How to apply online for a UK student visa

How to apply online for a UK student visa

One of the most frequently asked questions we get from international students at HelloUni is about how to apply online for a UK student visa. We understand that the visa application process can be scary and seem like a massive task, but it doesn’t have to be!

 

We’ve tried to answer some of the most common questions to talk you through whether you can apply for a visa, what documents you need and how to apply online.  Don’t forget to download our free app to browse scholarships and UK university courses.

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CAN I APPLY FOR A VISA?

You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK if you’re 16 or over and you:

  • are from a country that is outside the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Check here to see if you need a visa for the UK.
  • have been offered an unconditional offer of a place on a full-time course with a licensed Tier 4 sponsor. Here is a list of registered UK institutions who are sponsors.
  • Can prove that you have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course
  • You can speak, read, write and understand English

 

WHAT LEVEL OF ENGLISH DO I NEED TO STUDY IN THE UK?

 

Where you’re studying What you’re studying Knowledge of English needed Level
Higher education institution (HEI) Degree level or above Reading, writing, listening and speaking Equivalent to CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2
The institution that’s not HEI Degree level or above SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking CEFR level B2
Any institution Below degree SELT in reading, writing, listening and speaking CEFR level B1

On this website, you can find a PDF with a list of approved centers for English language tests.  Check in your own country to see if there are any centers near you.

 

 

 

WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR MY VISA?

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The earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you start your course.

Your education provider will send you a reference number called a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) once they’ve offered you a place on a course. You’ll need to enter this on your visa application You must no more than 6 months after you receive the CAS.

You’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks. Processing times for a visa can vary depending on which country you are from. Check how long it takes here..

 

 

 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

It costs £335 to apply for this visa if you are applying from outside the UK. It costs an extra £335 per person for any dependants who come with you (e.g. family, children.)

You may also have to pay a healthcare cost as part of your application. Have a look at this website for guidance on how to pay and if you need to.

 

 

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED? 

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HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN THE UK FOR? 

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You can come to the UK before your course starts:

  • up to 1 week before, if your course is for 6 months or less
  • up to 1 month before, if your course is for more than 6 months

 

How long you can stay in the UK depends on the type of the course you are studying.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY ONLINE

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apply online for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.

 

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You will then be re-directed to this page. Afterward, everyone has to fill in personal information, agree to the terms and conditions and then submit your application. You will then receive an email to confirm that your application has been received. The email will also give you instructions on what to do next.

 

 

ADVICE

Unfortunately, there are criminals around the world who try to steal money from people by carrying out what’s known as scams.’ We’d hate for you to be the victim of anything like this, so our advice would be to protect yourself as much as possible and only get your information from trusted sources. For this article, we have collected all of our information from the gov.uk webpage for Immigration and Visas.

The gov.uk website has a special page with more information about these types of scams. If you are already in the UK and think you may have been a victim of a scam or fraud, contact ActionFraud

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How Studying Abroad Makes You More Employable

How Studying Abroad Makes You More Employable

Studying abroad has many obvious benefits. You get to travel, explore a new culture, and immerse yourself in a different environment.  However, did you know it can also make your CV stand out to employers? Therefore, Hellouni presents five ways how studying abroad makes you more employable.

 

It proves to employers that you are able and willing to step out of your comfort zone

Settling in a new country and adjusting to a different teaching system is a unique experience. Yes, it may seem challenging at first, but that is a good thing. Moreover, as time passes you will build up your confidence and self-awareness. Nevertheless, you will learn how to think on your feet and deal with unfamiliar situations. Thus, these are all essential transferable skills that will benefit not only your career but your future as well.

 

How Studying Abroad Makes You More Employable

 

 

It advances your cross-cultural awareness

Globalisation has long since made companies international and workplaces diverse. Therefore, having a sound cultural understanding and international experience behind your back shows employers that you can work effectively with people from different backgrounds. Moreover, the knowledge you will have of different cultures makes you a more interesting person and gives you something to talk about at interviews. Therefore, make sure you mention it when you are asked to give an example of a time when you have successfully worked in a team or solved a problem.

 

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It makes you more adaptable

Moving away from home is a big step. Thus, moving to a different country is an even bigger one. However, it certainly makes you more adaptable. In addition, being adaptable is a transferable quality that you could apply to any job or workplace. Therefore, employers are always on the lookout for people who are flexible and capable to think independently. Furthermore, you will perfect your organizational skills. Even the odd sightseeing trip requires project management skills such as planning your time and budget.

