UK

Destination Great Britain, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or UK or Britain, or even England, a country in northwestern Europe that comprises England, Wales, Scotland, and the province of Northern Ireland which occupies the northeastern part of the island of Ireland, and there is the country’s only land border, the one with the Republic of Ireland.

The UK is separated from Continental Europe by the English Channel. The kingdom is situated on an archipelago known as the British Isles with the main islands of Great Britain and Ireland, and the surrounding island groups of the Hebrides, the Shetlands, the Orkneys, the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight. The islands are located southeast of Iceland, west of Norway and Denmark, between the North Sea in east and the North Atlantic Ocean in west. The UK shares maritime borders with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and the Faroe Islands (Denmark).

With an area of 242,900 km² the United Kingdom itself is not quite half the size of Spain, or slightly smaller than the U.S. state of Oregon. The UK unit of currency is the pound Sterling.

The UK has a population of 65.1 million people (in 2015), capital and largest city is London. Spoken language is, you can guess, British English, ok there is also Welsh, Irish Gaelic, and Scottish Gaelic.

The UK was one of the 28 member states of the European Union (EU), but since a kind of populist referendum in June 2016, the UK will in a little while not anymore be a member of the EU. What a pity!!!

Winter is the coldest month in the UK, running roughly from December to February (6.6oC- 7.4oC although November can often suffer very wintry conditions too). Temperatures often get as low as freezing point (0oC), though not too much colder usually. This leads to frost in the mornings, ice on car windscreens and roads, and sometimes snow fall.To add to the miserable weather, the hours of daylight are very short during the winter, with days in London getting as short as 8 hours at the end of December.

Spring in the UK is all about new life springing up after the harsh conditions of winter (9.3oC- 15.4oC). From March (roughly), the temperatures start to get warmer, frosts get less frequent and the days start to get longer. This brings with it plants shooting up all over the country, trees regaining their leaves and animals giving birth. However, spring is often still quite wet and windy in Britain, so don’t crack out the sunglasses and flip flops too early.

In theory summer in the UK should be hot and dry. In practice it is only hot in spells and it still rains quite a bit most summers. It is best to think of it as a way of making the hot days feel more special. On such days, temperatures can reach 30oC, though not much higher, and the British public make the most of it. People swarm to beaches, sit out in parks and generally revel in the hot temperatures. This is matched by the increased hours of daylight which reach almost 17 hours in London in mid June.

Autumn marks the gradual change from summer to winter and is probably the season with the biggest range in weather conditions. Septembers and even Octobers in Britain can often still be summery, recently even recording higher temperatures than August. Equally, Novembers can be very cold, and the UK sometimes even experiences widespread snow fall (like in 2010). In general, it is usually quite wet and windy in autumn though it is so variable that one year after another, autumns can seem like different seasons.

Every year thousands of international students are accepted into several institute in UK. If your grades are of the highest standard, and if you can prove that you have set your heart on studying and working in this field, then applying in the UK is for you.  The  universities in UK provide very high quality education. The colleges are staffed with globally acclaimed teachers who are specially trained to deal with international students. The syllabus concentrates more on actual learning rather than rote learning. The students face a lot less stress and are able to study in a freer environment. Students graduating from schools in UK are more likely to succeed than students graduating from any other country.

Studying in the UK is a chance to gain some professional experience while you study.  From Obviously studying abroad also means that you get to discover an entirely new country and culture. While studying in the UK, you’ll be able to explore the country on your weekends and holidays.

Whether you’re keen on historic sites and national parks, or bright lights and city life, the UK has more than enough to fill your semester breaks to the brim. And if you’ve got the travel bug, you could also take advantage of the country’s many well-connected international airports, as well as train, coach and ferry services to nearby European destinations.

Most international students who want to study in London will need to pay “overseas” tuition fees. If you are a student from outside the EU, tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate courses are on average $32500. Depending on the course and university you choose, you may find the variation in Tuition fee. Popular courses at the top ranking universities can be much more expensive. The tuition fee costs can vary significantly and depend on your chosen university, course and level of study (postgraduate or undergraduate).

At all levels, humanities and social sciences degrees tend to cost the least, while laboratory and clinical degree programs are markedly more expensive.

Living in the UK as a student can be an expensive affair depending on how extravagantly you spend. As an Indian student studying in the UK, you may often end up comparing the cost of everything with the rates back in India. On an average, an undergraduate student pursuing a 40 weeks long course may spend up to Rs. 8 – 9 lakhs, while a postgraduate student (one year) may spend nearly Rs. 10 – 11 lakhs.

As we highlighted in our student accommodation section, there are many options for places to live when you come to the UK, and each of these will vary in cost. If you are planning to come to the UK for University then you will most probably take the Halls of Residence option and these normally start from about £50 per week, moving up to around £80 per week for some larger universities. Some will have catering facilities such as a canteen, but others will just have a kitchen so you can cook your own food.

Becoming a doctor is no easy task – studying medicine for 5 or 6 years is just the start of what can be a lifelong pursuit of knowledge.The entry requirements vary for each university. However, normally applicants are expected to have achieved high grades at school, including high grades in Biology and Chemistry. Some universities expect three science subjects.and You should be able to demonstrate some experience of society beyond your immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account. Studying Medicine in the UK will give you the opportunity to experience working within the NHS, the world’s largest publicly funded health service, which was born out of an ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth – a principle that remains at its core.

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