The New Way to UK - Here's What You Should Know About Studying In the UK

The United Kingdom is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations for higher studies, with more than 500K students enrolling every year. Indian students have shown a preference towards the UK and the number of Indian students went up by 93% in 2019, with as many as 37,500 Indian students receiving their study visa (source: The country is known for its diverse culture and welcomes a diverse group of students, making it an excellent choice for international students, looking to learn in an enriching environment.

Here is the list of top 10 universities preferred by Indian students; however, there are many excellent universities to choose from depending on your preferred course.

  • The University of Greenwich
  • The University of Central Lancashire
  • Coventry University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • The University of Warwick
  • The University of East London
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • The Nottingham Trent University
  • The University of Northumbria at Newcastle

The quality of education provided in the United Kingdom is respected all over the world. Students prefer to pursue their higher education in the UK because of the cultural and educational benefits it provides. So if you have high ambitions and career goals, the UK can be an excellent place to realize your dreams.

UK universities have also stepped up in times of COVID-19 and have already implemented a number of Covid-19 support services that can be beneficial for current and prospective international students.

To make the country more attractive for students, under the current rules, the UK is projected to set-up up a new "Graduate" visa route, commonly referred to as a post-study visa, for the 2020-21 intake to UK universities. Under these guidelines, the UK government is going to double its post-study visa offer from two years to four years (source:

Apart from this, the UK Government has a list of approved tier 4 sponsors.  This list can be accessed here.

These guidelines enlist universities, pathway providers, and some private language schools & boarding schools. Generally, any institution on this list would require a UKVI test for the following programs: 

  • All university programs below degree level require a PTE Academic UKVI test (foundation programs and pre-sessional courses)
  • Enrolling with a pathway provider: Kaplan, Cambridge Education Group, Into, Studygroup, Navitas make up 50% of the UK market. A full list can be found here.

If you’re confused about which test you need to take, here’s what you need to know. 

You have to take PTE Academic UKVI if: 

➔ You are going to take a below degree level (e.g. a Foundation program or professional English course) 

➔ Your chosen institution is not a Tier 4 sponsor*

You can alternatively take PTE Academic if:

➔ Your institution is a Tier 4 sponsor*

➔ You wish to study at degree level or above

However, studying in the UK requires you to fulfill certain requirements, and taking a Secure English Language Test is one of them. Pearson PTE is recognized by 98% of the universities in the UK, giving candidates an excellent range of options to choose from.  This is a great option for candidates as the tests are scored through the latest AI technology, which makes them totally unbiased and free of human discretion. Through these tests, test-takers in India will now be able to get certified for UK work and study visa applications and turn their career goals into a reality.

To know more about PTE Academic, click here.


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