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WHY CHOOSE THE UK?

Why UK is the Best Choice for You !

Top teaching methods and a wide range of teaching materials
English language teaching has a long tradition in the UK and as such, has achieved an envied reputation.

Qualified language schools
Go2uK only recommends schools accredited by the British Council and English in the UK (formally ARELS & BASELT) to ensure their students get the best quality teaching.

Schools with fewer students of the same nationalities
Your Go2uK counselor can help you choose a school with your preferred mix of nationalities.

Convenient transportation
It is easy to travel in the UK and from the UK to other countries in Europe so it is easy to experience different cities and cultures.

British Culture
Students are attracted to the rich culture, long standing history, art galleries and museums in the UK.

Music
Many world famous pop bands are from the UK. There are music fairs in Glastonbury and Reading and other annual concerts as well as hundreds of local music venues. The UK also offers dozens of classical music concerts as well as opera.

Theatre
The UK is home to a vibrant theatre culture ranging from world famous musicals in London to more experimental theatre at the Edinburgh fringe with everything in between.

UK is a safe country
Unlike other English speaking countries, the UK has a long history of welcoming students from abroad. Crime is low and antipathy to overseas students is very rare. Consequently it is a relaxing country to study in and folk are happy to help you out when you may be lost or unsure.

The best place to study – for you!
The UK has language schools everywhere. In big cities, vacation hot spots, historical cities and peaceful towns. Each of them offers something unique and all offer a good study environment. With the help of your Go2uK counselor, you can find the perfect place for you.

If you have any questions, please contact your Go2uK counsellor for professional and free advice.

STUDYING UK ENGLISH

English Language Schools

Studying English in the home of the English language is a dream for many students. The UK offers language schools to suit all tastes and language abilities. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner, want to study English specific to your profession or want to spend time in a dynamic city or a relaxing country environment, the UK has a language school for you.

English language schools are under the supervision of several teaching quality control groups. The most famous one is called the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme which is run by the Association of Recognized English Language Services (ARELS) and the British Association of State English Language Teaching (BASELT). Schools need to be examined regularly and their services are evaluated according to strict standards. All Go2uK recommended language schools are qualified schools so you can rest assured as to their quality and your professional counselor can help you in choosing a school that best fits your needs.

There are many reasons why students choose to study English in the UK. Some of these are listed below:

If you have any questions, please contact your Go2uK counsellor for professional and free advice.

UNDERGRAD – BACHELORS

Undergraduate Study

Universities in the UK offer an outstanding range of undergraduate courses to suit all interests. Entry has to be made via the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) which limits the number of universities you can apply. There is also a small fee. Your UKEAS counselor will be able to explain this to you in detail and advise the best courses for you to apply based on your academic background.

Whilst some courses, like Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Architecture take at least 5 years to complete, most undergraduate (BA and BSc) courses take 3 years. It is important to note though that undergraduate courses in Scotland take 4 years. There is another course called a sandwich course. It usually takes 4 years including a one year work experience segment following on from the second year. Students, especially those on hospitality courses for example, can come back to their home country to work. They can also choose to work in companies in the UK where they will receive full payment. Students have to write a report about their work experience to illustrate what they have learnt. This course is very popular for students on business, hospitably and fashion design courses.

 

If you have any questions, please contact your Go2uK counsellor for professional and free advice.

POSTGRAD – MASTERS/PHD

Taught Masters

Taught masters in the UK are popular with overseas students as they are normally completed within 9 to 12 months. An MPhil, which is usually a research based master’s degree will often take 2 years though. Another popular feature of master’s courses in the UK is that they can be either conversion or specialist master’s degrees. Conversion means that you may be able to study in a different area than your undergraduate studies. For example, if you studied Literature at university but now want to study business, you can! A specialist master’s degree means that you continue to study in the same area as your undergraduate studies but in more depth. Below you can find more information about the different types of postgraduate taught courses available in the UK. But don’t worry, your UKEAS counselor can advise more on what course best suits you.

MA/MSc/MBA/MLitt/MEd/MEng/MMus

These are all titles for Masters’ degrees. MSc is for Master of Science, MLitt is for Master of Letters and MA is for Master of Arts. MLitt is usually used for arts degrees and so it is similar to MA. Most universities use MA but some (usually older universities) like to use MLitt. It makes no difference to your qualification.

Business is one of the few subjects where degrees can be called a Master of Science or a Master of Arts. So you might see degrees at different universities called, MSc Management, MA Management, MLitt Management. Generally an MSc Management is likely to be more quantitative than a MA Management or MLitt Management but this is not always the case. Your counselor will be able to advise you more on this.