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It allows you to master a foreign language

Remember what we said about globalization earlier? Fluency in a foreign language can significantly boost your employability. Moreover, a degree studied abroad is much more valuable than any language certificate you could get. Nevertheless, speaking a foreign language also means that you are most likely aware of the cultural norms and codes of behavior which you could easily apply to a business environment. Add to this the communication skills you develop while reading, writing and speaking in that language and you immediately become a more desirable hire.

 

 

It opens more doors

By immersing yourself in a new environment you will get to meet people you wouldn’t have met otherwise. In addition,  by making new friends, you will grow your professional network. Regardless of whether you plan on returning home or living abroad after graduation, knowing that you have a diverse network of contacts you can rely on is priceless. Thus, keeping in touch with people from all over the world means that wherever your career takes you, there will already be someone there who can give you a hand.

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Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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What to Consider When Choosing a University

What to Consider When Choosing a University

While university reputation and position in rankings are important, there are so many other factors to consider when looking for the university. Thus, Hellouni found 5 things besides academic that YOU need to consider while choosing a university.

 

City or Small Town Living

Do you love the hustle and bustle of big cities or do you find them overwhelming? If you love city living, then you may wish to opt for a university that is spread out throughout a city. Alternatively, you may prefer a campus university nearby to a city or in a town. Going to university in a city provides a magnitude of restaurants, nightclubs, shop, and events. However, small towns often have a community feel and can be a more relaxed environment. It all depends on your preferences, so make sure you choose somewhere that suits your preferred lifestyle.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

Sports Clubs and Societies

 Most universities have many sports clubs and societies to take part in, but some will be offer activities that others do not. For example, if you are very sporty, some universities will have national champion sports teams. Whereas others may offer fewer types of sports. If you are involved in a particular activity or have one in mind that you want to start, have a look at university websites. Here, you will be able to to see if they offer the chance to join it. In Scotland, both Edinburgh and Glasgow University have a Harry Potter Society; something that you are unlikely to find anywhere else. It is important to balance the importance you place on clubs and societies with the courses and academics. However, if there is something, in particular, you are looking for, you should be able to find a university that offers it alongside meeting your academic requirements.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

The Importance of the Place

The country and city you choose to study in is arguably as important as the course you are studying. If you are studying abroad for your entire university experience, you will spend four or three years in the place you choose. Therefore, it is important that you like it. Obviously, if you are studying abroad, you are placing importance on location. However, you should fully research the places you are considering. What do you care about more: the location being pretty or there being lots to do there? Ask yourself questions like this and pick a location that you really love what it has to offer.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

Cost of Living 

Your dream may be to study in a major city like London, but other cities in the UK can be much cheaper. Nevertheless, it also offers a great study abroad experience. Edinburgh, for example, is a popular alternative to London, with much more affordable living costs. Choose a university somewhere you love, but be realistic about living costs and what you can actually afford. There is no point struggling throughout your university years by living in expensive cities in the world. If you budget well, you may be able to make even the most expensive place work. However, just ensure you have a plan and an accurate idea of costs.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

The Native Language

This ties into thinking about the place you want to study in. Nevertheless, if you want to learn more of a language, studying abroad is a great way to achieve this. By needing to speak in the foreign language and hearing natives speak it, you will pick it up faster than learning it in your home country. Alternatively, if you cannot speak any other languages, you can still study abroad but should look to places that speak the same language. For example, from the UK you could study in the USA, Canada or Australia. There are opportunities for everyone. Whether you are learning a language or not. However, you should consider whether learning a language is a priority for you during your time abroad.

What Consider When Choosing a University

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

It can be quite daunting to travel to an unknown country and study in an unfamiliar environment. Here, Soniya let us know just what it is like to come to the UK and what you should know before studying abroad! Soniya is a Masters student studying “International Strategic Marketing” at the University of Glasgow.

 

Q: When you were studying abroad did you ever experience culture shock? 

A: This was my first time in Glasgow but not the first time in the country. So for me it wasn’t the worst because I’m from Mumbai and my lifestyle here and there are almost the same. In terms of culture and peoples’ day to day life, it’s kind of different from people living in India. However, I don’t think that’s a problem. It’s actually really good to experience the lifestyle here and the people are very welcoming here. Therefore, you don’t feel like you are in a new place or you don’t belong here.

