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The Insider’s Guide to Studying in the UK

Sreng Mao: ACE/IDP
The UK is one of the world’s top study destinations with an education history of over 800 years. Through the years, UK universities have trained students who have become global financial leaders, leading politicians, thinkers and professionals, and have had a significant influence on the world.

A UK qualification is a mark of quality, recognised and respected globally. UK graduates are in high demand from corporations globally. The UK has been the recipient of the second highest number of Nobel prizes in the world.

All state schools in England, Wales and Northern Ireland follow a national curriculum set by government. Education is compulsory to the age of 16 to GCSE level. Scottish students leave with Standard Grades. Vocational qualifications offer more practical learning than traditional academic programs. The UK system is designed to enable students who have studied vocational qualifications to move into higher education.

International students may also enrol in foundation or access programs if the secondary education in their country is not recognised to meet the equivalent UK requirements. These programs are usually 9 months to 1 year long and upon successful completion will allow entry into an undergraduate degree. For undergraduate degrees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, students usually enroll in a 3-year honours degree which can be extended by doing a sandwich course (additional year in industry). Postgraduate courses are defined as either ‘taught’or ‘research’ programs and will usually require students to have completed a first degree to be eligible for entry. Taught master’s courses are one year in length.

The average international tuition fee structure allows students to study with relatively great value for money with fees ranging between £10,500 per year for Undergraduate Arts and £15,100 per year for an MBA.
Students on full time courses lasting 6 months or more are eligible for treatment from the National Health Service (NHS) which means medical treatment is free.

The average monthly cost of living (which includes accommodation, food and personal expenses) ranges between £800 per month for Inner London and £600 outside. University students on a Tier 4 Student Visa can work 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during vacations while they are in the UK.

IDP (Cambodia) counsellors are trained to support you from the first step of personalised counselling right through to your arrival in the UK. If you are interested in studying in the UK, visit an IDP Study Abroad Resource Centre today for free counselling and processing of your application and visa.

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