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by admin Posted 26 November, 2021

By Ioana Batcu 

As an undergraduate student, your university experience may not necessarily start when you step into your first lecture. I believe it may start sooner than that, during an Open Day. An Open Day is your opportunity to visit and explore the universities you’re interested in and get an idea of what it’s like to study there. And while your priority may be to familiarise yourself with the campus, I’d recommend wandering around the city to get a taste of what it would be like living there.

Derby has been my home for three years now. Long before I finally started studying here, I’d had the chance to experience the city while attending an Open Day. This was how I was able to gain an understanding of what it would be like both studying and living in Derby. And don’t worry, whether you love to splash out or you’re looking after your pennies, Derby has a lot to offer.

1. Sadler Gate

Coffee hunter, brunch craver or shopping enthusiast? Sadler Gate is your place. It is one of Derby’s most vibrant streets. Sadler Gate offers a variety of independent coffee shops, restaurants, and shops. Wandering through this narrow street, you'll notice plenty of quirky spots such as Derby’s largest and last surviving coach inn – the Old Bell Hotel (ideal for a Saturday lunch), Bunk (promising an alternative dining experience) and fabulous brunch venues like PlantThe Kitchen and Milk & Honey


2. The Museum of Making

The Museum of Making is a contemporary and creative space, where you can learn about Derby’s, 300-year long, history of manufacturing. The museum sits on the site of the world’s first factory. Entry to the museum is free and you don’t need to pre-book unless you’d like to visit a special exhibition. Give it a go and make sure you check the opening times before your visit.


3. Derby QUAD

One of the cosiest places in the city, QUAD is a cultural and creative centre. It’s an indie cinema, art gallery, café bar and events space. Here you can enjoy the latest films, visit exhibitions of work from local, national and international artists, have a drink or a meal, and enjoy an array of carefully curated independent films and art. 


4. Friar Gate

Situated in the heart of Derby, Friar Gate is a lively street, close to the city centre. This charming street has a long history which goes back hundreds of years. Featuring restaurants with a range of cuisines, including Indian, Spanish and Italian, Friar Gate can offer you a memorable eating-out experience. As you walk along the street, you can admire the local Georgian architecture.


5. Bustler Market

Bustler Market is a great place to enjoy during the weekend. This street food market showcases food from local food street traders, and you can enjoy a drink and some music while you eat. A much-loved Derby destination, Bustler Market has a great atmosphere and offers a large selection of veggie, vegan and gluten-free food options. Go ahead and try it out!


Our Open Days

An Open Day is the perfect time to get the answers to your questions and gain more perspective about your options. At Derby, elements such as campus tours, subject-related talks, insights from current students, career services information, wellbeing support and student accommodation tours can give you a sample of what university life is like here. Along with that, a tour of the city could complete your visit and give you a good idea of what life would be like as a Derby student.

by Posted 23 November, 2021


The United Kingdom is famed for the quality of its education. It’s no surprise that more and more students around the world (such as yourself) are looking to join some of the world’s highest-ranked universities. With all these known facts, COVID19 has also significantly changed how we do life, and ultimately, how we move around the world. Living in the middle of a pandemic has introduced us to a new world with more rules and regulations - especially when it comes to travel. Planning to go abroad has always been a process in and of itself, especially getting a visa. While things are trying to get back to normal, it’s not business-as-usual just yet. But don’t let that dampen your excitement, we’ve put together a nifty guide to help getting your visa feel like a walk in the park. 


You can apply for your visa as soon as you get admission

If the prospect of moving to another country has driven you to spend hours on the internet looking up everything you need to know, then you’re probably aware that student visas for the UK are offered based on a system of points. The good news is that you can now apply for your visa as soon as you gain admission into your chosen university and confirm your UK travel, for a maximum of three months before your studies commence. This new change came right in time considering the uncertainty of travel mid pandemic. Previously, you could only apply for this visa closer to the official course commencement date.  


Applying for your visa post lockdown

With the world slowly opening up again, you can also apply for your visa at various centres throughout India, namely: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru (Global Tech Park only), Chandigarh, Chennai, Jalandhar, Kochi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai (Mahalaxmi only), New Delhi (Shivaji Metro Stadium only), and Pune, with the option of “on-demand mobile visa” available for delivery to your doorstep.

 

Key things to tick off your checklist when applying 

Ready to jet off into your new life? Here are a few things you need to be aware of as you get started preparing for your departure. This checklist serves as a guide to the information you will have to provide to obtain your UK study visa successfully:


  • Your passport details
  • Your latest head-and-shoulders photograph.
  • An unconditional offer of a place on your chosen course (provided by an accredited tier 4 sponsor) that serves as a ‘Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies’ from your institution. 
  • Evidence that you are proficient in the English language - This can be through a TEFL course or passing one of the authorised tests such as IELTS by meeting the required scores.
  • Evidence that you are financially capable of funding your stay while you are in the UK. If your parents support you, this can be in the form of their financial statements, assets, etc. However, if you will be going via a sponsor, you can submit a letter from your sponsor, clearly detailing the costs they will be covering. 
  • You may also require an ATAS certificate if you are studying a sensitive subject and are a Swiss/EEA/non-EU student.
  • You might also need to produce documents of your academic qualifications as well as attend an interview/biometric tests, including a digital scan of your fingerprints. 
  • You may also have to undergo various medical tests and vaccinations.  



Let’s help you get started

The procedure might seem lengthy, but with the right help, it’s a breeze. If processes often overwhelm you, don’t worry, we are here to help. Once that acceptance letter pops up in your inbox, contact us, and we will jump right on it and set you on the right path.

by Admin Posted 23 November, 2021

Why study in the UK? 

