Study in UK
It was during the 19th century when a major expansion in the higher education sector in the UK happened, with the awarding of the royal charters to some of the prominent UK institutions. Since then, many initiatives were launched to bestow the university status to some of the institutions, which went on to become the popular ones in the world.
The UK universities are categorized into colleges of different subjects, which means you need to be sure, beforehand, about which subject you want to study before applying to a UK college. Unlike in the US where you have an option to choose electives and switch over to some other subject at the end of the first year, UK colleges, irrespective of being autonomous bodies, expect you to adhere to your choice of subject. Hence, you either apply at each college of the subject that you are interested in or you apply through a centralized (common) system that allows you to apply at various colleges at the same point in time.
Types of higher education institutions in the UK
In addition to universities and colleges, which are recognized institutional bodies conferring degrees in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to its students, there are some institutions that fall in the category of ‘listed bodies’.
Listed bodies do not have any authority to award degrees, but they do offer some vocational and pathways programs that may lead to direct employment or transition to a degree program.
Cost of studying in the UK
The cost of studying in the UK for international students varies from institution to institution. Undergraduate programs could cost somewhere around £10,000–35,000 and postgraduate programs could cost somewhere around £9,000–42,000, depending on a classroom-based or laboratory-based program.