UK - Education Destiny


Why is UK – Favorite education destination for Indian students:

UK (United Kingdom) yet again considered as one the most prominent and favorite education destination for many international students especially Indian students. The UK is indeed a personification of academic success and has grown progressively in popularity with international students, having thousands of enthusiastic students choosing to pursue their degree at one of the best universities in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that Indian nationals accounted for 17% of the total 299,023 sponsored study visas granted by the UK Home Office in the year ending March 2020, with the number more than doubling from 2019 to hit a total of 49,844 grants a continuous rise since 2016

According to Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the number of Indian students starting their studies in London has risen by 8.4 percent during the last academic year, approximately 135,490 reports.

UK universities offer high quality education across a wide range of disciplines like; Business and administrative studies, Engineering and technology, Social studies, subjects allied to medicines, creative art and design, Biological science, law and computer science.      

Here are some reasons that make UK such a sought after destination among most Indian students. Below points will enlighten you about the facts that make the UK as one of the top choices for Indian students:

  • Top Universities with quality education:

While UK is the most preferred destination for higher education since it is the home for many top ranked universities of the world. And moreover, owing to its long-standing tradition of providing quality education, many universities in UK conducts QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) audit for higher education and other professional bodies may direct the curriculum and perform evaluations of individual departments within an institution.


S No

Name of the University



University of Oxford

Oxford, North west of London, UK


University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK


Imperial College London

London, UK


University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, UK


King’s College London

London, UK


University of Sheffield

Western Bank, UK


University College London

London, UK


University Of Glasgow

Scotland, UK


University of Warwick

Coventry, UK


Durham University

Durham, UK

Scholarship and Financial Support:

Indian students who are concerned about expensive tuition fees do not need to lose hopes either, because there are many scholarships that you can apply for to support your study and the cost of living, especially at postgraduate and research level.

  • GREAT scholarships,
  • The India Chevening program,
  • Charles Wallace India Trust scholarships and
  • Several scholarships offered directly by the universities and colleges.

Strong Research Infrastructure

UK is an amazing destiny for Indian students those who want to conduct research activities. As a research student, while assessing the benefits of studying in the UK, it will be fascinating for you to know that the UK accounts for 6.4 percent of global newspaper articles, 11.6 percent of references/citations and 15.9 percent of the most highly cited articles in the world, even though it comprises just 0.9 percent of the total world population.

Work while you Study

Most Indian students in the UK can acquiring work experience, along with their study and research. A part-time job, internship or placement during holidays and volunteering are available to Tier 4 student visa holders from India and also it makes value addition to your resume.

Work permit after Completion of Study

There have been some changes in the UK since November 2015 regarding the post-study work visa. Indian students who have graduated from a UK university will now be able to apply for a post-work study visa – now known as the Graduate Route – allowing them to work in the UK for two years after they graduate without any need for a sponsor

What is Graduate Immigration Route and Student Route?

If you are someone who was planning to study in the UK this year but are sitting on the fence now, you may want to capitalize on the opportunity provided by the Graduate Immigration Route (GIR) and Student Route. From the summer of 2021, all international students who have completed a degree program will be permitted to remain in the UK for up to two years (going up to three years for PhD degree students) after successfully completing their studies, through the new Graduate Route. This allows the students to gain meaningful work experience in the country even as they decide their future career moves.

The Graduate Route is open for all undergraduate level and postgraduate students enrolling in a degree course in 2020 (including late applicants). Students who are starting face-to-face courses online and arrive on campus in the UK by 6 April 2021 will also be able to avail of the GIR.

The UK government has also simplified the visa process for international students. Since 5 October 2020, the Student Route, which falls under the UK’s new points-based immigration system, is applicable, improving on the previous Tier 4 route and making for a more streamlined experience for sponsoring institutions as well as students.


  • High employability with good ROI:

UK degrees are of a globally high standard and are internationally valuable. Almost all the Indian graduates credit their UK degree for helping them get a job with high salary package. So, by gaining a prestigious UK education, you will be respected by employers and academics from all over the world.

The Master’s programs in the UK are typically for 12 months, versus similar programs in other countries that are for double the time, which is turn helping to gain more return on investment by saving a lot of time.


  • Health Benefits:

International students in the UK are entitled by the National Health Service (NHS) to receive free medical treatment if they are enrolled in a full-time course. You will also be exempted from payment of medical expenses of your spouse/partner and/or dependent children residing with you during your study abroad program. Your University or College may have an exclusive health policy for the students.


Documents required for Indian students to get admissions in UK:

  • A valid passport
  • Passport size Photographs
  • Application Essays / SOP
  • CV / Resume
  • Degree and Transcripts of previous application
  • Language Proficiency Proof (IELTS / TOEFL / Cambridge / PTE)
  • Proof of Paid Application Fees


Effects of Covid on UK international students:

If you are a student and have decided to put off your higher/ foreign education plans due to the COVID-19, you are not alone. The pandemic has thrown off well laid plans of aspirants across the world.

The UK is geared up to welcome international students safely and in many aspects, offsets several other destinations that were hitherto popular with Indian students.


Here is why we recommend applying to study in the UK in 2020-21:


Many countries around the world are experiencing second waves, tighter restrictions and local lock downs. Universities in the UK are eagerly welcoming Indian students by providing all the necessary arrangement like below;

  • UK universities are well prepared and have robust plans in place to ensure that students can stay and study in a safe environment.
  • The UK government has provided COVID-19 guidance for cleaning of non-healthcare settings, which covers environments such as student accommodation and other spaces within the community.
  • In addition, UK universities are putting measures in place to make sure campuses are sanitized and meet all health and safety guidelines, in compliance with the latest government advisories.
  • UK universities have implemented Covid-19 support services that international students can access, such as airport pick up services, support through any self-isolation period, and food packages.
  • UK universities are going beyond physical health and are keen to support students’ mental well-being too. The students are also being provided online support groups across universities and colleges, and other kinds of pastoral care, a legacy the UK has always excelled in.


Education in the UK is and would remain one of the top choices for international students for a significant period of time. The quality of education, exposure and experience you get at an English University is like none other.

Education plays vital role in shaping your life. Thorough planning can assist you in studying in your dream university in UK. However, making an informed decision is crucial since the benefits mentioned above are facts elaborated to help you choose for yourself, which should primarily be based on your personal preferences. As a rule of thumb, remember that ‘Best is what suits you the most.’

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