Eligibility – Students with a minimum of 12 years of education (F.Sc/F.A, DAE, O-Levels, A-Levels, D.Com, DBA) can apply for a UK student visa. Students with matric qualification (SSC) can apply only as a student visitor.
English Language Requirements:
B1 level i.e. IELTS equivalent to 4.0 or above in every module for level 5 and below level 5 courses (for example diploma level courses or HND courses)
For undergraduate courses minimum IELTS 5.5 in all the four modules
For postgraduate courses minimum IELTs 6.0/6.5 in all the four modules
Note: IELTS is a recognised test for your English Language skills. You can also produce other forms of recognised test certificates. For example for UK you can produce TOEFL, TOEIC and BULATs
Bank Statement Requirement:
You should have total funds available = Tuition fee + Living Expenses for one year.
Living Expenses for Initial Applications of 9 months and above course duration:
If you primary site of study is within the inner London boroughs then £9000 maintenance funds
If you primary site of study is outside of the inner London boroughs then £7200 as maintenance funds
Tuition fee per year:
Undergraduate level courses: £4000 to £20000 per year (Varies for different courses and for different institutes)
Postgraduate level courses: £4500 to £25000 per year
Bank Statement Duration:
Your bank statement must show the required fund maintained for at least 28 days before applying for the visa. It is advisable to submit at least a one month old bank statement with your visa application.
English Language courses: 6 months to 1 year
Diploma Level courses: 1 year to 2 years
Undergraduate Degree Level: 3 years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (4 years in Scotland)
Postgraduate Level: 1 year
Visa Fees: Rs 42750 (as in July 2012)
Medical Xray Fee: 4500 (as in June 2012)
Visa processing time: 3 to 12 weeks (this is the normal duration but in very limited cases it can take even more than this)
Study opportunities without IELTS
Students with admissions on or after 21st April would need to produce English Language qualification certificate from one of the UKBA recognised awarding bodies. This is the embassy requirement. This requirement has been waved off for Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). However, you need to keep in mind that it is the internal requirement of nearly all the HEIs that they would like you to provide them with an English Language qualification certificate (like IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC etc) for admission. There are some limited HEIs which are still offering admission without IELTS, TOEFL etc. But you need to pass there online interviews and tests for admissions.
Note: This article mentions the general requirements required for a student visa. The requirements might change for an individual. Please do discuss your case with an expert before applying. Mostly the prospective students struggle hard to search for such type of information and it becomes very confusing when they see the websites of different institutes because different institutes have different requirements. Many times they mix up the embassy requirements with the admission requirements and vice versa. There are some other requirements like travelling documents (passport), pictures, marriage certificates etc which have not been covered in this article.
The contents of this article were last updated on 20th January 2012.
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