 

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

 

Q: What was the biggest difference between your home country and the country you studied abroad in?

A: I would say lifestyle again. It is because people here live a different than at home. People here relax more and enjoy life. For them, it’s not just about work.

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Q: How did you deal with homesickness and being away from your family?

A: Sometimes when you face some problems at work or university, you need someone to push you and you need your family for that. Sometimes I need my family and I feel better when I talk to them. Everyone will feel homesickness but it depends on your high and lows in your life. Sometimes its during your struggles and that is when you need a little ‘push’.

 

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

 

 

Q: Did you ever experience stereotypes?

A: I think that people feel in a certain way about Chinese people like they are not open and they do not mix up well or they are kind of introverts. I think this affects how people talk to them because if you know that someone is not going to talk to you then you might not put that much effort and the connection is lost. I feel like there are quite of stereotypes but a lot of the times stereotypes are not true. If you talk to them then I’m sure they are welcoming and open-minded.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: Did you join any sports or activities and if so, did these help you to fit in and meet people?

A: Yes I did. First of all, the Freshers Week. I think every university has a good Freshers Week. I am sure my Facebook friends list went to 700-800 in one week so it was like BOOM! If you are welcoming and open enough then it is not very difficult to make friends. I bought tickets to Freshers events as well as social events and workshops that helps you enhance your employability in the business world. I think getting involved does help you a lot. The best thing about Freshers was that there was a lot of things happening each day and if you don’t like it then you could always switch. I strongly recommend people to attend Freshers!

Q: How hard or easy did you find it to make friends abroad?

A: It is not a big deal at all. As I said, everyone are new and come from cultural backgrounds.  However, we are all here for a reason and we need to make friends and get to know each other. I think it is fine and it is not a big deal.

 

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: How much did you pack for your time abroad? And would you advise taking a lot of your things with you or packing light?

A: I over packed. Even if it is for a small trip, I always over pack but this was HUGE and I had so much stuff in the luggage that I don’t remember and it’s just there. Nevertheless, I realised now that I didn’t even needed that.  Suprisingly, I didn’t need to pay for extra luggage but I had exactly the amount allowed on the flight. I was allowed two bags (23kg each) and my total weight came to 45kg. Moreover, I also have so much stuff bought over here as well so now I don’t know how to take them back home!

 

 

Q: What did you do about your phone contract/SIM card and bank account in a new country?

A: I had a UK sim card from before. I also had a foreign exchange travel card that I use for all my travels. It is easier to use as the transactions are quite easy. You just need money from your currency and where ever you go, you can use it. You could also just bring some extra cash.

 

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

Q: How did you choose the country and city you studied in? Why did you want to study there?

A: Like every international student, you have a pro and con list for every university you want to go to. I had that and I knew what I wanted to do. So based on what I wanted to do, I selected some courses that are of my interest and then started to find out what my best options are. Glasgow was my second option. I did this all manually through the internet. Actually, it took me like two months because I wanted to be sure of what I’m doing. I spoke to friends, family and a few people who can help. According to their suggestions and my own research, I picked here.

What You Should Know Before Studying Abroad?

 

Q: What are some top tips people should know before they move abroad?

A: I learned a lot and it definitely helped me grow a lot. So yes, you should definitely be open to opportunities, meeting new people or getting involved with activities because it is not a big deal. When you are starting doing it then I am sure you will enjoy it and learn something from it because I literally learned other things from friends and not only things about university.

 

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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Differences between UK and US (for students)

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Although UK and US are extremely similar in many ways, there are a few distinct differences between them that makes these countries attractive to live or study in. Therefore, let’s find out those main differences between UK and US.

 

Academics

UK education system is somewhat stricter than in the US. It is mostly because we have a stricter grading system in place. For example, US teachers may perhaps give you another chance to sit an assessment to get the required grades yet, this tends to not happen in the UK!

There is a bigger workload in the US throughout the year as students have assignments, essays, and midterms. As such, their exams at the end of the year usually worth less than their final grade.

In the US, there are more foundation subjects that must be taken before choosing a major in the second year. In the UK, it is more focused on the main subjects at the start of university.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

 

 

Social

In American colleges and universities, there are sororities & fraternities. Whereas UK universities have clubs and societies. In the UK, many students go to pubs, bars, and clubs.It is because the legal drinking age is 18. However, in the US, students tend to host or attend frat parties rather than go out.

