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The UK is full of life, energy, and ambitious people just like you! With over 1.26 million Pakistanis already living there, you will never feel away from home!

There’s lots of Islamic centers, desi restaurants, and Pakistani supermarkets wherever you go!

Where to Find Pakistanis International Students

There are Pakistani student communities in Bradford, Birmingham, Glasgow, Luton, Slough, and Rochdale. Universities in the larger metropolises like London, Manchester and Cardiff also have LOADS of international students and not just us!
Connect, make friends around the globe and go meet them in the countries after you graduate!

Top Universities

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Clearly, the 1000-year old Oxford University tops the list. Having produced one of the largest number of world leaders, Cambridge closely follow the lead. Here’s a list of universities that are popular among international students for all the best reasons: research output, world-class education, and graduate employment:

  • University of East London
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • University of Greenwich
  • Middlesex University
  • University of Salford
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Sheffield Hallam University

So how much does it cost to study here?

Tuition can range anywhere from £9000 to £23,000 a year in the UK.

The fee varies according to course as well.

For example, for degrees in Science, Medicine & Technology, tuition fees is more. It is considerably less for non-STEM courses like media, arts, marketing, and humanities.

 

But don’t you worry! There are ample scholarships available at different universities ranging between GBP 2000 to 5000. These are offered to students with exceptional educational performance and extracurricular achievements. How do you apply for scholarships?

 Here are the documents required in this regard are:

  • Your academic records and attested photocopies
  • A Statement of Purpose (SOP) where you need to defend why you are the best choice for the scholarship award
  • Certificate of language proficiency (IELTS scores)
  • Letters of Recommendation (LOR) from your professors or employers.

 

Each university has a different deadline for scholarships. Plus, their criteria might vary too. So make sure you’re applying wayyy in advance to benefit from the opportunity!

 

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Cost of Living

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The living costs for international students in the UK include rent, daily travel expense, food, utility bills, books, etc.  Just to get an idea, refer to the chart below for estimated costs of essentials:

 

Utility bills (electricity, water & gas) per month £50
Bus ride (one side) £1.50
Travel (bus, trams, train) per month £ 90
Weekly food bill £50
1 meal at a restaurant £15 - £25
Phone bill per month £10 - £30

Now, you could be living below or above this budget, depending on your lifestyle.

 

But when you are applying for your visa, you should show a minimum budget of £1,015 per month. I’m not saying that out of thin air – it’s recommended by the UK Border Agency.

Eligibility for International Students

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As an international applicant, you should be 18 years or above.

 

Eligibility Criteria for Pakistani students:

 

  • Undergraduate (Bachelors):
    For Science, Medicine, Engineering & IT, you will need a minimum of 85% grades or equivalent GPA in years XI and XII is required.

 

For Humanities, Commerce, Fine Arts, Media & communication programs, you will need a minimum of 75% grades or equivalent GPA in years XI and XII.

 

  • Graduate (Masters) degrees:

You will need 85% grades for admission in Science, Medicine, Engineering & IT and 16 years of education.

For admission in Humanities, Commerce, Fine Arts, Media & communication you will need 16 years of full-time education & a Minimum of 60% grades.

 

  • Post Graduate diplomas in Science, Technology, IT, engineering, Commerce, accounting, require at least 16 to 18 years of full-time education in the relevant subject

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But lets say you scored less than 60%.

I have good news! The UK is probably the only country of all the top countries that will allow you to experience world-class Education! There is just one requirement: foundation courses.

Foundation courses are short-term programs that prepare you for the UK classroom. You will experience lots of great things in these classrooms – English courses, subject-based preparatory courses, and communication courses.

 

Language Tests

In addition to the above, you will need to prove your English language proficiency. Download the IELTS guide below where I have written down everything you’ll ever need to know about the English language test!

As an international applicant, you should be 18 years or above.

 

Eligibility Criteria for Pakistani students:

 

  • Undergraduate (Bachelors):
    For Science, Medicine, Engineering & IT, you will need a minimum of 85% grades or equivalent GPA in years XI and XII is required.

 

For Humanities, Commerce, Fine Arts, Media & communication programs, you will need a minimum of 75% grades or equivalent GPA in years XI and XII.

 

  • Graduate (Masters) degrees:

You will need 85% grades for admission in Science, Medicine, Engineering & IT and 16 years of education.

For admission in Humanities, Commerce, Fine Arts, Media & communication you will need 16 years of full-time education & a Minimum of 60% grades.

 

  • Post Graduate diplomas in Science, Technology, IT, engineering, Commerce, accounting, require at least 16 to 18 years of full-time education in the relevant subject

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But lets say you scored less than 60%.