Excellent education standards paired with England’s dreamy historical landscapes makes for the perfect student life experience.

Universities in the UK can be pricey, but England has a long-standing position of providing world-class learning with qualifications acknowledged globally.

 

What does studying at universities in the UK cost?

 London is known for being one of the most expensive areas in the world for international students. Tuition fees can typically range from £10,000 up to £33,000 per year. These costs can be even higher for students taking law or medical-related courses.

 For non-EU students considering making the UK their study abroad destination on a budget, you will be able to support your student life by working 20 hours per week during the term. 

If you have impressive schooling achievements and are hoping to study for free - scholarships for international students in the UK are surprisingly easy to apply for. How so? Simply compile a list of companies in line with the course you’re interested in, find out which of these organisations offer student aid programs and lastly, submit an application form along with your financial support requirements. Chevening and Commonwealth scholarships are both government-funded options you can apply for. 

 

To help narrow down your options, we’ve compiled a list of the top universities in the UK with the cheapest tuition fees. Bear in mind, however, low tuition fees do not make these institutions any less competitive than the top universities in London. 

 

Top 5 UK universities with the cheapest tuition:

 Located in Carlisle, a city consistently ranked high in terms of happiness, the University of Cumbria invites students from all over the world to study whilst surrounded by nature. With a reputation for being interdisciplinary and prioritising the student experience, Cumbria is ranked quite high amongst Indian students studying in the UK.

Tuition fees - £9250.

 

 A unique feature of Harper Adams University is that all undergraduate courses include industry placement for students to gain experience ahead of graduating. Located in Newport, United Kingdom, Harper Adams boasts an employment rate of 98%. 

Tuition fees - £10,200

 

 Focused on providing inspiring education and recognised as one of the most inclusive academic institutions in the UK, York St John University holds an impressive employability rate of 94%. 

Tuition fees - £10,000

 With a whole team dedicated to supporting international students and industry-leading research, the values-led Staffordshire University has been ranked in the top 100 universities in the UK for many years. The university is located in Stroke-on-Trent, England.

Tuition fees - £10,900

 

 Voted University of the year for Student Experience by The Times, Coventry University has a high international student population. The university is located in Coventry, England.

Tuition fees - £11,750

Helpful suggestions when applying:

Typically, admission can be competitive for even the most cheap universities in the UK, due to the overall high standard of academics, however, there are a couple of things you can do for your application to stand out, namely:

 

  • Get your application in early.

  • Write your motivational letter explaining why you want to study in the UK and not your country of origin. Emphasise why the course you have selected is suited to you by highlighting your knowledge and passion for the subject.

  • Add your employment history to your motivational letter as it will showcase your working background and performance skills. Adding references will speak for your capabilities. 

Indian students will need a visa before studying in the UK, making it essential to find out if your chosen university is listed on the Register of Tier 4 Sponsors, for your application to be approved. Visa applications cost £348 and the processing period can take up to 3 weeks. You will also be required to provide the following documents when applying for your Tier 4 student visa:

· Record of your grades.

· Proof of finances.

· Competence in English.

· References and a motivational letter.

 

We understand moving to the UK to study as an international student can be overwhelming but we hope with the above list of tips and high-quality yet cheap universities in the UK to choose from, the process might be more daunting. Book a free consultation with us here.

by admin Posted 23 November, 2021

My journey began in October 2020, a year full of hopes and dreams and quiet anticipation. I traveled to Glasgow from India right in the middle of the pandemic and landed myself into 14 days of self-isolation upon reaching Glasgow. The journey itself was not too difficult, two flights and 14 hours later I landed in this beautiful city. Right from the first moment I realized that “people make Glasgow” is 100% true! The city welcomed me with open arms, albeit with terrible weather. Would highly recommend packing good winter wear and raincoats.

The isolation period wasn’t too bad, I had friends who got me through it. It was a tough situation for us all, but somehow, we made it through. The first few days were mostly spent in the kitchen, trying new recipes, and making new friends (virtually, of course). We were introduced to our batchmates and professors on zoom calls, and we slowly came to realize that this was the new normal. Everything from classes to tutorials, to submitting many, many assignments was done online. As the days passed, it got better. I never struggled with online classes, as UofG always made us feel comfortable. The professors were encouraging and engaging. They always made sure that we got the information needed to learn, but also took time to ask us about our mental health and well-being. The library and reading room were open throughout the lockdown which was a huge advantage. Firstly, it’s nice to see other people, rather than being cooped up at home. Secondly, it was a quiet environment for me to get my work done without any distractions. The breathtaking views of the main campus are a bonus!

Glasgow is a beautiful city, with lots to explore. There is always something to do, or somewhere to go. Once the lockdown restrictions were lifted, things got much better, and we were able to go out and meet our friends. Overall, there is nothing inadequate about learning online. If you can work through it and support each other it is a wonderful experience.

by admin Posted 3 November, 2021

What is SOP?

  • It stands for Statement of Purpose which is a form of long essay required by universities when you send your application for studying abroad.
  • It usually contains purpose or reason, that why you have chosen this university and the course to which you are applying.

DO'S & DONT'S for SOP?

  • In your SOP, Be Clear, Concise, and Honest.
  • Make use of words you're already familiar with. when you don't know how to employ High-Sounding terms, you're making a significant error.
  • Check your SOP for grammar and spelling errors before submitting it.

Plagiarism in your SOP can result in a black mark.

Don't go around in circles.

EDIT. EDIT. EDIT

Format of your SOP?

  • Introduction about yourself
  • Your background & Experience
  • Career goals you want to achieve
  • Why's this university & Courses.
  • Conclude