FAQs

For your convenience, the following is a list of important answers to questions that may help you with the admissions process for UK:

What qualifications do I need in order to be accepted at a University or at a College in the UK?
What standard of English language is required?
When should I apply?
How do I apply?
Do I have to pay a deposit? When do I pay my fees?
Do I need a visa to enter in the UK?
Do I have to go for an interview?
Can international students study part-time?
Can I work when I am a student in the UK?
How can students find work experience or placement opportunities?
Who will meet me at the Airport?
Can SIG help me with my accommodation?
How can I find accommodation by my own?
How much should I budget for living expenses?
Can I get any financial assistance for my studies?

Q: What qualifications do I need in order to be accepted at a University or at a College in the UK?

A: The requirements vary depending on the course. The Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) provides entry profiles for the different courses, giving information about the types and grade of qualification that may be accepted. See the UCAS website for more information www.ucas.com

Q: What standard of English language is required?

A: The English language entry requirements to Bachelors and Masters programmes for students whose first language is not English are normally as follows:
IELTS – 6.0 overall, with minimum 5.5 in any area
TOEFL (paper-based) – 550 plus Writing Test of English and Speaking Test of English
TOEFL iBT – 79
PTE (Pearson Test of English) – 52
STEP EIKEN – Grade Pre-1
A GCSE or IGCSE in English (minimum ‘C’ grade) can be accepted instead of IELTS or TOEFL. Higher levels may be required for certain courses.

Q: When should I apply?

A: You must apply for entry clearance as a Tier 4 (General) student before travelling to the UK. You must not submit your entry clearance application more than three months before the start of your course (the date included in your confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS)) even though your institution may issue your CAS earlier. Your CAS is valid for six months from the date of issue and you must apply within this six month period. If your CAS is not valid on the date that you apply, your immigration application may be refused.

Q: How do I apply?

A: All you need to do is to send us your details by filling up the Contact Form and you will receive personal guidance and help throughout the admissions process form our experts.

Q: Do I have to pay a deposit? When do I pay my fees?

A: International (non-EU) students may have to pay a deposit; this amount is a part of the total tuition and you will find out when you apply if you are required to pay a deposit. The deposit can be paid by bank transfer and instructions will be sent with the conditional offer letter. The balance due of tuition fees is paid once you arrive at the University and can be paid up-front or in instalments throughout the year. For more details kindly contact one of our experts.

Q: Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

A: All non EU Students require a student Visa to enter in the UK. Please contact one of our experts for more information or visit the UK VISAS website to determine if you require a visa or not.

Q: Do I have to go for an interview?

A: You may be required to go for an interview as part of the application process for entry clearance. If you are asked to go for an interview and you cannot show that your English language ability (see below Assessment of your English language ability for details) is at the correct level for example, because you are unable to answer simple questions in English, your application for entry clearance as a Tier 4 (General) student may be refused.

Q: Can international students study part-time?

A: No, international students who are from outside the EU will not usually be able to study part-time. In order to get a visa and gain entry clearance to study in the UK, you will have to be enrolled on a full-time course.

Q: Can I work when I am a student in the UK?

A: That depends on your immigration status. If you have student immigration permission that allows you to take employment you may work up to twenty hours per week during term-time. You can work full-time during your holidays and on work placements. For more information on working in the UK please consult the UKCISA website.

Q: How can students find work experience or placement opportunities?

A: Many universities offer a job shop which is a dedicated job centre for students and graduates that offers or advertises a range of job opportunities for students and graduates to help develop the skills and competencies that today’s employers are looking for.
There are a number of commercial websites advertising vacancies. A small selection is listed below.

Please note that nationals from the European Union can usually work without restrictions though will need to bear in mind the time needed to study and any prescriptions the university places on the maximum amount of time you can spend in paid employment. International students should consult the regulations within their Visa to determine if they are permitted to work and if so, for how many hours per week.

Q: Who will meet me at the Airport?

A: The SIG can arrange for pick up service provided, it is notified in writing of the student’s travel plans such as date of arrival and flight details at least 24hours prior arrival in the UK.

Q: Can SIG help me with my accommodation?

A: SIG can help you with your accommodation provided it is notified in writing at least 24hours prior your departure. Most of the Institutions offer a range of accommodation from Halls of Residence to Student Apartments. Living in Halls of Residence and Student Apartments is one of the best ways to get to know people when you first land in the UK.

  • On Campus Residence Hall

    The Residence Hall has fully furnished double and single rooms with en-suite shower, central heating and cleaning services. The Residence Hall has kitchen facilities, laundry room. Banking facilities are available on the ground floor of the Residence Hall. Students need only to bring personal items such as pillows, sheets and a quilt.

  • House Apartments

    House apartments are situated in quiet neighborhoods just off the Universities/Colleges campus’. Buildings have one and two bedroom apartments designed to provide privacy and independence to students. Each apartment has its own living and dining area, kitchen and bathroom, which are fully furnished with single beds, desks, book shelves, chest of drawers, wardrobes, dining table & chairs. The kitchen is equipped with cooker, oven and refrigerator. All apartments have controlled heating and air conditioning units.

Q: How can I find accommodation by my own?

A: The accommodation office or student housing officers of the universities will be able to offer advice and guidance on finding suitable accommodation. Lots of first year students opt for halls of residence as a good way of meeting other students and it’s convenient for day-to-day needs. A number of universities and colleges now manage their accommodation in line with government-approved codes of practice, such as the Universities UK Accommodation Code of Practice.

Q: How much should I budget for living expenses?

A: In addition to tuition and fees, you must budget for living expenses such as the cost of accommodation, food, travel and books. It is estimated that a student should budget for an additional €4,000 to €5,000 for each academic year, but personal expenses will vary to each student’s particular lifestyle.

Q: Can I get any financial assistance for my studies?

A: There are various schemes to help the student financially:

  • Scholarships for new International Students Universities / Colleges awards scholarships ranging from 10 to 40% on tuition to selected students with outstanding performance (B average and above) on their High School leaving certificate or Bachelor degree. The percentage of scholarship given can be increased in the case of outstanding candidates. For more details please contact one of SIG’s experts.
  • Academic Excellence Scholarships Academic excellence scholarships are given at the end of each academic year, to all the students, for academic achievement. These scholarships are given in the form of tuition reduction only to those students who will register for the next academic year. Scholarships are based on the G.P.A. of the academic year and are awarded irrespective of financial need.
  • Athletic Scholarships Athletic scholarships are offered to students who participate in the intercollegiate sports teams of the universities / Colleges. The scholarships range from 5 to 50% of tuition and are based upon the participant’s level of performance.
  • On-campus Work Programs Universities and colleges offers €17,000 annually in the form of part-time, on-campus jobs in the Universities/Colleges offices and departments. Students can work for a maximum of twenty hours a week and are compensated between €500-€1,500 per semester in the form of tuition waiver and/or wages.

If your questions aren’t answered here, please contact us to get the specific information you need. Email: info@studyintergroup.com