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Posted on March 10 2020

UK – a preferred country for Indian students to study abroad

By  Editor
Updated April 03 2023
Indian Students

Education plays a very vital role in a student’s future. This includes higher education as well. Students wishing to study in the UK must research the subject and course they wish to pursue. This will help them choose the right course to ensure a bright future.

Reasons why students choose the UK for higher studies:

Top-quality education:

The UK has many universities such as University of Cambridge, Oxford University, London School of Economics and Political Sciences, King’s College London, University of Edinburgh. Royal College of Surgeons and Royal College of Physicians and host of other universities ranked amongst the best in the world.

The above institutes in the UK offer top-class education in varied subjects. The subjects covered are the business and administrative studies, economics, political science and engineering, allied medicine, creative designs, biological, law and computer sciences.


Employability is another reason for Indians choosing to study in the UK. he recently launched Graduate Visa also known as the Post Graduate Work Visa, will benefit Indian applicants. On completion of their education, students can stay back in the UK on the 2-year Post-Study work visa. The candidates can thereafter switch to Tier II Skilled Work route, provided they meet the requirement.

Jobs in demand in the UK:

  • Software Engineers & Developers
  • Graphic Designer
  • Accounts Professionals
  • Project Managers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Chefs/Cooks
  • Social Worker
  • Secondary Teachers specializing in STEM subjects.


The UK offered several scholarships for students in the year 2018-19, and the amounts awarded to Indian students was worth Rs.3.34 lakhs.

Some of the scholarships for studying in the UK are as under:

  • Commonwealth Scholarship for Developing Commonwealth countries
  • Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships
  • The Chevening Scholarship
  •  London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE Undergraduate Support Scheme
  • University College London
  • Imperial College London

Restoration of the Post Graduate Work Visa:

More than 30,000 students from India applied for the Tier 4 (Study) Visa in 2019. This is a significant rise of around 63% from the year 2018 which was a mere 19,000 applicants only.

With the introduction of the Graduate Visa also known as the Post Graduate Work Visa. Indian applicants will get help from this program. On completion of their education, students can stay back in the UK on the 2-year post-study work visa.

A Graduate or Post Study Work Visa is open to students across the world including India. Students should have completed their undergraduate course and hold a valid student visa to be eligible for this program. This visa allows students to remain in the UK for two years and take-up jobs of their choice.

This visa allows fast-track processing for scientists. The limit on the number of research for PhD students has closed. They are now allowed to switch to a skilled work visa. The UK is a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) segment. Majority of Indian students opting for studies in the UK choose one of the STEM subjects.

This visa also provides opportunities to look for work after graduation. The new program will make sure that only deserving students are eligible. The presence of international students will contribute to the country's economy and growth.

Restriction on the number of applications for Tier 2 (Skilled Immigration) is revoked making it easier for students on Graduate Visa to switch to Tier 2 skilled work visa. They can start working in a job that matches their skill.

Life in Britain on a student visa:

The UK is a cosmopolitan country and is a popular destination for high-level education students here quickly integrate with society.


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