The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign state located off the northwestern coast of continental Europe. The country includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border with another state—the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and north, the North Sea in the east, the English Channel in the south, and the Irish Sea in the west.
The UK’s form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system and its capital city is London. It is one of the Commonwealth Realms. The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The latter three have devolved administrations, each with varying powers, based in their capital cities, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively. Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man are Crown dependencies and are not part of the UK. The United Kingdom has fourteen British Overseas Territories. These are remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, encompassed almost a quarter of the world’s land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language, culture and legal systems of many of its former colonies.
The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world’s sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and the eighth – largest economy by purchasing power parity. It was the world’s first industrialized country and the world’s foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally.
The UK has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946. It has been a member of the European Union (EU) and its predecessor the European Economic Community (EEC) since 1973; it is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G8, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Every UK higher education course sets its own entry requirements. These entry requirements are there to ensure that you have the right skills and knowledge to successfully complete the course.
You can see the entry requirements for each undergraduate and postgraduate course on the university or college’s website.
The decision to study in the UK requires application in every sense of the word – time, money, and career aspiration. We welcome your decision and we are here to help you in every stage.
Remember it’s not think twice it’s all right. It’s your future. At ESPI Visa Consultants, we are committed to help you find the programme that is perfectly right for you. We advise you to join us for a personal one-to-one counseling session. This page is intended to offer a general advice on finding a course. It is always best to have a counseling session with us before making the final list of choices to apply.Choosing a course:
Unless you are a postgraduate applicant or already in employment or have done some part time study, choosing a course can be definitely difficult. It is important to make sure what you will study and what skills you will develop after completion of your course.Choosing an undergraduate course:
Basically all degree courses are classified into:
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You should select a stream that supports the kind of career you wish to pursue. Making a career choice is definitely difficult, but this is purely a personal decision. You are going to put three or more years of full-time study to earn your degree and therefore it is important to select the right stream that could motivate you during your studies and afterwards. The subjects should interest you, should motivate you to work hard, and should fulfill your long-term career aspirations. In the UK, it is increasingly common now-a-days, studying for dual degrees. You can earn two degrees with no / just one extra year of study. In undergraduate degree courses, you usually study subjects broadly (there are some exceptions, of course) and you can specialize an area at postgraduate level.
Choosing a postgraduate course: Since postgraduate courses are mostly specializations of your undergraduate program, you would have already selected the area to specialize. But remember, not all postgraduate courses are specializations, some are conversion courses that help people to switch careers.
Choosing an Institution: Choosing a place to study is one of the most important decisions you have to ever make. Once you have selected the course of study, you should search for the institutions offering it and shortlist them. There are several factors you need to consider while selecting an institution: Reputation: Unfortunately there is no official ranking of UK institutions and hence it is very difficult to find which institution has a good reputation in which area. Also being an overseas student, because of the time and money factors, you do not have an opportunity to personally visit the institutions of your choice to find whether they suit you. Location and size: This is one of the most important criteria affecting student choices, according to a recent study. Make sure whether the institution is in a city or a small town. If you are thinking of going for part-time jobs during studies, it is better to opt for an institution that is located in a city. If you want to study in peaceful surroundings, lookout for small town institutions. And of course, size does matters. Some institutions have more than 20,000 students while some have less than 3000. Large number of students means greater mix of people and a lot to do, while small institutions have relaxed, quieter surroundings and are a bit friendlier.
Cost of studying and living: Studying and living at a city institution may be costly compared to rural or small town institution, but offers a great range of socializing, shopping facilities; sport clubs and opportunities for part-time work and a wonderful mix of people. Rural or small town institutions offer access to countryside, peaceful surroundings, and a chance to mingle with the local community and learn British culture, & way of life.