I have good news! The UK is probably the only country of all the top countries that will allow you to experience world-class Education! There is just one requirement: foundation courses.

Foundation courses are short-term programs that prepare you for the UK classroom. You will experience lots of great things in these classrooms – English courses, subject-based preparatory courses, and communication courses.

 

Language Tests

In addition to the above, you will need to prove your English language proficiency. Download the IELTS guide below where I have written down everything you’ll ever need to know about the English language test!

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Documents required for University/ College admission in the UK:

 

  • High School /college /university leaving certificates
  • School/College/University result cards or mark sheets duly attested by HEC (Higher Education Commission) or relevant education board.
  • At least 2 reference letters from the professors or employers (only if you have worked somewhere).
  • Statement of Purpose (SOP) or Letter of Intent. The SOP throws light on your personality. Here, you write down reasons why you selected that particular university, your goals, and objectives while studying there and why the university should select you.
  • If applying for a D. or research program, Letters of Recommendations from employers and/or professors in charge.
  • If applying for a D. or research program, Letter of Purpose, Project or research proposal, and any other document required by the concerned department of the University applying to.
  • All relevant educational and extracurricular activities certificates.
  • Copy of IELTS/TOEFL/GMAT/GRE test scores.
  • Your Portfolio (if applying for Fine Arts, Media, communication program)
  • Resume
  • Proof of funds

 

Other documents can be asked for depending on the course/program and university requirements.

Can I study in the UK without IELTS?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: yes, but you will need to show more than 70% marks in English in class IX and X.

Here are the UK universities that do not require IELTS:

  1. Aston University
  2. Birmingham City University
  3. University of Warwick
  4. University of Central Lancashire
  5. University of Bolton
  6. Brunel University
  7. Bangor University
  8. Sheffield Hallam University
  9. University of Geneva
  10. University of Essex
  11. London South Bank University
  12. Swansea University
  13. University of Plymouth
  14. University of Greenwich
  15. Portsmouth University
  16. University of Bristol
  17. Northumbria University
  18. Birmingham City University
  19. Robert Gordon University

Click here for UK consultation by GoGetters team for universities without IELTS!

 

UK Universities Intakes:

 

UK universities open admissions two times a year. Most of these universities begin their sessions in September/October. To process for the September/October intake, undergrad applications are processed through UCAS (University and Colleges Admission Services).

 

A few colleges and universities also offer admissions in January/February /March, known as Spring IntakeSome universities also offer later intakes, like May, but those are very few and course-specific.

 

 

Pre- Admission Prep:

  • Start searching for suitable courses and universities 12 months before the intake time. Most universities have deadlines for international applicants.
  • Check tuition fees.
  • Many students miss out on important deadlines – especially scholarship deadlines. Contact GoGetters any information that is not available on the university websites.
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    This way, you will save yourself from admission rejection, unnecessary costs, and save precious time!
    Make custom application strategies for different universities with GoGetters.

Pre-enrolment prep:

  • After selecting universities and appropriate courses, shift from the preparation mode to creating the application.
  • For international applicants, seats are limited and competition tough. So think hard about what makes you unique as an applicant and sketch out your strengths and self-assessment.
  • For UKCAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, SAT registration, begin at least 10 months before the intake time.

 

Prepare all the required documents for the application including results of the above-mentioned standardized tests.

Then, start working on UCAS admission application forms (if you are applying for undergraduate studies).

If applicable, start applying for scholarships.

Keep in mind that some of the universities might request to mail them the applications with relevant documents (that’s one things students miss out on!)

Admission & First Semester Fee:

For UCAS online payments are required through Credit cards or online transfers.

 

For all universities and colleges, online payments or bank drafts are acceptable modes of payment.

An email is sent in case the application is rejected.

However, if university policy allows, you can apply again in the next intake. There are generally no rules against this, given that the reasons cited for rejection are taken care of.

Depending on the course applied for and university requirements, you might be called for a video interview before the admissions committee.

Note that you CANNOT apply for a study visa without a university acceptance letter (The CAS).

 

 

UK Visa: Complete Guide

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You will need the UK Tier 4 General Student Visa when going for any higher education programs like undergraduate or postgraduate. The experience of our students has been swift and smooth, taking between 15 days to 4 weeks to arrive.

 

  1. For the visa, you will need two things readied
    1. An offer letter/ CAS from the university.
  2. Have 1-month bank statement with sufficient funds mentioned in your CAS.

UK Study Visa Processing

  • The first step is to inform the university that you have accepted their offer of admission.
  • Depending on the financial situation, you can pay the entire course fee at once (before joining the university).
  • UK visa processing for Pakistani applicants usually takes at least 4 weeks.