School spirit in the US is also bigger compared to the UK. For example, in the UK, although some students have to clothe with their university logo such as hoodies, they do not show it as often as the American does. In fact, Americans are proud of their university so much that they were there hoodies all the time.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

 

Accommodation & Food

In the US, students usually stay in dorms and have a roommate or roommate(s). However, in the UK, we have flatmates and have our own rooms to stay in. Talking about food, portion sizes are much bigger in America! Nevertheless, US tend to have meal plans for students, which mean that student pays an annual fee and gets food every day from the cafeteria. Whereas, UK students are likely to cook their own food in kitchens.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Travelling & Transport

It is easy to get around in the UK using public transport such as buses and trains. Although there are undergrounds in the big cities in the US, there are fewer buses and many people travel by car instead. Cities are also bigger in the US than the UK. Hence it is quicker to get to other cities within the UK but takes longer to travel in the US. Furthermore, as the UK is in Europe, it is easy to visit other European countries such as France, Italy or Spain.

Differences between UK and US (for students)

Culture & Others

Although UK and US use the same English language, there are still different terms used for different objects. For example, we use “chips” in the UK, but the US calls these “fries”. Furthermore, we have different pronunciations and spellings for certain words, e.g. color used in the UK instead of color used in the US. In the US, students are often calling teachers as “professors”. Comedy is different in US and UK. British people are more sarcastic!

Differences between UK and US (for students)

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How to make the most of studying abroad

How to make the most of studying abroad

There are the worries that everyone has about studying abroad. For example:  Will I make friends? Will I fit in? How much will I miss home? But perhaps the biggest question of all is ‘will I make the most of the experience?’ While everyone will have a different study abroad adventure, there are a few tips that can help you. They will ensure you have no doubts that you took the opportunity of a lifetime and made it one of the best times of your life. Therefore, here is how Hellouni suggests you to make the most of studying abroad.

 

Document It

There is something to be said for living in the moment, and you should as much as possible. However, when you look back in a few years, you will want something to remember your experience. Think of when you go on holiday. You remember the overall trip but you probably forget a lot of exactly what you did each day. For this reason, you may want to keep a journal while you are abroad, or start a blog. There are study abroad blogs that you may be able to write for. Nevertheless, you could even make a bit of money in the process. If you like making videos, then you could even create vlogs. Pictures are important too! Therefore, why not invest in a Polaroid camera and take photos of the cities you have been to and hang them on your wall? Whatever you choose, make sure you have some record of your adventures. We know that your future self will thank you.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

Don’t be Afraid to go Places Alone

You likely do not know anyone when you first arrive at your university. However, most people will be in the same situation. Therefore, do not be put off going to events because you will be going alone. Just go for it, be friendly and open to chat. That is how you will make friends in no time. If you want to travel to a city in the country you have moved to or nearby but do not have anyone to go with, go alone. There is no point waiting for others if you really want to go. Besides, traveling alone can be the best way to fully experience and take in a new place.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

Make a Bucket List

You probably have some goals in mind for your time abroad: places you want to visit, and things you want to do. Rather than getting caught up in university life when you get there and forgetting about them, make a list of everything you want to do before you leave. Alongside this, make sure you research how to go about achieving your goals. In addition, how much it will cost, and budget for them. Check out each one when you go.  That is how you can really make the most of your time living abroad.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

Immerse Yourself in the Culture

It’s easy to try to stick to what you know in a foreign country. For example, you may pick food that is similar to what you eat at home or frequent well-known global chains. However, when you go back home you can have this food whenever you want. It is best to try new things that you cannot get at home. Instead of having your usual Starbucks, why not try a local coffee shop. You could also get involved in local events. By living like a local you will feel more like a resident in the country rather than a visitor or tourist.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

Take an Outside Class 

While in a new country it can be a good idea to try a new course. If possible, try picking something out with your field of study. It is just because it interests you. You could take a theatre class, or art, or politics. Better still, choose a class that you could not go back home. While the American health care system or politics may not be relevant to your future career, you might not get the chance to learn about it in your own country. Learn something about the country you are studying in or try something you never thought to take. This will give you more well-rounded knowledge and experience.

How to make the most of studying abroad

 

 

Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.

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