending on course and level of study) can range between 8,000 – 13,000 GBP/year
2. Cost of Living (Depending on area of living and including accommodation) can range between 5,000- 7000 GBP/year
3. Air tickets (Depending on the season of purchase): can range between 300 – 800 GBP
** as a total you have to keep in your account an amount between 15,000 – 20,000GBP/year
Scholarships (for international students)
There are 2 types of scholarships in the UK :
1. Bursaries: which are more of a fee reduction and is a automatic for international student upon receiving the offer if the university is providing that and can range between 300 – 3000 GBP.
2. Scholarships: these vary every year so the best way is to check when applying if the university has a scholarship scheme and check the requirements as it may be based on merit, writing an essay , or may even be based on the country you are from.
These are a fee reduction often awarded by institutions to help offset the cost of international education for overseas students. Availability can vary depending on: institution, intake and course but an early application and acceptance of your course are critical to getting the most out of this advantage.
These are awarded based on merit (whether academic, sporting or personal circumstance) and can vary in their requirements and amount offered.
Global Connections work only with the most reputable institutions and can guide you in your search for the best offers from each University.
British Council: http://www.britishcouncil.org
OR for the full list of BC offices: http://www.britishcouncil.org/new/articles/maps/
Cost of living and general information: http://www.ukstudentlife.com
Information on universities: http://www.whatuni.com
Education UK: http://www.educationuk.org