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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

What is it like to study and live in the UK?

The United Kingdom (UK) is a welcoming and friendly place to live, and it is a fun place to study English!

Improve your English, make new friends, try new food, and spend your weekends visiting our famous cities and attractions

Daily life in the UK

Eating in the UK

It is easy to find good food in the UK and we have some of the world’s top restaurants.
Lots of cheap restaurants, and food markets, are available for students on a budget. It is possible to try food from all over the world, even in small towns. Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai and Mexican food are all very popular.
Traditional British food includes fish and chips, full English breakfast, Sunday roast dinners, Yorkshire pudding, cornish pasties, cream tea, pies, haggis, local cheese, and of course plenty of tea and cake.
Supermarkets are good places to find cheap options for lunch and snack, to reduce the cost of living

Weather in the UK

Does it always rain the UK? Not usually! The UK has lots of different weather, sometimes it rains, sometimes it is sunny and beautiful.

British sightseeing and attractions

The UK is home to some of the world’s top museums and art galleries, music venues and theatres.
Outside the cities there is beautiful countryside and many castles, historic houses, parks and gardens.
Language centres usually organise student social programmes which will include visits to the UK’s popular destinations. Typical trips often include Stonehenge, Oxford, Cambridge, London, York and Edinburgh.

Where can you study English in the UK?

The UK is a union of four countries: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 62 million people live in the UK. Most people live in England, which is the largest of the four countries.

There are over 100 different cities and towns with English language centres in the UK. Each destination offers something unique, so every student can find the perfect place to study

Public transport in the UK

The UK is small country with lots to see, and it is easy to use public transport to explore. Trains are the fastest way to travel, especially for long journeys. Book your tickets in advance for the cheapest prices.
Coaches are often the cheapest way to explore the UK – you can travel between major cities for as little as £5.

Diversity in the UK

The UK has a very diverse population – people from all over the world live here. There are many different international communities, and international students will feel welcome.
The UK is a tolerant society, and it is illegal to discriminate against people because of their race, religion, gender, sexuality or disability.

Different types of UK visa

UK Student
Visas

The UK is one of the best places to study. Securing a place at a university and the UK visa to go with it can be a confusing process. In this article, we look at the process of applying for a visa to study as an international student. There are 2 types of UK student visas. These are

  • Short-term study visa.
  • Tier 4 (General) student visa.

If you are looking at studying for longer than 6 months then it is likely you will require a Tier 4 (General) UK Student Visa.

Short-term
Study Visa

If you are studying a short course in the UK you can apply for a short-term study visa. This visa will allow you to study in the UK for 6 months, or 11 months if you are studying an English language course.

Tier 4
(General) UK
Student Visa

The majority of international students from outside the EU will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. You can apply for this if you are 16 or over and:

  • You have been offered a place on a course.
  • You can understand English, including reading, writing and speaking.
  • You can prove you have enough money to pay your course fees and support yourself for the duration of your studies.

You can arrive in the UK up to 1 month before your course starts if the course lasts more than 6 months. On a Tier 4 (General) Visa you can work most jobs and also apply to extend your stay. You may also be able to bring family members.

Investor Visa

What is UK Sole Representative Visa?

For most business investors, the United Kingdom is a dream destination. With a single representative visa, you can now work and live in the UK and become a British citizen with minimal paperwork. This program is for senior executives & managers who work for a company that is not based in the UK and does not have a branch. Sole representative visa is a business visa which can be applied by representative of an overseas business (business outside of United Kingdom) if the overseas business is planning to setup either a UK branch or wholly owned subsidiary in UK.

UK Visitor Visa

The UK visitor visa which is also known as the Standard Visitor Visa is a UK short stay visa that allows its holder to stay in the UK for up to 6 months. However, the embassy has the right to issue visas for a shorter period of time. This visa is established for those that wish to travel to the United Kingdom for purposes of:

  • Tourism.
  • To visit family members.
  • Medical treatment.
  • For professional reasons.

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