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

The Postgraduate Diploma is normally awarded when the student has successfully completed the taught element of the master’s degree. This is generally after 9 months. Some more practical courses may only be offered as a PgDip and some programmes may be offered as a PgDip as a preparation course for a full masters.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)

Students who pass half the modules of a full PgDip can usually obtain a Postgraduate Certificate. Again though, some vocational courses, such as certain teaching courses, may be offered as PgCerts. As this area can be confusing to students, please check with your counselor about the status of the course you wish to follow.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The MPhil usually takes 2 years to complete and is often seen as a stepping stone to a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). The first nine months involve taught courses but mainly focus on discussion with the tutor about the research topic. After that, students can often choose to do a PhD or continue with MPhil research. The latter 15 months include research courses. Most schools will require students to register as MPhil students before they officially become PhD candidates as whether they can become PhD students depends on their performance and exam results in the MPhil courses.

Pre-sessional English Courses

Because a master’s degree in the UK only takes one year to complete, there is a condition that students need to have a good English level (most courses require IELTS 6.5) before they start the course. If their level doesn’t meet the requirement, schools will usually suggest them to follow a Pre-sessional English course. These courses are designed to improve both the student’s English ability as well as teach them academic skills so that they can cope better with their chosen study programme. The length of the course depends on their IELTS score. Students who successfully complete the course can go on to the degree course without taking the IELTS again in most schools, but some schools may require them to re-take the IELTS. Your counselor will be able to advise you on this.

Research Degrees

The UK is famous for its research led universities, many of which have produced groundbreaking discoveries such as DNA and gravity, amongst others! There are several different types of research degree and they normally take 3 or 4 years to complete:

Traditional PhD (pure research)

Compared to general PhD courses in other countries, a PhD degree at the UK doesn’t include taught courses. It focuses on pure research (research training) and takes at least 3 years to complete. It can be longer depending on your research area and how difficult it is to collect data. The normal stages to go through will be a literature review of current thinking in the research area, conducting the research, analyzing the results and writing up the results. The hardest part about applying for a PhD in the UK is that you need to find a suitable supervisor. Your UKEAS counselor can help you with this daunting task! Remember, PhD’s in the UK are famous because the research must be unique, which means that upon the award of a PhD in the UK, you are a world expert on that subject!

New Route PhD

The new route PhD started in 2001 and includes research, taught courses and professional skills training. It is uncertain how long a traditional PhD will take as mentioned above but it is certain that the New Route PhD takes 4 years to complete. The New Route PhD is also a fast pathway as university graduates (or equivalent degree holders) can get a PhD degree through an integrated course in four years. Master’s degree students can expand and develop professional and a wide range of other skills。

Part time PhD research

Under some circumstances, students can do a part time PhD research course. Students have to finish the first stage of the research course and then may go back to their home country to collect the data. Later they return to the UK to analyze the data and write the doctoral thesis under their supervisor’s advice. They also need to find a professor to help them in their home country.

Professional Doctorate in Business Administration, DBA

A Professional Doctorate in Business Administration, DBA, is different from a PhD in Business Administration. They both require good academic and research performance but the DBA mainly focuses on the practical application of management theory and hopes to develop managers with research practice ability. A PhD in Business Administration by contrast, focuses on academic teaching and research and hopes to develop scholars with teaching and research potential. The DBA is suitable for people with years of managerial experience who want to obtain a higher degree and then continue their business life.

Professional Doctorate in Education, EdD

The Professional Doctorate in Education provides experienced people in the education field the opportunity to examine related issues and achieve a doctoral degree. In that sense it is similar to the DBA.

 

If you have any questions, please contact your Go2uK counsellor for professional and free advice.

GO2UK VISA SERVICES

UK Visa Information

The UK government has introduced a new points based visa system and in order to qualify for a student visa it is necessary for a student to have 40 points to obtain a visa. Visa rules are changed regularly so it is important that you discuss this with your counsellor to ensure no mistakes are made in your application. Please be aware that if your visa is refused it can make it difficult to reapply again.

Go2uK counsellors can provide you with guidance to make sure that your visa application is successful.

If you have any questions, please contact your Go2uK counsellor for professional and free advice.

ARRIVAL IN THE UK

UK Visa Information

The UK government has introduced a new points based visa system and in order to qualify for a student visa it is necessary for a student to have 40 points to obtain a visa. Visa rules are changed regularly so it is important that you discuss this with your counsellor to ensure no mistakes are made in your application. Please be aware that if your visa is refused it can make it difficult to reapply again.

Go2uK counsellors can provide you with guidance to make sure that your visa application is successful.

If you have any questions, please contact your Go2uK counsellor for professional and free advice.