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16 Apr 2019 1K Book icon 2 mins Share

How Study in the UK is about to look a whole lot more promising...

Those of you looking to study in the UK – you can now stay back longer after your graduation. Here’s how.

16 Apr 2019 1K Book icon 2 mins Share
Study in the UK

The UK is still recognised as the world’s second most popular study destination. And what's more, it has brought some welcoming news for its international students. Read on to find out ...

What happened? 

Recently, the UK government made the announcement of a new International Education Strategy to increase the number of international students who wish to study in the UK.

What does this mean for international students like you?

In simple words, the UK government has proposed changes to the student visa rules which would extend the duration of your stay in the country following your education. This provides you with more time to find work in the UK. As an international student whose study visa has expired, you will be able to stay in the UK, ranging from six months to about a year - depending on your degree – to kickstart your career.

This move, which has come about as the UK government’s strategy to boost the number of international students after Brexit, signifies a break in the current policy which allows students to stay for only four months after they graduate.

So how long can you stay in the UK for post-graduation?

Following the new regulation, students who pursue undergraduate and master’s degrees in the country will have six months to find a job, while the doctoral students will have a year’s time.

What doors could this open for you?

In an effort to revisit the country’s current policy, the UK government has announced an initiative to increase the recruitment of international students by over 30 percent. This is because leading UK universities will recruit more international students as opposed to those from the European Union (EU) in the wake of Brexit. This will boost the income to the educational sector in the UK from the current annual rate of GBP 20 billion to GBP 35 billion per year.

This would also ensure that the government would put in place several strategies to support the international students who study in the UK, ranging from improving the applicants’ visa process to helping them find jobs in the country.

Not only will international students be supported in their endeavours to find jobs in the country, but also more students especially from India and China will be recruited by universities to study in the UK.

What do some important people have to say about this move?

  • Damian Hinds, Education Secretary, said in a statement, “As we prepare to leave the EU it is more important than ever to reach out to our global partners and maximise the potential of our best assets – that includes our education offer and the international students this attracts.”
  • Director of Universities UK International, Vivienne Stern, said “Universities will continue to campaign for a new, two-year, post-study work visa and we are encouraged to see that the government is willing to make change in this area.”
  • According to Jessica Cole, Head of Policy at Russell Group, the UK government’s decision to allow international graduates to stay in the country for about six months after they graduate is seen as a “step in the right direction”. She also said, “Lengthening the period further would help the UK keep up with our international competitors, such as Canada and Australia.”

So, when will this make come into play?

These proposals which are claimed to level UK’s immigration playing field will be phased in starting from December 2021 – after Britain's exit from the EU.

What are some popular UK universities you can apply to now?

This is an exciting opportunity for you to consider studying in the UK.

Here are the top five UK universities you can consider applying to:

  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Liverpool
  • Coventry University
  • Cardiff University

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