Popular Questions About Studying in the UK
Having worked with students, parents and counsellors across the US for many years we have been asked questions on a huge range of topics. Below we have compiled a list of the most common ones and we hope they help you find the quick answers you need.
Is it expensive to study in the UK?
No. The UK is often cheaper than in the US! Degree programs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are only 3 years saving you a year of tuition fees and cost-of-living. Timely completion means that students are unable to defer credits and thus usually graduate within the 3 years, resulting in additional savings.
Can I stay on and work after I finish my degree?
Yes, in September 2019 the UK government announced a new two-year post-study work visa, expanding opportunities for talented international students to build successful careers in the UK. The route will be open to international students who entered the UK in the academic year 2020/21 onwards and have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above at reputable higher education institutions. The visa will allow eligible students to work, or look for work, in any career or position of their choice, for two years after completing their studies. You can find out more information about working after your studies on the UKCISA website.
How do I find out the acceptance rate of a University?
Acceptance rates aren’t really relevant when considering study in the UK because the UK admissions process is more transparent than the USA. UK admissions are based solely upon academic achievement and interest in a chosen subject. Things like legacy, finances, sporting talent, musical ability, culture/ family context, where you live are not considered. This means that if you exceed the minimum academic entry criteria, you are very likely to be offered a place to study.
Can I easily change my major/program?
Degree programmes in the UK do not include general education requirements with students generally studying their chosen degree subject from year one. This can make changing degree subjects difficult, but it can sometimes be possible for students depending on the university and chosen subjects.
Can I study on a Part Time basis?
No, international students holding a Tier 4 visa are only able to study full time.
Can I transfer to a UK university/Do UK Universities accept credit transfer?
UK Universities will have different policies but transfers and credit transfers are much less common that in the US. Students wishing to attend UK Universities will often have to start from year one.
Can I get admittance to a US graduate school with a UK degree?
Yes, successful completion of a UK degree program (with suitable grades) will allow students to attend graduate school in both the US and the UK.
Do you have Fraternities, Sororities and College sport in the UK?
There are no fraternities and sororities in the UK. College sport is widely available but not as big as in the US and UK universities rarely have mascots. Students maintain active social lives by joining sports teams, clubs and societies and enjoying all the local area has to offer.
How Diverse are UK Campuses?
UK Universities are generally very diverse. In most cases universities will have over 100 different nationalities on campus and often 20% of all staff and students are international. A useful diversity index can be found here.