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Study in UK

Here’s a comprehensive guide for all Indian students who want to study in the UK

One of the most popular study destinations, the UK enjoys a proud tradition of education with universities rooting back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Known for its language, history, culture and innovation, the UK has an average student retention rate of 82%. With a comprehensive support systems in place for international students, studying in UK is definitely a life-changing experience.

Student visa requirements for the UK

Here’s an overview of the types of study visas and their application requirements: 

Type of student visa

Who it’s for

When to apply

Arrival in the UK

Tier 4 (General) student visa

Students aged 16 or over who have been offered a place in a course at a UK educational institution

Three months before the start of your course

Up to one week before if your course lasts six months or fewer. Up to one month before if your course lasts more than six months

Tier 4 (Child) student visa

Students aged between four and 17 who have been offered a place in a course at a UK educational institution with a valid Tier 4 sponsor, such as an independent fee-paying school

Three months before the start of your course

Up to one week before if your course lasts six months or fewer. Up to one month before if your course lasts more than six months

Short-term study visa

Students who have offered a place in a short-term course in the UK, such as an English language course or training course

Three months before your date of travel to the UK

Depends on your nominated travel dates

Tier 4 (General) student visa

Students who have been offered a place in a course at a UK educational institution with a valid Tier 4 sponsor

Three months before the start of your course

Up to one month before if your course lasts more than six months

*For detailed information, please visit the Gov.UK website

Cost to study in the UK

Study Program

Average fee (in Euros*)


Undergraduate bachelor degree

GBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000 per year


Postgraduate master's degree

GBP 10,000 to GBP 20,000 per year


Doctoral degree

GBP 15,000 to GBP 24,000 per year

*Please note that:  all figures are indicative and PhD cost might differ as fully funded options are also available in the UK

Scholarships to study in the UK

Here are some popular government scholarship programs you can apply to study in the UK as an Indian student: 

S. No.

Name of the scholarship



Chevening Scholarship

  • This initiative supports talented professionals who have shown prior leadership skills and exceptional performance in their respective fields. With Chevening, you can apply for a scholarship or fellowship, the selection of which is done by the high commission and British embassies 
  • These scholarships are fully funded, and includes airfare, living expenses and tuition fees (get in touch with an IDP international education expert for more info) 
  • This is available for 12 months (provided your course is for 12 months). However, it can be extended after 1 year under the special case that will be approved by FCO


Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

  • The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK offers fellowships and scholarships to students from Commonwealth countries. Indian students applying for a master’s degree or a PhD in the UK can take advantage of this scholarship to fund their education. Under the scheme, there are scholarships available specifically for low and middle-income countries too. 
  • This scholarship covers airfare, tuition fees and some of the maintenance expenses (get in touch with an IDP international education expert for more info)


GREAT Scholarships

This scholarship is jointly funded by the UK Government's GREAT Britain Campaign and the British Council under the Study UK campaign. This program includes 99 postgraduate scholarships from 36 UK universities in a variety of subjects. However, for Indian students, 12 of the UK higher education institutions are offering 13 postgraduate scholarships. The amount of each scholarship is a minimum of £10,000, the equivalent of one year's tuition of a postgraduate (taught) degree. The application deadline varies as per different institutions, so you need to check the university’s website for the same.



Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarships (CWIT)

These scholarships are given to Indian students who are in early or mid-stage of their career and experienced in arts, heritage conservation or the humanities. It includes fully-funded awards; visiting fellowships in agreed subjects at specific institutions; grants for doctoral study; grants for research and professional visits; and grants to attend the Scottish Universities Summer School. The amount and duration vary as per the above-mentioned categories: 

  • CWIT Long-term grants: The duration of this is usually 2-3 months up to 1 year covering accommodation, living cost and fees or any contribution to international fares 
  • Visiting fellowships: This includes 10 fellowships which enables writers, academics and translators to spend 2-3 months at specific host universities to carry out specific work activities. The deadlines depend upon an educational institution which will be hosting your visit
  • CWIT short-term grants: This includes 10-15 grants that amount up to £1,400 to cover UK costs of short research or professional visits by academic research scholars and professionals working in the arts, heritage conservation and the humanities. This is usually granted for a period of 3 weeks and if you are planning to stay longer then you need to supplement it from different sources such as a grant from Indian council for historical research. This is payable upon your arrival in the UK and doesn’t cover international fares
  • Grants during the final year of doctoral study: With an intentional to fill the funding gaps, this will be provided in your last year of doctoral study in arts, heritage conservation and the humanities. The amount is usually between £500-£600
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Scotland Saltire Scholarships

  • The initiative awards 50 students for one-year full-time graduation program in the field of science, healthcare, technology and creative industries and renewable and clean energy
  • These are offered by the Scottish government in association with Scottish universities. The value of each award is £8,000, which will cover tuition fees for any one year of full-time study in the postgraduate master’s programme at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions 

 *This is an indicative list, speak with your IDP counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

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Scholarships to Study in the UK

Apply to a range of scholarships and grants available for Indian students.

Student visa requirements for UK

The visa you need will depend on your age and the type of study you wish to pursue in the UK. Take a look at the types of study visas and their application requirements.

Upcoming Intakes to Study in the UK

Universities and colleges in the UK offer three major intakes. Know more!

Cost of studying in the UK

Ready for rupees to pounds? Remember, it’s not just the tuition fee alone you should be calculating in your budget, there’re a lot more expenses involved when you plan to study abroad. Look at our guide of estimates to help ease your financial budgeting whilst your stay as a student in UK. Yes, we’ve covered expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel too!

Education system in the UK

With 4 out of the top 10 universities consistently making the QS World Rankings, UK is undoubtedly the best place to seek quality education. Need to know more? Read up for an overview of the UK’s education system that comes with high global reputation and noteworthy alumni.

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