 

List of documents required for UK study visa:

  • Admission offer letter (un-conditional) from the college or university, also known as CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)

In case of a conditional offer, you cannot apply for a visa until the condition asked by the university is fulfilled. For example, they might ask you to submit further documents.

  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of funds showing amounts covering full tuition fees and living costs.

Per person living cost per annum: £10,000

Accompanying spouse or child, additional per person: £12,000

 

  • 4 passport size photos
  • Valid current passport (also if any previous passport to show earlier travel history)
  • Copy of one-way airline ticket booking to your destination city in the UK
  • If any document not in English must be attached with verified translation.
  • In Pakistan, use this link to find local visa application centers: https://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/pk/en/vacs or contact GoGetters here.
  • Health Insurance for International Students in the UK: Health Insurance policy is part of the visa issued to international students. It is mandatory for every international student. This helps in case of hospitalization, as you won't paying any money yourself.

 

 

  • UK Visa application Fees:

 

  • Student: Main applicant and dependents: PKR. 79378
  • Tier 4 General Student Visa: PKR 79378
  • You can pay the visa application fee by demand draft, through the selected branches of Standard Chartered Bank.
  • You can also pay through an online credit card or the local application center.

 

  • Online Visa Application
  • Online visa application requires creating an account at UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration).
  • Complete the online visa form, print, and sign. Attach with the rest of the required documents.
  • Contact the nearest Visa application center for biometric verification and application submission. You can book your visit through the online calendar available at the UK visa website.
  • Processing time:
    • A student visa to the UK takes approximately 4 weeks to process.

 

  • Spouse Visa:

Your spouse or dependent will be granted a visa for the same period as you.

  • For each dependent, you will be required to show separate funds covering their stay in the UK.
  • Each dependent will require a separate visa application form with a separate fee.
  • Note that some scholarships also cover dependents’ maintenance. A separate letter is required along with the official scholarship letter, declaring dependents’ maintenance coverage.
  • A spouse or dependent visa is not allowed for students going for undergrad or diploma courses. It is only allowed for Master’s applicants.

 

Jobs and Internships

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You will be provided with loads of opportunities to work part-time (20 hours a week) while you study. That means more stuff to put on your CV! Internships and industry placements are something your university can help you with too.

 

Here’s a bonus: There are multiple programs in the UK that offer a 2-year program with 1 year of studies and one year dedicated to gaining valuable industry experience.

 

If you are taking your spouse with you, they may only work in the UK if your visa tenure is more than 12 months.

 

For students pursuing a diploma program, the accompanying spouse will not be allowed to work in the UK.

 

Post-Study Work Visa
After you successfully complete your Bachelors or Masters, you will be able to apply for a 2-year work visa. This way, you will shift your visa status from a student visa to a full-time work visa! How exciting is that?!

 

Life in the UK for Pakistani Students:

  • You can have several accommodation options available in the UK, that include on-campus (hostels & rooms), off-campus rooms and apartments, boarding with a local family, etc. You can have detailed information from the accommodation office at your university campus regarding both on and off-campus options.
  • On-Campus accommodation options can be very comfortable for you as they offer semi-furnished rooms, catered meals (self or cafeteria). Halal meals are mostly available on most university campuses. One big plus living on campus is minimized travel to and fro from campus. However, it can be an expensive option as compared to off-campus options.
  • You can also stay in hostels or hotel rooms offering rooms. However, you won't be able to find many hostels offering meals. These are expensive options with limited meal catering options.
  • Rental apartments on off-campus sites with other students are a popular and low-cost way of living amongst international students in the UK. You can share the rent, kitchen costs, and utility bills with other tenants sharing the apartment.
  • Homestay or boarding with a local family is also an option.
  • Whether you live on campus or decides to stay privately off-campus, your university's accommodation office should be able to provide a list of available accommodations. While going for the off-campus option, make sure that it is not too far from the campus as it will save time and travel costs.
  • Tenancy agreements: You will be asked to sign a tenancy agreement with the proprietor/landlord. You must read the document properly as it details your right and responsibilities as a tenant.
  • Orientation Week:
  • Orientation week is an exciting and memorable part of your student journey! This week falls just before classes start. You are welcomed to the university, the staff helps you adjust to the new place and how to access locations on campus.
  • Your university could even take you out to a city tour or a supermarket trip. Either way, it’s really fun.

 

  • Sports and other Extra-curricular Activities:

All British universities offer excellent sporting facilities to their international student community. Along with sports, you can also participate in drama, music, science & literary societies that offer many opportunities to the students. You will get many opportunities to visit local theatres, cinemas, art galleries, arts & crafts festivals, science & tech shows, etc. as these are all part of college life I the UK.

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